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Back to basics PlayStation 2 Elliott Wu (44)
Good If you like fighting games PlayStation 2 Alex Donovan (3)
An insulting mishmash of copycatting and stupidity. PlayStation 2 Greg Mitchell (74)
Not another mediocre Tekken game... PlayStation 2 lord of daedra (66)

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PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic (Aug 25, 2005)
One mode I could live without is the horrible "Devil Within" mode. Like Tekken Force (of Tekken 4), this free-roaming adventure forces you to wander generic facilities while beating up the same thugs ad nauseum. If the gameplay doesn't turn you off, that horrible looping "music" certainly will. But that solitary blemish can't tarnish an otherwise pristine package. Tekken hasn't changed much over the years - and let's keep it that way. In my opinion, Tekken 5 is as good as any fighter out there.
PlayStation 2Game Chronicles (Mar 14, 2005)
Namco has achieved perfection on all fronts; gameplay, graphics, sound, and longevity. Whether this is your first fighting game or just your next, Tekken 5 deserves a permanent home in your PS2 library. Just make sure to clear your schedule for the next few months.
PlayStation 2Game industry News (GiN) (2005)
One thing is for sure, Tekken is definitely back. I am half tempted to refer to Tekken 5 as Tekken Anthology, based on all the features and bonuses enclosed with the game. Four Tekken games (in addition to Starblade) for the cost of one PS2 title is a value that no fighting game should pass on, especially if the most recent version is a masterpiece in itself.
PlayStation 2GameSpy (Feb 25, 2005)
Remember Tekken? Just kidding. It's had some hard times, though. A few years back it was Namco's premier fighting series, until an upstart scamp called Soul Calibur snuck in and usurped the throne. Tekken's fate was further compounded by a disappointing fourth chapter, which left many wondering if the series was out of gas. As it turns out, Tekken 4 was just a temporary pit stop. I'm glad to report that Tekken 5 offers everything you could want from a Tekken game, and might even be the best brawler in the series. How's that for a turnaround?
PlayStation 2GameZone (Mar 08, 2005)
Every fighting game takes a fall. Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Virtua Fighter, all of them. Some recover through massive changes, others don't recover at all. Fear of repetition, coupled with the demands of this highly competitive genre make it difficult for developers to stay in the same place.
PlayStation 2games xtreme (Jul 13, 2005)
Tekken 5 is easily the best entry in the series to date in my opinion, the visuals are from the top drawer and comprise of quality backdrops, animation, character modelling and textures. The fighting system has been tweaked up and now seems faster than before and it still has that thing where you can pick up a pad and play for the first time and enjoy the game and not feel lost or you can spend time and learn the intricacies of each characters wide range of moves and combos. The buying and unlocking provides another layer of things to do and gives you a reason to play thorough multiple times. All in all a very good game indeed!
PlayStation 2IGN (Feb 25, 2005)
I really liked Tekken 4. It took the popular "King of Iron Fist" series to an interesting place by successfully borrowing ideas from competitors like Dead or Alive 2 and Virtua Fighter 4 while adding its own unique touch. It presented a legitimate revamping of a franchise that had remained relatively unchanged for close to seven years, and brought such novel additions as uneven surfaces, strategic wall damage, destructible objects, and position changes to an already addicting gameplay mechanic. It was a great sequel and definitely worth picking up.
PlayStation 2GameSpot (Feb 24, 2005)
It seems hard to believe, but the Tekken series has been around for about a decade now. In that period, Tekken became one of the premier 3D fighting games in arcades, but its real fame was found at home. The PlayStation, and later the PlayStation 2, has been the Tekken series' stomping grounds for the past 10 years, and traditionally, the home versions have managed to outperform their impressive arcade counterparts. That grand tradition holds true in Tekken 5, which offers additional modes not found in the arcade original, but even more importantly, it offers fantastic 3D fighting and stunning visuals.
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme (Mar 07, 2005)
Tekken 5 restores any luster to the series that may have been lost with the mediocre reception of Tekken 4. Its full complement of fighters, sweet visuals, various modes of play, and hidden goodies will keep players coming back for months. Namco's inclusion of emulations of the first three Tekken arcade games certainly adds to the replay value, as does having a minigame like The Devil Within, which houses secrets of its own. After a down year for fighters in 2004, Tekken 5 raises the bar early on in 2005. Go get it. Now.
