Video game review: Tekken 3D Prime EditionWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | email@example.com
Tekken 3D Prime Edition (Namco Bandai)
The famous fighting series continues packing a nice punch in its exclusive debut on the Nintendo 3DS handheld console. The environments do not have much impact on gameplay, but look great. The character design also looks sharp, and so are the fighting mechanics. The familiar 40-plus character roster includes many of the same fighters as Tekken 6 on the PSP and the young Heihachi character for the first time ever. New content includes the full-length “Tekken Blood Vengeance 3D” feature film, the first such film release for the 3DS, which takes place between the Tekken 5 and Tekken 6 storylines. The game itself has no story, so the cut scenes and even the traditional ending boss battles are gone.
Multiplayer is available in local and online/Internet modes, but the 3-D mode is automatically disabled. In multiplayer mode, players cannot switch to different characters when playing online without totally backing out of the mode. Single player modes include practice and quick battle (similar to arcade mode), a series of 10 rounds with increasingly difficult opponents. The special survival mode gives players a health bar slowly that rebuilds among rounds against foes who lose health when successfully attacked in specific ways. Game developers substitute familiar unlockables and rewards with card rewards (765 total) that can be found in the game and using Street Pass where players can also trade cards. Players earn cards in quick battle and survival modes (***, rated T for mild suggestive themes and violence).