Everybody was 3DS fighting.
The 3Ds system has already got a strong line-up of fighting games, with the likes of Street Fighter and Dead or Alive proving that these games perform very well on the 3D handheld. But do we really need another one?
Well, of course we do. You can never have too may muscle-bound characters laying into each other on the small screen. The latest portable punch-up to hit the 3DS is Namco Bandai’s premium fighting franchise in Tekken 3D Prime Edition. So what makes this title any different from the other fighting games on the 3DS? Well, it’s got a whole movie included for starters…
Tekken 3D Prime Edition features 41 characters from the well known Tekken franchise, all of which look good and move fluidly, with a great deal of attention focused on refresh rates during fighting. The game runs at an impressive 60 frames per second, even in 3D, although the 3D is forcibly turned off during online play to maintain the framerate, which would be much more enjoyable if there was more to do in the game.
Tekken 3D only offers a few options to the single player. Quick Battle mode allows you to indulge in ten fights against the CPU. Special Survival mode places you head to head against more and more foes with only a single health bar. Then there is the obligatory practice mode in which the player can study each of the characters basic moves and combos used in battles and try to learn these techniques. For the lone player, that is pretty much all that the game has to offer. Should we expect more? Well, this is only a fighting game, but it would have been nice.
As seems to be the trend with these fighting games on the 3DS, the player is rewarded with collectibles, this time in the form of cards. There are more than 700 to collect and they can be traded via Street Pass. If you are the kind of gamer that needs to collect everything, then this will likely make you very happy.
Despite the unnotable single-player experience, most gamers will be more intrested in what happens when you fight against other players. With both local and online fighting available, although local has no Download Play so all fighters will need their own cart, the Versus Battle mode is the destination of choice. The online battles can be either ranked or unranked and, whilst some players may experience a lag problem, on the whole the multiplayer game is enjoyable and well done.
Tekken 3D feels very sparse when it comes to modes. What is there works well, but there just isn’t enough of it to compete with the other fighting games on 3DS. It all looks very good and runs very smoothly, thanks to the high frame rate, but that just isn’t really enough.
Those of you who have yet to see the 3D animated movie Tekken Blood Vengeance, which was also included with Tekken Hybrid for PS3, may be pleased to hear that the entire movie is included on the cart. It is not exactly the greatest movie in the world, but its inclusion is certainly a bonus, especially given the relative lack of 3D movies and such becoming available on the 3DS. The movie runs well, although it does have to be watched in one sitting as there is no way of resuming the film at a later date, and the 3D is nice to watch, if a bit shallow.
Feeling almost like a lite version of Tekken 6, the lack of modes will certainly damage Tekken 3D’s desirability. Despite this, the impressive visuals and Tekken gameplay will please fans of the franchise. And you get a 3D movie, which is not too bad.