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Tekken X Street Fighter

Namco: Tekken X Street Fighter isn't canceled, so please relax

It just doesn't sound like it's happening any time soon either
Jul 27
// Kyle MacGregor
Tekken X Street Fighter is still a thing that's happening, according to statements issued by Bandai Namco producer Katsuhiro Harada at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con. The crossover fighting game is "still in developm...
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Tekken 7 extended trailer is twice as overdramatic

I love Heihachi...and he loves me
Jul 25
// Steven Hansen
I can't believe Liam Neeson has already made seven of these. There was a trailer for this recently, but this Comic-Con trailer is twice and long, therefore twice as good. You can say, "It's not about the length of the trailer, it's how you use it" all you like, but it's a half truth.  Also, please never say Heihachi again.
Also, Raiden gets even more annoying moves
For whatever reason, AOL accidentally let the cat out of the bag about Tekken 7, which is going to be running on Unreal Engine 4, and now we have a big ol' trailer for the game. Meanwhile, in a different game about guys with dumb hair hitting each other, Raiden has been revealed for Mortal Kombat X, and he seems to have a very loose understanding of what thunder can and can't block out.

EVO 2014 recap: Here's who won

Jul 14 // Jordan Devore
Ultra Street Fighter IV [embed]278083:54883:0[/embed] Grand Final: Louffy vs. Bonchan 1. MD|Luffy (Rose) 2. Bonchan (Sagat) 3. RZR|Fuudo (Fei Long) 4. RG|Snake Eyez (Zangief) 5. RZR|Gackt (Fei Long) 5. EG|Ricky Ortiz (Rufus, Rolento) 7. EG|Momochi (Ken, Juri) 7. HORI|Sako (Ibuki, Evil Ryu, Elena, Gen) Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 [embed]278083:54885:0[/embed] Grand Final: Justin Wong vs. Chris G 1. EG|Justin Wong (Wolverine, Storm, Akuma) 2. GG|NYChrisG (Morrigan, Dr. Doom, Vergil | Others) 3. RG|Filipino Champ (Magneto, Dormammu, Dr. Doom | Others) 4. CTRL|RayRay (Magneto, Dr. Doom, Sentinel) 5. RG|Flocker (Zero, Vergil, Hawkeye | Others) 5. Jan (Hulk, Shuma-Gorath, Haggar | Others) 7. MRN|Marn (Zero, Vergil, Strider) 7. BIFU|Insaynne (Nova, Spencer, Dr. Doom) Super Smash Bros. Melee [embed]278083:54884:0[/embed] Grand Final: Mango vs. Hungrybox 1. C9|Mango (Falco, Fox) 2. Crs|Hungrybox (Jigglypuff, Fox, Falco) 3. EMP|Armada (Peach, Young Link) 4. EG|PPMD (Falco, Marth) 5. EMP|Mew2King (Marth, Sheik) 5. MOR|Axe (Pikachu) 7. Fly Amanita (Ice Climbers) 7. GC|Silent Wolf (Fox) Killer Instinct [embed]278083:54886:0[/embed] Grand Final: CDJR vs. Rico Suave 1. RM|CD Jr. (Sadira) 2. RG|Rico Suave (Thunder, Glacius, Jago, Sabrewulf, Fulgore) 3. EG|Justin Wong (Sabrewulf) 4. Gutter Magic (Thunder) 5. TSwagg (Sadira) 5. IC|MyGod88 (Sabrewulf) 7. Pretty E (Orchid) 7. Mr. Grimmmz (Jago) BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma [embed]278083:54892:0[/embed] Grand Final: Garireo vs. Dogura 1. Garireo (Litchi) 2. Dogura (Azrael) 3. BE|DoraBang (Bang) 4. Yoshiki (v-13-) 5. Tiku (Tager) 5. N-O (Rachel) 7. Tochigin (Azrael) 7. SG (Litchi) The King of Fighters XIII [embed]278083:54887:0[/embed] Grand Final: Xiao Hai vs. Tokido 1. Qanba|Xiao Hai (EX Iori, Mr. Karate, Kim) 2. MCZ|Tokido (EX Iori, Chin, Mr. Karate) 3. LDA|ET (Clark, Mr. Karate, EX Iori | Others) 4. CafeID|MadKOF (Duo Lon, Daimon, Kim) 5. Woo (King, Takuma, Kim) 5. TC|Yoshi (EX Kyo, Benimaru, Shen | Others) 7. VGM|Misterio (Yuri, Saiki, King) 7. TC|Chris KOF (Duo Lon, Iori, Shen) Injustice: Gods Among Us [embed]278083:54888:0[/embed] Grand Final: Pig of the Hut vs. Sonic Fox 1. RG|Sonic Fox (Batgirl) 2. AK|Pig of the Hut (Zod) 3. IC|Mit88 (Deathstroke, Batgirl, Aquaman) 4. GGA|PimPimJim (Hawkgirl, Raven, Shazam) 5. EMPR|Noobe (Doomsday) 5. IC|DJT88 (Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Doomsday) 7. GGA|16-bit (Catwoman) 7. FRQ|Emperor Theo (Aquaman) Tekken Tag Tournament 2 [embed]278083:54889:0[/embed] Grand Final: JDCR vs. Gen 1. Twitch|JDCR (Heihachi, Armor King) 2. Twitch|Gen Kids (Bob, Leo) 3. BE|Ao (Alisa, Miguel) 4. Jimmy J Tran (Bryan, Dragunov) 5. ATL|HOA (JACK-6, P-JACK) 5. Inkognito (Bryan, Bob) 7. JustFrameJames (Marshall Law, Yoshimitsu) 7. BMNS-13 (Hwoarang, Baek) Mortal Kombat 9 [embed]278083:54890:0[/embed] Grand Final: Sonic Fox vs. DAB 1. RG|Sonic Fox (Sonya Blade) 2. IC|DAB88 (Liu Kang, Jax, Johnny Cage) 3. IC|DJT88 (Cyrax) 4. FNATIC|Perfect Legend (Kung Lao, Raiden) 5. GGA|16-bit (Kitana) 5. KIT|Forever King (Kung Lao, Kabal, Freddy Kreuger) 7. RM|CD Jr. (Jax, Kung Lao) 7. IC|WoundCowboy88 (Shang Tsung) Persona 4: Arena [embed]278083:54891:0[/embed] Grand Final: Lord Knight vs. Ho-chan 1. TS|Lord Knight (Mitsuru) 2. Ho-chan (Yukiko) 3. BrkrDv (Teddie) 4. Rath (Mitsuru) 5. Dacidbro (Akihiko) 5. Lode Knight (Chie) 7. BananaKen (Shadow Labrys) 7. Pain (Aigis) X-Mania's three-on-three Super Street Fighter II Turbo tournament [embed]278083:54897:0[/embed] 1. Team M3 - TMF (Zangief) - Mattsun (Ken) - Mao (Vega) 2. Team Japan2 - Noguchi (Vega) - Kurahashi (Ryu) - Hanashi (Fei Long) 3. Team Special Forces - Ganelon (Vega) - AfroLegends (Balrog) - Damdai (O. Ryu) EVO 2014 results [Event Hubs]  Other highlights (post yours in the comments!) Pikachu destruction (skip to 6:21) [embed]278083:54894:0[/embed] Filipino Champ's comeback against ApologyMan (skip to 12:20). [embed]278083:54893:0[/embed] Sako special (skip to 8:00) [embed]278083:54895:0[/embed]
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The grand finals and other notable moments
And just like that, another EVO has come and gone. What a weekend. Despite not playing fighting games much myself, I'll never miss watching the year's big tournament. The audience's energy, the drama that unfolds on stage -- ...

