Following the conclusion of
the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, Heihachi Mishima defeated his son Kazuya
Mishima and led him to Honmaru Temple, planning to let both Kazuya and his
grandson, Jin Kazama, battle and steal their respective "Devil Genes".
However, Jin defeats both of his predecessors and flies away, leaving the latter
two unconscious. Shortly after, several Jack-4 robots invade the compound,
programmed to take Heihachi's life. Initially, Kazuya and Heihachi fight the
Jack-4s as a team, but eventually Kazuya throws Heihachi across the room as soon
as he notices that Heihachi is getting tired. Then, Kazuya turns into Devil and
escapes, leaving Heihachi to deal with the Jack-4s by himself. They quickly
overwhelm him and self-destruct, leaving Heihachi seemingly dead.
The explosion however, revives
Heihachi's father Jinpachi Mishima from his 50 year slumber chained up beneath
the Temple, and proceeds to reclaim the Mishima Zaibatsu. Two months later, the
King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 is announced. It turns out that Heihachi in fact
survived the explosion, and now pledges to find out and "break the neck of
the one who started this ridiculous tournament!".
follows exactly the same storyline as Tekken 5, only with the additions
of two new characters and one returning character; Emilie "Lili" De
Rochefort (who seeks to destroy the Mishima Zaibatsu and end her father's
financial problem), Sergei Dragunov (a member of Spetsnaz who has been sent to
capture Jin) and Armor King (who was thought to have been killed before the
events of Tekken 4 and whose identity and goals remain a mystery to the
Dark Resurrection's selection screen was so full of hype... Love that BGM.
update to the fan-approved Tekken 5 brings along 3 new
playable characters: Lili Rochefort, Sergei Dragunov and (the epic return of) Armor
King! Presentation-wise, Dark Resurrection shows off a huge variety of
new and remixed stages,
badass new BGMs (some of the
best in Tekken history), new character customizations, improved graphics and more
balanced gameplay. Tekken
5's bugs and character balance issues have been taken care of, and a variety of new combos
and moves are available for every returning character. Even though Tekken 5
seemed like a polished and complete game (especially on PS2), Tekken 5: Dark
Resurrection is a massive improvement over the prequel.
The Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection arcade machine kept the innovations seen
on the original Tekken 5 cabinet, notably the PS2 controller ports and
player card system. As a frequent player of the T5: DR at my local
found it particularly satisfying that nearly every day at the arcade, a few
"new" arcade-goers would be in awe that us Tekken people were
using our PS2 controllers on the arcade machine.
It was a great innovation if you think about it, since your day wouldn't be
ruined if the arcade machine's buttons or stick were suddenly broken... you
could always have that pristine PS2 controller ready to go (which is a favorite controller among many Tekken
players). Once again, Tekken 5 was the first
major arcade game in North America (and some other regions) to use the physical player
card system, which kept track of players' win/loss ratios, character aliases,
and character customizations.
Armor King's EWGF is more
epic than ever... He has badass pants, too.
deep characters from Tekken 5 have returned with a variety of cool new
techniques and hard-hitting attacks, all of which are
nothing short of teeth-cringing (as expected).... The fighters of Tekken never fail
to have that "oomph" when they connect their attacks. Several classic
Baek, Lei and
Jack-5 have also been given complete "animation overhauls," featuring
a ton of visibly smoother animations for some of their classic attacks, yet still retaining the same frame count as the old
ones. (This is perhaps how these characters really should've looked in
Tekken 5, but I suppose Namco just
couldn't get to it in time). Nearly all characters also show off new intro
animations before the fight,
new taunts between rounds, and even a few new win poses. Awesome details that don't
go unnoticed, Namco!
Resurrection's new stages
are epic, even the altered "remixed" backgrounds from Tekken 5... Namco answered my prayers for "more stages
in Tekken 5," which I thought the game could really use. All of the new backgrounds
add a certain visual eye candy, each in their own way. Namco also did a superb
job on remixing most of the background music from Tekken 5, and thankfully,
all of the stages from Tekken 5 are back along with their original
BGMS! Thanks Namco.
They also switched up the announcer's voice, although the new announcer seems to lack motivation or something...
but for some reason, I think he's more suiting for the game.
Remixed stages from Tekken
5... in addition to the originals. Awesome!
The gameplay itself is as flashy as ever, especially while watching two skilled
fighters duke it out. And by the way, I don't mean skilled as in "using cheap tactics
and strategies to win"... I mean skilled as in "making the game look pretty AND
using useful tactics and strategies to win."
good at Tekken isn't only about knowing combos and having good defensive skills. It's also about knowing how to
adapt against different players and play-styles, as the deep characters
in T5DR can be used in such a wide variety of ways... there's simply no "one way" to play each
character (unlike other fighting games out there).
With even more moves than before, the "mix-up" game of Tekken is
ever more prominent. Watching a skilled player
take down a reckless player who "mindlessly attacks" is a beautiful (and
sometimes hilarious) sight to see.
If you one of the many who constantly get their ass kicked in Tekken,
I'd recommend Tekken: Dark Resurrection for
the PSP. It comes with an in game tutorial before it even lets you start
fighting. Great idea Namco, let's clean up those button mashers already!
Tekken's newest hottie,
using her dynamic gymnastics-oriented fighting style... Lili!
Flaws of Tekken 5: DR? Not many... but I will admit
that the hit detection can sometimes be a bit funky and
unrealistic at times. If you know the in's and out's of the game, you'll
know that certain mid and seemingly high attacks can actually connect with a
grounded opponent, and may "pick them up" allowing for even longer
combos. This "flaw of physics" rewards hardcore players
with longer juggles, and may cause more casual players to say something to the effect of "what
the hell?!" or "put me down already!"
In any case, it's not necessarily a gameplay flaw, since all characters have
these types of moves and combos. On that note, T5: DR is a pretty
balanced game. Every character in the game can pull off incredibly
long and damaging combos and can be used effectively (with practice). Overall, T5:
one of the most balanced, responsive, rewarding and most fun 3D fighting games I've ever played.
PS3, PSN, PSP (as Tekken: Dark Resurrection)
February 2006 ( Arcade)
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Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
Tekken 5: DR was the last arcade fighting game that I played regularly at
the arcade. We had a great local Tekken community spread across a few
different arcades, and I have some truly fond memories of that time period.
Sadly, the arcade scene in the U.S. continued its slow death... and the next Tekken
game (Tekken 6) didn't appear at any of my local arcades (probably because the
cabinet was so damn expensive).
Those of us that
love our Tekken were ecstatic when we first heard about T5: DR,
and were even more ecstatic when we played it, which was clearly
Namco's goal. T5: DR brought Tekken 5 players back to the arcade and gave
the players a more balanced game... the best Tekken to date in fact.
its release on the PS3, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection was brought into
full HD with amazingly sharp 1080p visuals. Additionally, for the first time ever,
the downloadable update known as "T5: DR Online" brought the
series online for the first time ever! For more on that title, check out my full review of T5: DR