Who here hasn’t played Tekken? The game that almost redefined the whole arcade fighting genre with its sweet linkers, the ability to dodge attacks and the most ridiculous hair styles that you would ever see in your life. This is exactly what I expected to get when I installed Tekken Arena by Bandai Namco only to be sorely disappointed.
Despite my expectations, Tekken Arena turned out to be a text based Role Playing Game (RPG) fighter which had me scrolling through a lot of text and investing a lot of talent points before getting to “fight” someone. By the point I actually got to fight someone, I was somewhat disappointed to see the battle mechanics. Instead of having a lot of buttons, I only had to choose between two. While one button filled my rage meter so I could attack, the other one healed up my character by letting him drink potions. To be more precise, the whole process felt more like an elaborated and glamorized game of rock, paper and scissors than an arcade fighter.
Of course, if you’re someone who has never played Tekken or has no idea what the original franchise was about, then you probably might enjoy this simplistic game as it does have some redeeming features such as its storyline and somewhat compelling RPG elements like being able to recruit Tekken fighters or customizing the ones you do have etc. Now, I know to a veteran gamer all of this is just balderdash but for someone who loves playing social games, this would look and sound very exciting.
The game also has colorful graphics but frankly I would had been happier if the developers had decided to include some more on screen fighting animations rather than making them happen off screen. Of course, since this is after all a Bandai Namco game, the sound effects do manage to portray quite a decent picture for anyone with a dime of animation but then again it just might be me who’s trying to cling onto something worthwhile in this game.
All in all, Tekken Arena is not the best game to come out of Bandai Namco studios and falls pretty short of their other titles such as Outcast Odyssey or Pacman+. However, one thing that almost all of us have to realize is that this game is not meant for a truly hardcore gamer, it’s something that has been designed to target anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time to invest in a game at a single time. So, if you’re someone who loves playing social games, then I do suggest that you think about installing Tekken Arena, otherwise I would advise you to stay as far away from the game as possible.