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Tekken 7

Here's the Tekken 7 trailer we've all been waiting for

Unreal Engine 4, eh?
Jul 14
// Brittany Vincent
It's about time we get another Tekken game. Despite the fact that my last true favorite Tekken game was Tekken 3 with Hwoarang, Eddy, and Jin, the official Tekken 7 trailer still has me sufficiently excited. However, bizarre...
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Tekken 7

Report: Bandai Namco will announce Tekken 7 today

Supposedly powered by Unreal Engine 4
Jul 13
// Kyle MacGregor
Bandai Namco apparently just announced Tekken 7, according to an IGN report released via AOL. Katsuhiro Harada, the producer behind the long-running fighting game series, has an announcement planned for later today ...

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 added to EVO 2014 lineup

3D fighter back in the tournament
Apr 04
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
EVO co-founder Joey Cuellar made a special presentation on iPlayWinner revealing that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be part of this year's EVO lineup. Bandai Namco Games is also joining the event has a primary sponsor for the ...
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No new Tekken movie

The live-action Tekken prequel is not happening after all

Tekken advantage of
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
A couple days ago, we heard word of a new live-action Tekken film that would serve as a prequel to the last live-action movie. This movie is not happening, Joystiq reports. Actor Kane Kosugi, reported to star in the film, ann...
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New Tekken movie

Tekken movie gets a prequel: Tekken - A Man Called X

Don't X'pect much
Jan 13
// Steven Hansen
There's another Tekken movie coming out, Cinema Today reports. Inexplicably, it's a prequel to the Tekken movie that came out in 2009 that no one cared about. Just start over. No one would care. I was going to mention fond me...
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We may see two new games in 2014 from Tekken director

Katsuhiro Harada chats about his work
Jan 01
// Chris Carter
Tekken is still chugging along, and director Katsuhiro Harada recently had a chat with 4Gamer to clarify where he stands on the series . Although he's mostly been working on F2P in 2012, he also noted that, everything up...
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Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday Deal: Ni No Kuni for $9.99

Slew of deals over at the Namco Bandai Shop
Dec 01
// Wesley Ruscher
If you haven't had your fill of Black Friday deals, then Namco Bandai might just have a few more to keep you busy over the long winter drought. Over at their CLUB NAMCO store, a few deals are currently running and are good th...
New Tekken character photo
New Tekken character

Female Vampire wins Tekken Revolution character poll

Muscle Pac-Man was almost a choice
Jul 22
// Chris Carter
Remember that poll that would decide the next brand new character in the Tekken franchise? Well it looks like we have a winner -- the Female Vampire. Right behind her were the "Female Tekken Force" character, and Shin Kamiya,...

