Tekken Hybrid Review


Player(s): 1 - 2
Extra Features: Local Multiplayer

Tekken Hybrid is a compilation of bonus material for Tekken fans recently released exclusively for PS3. The collection comes packed with 2 Tekken games and one Tekken movie. The collection includes Tekken Tag Tournament HD, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue and the Tekken Blood Vengeance blu-ray movie all on one disc. This collection should be thought of as the introduction to Tekken Tag Tournament 2 overall since all of its content somehow relates to Tekken Tag 2 material.

Tekken Tag Tournament HD is an HD remake of the original Tekken Tag Tournament that was released in 1999 for arcades and 2000 for PS2. The version of Tekken Tag on the disc is an HD remake of the PS2 version. All characters and modes are unlocked from the start. The game still includes Tekken Bowl from the PS2 version as well. I must admit that I was a huge fan of the original Tekken Tag Tournament, but this HD version does not appeal to me as much as the original did since it is hard to return to a 10 year old game once I'm use to the more modern style of Tekken gameplay.

The HD version of Tekken Tag Tournament looks really great overall. The character models are very smooth and look redone with added detail. There are no real traces of jagged edges on the fighters anymore. The stages appear very dated however since they haven't changed much from the usual look. The overall game is still just like a fan would remember it on PS2 only with enhancements to the character models for the most part. This is more of a game that older players will want to play for nostalgia more than anything else.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue is a demo game of Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The game has four selectable fighters: Alisa, Ling Xiaoyu, Kazuya and Devil Jin. It has single player and local multiplayer options. The main game will take a player through 4 matches with different matchups of the existing four characters. This game is much more than just a standard fighting game demo though - it has more replay value than you would normally think since a player can customize the options making the game harder or fix the number of rounds per matchup for a maximum of 5 rounds unlike a usual restricted demo.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 feels very refreshing when compared to the original. Usually, I have to adapt to a new fighter since it feels different from the one before it, but with Tekken Tag 2, it has a very similar feel and it allows me to more easily get started without learning the basics all over again. Ling Xiaoyu, Devil Jin and Kazuya all feel very similar to their Tekken Tag counterparts, but they all have updated move sets. The gameplay has a few changes such as a direct tag assault allowing players to change in and out between their fighters during combos more easily.

The game has a very arcadey feel to it that I find in many fighters nowadays. It even displays "free play" and "insert coins" across the screen during the opening demo movie. The announcer has the perfect voice to get you involved as well. I can't help but feel that having a perfect announcer for a fighting game can help the overall feel of it and Tekken Tag 2 really wins in that area to me. The sound quality is perfect! The characters all have Japanese voices when they speak before a match, but the announcer is English.

Both Tekken Tag Tournament HD and Tekken Tag 2 Prologue have no online play. I can't help but feel that no online play is very lazy to not be included in Tekken Tag Tournament HD since this would be an excellent time to make the game online compatible, but no. Both games are local play only for 2 players. Tekken Tag HD has a Team Battle mode also. Both games also have their own set of trophies.

The Tekken Blood Vengeance movie is a full-featured CGI film that last around 1 hour and 30 minutes. It takes place between the events of Tekken 5 and Tekken 6 and follows the story of Ling Xiaoyu and Alisa as they meet up and become friends while they both seek information about a student named Shin Kamiya. As usual, with any Tekken game or movie, Jin, Kazuya and Heihachi become involved and then the story focuses on their goals for the most part - Blood Vengeance basically follows the formula of the game and other Tekken movies in that regard.

Blood Vengeance is a very action-packed and well-animated CGI Tekken movie however. I was greatly involved in it and would happily watch it again. The ending did seem a bit too climatic (over-the-top) in some areas, but the overall movie never got boring. Unlike many other video game moves, it doesn't try to jam pack several characters for cameos. The movie mainly focuses on Ling Xiaoyu, Alisa, Shin, Kazuya, Jin, Heichachi, Anna, Nina and Lee for the most part. Some Tekken characters make no appearance at all in Blood Vengeance.

Overall, Tekken Hybrid is a great pack of bonus material for any Tekken fan that wants a preview of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 or wants to own the Tekken Blood Vengeance movie but when it comes to replay value, the game is kind of lacking. Tekken Tag Tournament HD will likely only be played for nostalgia more than anything else then quickly tossed to the side for newer games. Even with the new trophy list in Tekken Tag Tournament and the way I used to feel about the game, Tekken Tag HD loses its appeal quickly. This compilation is mainly geared toward the truly hardcore Tekken fans for the most part.

The Good:
+ 2 Tekken games and a CGI movie
+ Tekken Tag Tournament 2 demo

The Bad:
- The gameplay of Tekken Tag Tournament HD feels very dated
- No online play at all for either game

Final Rating: 78%. Tekken Hybrid is a compilation of Tekken Tag HD, Tekken Tag 2 demo and the Tekken Blood Vengeance movie. It will really only appeal to the hardcore Tekken fans overall.