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July 4, 2006
Tekken: Dark Resurrection - PSP Preview
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King cops one.
Tekken. The series should need no introduction. Needless to say since it's first appearance in the arcades, and then on the PSOne around a decade ago it has dominated the fighting genre in both area. Indeed only Sega's Virtua Fighter earns as much fanaticism in gaming circles. Namco's home ports in the series have, as with many Namco titles, often exceeded the arcade versions with new game modes, improved graphics and so on. The series has remained a major asset to Sony and it's consoles and Namco are about to give Sony's handheld a massive boost with this stunning looking game, Tekken: Dark Resurrection.

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The PSP game is in widescreen.
Tekken: Dark Resurrection is actually based on the latest arcade game Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection. For some unknown reason the PSP game has lost the number '5' designation - perhaps so as to not confuse consumers into thinking it's the 5th game on the PSP?! In terms of game modes we will of course be getting the Arcade mode, but also Time attack, Practice and a couple of Mini-games as well.

As with most recent fighting games, this title will include full customisations of characters, and we are hoping, although this hasn't been mentioned so is probably unlikely that the game will include character creations much like Namco's recently released Soul Calibur III on the Playstation 2.

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The kangaroo Roger Jr is back.
One thing Namco has released is the list of character in the game - well at least most of them, there may be some surprises in store if we're lucky. The thirty three fighters announced to date include the likes of 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.

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Backgrounds do look pretty sweet.
Perhaps most exciting is the inclusion of the two new fighters from the arcade game, 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 (their words, not ours!).

Namco has also confirmed that Tekken: Dark Resurrecton will include one-on-one Wi-Fi battles so you can prove to a friend just who is the greatest fighter. It will also be able to download ghost data from the Internet so you can use them as enemies in the game while a ranking system will also be included.

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Now that's a pretty level!
As you can tell from the screenshots this is a very impressive game. At the time these screenshots were release the game was around 60% complete according to Famitsu. Yes, the background detail is lower then that in Tekken 5, and the characters look a little angular, but given that this game had some development we expect plenty more enhancements to the game. The arcade version included weather and time effects and more background objects, and we expect these to make it over to the PSP. As for the frame rate, the jury's still out as Namco have only released screens to date.

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Seems like a mismatch...
In early July Sony Australia confirmed they would be distributing the title in our territory and that it would hit the shelves in September 2006. This is pretty impressive considering the game will be release in Japan and America on July 25th, so our wait isn't too long - certainly not as long as many other Namco titles in recent years. Tekken Dark Resurrection is certainly a game which could shift plenty of PSP systems - something which Sony will be desperate to do with the Nintendo DS proving to be bigger competition then expected in the handheld market. Without a doubt, this will be one of the hottest games of 2006.