Posted 04 September 2005 - 08:45 AM
galing sa 1up.com:
With the Amusement Machine show opening up right now in Japan, some lucky individuals have been able to play Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, and we've got a detailed report on some of the new features present in this next Tekken game.
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, as the title implies, is a 3D fighting game based on Tekken 5, but with much more meat and bones added to the mix. Tekken 5, with its IC card system, introduced a whole new element of fighting games to American arcade gamers. For the first time, players could change their characters' colors, make up their own ring names, and have their characters equip items like sawed off shotguns, feather caps, and gatling guns.
A factoid known to mostly hardcore fans of Tekken, a free upgrade was released not too long ago dubbed "Tekken 5 version 5.1." While it fixed some game balance issues (and some would argue that it created new game balance issues), it didn't offer anything else in terms of new stages, characters, or items. Although popular and well-distributed in Japan, this game has been slow to come to American arcades, despite its status as a free upgrade.
That's where Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection comes in. Featuring two completely new characters and a few returning ones, the game also features more stages than its predecessor and "many more items" that each character can equip. For instance, some screenshots show Kazuya sporting some brown punk hair, Lee with blond hair and a wine bottle on his hip, and Xiaoyu wearing cat ears and covering her fists with cat paws.
One of the first bits of information to be released about this game is the introduction of two new characters: Dragunov and Lili. Dragunov is a "command sambo" fighter who, at first glance, looks like Bayern from the KOF series. Lili fights as a street fighter, but worry not; she won't be throwing out any fireballs.
What makes Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection so impressive is the other bonuses that have started to trickle in. For the sake of brevity, we'll list them out:
Eddy Gordo (formerly a 3P outfit for Christie that cost 500,000 credits to buy) is now selectable on his own
Kunimitsu is selectable as a 3P outfit for Yoshimitsu (not 100% confirmed)
Alex is selectable as a 3P outfit for Roger (not 100% confirmed)
Combot and Tetsujin make comebacks as 3P colors for Mokujin (not 100% confirmed)
The 3P colors available in the console version of Tekken 5 are selectable
Certain 3P outfits, like Asuka and Xiaoyu's schoolgirl outfits, are customizable as well (not 100% confirmed)
Tech catches, which were taken out in Tekken 5.1, are back (not 100% confirmed)
Backroll tech catches, introduced in Tekken 5.1, are still in the game
3P colors are also available for Dragunov and Lili. Dragunov takes off his shirt, while Lili puts on a schoolgirl uniform
Character ranks obtained in the previous arcade versions will be reset (there is no word yet on if there are more ranks, but in all likelihood, there will be)
Players making a comeback from Tekken 5 will also have new moves. Yoshimitsu reportedly has a throw where he splits into two, tosses the opponent in the air, and impales his hapless victim.
There's a huge array of cosmetic changes that have been made to the game. Some of the new stages are different versions of the old stages (like a 'night version' of an afternoon stage) but there are other stages that are completely new, like a forested area surrounded by wolves. Of course, the old Tekken 5 stages will be kept as well. Get ready to battle it out on a total of 35 stages!
The character select screen has been totally revamped as well. Instead of the arena-esque background, the character select screen has a backdrop of orange flames. The character select boxes remain pretty similar, although the placements for some characters (and their CG portraits) have changed. For example, Ganryu's face is at a very different angle -- in fact, we confused him with Kazuya at first. The two new characters are placed at the very center of the character select box, and the random select box has been moved to the top right of the character select boxes.
Rest assured, we'll keep you posted as more information comes in. What we're wondering the most is if there is still a character or two that will show up to give the game's title more meaning. In the meantime, hold your breaths until winter, when this game is supposed to be released. No console version has been announced yet, but with Tekken 6 on the horizon for the PS3, it wouldn't be suprising if this game didn't enjoy a console release.