PlayStation 2Daily Game (Mar 27, 2005)
Tekken V is almost the complete fighting package. I say “almost” because it offers no online gameplay, and is limited to the PlayStation 2. This is one of those games that would’ve been amazing online, and it feels like a letdown to be only able to enjoy it offline. We have nothing against the PS2, and understand the idea of exclusive titles, but it feels like a crime for Tekken V to not be accessible to gamers on other platforms. In the end, however, if you have a PS2, you can’t go wrong with this game.
PlayStation (Jun 28, 2005)
Tekken 5 macht als Prügelspiel fast alles richtig, der allgemein angehobene Schwierigkeitsgrad kommt mir sehr entgegen, der gelungene Humor weht wie eine frische Brise durch die Serie. Außerdem entfernt sich das Game dank verfeinerter Steuerung immer mehr vom früheren »Button Masher«-Status - hier ist mit blödem Gekloppe nicht mehr viel zu holen. Allerdings finde ich es sehr schade, dass es immer noch keinen Online-Modus gibt - gerade in Verbindung mit den personalisierten Kämpfern hätte hier ein wertvoller Beitrag zur PS2-Prügelkultur geleistet werden können. Wie auch immer: Tekken 5 hat hervorragend vorgelegt - mal sehen, ob Soul Calibur 3 in einigen Monaten mithalten kann.
PlayStation (UK) (Jun 21, 2005)
Namco has gone all out to present the ultimate Tekken experience for long-term fans while enticing potential newcomers with its sassiest ever line-up of characters. Of course games are constantly evolving, and there will always be new ideas to enrich what's currently on offer. But right now Tekken 5 is as sublime as honest-to-goodness gaming gets.
PlayStation 21UP (Feb 22, 2005)
The time feels right to cheer Tekken 5 on. The series, which began as a wannabe Virtua Fighter clone, but came into its own right (particularly in the form of home conversions) with Tekken 2 and 3, has had a rough time of it lately. The slick remake of Tekken 3 that was Tekken Tag Tournament did little for the series, except to provide timely fodder for the early PlayStation 2 launch, and Tekken 4, with its bland gameplay and mediocre production values, underwhelmed critically. It had seemed as if the developers of Tekken had lost the plot.
PlayStation 2GamePro (US) (Feb 28, 2005)
Like a sleek, devastating cruise missile, Tekken 5 streaks onto the PS2 with little advance warning. Who knew that Tekken 5 would become not only a series high point, but also an early favorite for Fighting Game of the Year? Hey, if you were expecting Grand Theft Auto: Halo 2 Edition, that's your fault. Tekken 5 rocks.
PlayStation (Jul 06, 2005)
Ist es wirklich schon 10 Jahre her, seit ich zum ersten Mal in einer Spielhalle mit großen Augen vor einem Automaten mit der Aufschrift Tekken stand? Wird wohl so sein und pünktlich zum Geburtstag schenkt uns Namco nun den fünften Teil des Playstation Vorzeige Beat'em Ups. Bevor wir aber nun ans Feiern gehen und die Kerzen auf dem Geburtstagskuchen ausblasen, haben wir das Spiel noch auf Herz und Nieren getestet. Das Ergebnis lest ihr in folgendem Review.
PlayStation (Jun 09, 2005)
"Tekken 5" erhält vielleicht nicht unbedingt den Innovationspreis, bringt die Serie aber dennoch einen gewaltigen Schritt nach vorne. Besonders technisch hat Namco wirklich das absolute Maximum aus der Playstation2 herausgeholt. Hintergründe und Fighter sehen einfach toll aus! Die Kämpfe selbst sind dank leicht getuntem Gameplay ebenfalls sehr gelungen – Konterangriffe und Kombos problemlos zu meistern. Unser Urteil: Wenn ihr Prügelspiele mögt, werdet ihr "Tekken 5" lieben!
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Apr, 2005)
Like a stubborn boxing veteran who insists that his trusty left hook can knock out any opponent no matter how nimble or mighty they may be, Tekken is sticking with the techniques that made it a fan favorite years ago. The series may not be evolving very quickly – especially when you stack it up against what Namco has done with Soul Calibur recently – but this is still a fighter that you’ll want in your corner.
