Tekken 3

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  • Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Apr 29, 1998
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Universal acclaim- based on 711 Ratings

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  • Summary: An ancient evil force has reawakened, attacking in secret and feeding on the souls of mighty warriors. To lure it out of hiding will take the greatest fighting contest the world has ever seen...Tekken 3. Some are fighting for revenge, some for honor, Ultimately, all are fighting for theirAn ancient evil force has reawakened, attacking in secret and feeding on the souls of mighty warriors. To lure it out of hiding will take the greatest fighting contest the world has ever seen...Tekken 3. Some are fighting for revenge, some for honor, Ultimately, all are fighting for their lives and the fate of all mankind. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    In order to outshine Tekken 3, a game will need to have a ton of moves (T3 has over 100 per character), multi-hit combos (all T3 fighters can pull off 10-hitters), outstanding graphics (T3 has no breakup on the fighters, no "blind spots" where clipping occurs, and no slowdown), and seamless gameplay that includes juggles, counters, and linking moves.
  2. I'd come off as a huge hypocrite if I didn't put Tekken 3 at the top of the list. "Tekken 2" was a 10, and Tekken 3 is a better game in most respects.
  3. GMR Magazine
    100
    An amazing conversion, given the difference between the arcade and PlayStation hardware at the time. Set the standard for bonuses. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  4. A "better than arcade" overall game translation here that will truly stand the test of time and perhaps be the best fighter we will ever see released on the Playstation.
  5. 93
    The only gripe that we'd have with it is that Namco's set the bar so high that we shudder with anticipation and dread over what the designers'll have to do to top this.
  6. After the first fight you will see how much time was spent on the details of making the characters look and react as realistic as possible.
  7. While the backgrounds are 2D, they are rich and diverse and those spot explosions, though pixilated, feature high quality light sourcing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 76
  2. Negative: 1 out of 76
  1. Niveche
    Jul 3, 2006
    10
    A bencmark in the genre - no scratch that - this game REDEFINED the genre - the big daddy of em all. Brilliant game - no need to explain - A bencmark in the genre - no scratch that - this game REDEFINED the genre - the big daddy of em all. Brilliant game - no need to explain - play it with your head in 1996 and you'll know why. Expand
  2. May 7, 2012
    10
    I can not stress on how amazing this game is. For a PS1 game, this was easily in the Top 5 games of all time back then. Tekken 3 still remainsI can not stress on how amazing this game is. For a PS1 game, this was easily in the Top 5 games of all time back then. Tekken 3 still remains the best in the franchise next to Tekken 5. For some odd reason, Namco decided to go multiplatform outside of the PlayStation brand. Ever since that, Tekken hasn't been very good. Hopefully they will return back home where they belong. Expand
  3. Nov 18, 2020
    10
    OVERALL - 97%

    Gameplay - 8/10 Graphics (for time) - 9/10 Story - 7/10 Game Length - 8/10 Characters - 10/10 Level/Area Design - 8/10
    OVERALL - 97%

    Gameplay - 8/10
    Graphics (for time) - 9/10
    Story - 7/10
    Game Length - 8/10
    Characters - 10/10
    Level/Area Design - 8/10
    Atmosphere - 8/10
    Sound Effects - 8/10
    Soundtrack - 7/10
    Replay Value - 10/10

    While my friends were playing Street Fighter and Mortal Combat, I was playing this. I love the variety of styles between the characters while still feeling perfectly balanced. Only downside to this game was inspiring me to punch my sister until I KO'd her.
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  4. May 9, 2020
    10
    Legendary and revolutionary fighter. Yeah, I know that there were Tekken 1 and 2 before, but Tekken 3 was something else. The graphics, theLegendary and revolutionary fighter. Yeah, I know that there were Tekken 1 and 2 before, but Tekken 3 was something else. The graphics, the music, the characters, the movesets, the game modes, the movies. It pushed PS1 to it's limits. I dare to say that there is no better Tekken game to this day. Expand
  5. Jun 19, 2020
    10
    It gets no better than this! There is no better Tekken game to be found, any platform considered. This game has it all, favorite charactersIt gets no better than this! There is no better Tekken game to be found, any platform considered. This game has it all, favorite characters that appeared throughout the series, unlockable characters that pushed you to play even more, variety of modes such as beat 'em up "minigame" called Tekken Force that also added Dr. Boskonovitch to the roster and Tekken Ball. Music, stages, everything is just perfect in this game! Expand
  6. Aug 26, 2016
    9
    Tekken 3 is the third installment in the popular Tekken fighting game series, developed and published by Namco.

    + One of the Best Fighting
    Tekken 3 is the third installment in the popular Tekken fighting game series, developed and published by Namco.

    + One of the Best Fighting Game of PS1
    + Excellent Graphics
    + Ending Cutcenes
    + Tekken Ball and Tekken Force Modes
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  7. May 11, 2016
    0
    Worst fighting series ever. relies to much on clunky cheap juggle combos. Cheap gimmicky characters. Choppy sorry deformed animations, uglyWorst fighting series ever. relies to much on clunky cheap juggle combos. Cheap gimmicky characters. Choppy sorry deformed animations, ugly flickering jaggy polygons with low res textures. clumsy 4 button system that creats the illusion of depth but a punch is a punch unless one is a power hand and a jab hand. Gimmicky goofy characters. Soul Caliber on Dreamcast was Namcos only good fighter. Tekken is and always was just hype. Sony paid for good reviews because they knew that if people found out that VF is superior in every way the saturn might gain some ground. Good thing Sony owned media companies like Viacom which owned media outlets and the defunct blockbuster. Do yourself a favor Play Virtua Fighter 2 and you will see that tekken 123 are trash hype nothing more than a studio pop singer. Expand

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#5 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1998
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#2 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1998