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Tekken 4 (PlayStation 2)

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Advertising Blurbs

uk.playstation.com:
    Take up the ultimate fighting challenge - the Iron Fist tournament.

    The costumes have been ordered, the invitations have been sent - Heihachi's throwing another Iron Fist tournament! The seemingly eternal baddie who must be drawing his pension by now, has hatched a very strange plan to obtain some DNA from his son, Kazuya, and use it to help fuse his own DNA with that of his nemesis, Ogre. Unfortunately for our ancient anti-hero, getting within swabbing distance of Kazuya could be difficult, following a disagreement that ended up with father throwing son into a volcano in the original Tekken game. The only solution is to throw yet another Iron Fist bash, in the full knowledge that Kazuya won't be able to resist the opportunity to humiliate Daddy in public.

    So, once again we see a procession of familiar faces (and a handful of newcomers) locked in visually stunning hand-to-hand combat, set in a number of beautiful locations. The gameplay will be familiar to Tekken veterans, but there have been many subtle changes to the game mechanics to make the sparring more fluid. Throw in the new sideways scrolling Tekken Force mode, tighter levels that require you to use the scenery to your advantage, and a sprinkling of next-generation graphical magic, and you've got the makings of a classic beat 'em up experience. Round four.... FIGHT!

    Tekken veterans will be pleased to see the introduction of three new characters to the Iron Fist arena. There's Craig Marduk, a mysterious Vale Tudo fighter; Christie Monteiro, master of Capoeria; and Steve Fox, a British boxer. They all pack a mean punch, and line up alongside familiar names such as Yoshimitsu, Jin Kazama, Paul Phoenix and Nina Williams (among others) in an impressive roster of 19 playable fighters.

    The actual business of getting stuck in is still achieved with the four face buttons, each corresponding to a fighter's limb. Within that structure, however, there have been significant changes to the way some characters respond, meaning that experienced players will have to relearn a lot of their skills. The game also has a new emphasis on enclosed areas, with some of the levels taking place in small walled-off environments. New dodge moves have been included to help you manoeuvre effectively at close quarters, which can be absolutely devastating in battle - if used properly.

    Another welcome addition is the Tekken Force mode, an upgraded take on the side-scrolling beat-em-up game found in Tekken 3. Choose your character, and enter a 3D arena littered with enemy grunts, followed by a battle with one of the main Tekken characters. Although not that spectacular to look at, it's great fun and a useful way to sharpen up your pugilistic skills. This can also be done in the option-heavy Training mode, which can be tailored in a myriad of ways to suit your training needs. The other play modes consist of Story, Arcade/Time Attack, Team Battle, Survival, Practice, and Theatre mode, which allows you to view all the movies for each character (once unlocked, of course).

    Tekken 4 leaves little to be desired. It's got new characters, new visuals, new play modes, and beat 'em up gameplay that's been carefully refined over the last seven years; the end result is a complete package that looks superb and plays to match. The new, claustrophobic level designs add a fresh tactical dimension to the gameplay, and there are still plenty of sprawling, open ended arenas to fight in, should the new style not be to your taste. No matter how you like to fight, you'll find a character to suit your style, and with the extensive training and practice modes, there's plenty of opportunity to get to grips with their myriad special moves. All things considered, It's the perfect refinement of the Tekken fighting blueprint - until Tekken 5 comes along, at least.

    • 19 playable characters, including old-favourites and some new faces


    • Take on multiple opponents at once in the 3D side scrolling Tekken Force mode


    • Stunning new level backdrops add a new tactical dimension to battles

    Contributed by DreinIX (9422) on Apr 17, 2008.

www.software-pyramide.com (German):
    Wenn aus wilden Button-Mashern fleissige Combo-Einüber werden, dann ist wieder Tekken-Zeit. Denn obwohl man auch im Beat'em Up Tekken 4 zunächst durch zufälliges Drücken der Schlag- und Tritt-Knöpfe zum Erfolg kommt, macht das Spiel doch erst so richtig Spass, wenn man auch weiss, was man da eigentlich tut. Und wenn die oft geübten Combos dann endlich funktionieren, ist das Erfolgserlebnis um so schöner. Zehn Charaktere (King, Marduk, Kazuya, Xiaoyu, Hwoarang, Yoshimitsu, Paul, Christie, Steve, Law) stehen zu Beginn des Spiels zur Wahl, neun weitere Spielfiguren (darunter Jin, Julia und Lei) können freigespielt werden. Mit seinem Lieblingscharakter kann man sich dann in folgende Modi stürzen: Story Battle, Arcade, Time Attack, Vs Battle, Team Battle, Survival sowie Tekken Force. Die eigene Kampftechnik verbessert man im Practice- und Training-Modus. Und zu trainieren gibt es wahrlich viel, denn pro Charakter wollen über 60 Combos erlernt werden. Besonders hervorzuheben ist auf jeden Fall der Story-Battle-Modus. Die Entwickler haben sich die Mühe gemacht, jedem Charakter eine Geschichte und persönliche Gründe zu geben, warum er oder sie am -King of Iron Fist Tournament 4- teilnimmt meist sind sogar mehrere Spielfiguren in eine komplette Story eingebettet. Und so sollte man wirklich mit jedem Charakter den Story-Modus durchspielen -- zum einen um alle Geschichten zu sehen, und zum anderen, weil weitere Extras wie der Theatre Mode, neue Stages oder weitere Charaktere freigespielt werden.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66241) on Mar 26, 2008.

www.namcobandaigames.com:
    • A brand new Tekken with advanced 3D graphics.


    • 3 powerful new fighters to mix it up with updated favorites.


    • New exciting gameplay mechanics including Boundry
      Walls, Side Moves and Position Swaps.


    • Game Modes include Arcade, Story Battle, VS, Survival,
      and the all new exclusive "Tekken Force Assault" mode.

    Contributed by DreinIX (9422) on Feb 23, 2008.

PlayStation Holiday Catalog 2003 - Print/website:
    The next evolution in fighting games begins with the series that set the standard. Tekken strikes back with all–new graphics, gameplay mechanics, and fearsome fighters. Newcomers engage old favorites in interactive, multi–leveled arenas. Expanded game modes allow for deeper gameplay.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69582) on Nov 21, 2003.

Back of Box:

    THE LEGEND CONTINUES



    The Iron Fist Tournament is back with plenty of bruises to go around. All-new jaw dropping graphics, enhanced game play mechanics, and fearsome fighters await you. Eager newcomers defy old favorites in multi-leveled, interactive arenas. New, bone-snapping fighting strategies and challenging game modes make this a Tekken like never before.

    4 brand new fighters to mix-it-up with your Tekken favorites for over 20 playable characters

    Arenas are multi-leveled with interactive backgrounds that call for additional strategy

    9 different game modes that include the all-new Tekken Force

    Brand-new mechanics and powerful moves

    Unlock hidden surprises

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69582) on Oct 30, 2002.