PlayStation 2Softpedia (Feb 09, 2006)
Tekken has been one of the reasons to own a PlayStation for nearly a decade, and with the fifth installment, despite its not terribly well received immediate predecessor and having some stiff competition, it is back in shape and looking better than ever. Tekken 5 offers everything you could want from a Tekken game and is without a shadow of doubt the best in the series, as well as one of the best experiences the fighting genre has to offer.
PlayStation (Jun 28, 2005)
Tekken 5 n'est pas l'épisode qui révolutionnera la série qui est plus que jamais dédiée à son gameplay accessible à tous. Mais comme la forme est aussi convaincante que le fond, pourquoi se plaindre ? Ainsi, malgré une création de personnages réduite et frustrante ou un mode Devil Within au rythme lancinant, le dernier épisode en date de Tekken réussit son examen haut la main en consolidant un peu plus les fondations d'une saga qui n'est pas prête de s'éteindre. De quoi lever le poing bien haut en hurlant un tonitruant "Victoire".
PlayStation 2Gamezine (Mar 06, 2005)
Quant aux Tekken en bonus, ils font ici office de bouche-trou, surtout que vous les oublierez vite avec quelques parties de Tekken 5, bien qu’ils restent encore assez fun. Bref, Namco ne s’est pas moqué de nous, Tekken 5 est le nouveau roi de la baston, et la firme prouve qu’elle enchaîne hit sur hit en cette année 2005.
PlayStation 2Game Revolution (Mar 10, 2005)
Police who entered a University housing facility late last night discovered a grisly scene. Strewn among discarded beer bottles, empty cellophane food containers and video game controllers, officers found the bodies of several university students in various stages of muscular atrophy.
PlayStation 2UOL Jogos (Mar 25, 2005)
"Tekken 5" voltou às origens para oferecer o melhor da escola que criou. Apesar de não ser um dos mais intuitivos ou profundos jogos de luta do mercado, ele tem uma legião de jogadores que vai apreciar a generosa fatia de conteúdo e o refinamento que a fórmula recebeu.
PlayStation 2TTGamer (Jul 28, 2005)
Tekken 5 really is a game that, if you like this genre, you will want, but if fighting games don't do it for you then it's not going to offer the best value for money, even as a casual gamer. It is very pick up and play which is cool for friends but it really can only be recommended to fighting fans. With that said though the fighting itself is high quality and thus deserves its high-ish overall score.
PlayStation 23DAvenue (Jul 28, 2005)
Tekken 5 really is a game that, if you like this genre, you will want, but if fighting games don't do it for you then it's not going to offer the best value for money, even as a casual gamer. It is very pick up and play which is cool for friends but it really can only be recommended to fighting fans. With that said though the fighting itself is high quality and thus deserves its high-ish overall score.
PlayStation 2Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM) (Apr 12, 2005)
The best way to describe playing Tekken 5 is that it's like being reintroduced to a longtime friend you had lost contact with for a while. For Tekken, that quiet period was Tekken Tag Tournament and Tekken 4. These games aren't terrible, but they generally fail to capture the spirit of the series due to their respective gimmicks—the tag-team action and enclosed arenas aren't as polished as they could've been.
PlayStation 2Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (Apr 12, 2005)
Shorten the skirts, pretty up the postcard beaches and temples, introduce a few fresh faces, and add to the clock-cleaning arsenals of old faves. For Street Fighter, it was Turbo, it was Super, it was Super Turbo, but it wasn't a sequel. If this Tekken had an adjective and not an up-ticked (as in all-new) number attached to its title, all the above might've seemed more like swank bonuses than prerequisites for a passing grade. Yes, this is Tekken with dead serious, stance-shifting chop-socky and silly asides like kung fu bears and joey-in-the-pouch kangaroos. Yes, this is Tekken with the intricate rock-paper-scissor kick rules that put the series a tier above the Dead or Alives and (just barely) below the Soul Caliburs and Virtua Fighters. And no, it hasn't changed enough to give nonfans that you-want-this, you-need-this feeling.
PlayStation 2Diehard GameFan (Mar 09, 2005)
Tekken 5 felt like a chore far too often for me. Unlocking Devil Jin, one of the coolest characters in the game, practically requires you to play through the worst part of Tekken 5, The Devil Within mini-game. Playing through The Devil Within is also the most efficient way to earn accessories for costumes. Let me just emphasize this, if you’re going to have a mini game be the most efficient way to unlock extras in your game, please don’t make it suck.