The legend continues on Playstation 2.
Anyhow, Tekken Tag Tournament was not intended to be the fourth chapter of the
series. More than that it was an anthology of all the characters and their moves in a new,
fast, astounding 128-bit greatness. For this reason many characters that were supposed to be dead
were included in the game, with no risk to mess with the storyline behind the previous instalments.
Tekken 4 will be the first episode of the series featuring new characters to grace the Playstation 2. Namco has been developing the arcade version of the game for an Emotion Engine powered System 246 hardware that has now hit the Arcades in Japan since October 2000. The Playstation 2 version should arrive in the first months of the next year.
It seems that Tekken 4 deserves more than a surprise. The graphics seen in the arcade version look simply gorgeous, and the ones on Ps2 will look even better. The faces of the characters are wonderfully animated and the background issues present in Tekken Tag Tournament are completely missing this time (please note that all the screenshots available are from the Arcade version).
At present only 10 characters have been revealed but the game will feature at least 20 playable characters. For an updated list of all the heroes of the new Tekken, we suggest to keep an eye on the good Tekken 4 official site.
The new characters revealed are just a few, but they all seem extremely interesting.
Steve Fox is a young English boxer who can't remember anything of his family and of the origin of the terrible scar on his left arm. One day, asked by the Mafia to throw a fight, he refused and won the battle. Since then he is a man sentenced to death. Forced to escape but still eager to find out all the truth about his past he enters the Iron Fist Tournament.
Christie Monteiro is the granddaughter of Eddy Gordo's master; Eddy taught the girl all the secrets of the Capoeira method. After Gordo's sudden disappearance, she decides to enter the 4th Iron Fist Tournament in search for him.
Craig Marduk, a powerful Vale Tudo fighter, was forced to leave the professional circuit because of a scandal in which he was involved. Consumed with his thwarted desires, he feels anger and violence growing in his soul. One day, during a fight in a bar, he killed a man; Craig was sentenced to 10 years for second degree murder but after only two years of imprisonment he was released thanks to the help of a mysterious man. The man sent him a plane ticket and an article about The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4...
Marshall Law is the father of Forest Law. He is not exactly a newcomer; in fact this character was one of the heroes of the first two instalments of the series. In Tekken 3 Forest Law took his role. Once a successful business man and a skilled fighter, he has lost all his empire of Chinese restaurants and his dojo. After a long period of depression he receives a letter of invitation to the next The King of Iron Fist Tournament. Thinking of it as a possibility to regain glory, Marshall Law decides to enter the contest.
Namco has created a deep story for Tekken 4. In the tradition of the series, behind all the several storylines releated to each character there is a major plot that Namco has recently unveiled. This time, the main hero of the game is Kazuya Mishima. The developers created the concept of Tekken 4's storyline, but a professional scriptwriter actually wrote it.
"Two years ago, Heihachi failed
to capture Ogre.
Not willing to give up,
Heihachi ordered his researchers to collect blood
samples, skin tissue, and hoof fragments left behind
by Ogre (or known as True Ogre in its true
manifestation) in order to conduct genetic
experiments. Heihachi's goal was to create a new
life form by splicing Ogre's genome with his own.
However, the research was unsuccessful.
experimentation, Heihachi's bioengineers came to
the conclusion that an additional gene - the Devil
Gene - was necessary in order to
successfully splice Ogre's genetic code into
another living organism. Heihachi learned that his
own genome lacked the Devil Gene, but he knew
someone who did...
Jin, who vanquished Ogre in The
King of Iron Fist Tournament 3, was shot and
mortally wounded by Heihachi. As his life slipped
away, Jin transformed into a Devil. Upon his
transformation, he struck down Heihachi and took
Jin's whereabouts were
unknown after the Tournament.
Heihachi searched for Jin to no
avail. However, Heihachi discovered a photograph
during his investigation that stirred his curiosity.
The 20-year-old photograph was an image of a burnt
corpse covered with laceration wounds. Heihachi paid
particular attention to the corpse's back, which
had what looked like deformed, protruding wing-like
Convinced that the picture was
of Kazuya, his own son whom he threw into a volcano
20 years ago, Heihachi diverted all his resources
into a search for the body. This search eventually
led Heihachi to G Corporation, a
leading-edge biotech firm making unprecedented
advances in the field of biogenetics research.
