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June 22 2007
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection Online - PS3 Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Download Size
Q'3 2007SonyNamcoTBA MB
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1-22$TBA

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At 1080p this is spectacular.
If you've already got your PS3 and connected online then there's a good chance you would have considered plonking down$AU16.95 of your hard earned cash on one of the best fighting games of all time Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, which is available in the Playstation Store. Not only is the game one of the finest brawlers of all time but also showcases 1080p visuals at their finest. One of the biggest gripes though was that the game lost some modes and didn't include online gameplay. If you want to know what is new in this version, skip to the last section of the preview, for newcomers here's all the details...

Namco's home ports have, as with many of Namco's titles, often exceeded the arcade versions with enhanced visuals, new game modes, and unlockable content. Having been released on the PSP last year the announcement that Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection was coming to the Playstation Network as a downloadable title was the biggest shot in the arm to the service besides Gran Turismo HD Demo. Indeed it has been one of the biggest sellers on the system since the March 23rd launch.

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Obviously we will have English text in the lobby.
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is based on the latest arcade game and is pretty much a straight port. The character roster is impressive with over 30 playable characters available. One very exciting piece of news for fans of the series is that for the first time ever this PS3 title allows you to fight as Jinpachi Mishima. Other characters appearing in the game include Armor King, Heihachi, Asuka, Feng, Raven, Mardux, Jack-5, Julia, Kazuya, King, Bryan, Yoshimitsu, Xiaoyu, Jin, Christie, Hwoarang, Law, Paul, Lei, Lee, Steve, Nina, Anna, Baek, Roger Jr, Kuma, Panda, Bruce, Wang, Mokujin, Eddy, Ganryu and Devil Jin.

Also exciting is the news that Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection includes (from the PSP version) two new fighters who didn't appear in the arcade game. They are Dragonuv and Lili. Lili is a 16 year old daughter of an oil tycoon who lives in Monaco. She uses a street fighting style while in fights. The second newcomer is the Russian Dragonuv who is a soldier and uses Russian styled command fighting moves (Namco's words, not ours!). Having used both these characters in the PSP title extensively we can tell you with much certainty that they both fit into the Tekken universe quite well - and we especially enjoyed using Lili as a character.

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Note the network quality on bottom-left.
So what is new in this upgraded version then? Well The new Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection Online download will include Opti Match, Quick Match, Custom Match and Friend Match options – making it easy to find the right match for you. You’ll also have the opportunity to study your opponents by viewing their stats and watching them battle. When not fighting yourself, you can psych out your next opponent with live voice chat. You’ll fight your way from ‘Beginner’ rank all the way to deadly ‘Dark Lord’ – and there will be an Online News Ticker posting the weekly, monthly and overall rank leaders at any given point, so there will be no doubt about who’s King of Iron Fist at any one time. The online update also includes two new single-player modes, including Practice Mode, where you can hone your reflexes before battling online, and Survival Mode in which you must defeat as many opponents as possible with a limited health bar.

The great news for owners of the original version is that this new title will not only be available as a stand alone download but will also be available as an upgrade pack for those that bought the original game. As yet we don't have prices but going by current PS3 online pricing our guess is maybe around $AU20-25 for the full game and $AU5-10 for the add-on. They're only our estimates though. Expect this game to arrive in late 2007.