EVO 2013: Results, highlights, and all the hype

Jul 15 // Wesley Ruscher
Street Fighter IV Arcade: (Top 8 of 1,601 participants) 1. DM|Xian (Gen)2. MCZ|Tokido (Akuma)3. Infiltration (Akuma, Hakan)4. EG|PR Balrog (Balrog)5. Haitani (Makoto)5. HORI|Sako (Ibuki, Evil Ryu)7. AvM|GamerBee (Adon)7. MCZ|Daigo (Ryu) Grand Finals: DM Xian v. MCZ Tokido [embed]258133:49585:0[/embed] Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3: (Top 8 of 1,297 participants) 1. EMP|Flocker (Zero, Vergil, Hawkeye)2. EG|Justin Wong (Wolverine, Storm, Akuma | Others)3. Angelic (Wolverine, Dormammu, Shuma-Gorath)4. Cloud805 (Zero, Vergil, Dante)5. AGE|NYChrisG (Morrigan, Dr. Doom, Vergil | Others)5. coL|Filipino Champ (Magneto, Dormammu, Dr. Doom | Others)7. ATX|Zak (Zero, Vergil, Dante)7. Ranmasama (Haggar, Dormammu, Magneto) Grand Finals: EMP Flocker v. EG Justin Wong [part 1] [embed]258133:49587:0[/embed] [part 2] [embed]258133:49588:0[/embed] Super Smash Bros. Melee: (Top 8 of 696 participants) 1. Mango (Fox, Falco)2. Wobblez (Ice Climbers)3. CT|Hungrybox (Jigglypuff)4. Armada (Peach)5. EMP|Mew2King (Fox, Sheik, Marth)5. VGBC|Dr.PeePee (Falco)7. Ice (Sheik)7. Shroomed (Dr. Mario) Grand Finals: Mango v. Wobblez [embed]258133:49590:0[/embed] Injustice: Gods Among Us: (Top 8 of 582 participants)  1. EMP|KDZ (Superman)2. Crazy DJT 88 (Green Lantern, Doomsday)3. AGE|NYChrisG (Green Arrow, Black Adam)4. EGP|MFSlayer (Superman, Wonder Woman)5. RDK|Godspeed (Black Adam, Aquaman)5. EMPR_Theo (Superman)7. EG|PR Balrog (Killer Frost)7. EMP|REO (Batman) Grand Finals: EMP KDZ v. Crazy DJT 88 [embed]258133:49589:0[/embed] Street Fighter X Tekken: (Top 8 of 545 participants) 1. Infiltration (Jin, Alisa)2. EG|Justin Wong (Hwoarang, Chun-Li)3. MOV (Law, Nina | Law, Cammy)4. LU|Alex Valle (Yoshimitsu, Lars)5. CafeID|Poongko (Nina, Kazuya | Ryu, Kazuya)5. SCE|TZA (Chun-Li, Law)7. Esuta (Law, King | Bob, Law)7. KS|Jibbo (Jin, Sagat) Grand Finals: Infiltration v EG Justin Wong [embed]258133:49595:0[/embed] King of Fighters XII: (Top 8 of 433 participants) 1. AS|Reynald (EX Kyo, Benimaru, Kim | Others)2. Hee San Woo (Ryo, Takuma, Kim | Others)3. CafeID|MadKOF (King, Shen, Kim | Others)4. MCZ|Tokido (EX Iori, Mr. Karate, Kim)5. DM|Xian (EX Iori, EX Kyo, Mr. Karate | Others)5. CafeID|Verna (Kim, Duo Lon, Mr. Karate | Others)7. Fox (Ryo, Mr. Karate, Chin | Others)7. AGE|Romance (King, Yuri, Benimaru) Grand Finals: AS Reynald v. Hee San Woo [part 1] [embed]258133:49591:0[/embed] [part2] [embed]258133:49592:0[/embed] [part 3] [embed]258133:49593:0[/embed] Persona 4 Arena: (Top 8 of 400 participants) 1. Yume (Aigis)2. LordKnight (Mitsuru)3. BananaKen (Shadow Labrys)4. BrkrDave (Teddie)5. Stunedge (Yukiko)5. Die-chan (Mitsuru)7. Spark (Teddie)7. Domi (Akihiko) Grand Finals: Yume v. LordKnight [embed]258133:49594:0[/embed] Tekken Tag Tournament 2: (Top 8 of 355 participants) 1. CafeID|Knee (Lars, Devil Jin | Bruce, Devil Jin)2. Eightarc|Bronson Tran (Ogre, Jinpachi)3. AGE|Stringbean (Alisa, Bob)4. CafeID|Nin (Marduk, Steve)5. MoneyInc|Kayyal (Armor King, King)5. AGE|JustFrameJames (Yoshimitsu, Marshall Law | Hwoarang, Marshall Law)7. MoneyInc|EddieBoyMang (Christie, Eddy)7. Eightarc|Mateo (JACK-6, Feng | Bob, Slim Bob) Grand Finals: CafeID Knee v. Eightarc Bronson [part 1] [embed]258133:49597:0[/embed] [part 2] [embed]258133:49596:0[/embed] Mortal Kombat 9: (Top 8 of 233 participants) 1. Crazy DJT 88 (Cyrax)2. EMP|REO (Kabal)3. My God 88 (Sonya Blade, Liu Kang)4. Forever King 88 (Kung Lao)5. GGA|16-Bit (Kitana)5. FNATIC|Perfect Legend (Kabal, Kung Lao)7. Wound Cowboy 88 (Shang Tsung)7. DetroitBallin (Kabal) Grand Finals: Crazy DJT 88 v. EMP REO [embed]258133:49598:0[/embed] Results and entrance numbers [EventHubs] My favorite matches (aside from the epic Grand Finals) in no particular order. Justin Wong sends Filipino Champ to the loser's bracket in UMvC3 [embed]258133:49599:0[/embed] PR Balrog upsets Infiltration in Semi Finals of Super Street Fighter IV Arcade [embed]258133:49600:0[/embed] Massive group hug at the end of the Skullgirls final [embed]258133:49601:0[/embed]  Biggest troll moment of EVO 2013. Xbox One gets booed by crowd before Killer Instinct demonstration. [embed]258133:49602:0[/embed]  Congrats to all the winners and thanks for all the memories. Can't wait for next year. Feel free to share your favorite moments below. So hype!
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Villains defeated and new heroes crowned
Another year, another Evolution Championship Series under wraps. This year's premiere fighting game tournament was by far the biggest to date boasting over 3,000 participants from over 30 countries, stretching across nine of ...

