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Score:6.5 / 10
Over the past few years we've seen numerous
HD remakes of PS2 classics. Tekken Hybrid (TH) is an HD remake of the
PS2 game Tekken Tag Tournament (TTT). TTT was one of the launch titles
for the PS2 back in the Fall of 2000. Itís hard to believe that the PS2
launched over 10 years ago and here we are today with HD remakes of all
of our favourite PS2 classics showing up in retail stores. Perhaps the
increase in HD remakes could be attributed to the PS3ís inability to
play PS2 titles.
Frankly, Iíve grown weary of publishers pushing HD remakes as they seem
more like cash grabs as often the remakes feature little to no
additional content, lack
much of a visual punch and Iíve never been
much of a nostalgic person. Like the Guns Ní Roses song goes,
ďYesterdayís got nothing for meĒ.
In addition to the HD remake of TTT, TH also features a film called
Tekken Blood Vengeance and a sneak peek of the upcoming TTT 2 game. At
first glance it appears that TH features a lot of content, but
this is a little misleading as some of the
content adds little to no value to the overall package.
TH has one distinguishing feature that separates it from the rest of the
competition. TH lets you fight with two fighters in a single match,
rather than just one. You can switch between characters at any time by
ďtaggingĒ each other. This coupled with the gameís Netsu Power System
adds a level of strategy not seen in other fighting games. The way the
Power System works is that as your character takes damage, your
offscreen character receives a damage boost. Therefore, you need to time
tagging in characters correctly to optimize the reward system.
Sadly, one feature TH shares with the original game is the lack of
online play. Compared to what other games are offering, this omission is
certainly a head scratcher. However, you can still play with another
friend on the same console. Graphically speaking, TTT has received an HD
upgrade but, the game itself doesn't look substantially better than what
we saw on the PS2. This seems to be a common trend amongst most HD
remakes Iíve played so far.
TH features several games modes including
Tekken Bowl, Arcade and Survival. Tekken Bowl is a mini game that
literally has your characters bowling instead of throwing punches. Itís
a rather bizarre addition that seems strangely out of place. Arcade and
survival is pretty generic with you fighting your way through a list of
fighters. Sadly, there is no story mode.
Included with TH is a movie called Tekken Blood Vengeance. The film can
be watched in 3D, but most people do not own 3D Televisions (myself
included). Blood Vengeance does nothing to supplement TTT as there is no
story mode. Blood Vengeance is merely there to make the overall package
more appealing, but it fails to meet this objective.
Frankly, I think itís gotten a little ridiculous with the amount of HD
remakes weíre seeing on the PS3. With news leaking of the PS4 not
supporting backwards compatibility, I think itís likely that HD remakes
will not be going away anytime soon. TTT is only going to meet the needs
of the hardcore fans who need something to keep them busy until TTT2 is
released this Fall.