Heihachi discovered that G
Corporation found the corpse and extracted and
analyzed its genetic data. In fact, Heihachi learned
that the company was in the midst of creating a new
life form by using the data. Heihachi also
determined that Kazuya's remains and research data
were secured at G Corporation's Nebraska and Nepal
research laboratories, respectively.
Friday, 25 December. The Tekken
Force raided G Corporation's maximum security
research laboratory in Nepal. The bottom floors of
the building were obliterated, and the remaining
data storage facility containing file servers was
airlifted by a group of heavy-duty helicopters.
At the same time, a separate
unit led by Heihachi infiltrated the underground
research facility in Nebraska, where Kazuya's
remains were preserved. As Heihachi observed from
his helicopter, he soon realized that unlike the
Nepal facility, the operations in Nebraska were not
going according to plan. The tactical status monitor
screens showed the first wave of the Tekken Force
troops being blown out from the storage room where
Kazuya's remains were supposedly kept.
A silhouette of a large figure
slowly emerged from the room... When Heihachi could
see clearly enough, he instantly recognized the
large figure as Kazuya.
Kazuya was resurrected in G
Corporation's research facility. After his
resurrection, Kazuya offered his body as research
material to determine the true nature of the Devil
that resided within him. Kazuya's goal was to
unify his two selves into one. Kazuya theorized that
if he unified his body with the Devil, he would be
able to truly harness its powers. He could then
finally take revenge against Heihachi and the Mishima
Zaibatsu (Financial Empire).
Enraged that Heihachi thwarted
his plans, Kazuya obliterated the heavily armed
Tekken Force and vanished into the flames of the
Heihachi was infuriated by
Kazuya's escape and took out his anger on his
hapless subordinates who reported the escape.
Abel, Heihachi's lead
scientific advisor, urged the enraged Heihachi to
quickly find a way to capture Kazuya. Once his anger
subsided, Heihachi focused his mind and decided on a
plan. An evil smile crept upon his lips.
Two years had passed since The
King of Iron Fist Tournament 3.
The Mishima Zaibatsu announced The
King of Iron Fist Tournament 4 and placed
the massive financial empire as the top prize.
The champion who manages to
defeat Heihachi at the end of the Tournament would
inherit the Mishima Zaibatsu.
Well aware that the tournament
is just a trap designed to lure him out, Kazuya
nevertheless enters - it is his chance to defeat
Heihachi." Source: NamcoArcade.com
Gameplay and Controls
The new Tekken will feature many new characteristic for the series, mixed together in what could be a new original way to intend the fighting genre.
First of all, the Arenas will include walls. Each stage will have a different structure thus making necessary for the player to take care of environmental elements. A wall could reveal itself a dangerous weapon to eliminate with ease your opponent. Driven in a corner, he will have a bad time trying to dodge your attacks.
But what's more important is that there is a possibility to escape a situation like this thanks to the so-called "position changes". Suppose you're in a corner and the enemy is going to hit you with a deadly move; if you act promptly you'll be able to turn the situation in your favour. Dodge the hit, rotate around the enemy and hit him in his back. Instinct and skill, experience and intelligence, as usual for the Tekken series, are needed to perform such complex moves.
In order to add depth to the battles, this time the terrains will have different heights. The developers revealed that the characters will be able to perform different combo moves when they are, for example, on an higher position respect to their opponent.
Waiting for Tekken 4
With titles like Soul Calibur 2 (Namco), sequel to what is considered the best fighting games of all times, Virtua Fighter 4 (Sega) and Tekken 4, Sony's Playstation 2 is going to become the number one among the next generation consoles in the fighting genre. It's true that Microsoft has Dead Or Alive 3 for its X-Box, but compared to the two Namco titles and the artistic Sega masterpiece, Tecmo's new large breasted girls and stylish idiotic fighters look really sad and uninspired.
Anyhow, The Gameplay and the Characters design will be probably the key to make of one of this titles the king of the genre.