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Original Tekken character

Harada holds poll for new characters in Tekken Revolution

Lots of female options
Jul 12
// Chris Carter
In case you haven't heard, Namco Bandai released a free-to-play version of Tekken on the PlayStation 3 called Tekken Revolution. Producer Katsuhiro Harada recently checked in with fans, and noted that due to the game's popula...

In defense of boobies

Apr 25 // Vito Gesualdi
It’s the same realm of harmless fantasy that inspired my fourteen-year-old self to rewind the shower scene from Starship Troopers a few hundred times, or spurned me to save up an absurd amount of money for Chie’s maid outfit in Persona 4 Golden. A cheap erotic thrill which in no way influences my attitudes towards actual women. This would be the weirdest crossover ever. I bring this up because of the recent controversy surrounding Vanillaware’s upcoming hack-n-slash Dragon’s Crown, a game whose female characters possess some rather obvious assets. The game’s brazen character art inspired a news post by Kotaku writer Jason Schreier, who jokingly accused it of having a fourteen-year-old for a character designer. The insinuation, of course, was that only a teenage boy could design something so blatantly over-sexualized, scribbling his depictions of Amazonian fantasy women in a dark corner of the middle-school cafeteria. I personally found this joke both lazy and offensive, diminishing the abilities of character designer George Kamitani and missing the obvious elements of parody evident in the art style. See, unlike our fourteen-year-old strawman, Kamitani’s seems entirely aware that his absurd depictions of the female form are beyond even the realm of fantasy, which seems to be the point. The game’s art is obvious satire, taking the already unrealistic anatomies laid out by fantasy art masters like Frazetta, and cranking them to 11. The fact that his characters are being compared by critics to the outdated fantasy heroines of yesteryear is precisely what makes them such a brilliant homage. Frazetta - the reason fantasy women don't know about armor. While we could easily get sidetracked regarding Kamitani’s arguably offensive reply to Schreier, it did force the writer to elaborate on his particular criticisms of the game’s art style, an eye-rolling attempt to demonize Dragon’s Crown simply due to its attempts to titillate.  Says Schreier: “Why complain? Because it's embarrassing. Because I wouldn't want to be seen playing it in public. Because I love Japanese games and Japanese RPGs and I don't want them to perpetuate the ugly "boys' club" mentality that has pervaded gaming for almost three decades now.” For Schreier to make the point that he’s embarrassed by this game, or that he wouldn’t want to be seen playing it in public seems bizarre, insinuating that games shouldn’t offer material which might be offensive to certain audiences. No, I wouldn’t play Dragon’s Crown with most of my female friends, nor would I invite them over to watch the latest Girls Gone Wild release. Though the game doesn’t appeal to all sensibilities, why should we expect it to? It's kind of like arguing for more family-friendly porno stores. Though the gaming industry should be taking efforts to attract a more mainstream audience, this is something that requires a diversification of offerings, not simply doing away with potentially-offensive outliers. This is similar to how Citizen Kane can be rented from the same video store as Dangerous Dongs Down Under Vol. 5. Same media, though the latter is kept in that roped-off section in the back (which given the niche appeal of Dragon’s Crown is probably where it belongs as well). Meanwhile, regarding the “boy’s club” complaint, it is worth admitting that the gaming industry is definitely lacking in strong portrayals of women. However, I take special exception to Schreier’s claim that media does not exist in a vacuum. His argument is that while Dragon’s Crown alone is not cause for concern, because it contributes to a growing selection of games which fail to portray women maturely, it should be considered part of a larger problem and decried as such. This thinking is wholly unreasonable, burdening creators with restrictions on what sorts of characters are “acceptable.” The creators of Dragon’s Crown do not owe us effective female characters, nor are their elaborate cartoonish fantasies something that could be considered morally unsound. It’s a simple stylistic choice, and though the game fails to provide the positive-gender portrayals the industry needs, looking for such things in your silly arcade hack-and-slash is honestly absurd. You might as well complain about how the game unfairly stereotypes dragons. While some accuse Dragon’s Crown and similar games of “holding the industry back,” it seems they have a different idea of what direction the industry needs to head in. I personally don’t believe every game need to include fleshed-out characters and plotlines, that I can sometimes be content to simply hit bad guys until they fall down. I even think it’s okay to show players some boobs, even if there’s about as much character development contained within them as in those pornographic movies I’m so fond of. Now admittedly, there is an obvious sexism problem within the gaming industry, with some still believing it’s appropriate to display women-objects at our “professional” events, or for news outlets to publish booth-babe photo spreads. However, to try and hold individual games responsible for this culture is entirely misguided. Yes, these games are often male power-fantasies, though that’s not a problem in and of itself (even if the fantasy involves large-breasted women). Few games seem truly malicious in their sexualization of women, and are guilty of nothing more than providing some cheap (and often lazy) thrills. The real problem is when these cheap thrills are interpreted incorrectly by the audience, potentially contributing to an unhealthy attitude towards women. Though again, the solution is not to outlaw titillation, but simply to broaden the realm of media, giving people more exposure to how actual women both look and act. However this will still leave room for the occasional science-fiction shower scene, or RPGs which let you dress up your characters like little dolls. We don’t need such harmless sexual depictions to disappear entirely, just for them to be balanced out by the mature characterizations the industry obviously needs. More of this please. Point is, Dragon's Crown has boobs. I can both enjoy them while simultaneously hoping for more realistic depictions of women in gaming. You can too.
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Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the fantasy
Let me preface this article by stating a few simple facts. I am a young, white, American male who consumes vast amounts of pornography. As such, I am occasionally drawn to depictions of the female form which are perhaps outsi...

