Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 63 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 63
  2. Negative: 0 out of 63
  1. 94
    There are flaws that hurt the experience, but nothing, nothing stops Tekken 6 from being an intense, tactical and utterly brilliant fighting game, perfect for anyone with even a fleeting interest in the genre. [Issue#184, p.60]
  2. Tekken 6 is probably the best fighting game from this generation.
  3. Tekken 6 is the best 3D fighting game of this generation. Namco Bandai has done an excellent job translating the arcade game to our gamepads.
  4. The character roster is deep and varied, encompassing straightforward martial artists, a bear, a kangaroo, and a new android girl with chainsaw arms. Those who need still more variety can purchase an absurdly extensive collection of items to customize each character.
  5. It wouldn’t be fair to judge Tekken 6 by its lousy campaign mode or broken net code. Because when it comes to the game mechanics, which is the most important element in a fighting game, Tekken 6 is so close to perfection that it’s actually hard to imagine how the developers are going to expand it further. Without a doubt, the most polished fighting game of the year.
  6. 90
    It is slick in production, providing a lot of what one could reasonably ask for in a fighting game. The game is as accessible as ever, pretty to look at and arcade-perfect to a T.
  7. Tekken 6 is probably one of the best fighters around. Fighter fans should own this one.
  8. At the end of the day, Tekken 6 is definitely a fun fighter, however it is plagued by some gameplay issues, more specifically the horrendous campaign mode and programming issues such as lengthy loading times.
  9. 88
    Tekken 6 has a lot to offer, including a massive roster, refined gameplay, plenty of modes, online multiplayer and an absurd amount of character customization options.
  10. Controls and combos are incredibly tight, and the entire package is dripping with polish. Despite the lackluster Scenario Campaign, it’s still a solid purchase for fighting fans.
  11. Visually stunning, Tekken 6 introduces new characters, options and modes, alongside the possibility to customize your own fighter, yet without abandoning its successful gameplay formula.
  12. As all parts of the Tekken series the sixth also entertains for hours and hours, especially when you are challenging your friends!
  13. The lack of competent online play and the unusually long load times are disappointing for hardcore enthusiasts, but Tekken's heart and soul, the fighting engine and the joy of skill based competition against your friends, is delightfully intact.
  14. With its beefy cast, impressive Scenario Campaign mode, and expansive customisation options, Tekken 6 is the new heavyweight in the fighting game arena.
  15. Tekken 6 may not be completely what I was hoping for, but it is a very solid entry to the series. Being able to fight others online is reason enough for any Tekken fan to make the purchase and newcomers will be treated by being introduced to a great game.
  16. 85
    Visually the game is a complete mixed bag.
  17. If you love Tekken, this is a definite. If you love fighters, this is a must. If you're new to both, this is a good starting point.
  18. While offering only incremental upgrades to the formula, Tekken 6 is a worthy successor to Dark Resurrection and ultimately one of the best entries in this venerable franchise to date.
  19. Tekken is all about the multiplayer, especially if you play against a friend who knows the game well. The new fighters are bringing enough new material to learn and practice on you’re own. The functionalities around this aren’t that interesting. You can better leave the game alone if you’re not a multiplayer person. If you are a multiplayer person and you’re willing to put some hours into it, this game will be a pearl of a 3D fight game.
  20. 85
    Tekken 6 is the best fighting game in the genre you can wish for now. However the Scenario Campaign is a little bit disappointing, Tekken is the usual experience: blood, sweat and tears!
  21. 85
    Tekken 6 is finally here and the game is good again. The animations are brilliant, customizing is finally interesting and it’s got a lot of gameplay options. Only the Scenario mode wasn’t really necessary.
  22. An excellent (albeit marginally updated) sequel that is sure to please Tekken fans all over the world. Buy it for the thrills and the massive character lineup.
  23. Though the modes and extras in the console port aren't solid gold, they still add a good bit of value to an accomplished fighting game. Like your nose, neck, or kneecaps, if a fighting game isn't broken, there's not really any need to fix it.
  24. The soundtrack is pretty good, as are the rest of the sound effects, but you probably already knew that.
  25. A beefy brawler but the legendary series really deserved better for its next-gen debut. [Dec 2009, p.78]
  26. Without doubt, Tekken 6 has convinced us. The gameplay is solid but perhaps this beloved saga would have deserved a stronger debut in the current generation. To lower the level, there's a far from exciting technical sector. In addition, the campaign mode is little more than an extra, making us wonder whether it was worth spending so many resources in implementation, thus neglecting other aspects, perhaps more important. Anyway, the title is certainly worth the purchase for all the fans of the series and of 3D beat'em ups.
