What makes this game so appealing is the overwhelming amount of stuff you can do with it. Simply going through the game with each character and unlocking their ending will take you days of constant playing, and once you've seen every cinema sequence you still have plenty to do. Just like Capcom's PSP port of Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX, Dark Resurrection offers you dozens of ways to play the game. No matter how much time you want to spend playing the game Tekken offers something for just about everybody. There are modes for those who want to waste hours of their life, while people in a hurry who only have five minutes will find game modes that appeal to them.
While Dark Resurrection has its share of throw-away mini games (such as a silly bowling game you can play with every Tekken character), it also manages to pack in what has to the best single-player enhancement in Tekken history. I'm talking about the Tekken Dojo, a mode that allows you to go from one dojo to the next battling hundreds of characters to become the best Tekken player in the world. This mode works a lot like the Quest mode in Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution on the PlayStation 2, it's all about going up against evenly matched opponents and earning points for each person you defeat. Along the way you will rank up your character and open up new costumes and accessories that you can use to make your fighter look any way you want. In Tekken Dojo you will be able to enter both regular arcade-style bouts and full-fledged tournaments. If you're the type of player who wants a little depth in their fighting game experience than you won't need to look any further than this mode.
Regardless of what type of mode you end up selecting, Tekken: Dark Resurrection gives you points for just about everything you do. That means that if you play a lot of the arcade game you will still be able to buy new clothing and accessories for your favorite fighter. Customizing your character is a major part of this PSP Tekken, it really adds a lot to the personality of the game. These different costumes and items also liven things up when you play the computer, gone are the days of playing against the same looking characters over and over.
While Tekken: Dark Resurrection does not feature any sort of online play, it does over you the ability to upload your characters to Namco's server and allow your friends (and perfect strangers) to download them and play against your customized fighter. While some may complain that this is no substitute for actually being able to play other real people via the infrastructure mode, given the problems other fighting games have had bringing their combat to the online arena it may be for the best. If you've played Dead or Alive 4 or Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting on the Xbox 360 you will know exactly what I'm talking about.
Thankfully the ad hoc multiplayer game is much better, allowing for some truly intense battles that should remind you of playing Tekken on a console. It's extremely easy to connect multiple PSP's together and customizing the rules, and if you have a bunch of friends over there are even modes to get everybody involved. With such a large selection of different characters you probably won't get bored of fighting your friends any time soon.
With the amazing graphics and huge characters you might expect Tekken to get bogged down with load times, but when you start playing chances are you won't even notice the game loading. The disc access is no longer than it was on the console; it takes no more than two or three seconds to load up the level and fight. Best of all, instead of the game showing a boring black screen that tells you it's loading, Dark Resurrection masks the load times with flashy screens that show you who you are fighting next. For a system that has had problems keeping the load times down, the PSP manages to access the information in a speedy fashion.
From the numerous single player modes to the exciting two-player fights, Tekken: Dark Resurrection has something for everybody. It's too easy to simply call this one of the best fighting games on the PSP, as this is certainly one of the best fighters I have ever played … regardless of the console. This Tekken gives me hope for the future of the PSP, it's games like this that really set the portable apart from the competition. If you're a fan of fighting games and own a PSP then you owe it to yourself to rush to your local game store and discover the greatness that is Tekken: Dark Resurrection!
This PSP Tekken manages to be everything you could possibly want from a portable 3D fighting game … and a whole lot more!
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