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Tekken helped this MMA fighter learn some moves

Apr 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Uriah Hall is a rising middleweight MMA fighter and part of his success can be attributed to, of all things, Tekken. This latest episode of Vice's Fightland follows Uriah as he describes how Tekken helped with his training. ...

Review: Tekken Card Tournament

Apr 10 // Chris Carter
Tekken Card Tournament (Android, iPad, iPhone [reviewed on iPhone 5], PC)Developer: Namco BandaiPublisher: Namco BandaiReleased: April 4, 2013MSRP: Free-to-play (Microtransactions, $0.99-$99.99 for currency to buy cards and boosters) After booting up TCT for the first time, you'll have the opportunity to select one of the limited characters on offer (Panda, Nina, Yoshimitsu, Xiaoyu, Lili, Kazuya, Law, and Paul), all of who feature a different deck and playstyle. Then you can basically jump into combat after a short tutorial and pick up on the game almost instantantly. Simply put, there are three options every single turn: Focus, Strike, and Block. Focus draws a card into your hand, Strike plays all your cards in your hand (for damage), and Block nullifies the first two cards in an opponent's hand. As you might imagine, drawing cards is completely random, so there is some luck involved, but choosing when to draw, play, or block cards can mean the difference between a win and a loss. Essentially, it's a more intricate version of rock paper scissors. That's not really a bad thing, mind you. Just don't expect a whole lot at first until you develop your deck and reach the more nuanced ability cards (such as cards that deal instant high damage but give your opponents free cards). [embed]250857:48031:0[/embed] A 10-second time limit for each turn keeps play fast and frantic, and the actual cards signify real moves from the franchise, which flow very well into cool-looking combos. Like most contemporary mobile games, there's a level system that slowly unlocks new content, like higher offline difficulties or new card options. Faithful visuals compliment the game, and like Uncharted: Fight for Fortune, you don't really need to be a fan of the franchise to enjoy the core gameplay (though it does help). As polished as the game is visually however, the utterly lazy menu translations don't really do any favors. Okay, so the game is simple, is pretty fun to play, and has a single- and multiplayer component. So what's the bad news? Well, as you could tell from the big red "free" flag listed above, the game has microtransactions -- and lots of them -- Yoshimitsu's Robin Hood mantra be damned. Like most IAP titles, there are two forms of currency: coins (in-game) and credits (real-life cash). You mostly have to pay credits for packs, but gold can be earned more freely, which you can use to buy individual cards, of which there are a total of 191 cards (at this current time). You can also randomly earn cards through play, but the issue here is that they're for a random character. Your cards may actually be spread out over multiple fighters, which never allows you to really develop one good deck for quite some time. Although you can sell cards off for more scratch, often the sell value is astronomically low, as in one-fourth of the entire value of the card. When you reach level four, you can fuse cards together, but it's a bit of a grind to even get there, given that you will struggle at times with a basic set if you refuse to shell out a decent amount of dough. What really grinds my gears is that I encountered multiple drops when playing online, compounded by the fact that the servers as a whole have been taken down for extended periods to deal with fan demand. If you're going to ask players to spend tons of cash to truly enjoy your game, at least allow them to play online consistently and progress a little more quickly. If people lose interest, why are they going to continue paying you in the first place? For the sake of science, I tested the game both on and offline, and let's just say you do not want to ever play the game offline. Comically, it seems as if you have to constantly be connected (most likely to suggestively sell you stuff at every turn) to earn rewards for a fight, even if it's offline against a CPU. This screen I captured and posted just below hilariously highlights both the inability to earn offline rewards and the poor translation. If you're actually interested despite the constant paywalls, the good news is there will be physical cards this Summer with QR codes to add to your digital deck. If you're a card game fan like myself, finding a group of people to play this with in a social gathering and getting free digital cards may be more enticing than ponying up for microtransactions. But again, that isn't available yet. In many ways, Tekken Card Tournament is a shame, because it's actually a decent, simple little card game. If someone laid a real-life starter deck in front of me, I'd actually play it for an extended period of time, but as it stands, it's not worth slogging through the mictrotransaction and "energy" nonsense to do it.
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Rock, paper, pay me
For something that came out of nowhere, Tekken Card Tournament is actually a decent if simplistic little card game. As you're locked in card combat, fighter avatars will jostle about on screen just like the core games with a ...