  27. 83
    Currently, online is too inconsistent to be taken seriously. Without the quality online play, the Tekken community will have to take their battles offline, limiting the potential for community growth. And the small details Namco Bandai neglected hurts the overall experience. Tekken 6 is excellent, but with better netcode, it would have been outstanding.
  28. Between the Scenario Mode, the plethora of arcade modes, and the online functionality, there is plenty to do in Tekken 6!
  29. The game is accessible to both veterans and newbies, and veterans should also find new combinations and strategies with the innovative bouncing mechanic.
  30. Tekken is still a great series, but the qualities of the old days have lost their sparkle. Especially the story mode disappoints. Therefore solo players lose interest soon, multiplayer however presents nearly endless fun.
  31. Tekken 6 is a great package and, while it doesn’t make any huge innovative leaps, the Tekken series remains one of the best 3D fighters on the market today.
  32. Tekken 6 isn't a bad game, but it doesn't feel like it does anything new with the genre.
  33. An awesome game. It just could have been better.
  34. In a year destined to be remembered as the one that saw the resurgence of the fighting game, Tekken 6's star is too dull to shine brightest.
  35. Tekken 6 is still a quality fighter, from its straightforward and amusing gameplay to its rich presentation and huge roster. It falls short of Street Fighter IV, but it's still got enough power to knock you on your butt.
  36. A big, fully-fledged comeback from a classic PlayStation series. [Dec 2009, p.113]
  37. Tekken is back after 4 years of waiting. The news is few and the graphic feels dated but the game mechanics still works as it should. Thanks to a higher tempo the game is among the best beat’em’up games this generation.
  38. There’s nothing particularly wrong with Tekken 6, but the series is starting to age. Gorgeous graphics help, but this genre needs some fresh blood. [Dec 2009, p.66]
  39. Though not perfect, there is lots of solid fun in it for fans.
  40. Graphically it’s awesome with an excellent soundtrack to accompany the high octane action onscreen, it is a shame that the loading times seem to take so long as you’ll be waiting to get stuck in again as quickly as possible for some high quality fighting fun!
  41. 80
    If you are the kind of beat ‘em up fanatic that has regular access to like-minded individuals for local bouts, Tekken 6’s deeply rewarding gameplay and overflowing character roster will provide endless hours of entertainment, in the same way previous iterations have – This is after all what competitive fighting games are all about and Tekken 6 is one of the best.
  42. 80
    Take the time to learn the nuances and you will be suitably rewarded.
  43. 75
    Tekken 6 is undeniably a solid fighter; it makes for better local versus play than the recent KOFXII, and a very nice change of pace from Street Fighter IV. The arcade port is satisfactory until it dawns on you that, instead of creating a decent online mode, Namco instead chose to make the horrendous scenario mode. And that's a horrible thing for them to do.
  44. Tekken is fun, nothing can take that away. Heavy looking characters and hard hitting battles are what Tekken fans are looking for, and this is certainly what the game delivers, it just doesn’t seem to have that sparkle this time around.
  45. Campaign mode is really boring, and new characters aren't very appealing. So, it remains another standard Tekken episode.
  46. While a welcome online patch is currently in the works, it still doesn’t excuse the game shipping with such glaring issues. The meagre campaign mode is another thorn in the side of Tekken 6 and as such, the game simply fails to stack up against the slick perfection of Street Fighter IV.
  47. Turns out that Tekken's big new idea for online play is rather underwhelming: you can customise your outfit and fight with it on. [Dec 2009, p.103]
  48. Had Namco spent a bit less time on the forgettable Scenario Campaign and more on sorting out the netcode, however, this could have gone higher. A miracle patch would be very helpful.
  49. Tekken 6 is like the previous games, only with some badly thought-out new ideas. If you play Tekken 6 for the old, familiar modes, you’ll have the most complete and balanced game in the series. If you try out anything else, like the not so clever scenario-campaign, be prepared to be disappointed. The online-mode also has terrible lag at the moment of writing.
  50. The Tekken series has aged surprisingly well in it's core, with quicker gameplay and an impressive roster. But time has taken it's toll, and it does feel a little old. Also, the campaign mode is nothing short of awful.
  51. Tekken 6 may not be surprising to those who already know the previous games very well. It may even be considered just another game in the series, but fulfilling the needs of getting in the way of other fighting games.
  52. It's Tekken with better graphics, again. And yet it's still hard to dislike a fighter this good.
  53. Tekken 6 is another solid continuation of the Tekken series; however it does little to advance the series like other fighting games have done.
