I'm sure many of you are clamoring at the thought of playing Tekken on your PS3. And I'm sure that when you heard about it being available at the Japanese PlayStation Network Store, you shed a tear of jealousy. But relax, a betting man would wager that we'll be seeing Tekken: Dark Resurrection in our North American PSN store soon enough. But while we, the American populous, waits for Sony and Namco to drop the Tekken hammer on us, see what there is to expect from the game.
First off, keep in mind that the cost of Tekken: DR via PSN is roughly $15, and that this is not a port of the PSP version, but rather a perfect port of the arcade version. So because it isn't an upgraded PSP port, Tekken: DR doesn't have the quirky extra game modes like bowling, online rankings, and dojo. What you have is the Arcade Battle, Ghost Battle and Versus Battle. But you still have the ability to customize your fighters' appearances in either Arcade or Versus modes. Likewise, Tekken: DR retains the gallery mode where you can view the endings and such. But instead of unlocking the endings, you actually download them — the reason behind that was probably to keep the size of Tekken: DR below 1GB. On that note, when Tekken: DR arrives to the North American store, expect a download size of 800MB.
Moreover, Tekken on the PS3 will have something that neither the PS2 version nor PSP version had: Jinpachi as a playable character. In addition to Lili, Dragunov, and Armor King (woo!), the previously unplayable final boss is now for you to select. Unlocking Jinpachi is done by completing the game once. During your fights, pressing start will display the standard Tekken stuff like the move list, controller setup and difficulty level. If for any reason you'd like a manual to consult, there is one embedded into the game in the options menu.
Visually, not only is Tekken: DR an arcade-perfect translation, but it is also capable of being displayed at up to 1080p! Not 1080i, but 1080p. And when the game is running at the resolution, it thankfully doesn't take a toll on the frame rate. The overall aesthetic package definitely holds up in the next-generation world, especially with the progressive scan capabilities. The characters boast superb details, and the animations are Tekken at its finest — there's nothing to dislike here, really. Oh and, I should also mention that loading times are practically non-existent.
Though this Tekken is somewhat barebones with modes, in comparison to Tekken 5 on the PS2 or Tekken: DR on the PSP, this is still the very best playing Tekken out of all three. If you think a used copy of Tekken 5 on the PS2 will suffice, think again. Tekken 5 and Dark Resurrection, while similar, are also different. Tekken: DR is an upgraded version of Tekken 5 that features more characters, better gameplay balance, and a larger list of moves. Until now, the PSP Tekken: DR was the best Tekken experience available outside of the arcades. But today, Tekken: DR on the PS3 provides the very same arcade experience, with the same caliber of visuals, and with 1080p thrown into the mix. If little mini-modes don't matter much to you, then don't pass this up when it hits our PSN store. For something in the neighborhood of $15-20, this is extremely worth it.