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Tekken Card Tournament out now on iOS, Android, browsers

Grab it for free
Apr 04
// Jordan Devore
When word about Tekken Card Tournament first got out, it seemed to me like it could easily have been a quick side project for Namco Bandai. I didn't expect it to get this kind of treatment -- just look at the embedded t...
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PS Plus

Spec Ops, Joe Danger 2, & more now free to PS Plus users

Plus The Cave, Tekken 6, and Disgaea 3
Mar 04
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
PlayStation Plus subscribers just got a buttload of games thrown at them with this weeks months additions to the service. Spec Ops: The Line, Joe Danger 2: The Movie, and The Cave are all now free to play on the PlayStation 3...
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Xbox Live Sale

Xbox Live sale day 7 is all about the fighters

Play nice, kids
Mar 04
// Brett Makedonski
Major Nelson and his crazy price-slashing antics continue as we roll into day seven of the surprisingly good Games on Demand sale. This time 'round, the focus is squarely on the fighters.  Some of the genre's biggest nam...
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Namco Bandai sale

Namco discounts Artorias of the Abyss and more on PS3

PS3, Vita, and PSP games are half price
Feb 05
// Jordan Devore
As a nice complement to Square Enix's Final Fantasy sale this week, Namco Bandai also has some discounts for PlayStation gamers going live soon. This is an assorted bunch, with the clear highlight being Artorias of the Abyss ...

The Ravens will win the Super Bowl because of these games

Feb 03 // Chris Carter
Metal Gear Solid Ray Lewis' dances have been likened to that of a shamanistic ritual. Of course, he learned from the best. The one, the only, Vulcan Raven -- grand master shaman of the Metal Gear Solid universe himself. Did you know that Vulcan Raven is an Olympian and sports enthusiast? Yep, just take it from the big man: "There is another event that I excel at. It is called the ear pull. It is an event where two contestants pull each others' ears while enduring the harsh cold." That's like, basically football, dudes. That's So Raven: Psychic On The Scene What's the only thing better than Raven-Symoné? Raven-Symoné with psychic powers. Based on the #1 hit TV show That's So Raven, this point and click adventure game for the DS doesn't take shit from anyone, as Raven and the gang stop the beloved Thompson theater from meeting an untimely end. Selfless acts of altruism? That's so Baltimore Ravens. Castlevania Sometimes the biggest winners come in the smallest packages. Crowned as one of the most annoying, most persistent enemies of all time, the Castlevania Raven's tenacity can't be topped. That's The Ravens D at gametime -- all up in San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick's business without fail. Kaepernick? More like Sackpernick. Tekken 5 Raven from the Tekken series has an X shaped scar on his face, mostly because he's pretty goddamn extreme. No one even knows how old he is or where he comes from (badass). He's an OG competitor that was rumored to be based on both Muay Thai Champion Michael McDonald and the now B-list actor Wesley Snipes. Wesley Snipes even thinks he's a vampire in real life! That's true warrior spirit right there. Earthbound [Image by tjg-12345] Earthbound's Spiteful Crow is one of the baddest birds in gaming. Billed as one of the toughest early-game mobs in all of RPG-dom, these dudes can swipe stuff from Ness and his crew faster than you can say "Randy Moss is washed up." Alright so the Spiteful Crow is not quite a raven, but it's close enough. Probably. Raven Software Why pick one more individual game when I can pick like, a billion? Heretic, Hexen, X-Men Legends, Origins: Wolverine -- all badass games. And who made them? Raven Software. Just look at that badass bird logo -- look familiar? Yeah I thought so -- it's the winning flag, flying high in the sky in New Orleans.See you at game time!
Ravens Super Bowl win photo
Ever since the team's inception, I've been a member of the Ravens Nation. After a quick victory in Super Bowl XXXIV, we've been so close yet so far so many times. Now, we have another shot in 2013. I mean, we all know The Rav...