  54. Stuffed to the point that it starts to feel like an incoherent mess. [Dec 2009, p.100]
  55. Tekken has never been a series for everyone. But for those with a penchant for challenging fighters, as well as a decent TV and online setup, Tekken 6 has the potential to become your ideal multiplayer game.
  56. 70
    Does your fighting game have to have serviceable online play? If not, you got yourself a winner here.
  57. In spite of these concerns, we don't want to come off as overly harsh: Tekken 6 is still a solid fighter and an improvement on its predecessor. [Holiday 2009, p.76]
  58. Outdated visuals, sloppy innovations, dead multiplayer… no, that’s not the way to continue a great series.
  59. Without a completely robust online mode and a decent but not remarkable improvement in graphics, Tekken 6 doesn’t take full advantage of being on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Both the Scenario Campaign and the final boss encourage players to dumb down their game with cheap moves in what should be a technical fighter. But otherwise, Tekken 6 still retains the same high-quality fighting engine, with an incredible and distinct character roster, that fans expect from the series, and collecting items in Scenario Campaign can be addicting.
  60. The Arcade mode and local 2P action is great, just what I expected from the game, and while the visuals could do with a little sprucing up in comparison to the arcade stuff I've seen, it's not that awful. Not quite as stylized as recent console fighters, but not bad enough that it put me off of having fun with the game. However, if you're going in for story/scenario mode and online play, neither is worth picking the game up for at the moment.
  61. There is a very specific audience for Tekken 6 that will eat it up. Everyone else will see it as more of the same, but with a garbage new game mode and long load times.
  62. In spite of a beautiful HD update, Tekken 6 on the PS3 just doesn't hold up as well.
  63. The awkward campaign mode would be completely forgettable if Tekken 6 worked better online. But with it ranging from "almost acceptable" to "pre-patch King of Fighters XII" in connection quality, it's hard to recommend to anyone who doesn't already have a local crew of Tekken fiends at their disposal.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 168 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 42
  2. Negative: 10 out of 42
  1. Oct 5, 2010
    4
    I can only commend Tekken 6 for it's superb graphics and distinct characters. I feel the 6th installment of the Tekken series has been very disapointing. From the loading times, to the pathetic storyline - Tekken 6 is with out a doubt, the worst tekken game I have ever played. Full Review »
  2. Aug 8, 2011
    4
    If you're familiar with the Tekken series, then you'd probably already be used to the fact that every Tekken game (since the PS1) offers very little innovation from the previous instalment. Sadly, Tekken 6 is no exception. But let's be honest here, how different can a figthing game be anyway? Tekken 6 does well in what it is expected to do well in, and that's figthing. Apart from the basic Arcade mode, Versus mode, Survival matches etc. there will be a Scenario mode whcih is kinda like a beat 'em up adventure figthing game where you follow the story behind Lars and Alis, travelling the lands to find Jin. Here is where you will get to unlock characters, movies, items (clothings), and earn money (to buy items for your characters). The good is, there are tons of items to unlock/purchase for your characters. You'll also be able to play the Scenario mode with a friend online. While the Scenario mode offers a welcomed change in gameplay, its implementation however was not well thought out. You can play as any characters you have unlocked, but the game can be quite challenging especially when you've just started out with a character (minumum stats) , even on Easy. Controls in Scenario mode are terrible. You can only fight one person at a time, and that means if you're fighting a group of them you'll probably won't make it when they've got you surrounded. Another thing is, you can't jump, and you can't do most combos, meaning that you'll be randomly button mashing your basic punches and kicks through the hordes of approching enemies. Boring!!! Another problem I had in Scenario mode is with some of the new characters. One of them would have to be Lars, who replaces Jin as the new protaganist for this game. He looks like a guy from The Incredibles. But the worse however would have to Abe lisa, which is one of the most annoying steriotypical Japanese anime-like character I've seen and everytime she says or does something brings a tear to my eyes... tears of embarassment! Really painful..... The story of the game is weak, and the graphics are very poor and dated, but you'll definitely have fun playing it with a friend. Just don't expect it to last. Tekken 6 is recommended to devoted fans of the series, but if you're new, only get this game when you're done with the other popular figthing games out there. Full Review »
  3. Dec 15, 2013
    3
    Just wanted to play a good online fighting game
    But really how can you even enjoy it when you can
    lose the match by a combo attack while
    your on the ground
    Or in the air literally 3 punches kicked in the air never stood
    Up after that. That need to make a limit on it seriously.
    Full Review »