Summary Martial arts masters are going missing, and a mysterious monster called Ogre is behind it. Jin Kazama enters the King of the Iron Fist Tournament in order to prepare for the final battle against him.
Description Type: Fighting
Platform: Playstation 1
Players: 1 - 2 players
Age: 11 plus
Game Time: 30mins/Tournament
Developer or Designer:
Different fighting styles
Various gaming modes
Cool special moves
Button combinations hard to remember
Can't use analogue stick
Can't pause in some modes
Originally released in arcades, Tekken 3 came shorty afterwards for the Playstation 1 in 1998. The third in a series of popular fighting games, it has a complex backstory that is described with great detail in the manual, but under utilised in gameplay.
Although Jin Kazama is the protagonist, you can choose to play as any of the ten characters available, and it is that character who eventually fights Ogre in the final battle.
There are seven modes of play, meaning you will never be left short of a challenge. Once you have completed a tournament, you can compete again as another character or on a harder difficulty setting.
I recommend starting with Practice Mode because the controls take some getting used to. Each character has various different moves, but the button combinations are often long and hard to remember. I found it easier memorising and perfecting one particular move, and using it repeatedly. This is fine in single player mode, but if in a vs match against a friend, they will pick up on your strategy pretty quickly. I think Namco could have improved the game by bringing the L1/2 and R1/2 buttons into use.
Each character has their own fighting style, such as judo, wrestling, or tae kwan doe. Eddy Gordo's Brazilian capoeira is my preferred choice.
Before entering a tournament you can go into the options menu and decide how many rounds you want, and how long you want them to last. In Arcade Mode, you have to defeat ten opponents to win the tournament. Time Attack is the same, only up against the clock. In a team battle you must knock out all of your opponent's characters in a single round.
My two favourite modes, however, are survival, and Tekken Forces. In survival you face an endless stream of opponents until your health metre runs out, and the aim is to get through as many rounds as possible. The first couple of battles are quite easy, but they get progressively harder.
Tekken Forces is a side-scroller, in which you have to battle your way through multiple thugs and get to the 'finish line' before the timer runs out. If you are running out of life, look for a large roast chicken lying on the ground; it will give you a boost.
One of the highlights of the game is seeing all the fancy special moves shown on screen, like back flips, shoulder tosses, and throwing an opponent across the arena with your feet. Overall, it is a great fighting game; it is just a shame that the controls aren't friendlier, because it would allow for greater fluidity in attacks.