Monday Impressions: Tekken Revolution

tekken rev MIWhat? A free-to-play Tekken game? It may sound too good to be true but it is. And it's pretty darn good too. Tekken Revolution is a free-to-play game released exclusively on the PS3 via the PSN in June 11, 2013. It uses the same engine as Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and various assets from the same game such as art, music, stages, character models and move sets.

There are 8 playable characters available from the get go as well as 4 more characters to unlock.

They are:

  • Marshall Law
  • Paul Phoenix
  • Asuka Kazama
  • Kazuya Mishima
  • Lars Alexandersson
  • Lili Rochefort
  • King
  • Jack-6

Unlockable Characters:

  • Alisa Bosconovitch
  • Leo Kliesen
  • Steve Fox
  • Bryan Fury

If your favorite Tekken character didn't make it, more characters are planned to be added through future updates.

You may ask yourself "if this is free, why would I buy Tekken Tag Tournament 2 then?". Aside from the small roster of characters, what sets this game appart from Tekken Tag 2 or even Tekken 6 is the lack of the bound mechanic. A bound is that extra bounce that allows you to extend combos. In Tekken 6 and Tag 2, you are allowed 1 bound per combo string. In Tekken Revolution, moves that would normally bound a grounded opponent would allow you to combo after it if it is the starting hit. If you try to perform the bound mid-combo, it just knocks the opponent to the ground instantly. The removal of this may not sound like a big deal but seasoned Tekken players will understand the difference the lack of bound would make.

You will also notice that some moves have special tags on them like a red or blue star. Red star moves would signify that this move has invincibility during a portion of the attack and usually causes a hard knockdown. Blue star tagged moves allow for critical hits which can add a significant amount of damage. You can tell which moves these are as they are identified on the character select screen as well as having special visual effects on screen when the move is performed The inclusion of these attributes definitely move the game to a more casual level as the invincibility moves, though unsafe onblock, are very strong and can award some fraudulent wins (I know I have).

As with any casual free-to-play game, there are things you can buy with real money. That being the premium coins. You see there are 4 types of consumable points, two of which require time to recharge. Red coins, called Arcade Coins, are arcade coins which let you play arcade mode to grind for a bit of experience and gold and is replenished every 60 minutes. You can stack up to a maximum of 2 Arcade Coins. Blue coins, called Battle Coins, are spent for playing online, be it ranked or player matches. You can stock up to 5 of these and each replenish every 30 minutes. Premium Tickers are a bit unique as they can be spent to either play Arcade more or online matches if you've run out of the red or blue coins. If you win an online match using a Premium Ticket, you are award one back. A nice risk and reward chance when using premium tickets online. Lastly are the Premium Coins. These coins works the same way as Premium Tickets and can only be purchased from the PlayStation Store.

Earning experience levels up your account which then awards you points to power up your desired characters. The gold is than spent when applying these points to 3 power up slots. Power, which lets you deal more damage. Endurance, which increases your starting maximum health. And Vigor, which increases the chances of critical hits.

What I like about this game is that there is no true "pay-to-win" aspect here as you'd still need to actually play the fighting game in order to grind experience and gold as opposed to simply buying points for the power ups. Sadly, there is one downside to Tekken Revolution and that is there is no real Training Mode. The complete move set for each character is listed but you can only really access it when playing in Arcade Mode. While waiting for an online match, you are thrown in a sort of training mode against the very dumb AI as the game searches for an opponent. While a nice inclusion, you cannot access your move list or pick the stage. I've only brought what little combo knowledge I have from Tekken 6 and Tag 2 and modified them a bit to make up for the lack of bound.

Is it worth a try?

Of course! It's a fully fledged modern Tekken game, albeit without bound, that is free-to-play. No pay-to-win, no Freemium bullroar. The coins may sound like they take a while to recharge but I'd say it's handled well. I usually start with 1 arcade coin, burn through the 5 online coins, use another arcade coin. By the time I'm done with that, I'd usually have another online coin already recharged. Another good reason to try this game out is that it uses that magic online infrastructure as Tekken Tag Tournament 2. I usually find 3-4 bar connections where you barely feel any lag.

Tekken Revolution Online Ranked

tekken_revolution_tmg_online_ranked So the free-to-play Tekken Revolution has been for almost 2 weeks and I am loving it. The lack of bound and small cast of characters may come off a bit cheap but it is a free game with some elements added to make it more, for lack of a better word, "casual".

I won't go into specifics about what makes this game super casual other than saying that every character has at least 1 move that has invincibility. That may not sound like much but if you check out our video, then you might get a better understanding.

Migoy and Bud once again team up (to be specific: pass the controller around) to take on the online world of ranked battles with their country's less than stellar internet connection.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z

dbz battle of z 01 And here we have yet another Dragon Ball Z game. Even though the series ended more than a decade ago, people still want that Super Saiyan fix. I know I do.

From a glance, it looks to be like the Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi graphics with the older gameplay style of the previous Tenkaichi/Raging Blast games but with the added twist of co-op or team battles with up to eight players. The team battles aren't new since they already did this on the PSP with Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team.

dbz battle of z 02

I guess the Super Butoden-esque gameplay style of Ultimate Tenkaichi didn't sit well with players so Bandai opted to go back to an older system which isn't bad. I'm still hoping we get a successor to Burst Limit with the battle system of Shin Budokai on home consoles. I doubt we'll see it but a guy can dream.

The trailer only shows the Saiyan saga and Frieza saga. I hope they add the Buu saga and hell, even the GT cast. The Buu saga not being included in some of the recent games is just heartbreaking. I do hear that Goku's Super Saiyan God form will be playable.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z will be coming to Xbox 360, PS3 and PS Vita.

Tekken Revolution Free for PS3 (E3 2013 Teaser)

tekken_revolutionWait, what? A free-to-play Tekken game exclusive for PS3? Revealed just a few days ago on June 8th, Tekken Revolution will be available tomorrow on June 11, 2013. Paul, Bryan, Kazuya and Lars are featured in the short teaser trailer but it has not been specified what genre of game it will be. With the added effects to the moves of the characters, it makes me think that it plays like a mobile game with pretty graphics and super simplified controls. There has also been some speculation that this might be a HD version of Tekken Card Tournament. I guess we'll just find out tomorrow (or in our case, Wednesday morning) to find out the truth behind Tekken Revolution.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Bound Together

tekken tag 2 bound together So I finally decided to start a video series of me and Bud playing Tekken Tag Tournament 2 online and I think the title "Bound Together" is perfect for the title.

If you've played Tekken 6 or Tekken Tag Tournament 2 then you'd know about the Bound mechanic which let's you ground bounce your opponent once during a combo string. The bound mechanic gets expanded upon in Tag 2 by incorporating the whole "Tag Assault" mechanic so on and so forth. The title fits because there is no way that we are playing this alone. At least for the most part. We will try to rank up using the game's pair play method where we each control a character in our tag team. This, of course, changes how one plays the game drastically as you are working with another person and have no control over their actions on screen aside from hard-tagging and initiating a tag assault or tag crash.

Doing pair play online may not be the best way to rank up in Tekken but if we won't, who will? Join us on our quest to rank up in the world of Tekken Tag Tournament 2!

Warning: There will be a whole lot of losing in this series.