• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2002
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  • Summary: Tekken 4 marks the return of Namco's premier fighting franchise. Tekken strikes back with new jaw-dropping graphics, game play mechanics, and fearsome fighters. Newcomers engage old favorites in interactive, multi-leveled arenas. New strategies in fighting are introduced with the addition ofTekken 4 marks the return of Namco's premier fighting franchise. Tekken strikes back with new jaw-dropping graphics, game play mechanics, and fearsome fighters. Newcomers engage old favorites in interactive, multi-leveled arenas. New strategies in fighting are introduced with the addition of walls, terrain effects, position changes, and enhanced side-stepping. Expanded game modes such as Training, Team Battle and the new Tekken Force provide the player with a deeper game play experience. [Namco] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. TotalGames.net
    91
    For twenty pounds you get arguably the greatest arcade fighting game ever created. That’s half the price of the forthcoming (and similarly but differently remarkable) "Soul Calibur 2."
  2. 90
    Mechanically superior and definitely oriented to the expert crowd, Namco's brand of four-limbed combat is comparable to just about anything out there. [Import review previously scored as a 94.]
  3. 90
    The series could use a bit more depth and original features, but its pedigree as a top-ranked fighter remains intact.
  4. PSM Magazine
    80
    It just seems that there's been little improvement to the overall fighting system and single-player experience. [Oct 2002, p.34]
  5. One can’t help but think that Namco slightly rushed the title to get it out in time for "Virtua Fighter 4," the visuals aren’t exactly eye dropping but the gameplay is fast fluid and consistent. [Import]
  6. 71
    It looks a little better, but underneath the new trappings lies the same old game.
  7. GameNow
    50
    "VF4" puts it to shame. [Nov 2002, p.58]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 49
  2. Negative: 3 out of 49
  1. AnsonG.
    Jun 22, 2006
    10
    Great fighting action game i ever played.
  2. RyanS.
    Oct 3, 2002
    10
    Great game, wish they put all of the characters in it.
  3. Kikoy
    Aug 4, 2004
    10
    The still is good and i love it, anyone there who likes Lei and knows many of tricks and juggles pls e-mail me at needle_squall@yahoo.com, i The still is good and i love it, anyone there who likes Lei and knows many of tricks and juggles pls e-mail me at needle_squall@yahoo.com, i would really appreciate it. Expand
  4. Sammy
    Dec 14, 2002
    8
    Fantastic graphics and solid gameplay. but there is something lost in the move to the third dimension. there is also a strange lack ofFantastic graphics and solid gameplay. but there is something lost in the move to the third dimension. there is also a strange lack of backgrounds to fight in and the ones that are there lack the originality and charm of the ones found in 2. the music is nowhere near up to the standards of the previous games. still this is an excellent product just I know the company are capable of more. Expand
  5. Aug 18, 2021
    8
    Tekken 4 was the last Tekken game to ever have a proper story that respected its former members or unique stage layouts. In terms of gameplay,Tekken 4 was the last Tekken game to ever have a proper story that respected its former members or unique stage layouts. In terms of gameplay, however, it is practically the same game but with a few changes here and there. Expand
  6. Jan 23, 2014
    8
    Tekken 4 was the first Tekken game I've ever played. I bought it at a pawn shop when I was in 6th grade. Now that I've played all of the otherTekken 4 was the first Tekken game I've ever played. I bought it at a pawn shop when I was in 6th grade. Now that I've played all of the other Tekken games, I don't play 4 as much as I used to. But I still think it's a great game.

    The story isn't really much. All there is to know is that every character has entered the KOIF4 and for their own reasons. As for why, Arcade mode is there for that. The prologues are quite a nice addition compared to the previous Tekken games. Now you know why the characters are entering the tournament. Plot holes filled. Some stories aren't as exciting as others and some stories (and endings) are intertwined with each other. But if you wish to unlock more characters, you have to play through Arcade mode. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

    The characters roster is small compared to Tekken Tag and Tekken 3 but I prefer quality over quantity. Kazuya Mishima returns (despite being killed off in Tekken 2) and he's better than ever! There are three new characters introduced in this game: Steve Fox a British boxer, Christie Montiero a female student of Eddy Gordo, and Craig Marduk a Vale Tudo fighter who's the target of revenge, They make a great and diverse addition to the roster and their fighting styles shine quite nicely amongst the other characters.

    The gameplay is probably the weakest point in the game. Apparently Namco decided to experiment with the fighting system, adding things that didn't need to be added. It also confuses a lot of longtime Tekken fans. Namco should've just left well enough alone. The gameplay is also unbalanced which is bad if you play multiplayer. If you're gonna experiment on a game, do it right.

    The music is nice and fits the stages well. It may not be what most Tekken fans are used to but it's good enough. Some of the tracks are a pleasure to listen to and I enjoy listening to them in Theater mode. The stages are realistic and very interactive. You can use wall combos and use the stage to damage your opponent. Very nice. That's one change Namco did right at least.

    Tekken Force returns from Tekken 3 and with a vengeance. The mode is much better in this game and it's actually a challenge. The stages in this mode are based off of stages from the game and look stunning. The enemies have different classes and varying levels of strength and defense. At the end of each stage is a boss which is a character. To unlock one of the stages, you have to complete Tekken Force. The least Namco could've done was put a save feature for this mode so you won't have to start over every damn time!

    Tekken 4 is the black sheep of the Tekken franchise and it's actually a good black sheep. I recommend this game if you're just beginning to play fighting games. If you're a long-time gamer, you may wanna stay away.
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  7. BobbyS.
    Nov 29, 2002
    0
    Terribly atrocious.

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