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Tekken TCG

Tekken Card Tournament uses virtual and physical cards

New "cross media" project from Namco Bandai
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
After the Uncharted card game, Namco Bandai's announcement of an impending North American release for Tekken Card Tournament seems all too normal to me. In the coming weeks, the card battle game will be out as a free-to-play ...

EVO 2K13 lineup announced, will feature Persona 4 Arena

Plus, UMvC 3, MK 9, KoF, SF and more
Jan 09
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
EVO 2K13 will be taking place from July 12-14 this year at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. As for the games players will be competing in? It will consist of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcad...

Review: Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition

Nov 26 // Chris Carter
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U [reviewed])Developer: Namco Bandai GamesPublisher: Namco Bandai GamesRelease: November 18, 2012 (Wii U)MSRP: $59.99 If you're looking for a general overview of the game's mechanics, you can find that in my original review of the game. Without further ado, here's what's new in the Wii U Edition! Right off the bat you'll notice two additional modes: Mushroom Mode and Tekken Ball. Oldschool Tekken fans will remember the latter from Tekken 3 as one of the best minigames in the entire franchise. "Ball" is pretty much exactly how Namco left it, except there are additional mechanics added in for tag teams. It's just as fun to play, and batting around a volleyball (which can be customized) is still great fun. Mushroom Mode is a bit more entropic, and not really as cool as it sounds. While initially the idea of dressing up as Mario and getting giant-enabling mushrooms sounds enticing, you'll instantly notice that the matches just end up being nonsensical hell-fests, where both players are constantly hitting mushrooms so fast that there's barely any room to actually play the game. There are a number of levels that feature mushrooms of the poison (damage) and golden (speed) variety, but the lack of further items is disappointing. It would have been nice if Namco added more power-ups to the fray, and made them all customizable (like Smash Bros.) -- as it stands, you'll probably get bored of the presets and the same old Mario music quite quickly. Both of these gametypes cannot be played online, which is a major bummer. Still, their inclusion doesn't hurt anything in terms of the overall package, as they are mere additions to an already jam-packed game: just temper your expectations. Another added feature is brand new Nintendo character themed costumes, which are unlocked at the start (no need to "buy" them with in-game fight points). Unfortunately though, I wouldn't go crazy over the new costumes. They're preset, not customizable, and tend to overlap fairly frequently. If you get "lucky" enough to have your favorite character matched up with your favorite Nintendo franchise, that's cool -- but most people will probably get stuck with an undesirable costume, like Toad. Another small concession is the fact that all of the DLC, whether it's character packs or Snoop Dogg's exclusive stage, is unlocked from the start -- no silly time-locked downloads required. You just boot up the game, and you have everything. There's also another unlikely addition that may go unnoticed by many: the Wii U Edition does not require an online pass. While people note that so many games have online passes now and it's "normal," to expect them, I prefer not to prescribe to that view, and champion any game that does not include one on principle. Just keep in mind that the World Tekken Federation isn't supported at the current time, if you're a fan of it on other consoles. As for the core gameplay itself, everything is pretty much the same. Visually, I didn't notice that much of a difference (if at all), but the game still runs just as smoothly as the 360 and PS3 versions, and after doing a side by side comparison, I had no complaints. I'm really glad that this isn't shoddy port, as that was easily possible given Namco's history. Also, unlike a lot of other half-hearted ports, all of the same modes return from the original -- you're basically getting the same exact version the 360 and PS3 did, plus the extras. I tested the game with both the GamePad and the Wii U Pro Controller, and both work great. Obviously you may prefer your 360 or PS3 arcade sticks, but just know that so long as you're acclimated to the GamePad or own a Pro Controller, you should be good to go here. If you opt to use the GamePad, you'll also have access to four preset moves or combos at the touch of a button. You can either touch the combo on-screen, or hold L and press a button for them (the latter of which is very convenient, as it doesn't require touch controls at all). Unfortunately, since Nintendo is only supporting one GamePad per console right now, you'll have to fight over who gets to use this functionality if you're playing locally.Thankfully, Namco Bandai also supports remote play (playing the entire game on the GamePad), which quite frankly, should be a gold standard anyway, as remote play is a nice feature that I found myself taking advantage of fairly often. For instance, when football is on during the week, usually I'm too preoccupied to get in a few practice bouts on the 360 or PS3 -- but with the Wii U Edition, I was able to boot up the game entirely on the GamePad, and practice there while the TV was in use. As long as you're prepared to deal with the decidedly smaller community, the Wii U Edition of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is the best version of the game. It's essentially the exact same package with a few extras, and a few tiny conveniences that put it slightly over the original. While I wouldn't double-dip if you're already a Tekken adopter, the Wii U Edition is a great place to start.
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A link to Tekken's past
Tekken isn't what I'd consider a "Nintendo friendly" franchise. No, I'm not referring to the actual content of the games, but the mere existence (lack thereof, rather) of the franchise on Nintendo consoles and portables. In 2...


What is 'Tekken Card Tournament'?

New Namco Bandai trademark filed
Nov 19
// Dale North
Whatever it is, I'm in. I love Tekken, and I love card-based games. The combination of the two could be great. It's too bad that we have no idea what 'Tekken Card Tournament' really is, though. Siliconera found that Namco Bandai filed a trademark for the name in Europe. They're guessing it could be a mobile or social game. Fair guess. What's your guess?

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U trailer is heavy on strange

Nov 16
// Dale North
I love how silly Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition is. This serious fighter turns into a Nintendo-themed Tekken playground. Costumes, minigames, oversized noses, Mario bears -- it's all here.  This launch trailer's ...

Review: Street Fighter X Tekken (Vita)

Nov 01 // Brett Zeidler
Street Fighter X Tekken (PlayStation Vita)Developer: CapcomPublisher: CapcomReleased: October 23, 2012MSRP: $39.99 There's no question about it: this game is gorgeous, and it's easily one of the most colorful, eye-catching games on the Vita right now. With Ultimate Marvel, Capcom cut the effects and backgrounds down (making the latter static) to keep the rest of the game as visually striking as it appeared on consoles. This time around, backgrounds are fully animated and the effects were only nicked ever so slightly. The character models are fully detailed and you won't find any jaggies on screen, making the high locked-in frame rate all the more impressive. If you've played the console version, you've played the Vita version -- for the most part. The slick, tag-team-based gameplay is still here and better than ever as the responsive Vita buttons make you feel like you're more in control than with a standard gamepad (in fact, the game even lets you Cross Link with the PlayStation 3 version to use your Vita as a PS3 controller). Just as in Ultimate Marvel, Street Fighter X Tekken gives you the option to use the front and rear touch screens to basically play the game for you. While still as useless as before, it's certainly there if you just want to destroy your opponent as mindlessly as possible; no reason to use it otherwise. If you've played the 3DS port of Super Street Fighter IV, you'll feel right at home with SFxT's other touch control option. On the right half of the front touch screen, there are four tiles. Each of these can be set/sized to your liking, such as your preset combos or maybe even just one of your punch or kick buttons, or nothing at all if you so choose. It doesn't make the game significantly easier in any way (or offer any advantage), but simply acts as a convenience. The entire menu system can be interacted with the front touch screen (Trophy Viewer, Gallery, and Customize modes require you to use the touch screen). It's worth noting as Ultimate Marvel didn't offer this for some reason. There's also a new mode that lets you use the Vita's augmented reality capabilities to put your favorite characters into your living room or wherever else and take pictures of them. It's cute, but it was extremely slow and didn't quite work right in my time with it. Exclusive to the Vita version is a download code which will net you all twelve of the added characters for your copy on PS3 (these characters are on the cartridge, so it is not necessary to redeem this code to have the characters on the Vita), and will give you all of the alternate costumes for the original 38 characters. Multiplayer is comparable to the console version. In fact, it's the exact same as cross-platform play is supported. Vita players can face each other, against PS3 users, and vice versa. Fighting against a PS3 player from the Vita works flawlessly -- there's also something to be said about being able to play against someone who's on a console from wherever you might be. The only lag to speak of from my experience only appears right before and after the fight. Obviously, it doesn't interfere with the actual match, but it's strange that it even happens. Everything went down smoothly, and none of the weird audio syncing errors that plagued the console versions of Street Fighter X Tekken are here. Whether or not you'll enjoy the handheld version of the game is really up to you. If you couldn't stand the original console release, there's likely nothing here that will make you change your mind. But if you do decide to pick it up for the first time (or again), you will be treated to an absolutely gorgeous game that plays better than its older console brother, and gives you the most bang for your $40. Street Fighter X Tekken for the Vita is not only the best version of the title, but it's also easily the best-looking fighter on the handheld, and it could be said that this is the best fighter on the Vita right now. Considering its competition, that's saying quite a lot.
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A stellar fighter, to go
Launching just seven months ago on consoles, it seems that Street Fighter X Tekken never really caught on in the fighting game community. Some would argue this was a result of the quality of the game itself, but a bit of cont...


Get your paint on in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for Wii U

Draw on characters' outfits
Oct 31
// Dale North
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition has added some pretty weird modes and features. We've already talked about the goofy Nintendo-themed costumes the game adds, and new screenshots today show off the game's Paint ...

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for Wii U is so weird

Look, it's Bro Toad!
Oct 16
// Dale North
I love all the extra crazy sh*t they're throwing into Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition, which will be available at launch for the Wii U on November 18. All the new costumes and modes are a nice (and weird) bonus on ...

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