Monday, October 5, 2009

Tekken 6: Finally Ready To Rumble

THIS month will finally mark the official worldwide release of the much-awaited home version of Tekken 6 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PlayStation Portable or PSP. As fighting games go, the Tekken franchise has always been a personal favorite.

As much as there are things I love about the Streetfighter, Mortal Kombat, Dead Or Alive and the Soul Calibur series, Tekken is the one that I prefer the most, not just because of its more engaging characters and their respective storylines but also because its tournament style has always reminded me of my favorite Bruce Lee film, Enter The Dragon. So yes, I'm very excited about the upcoming home version releases. It's certainly one reason to finally consider getting a PSP.

Actually, Tekken 6 has been here for quite a while. Videogame arcade fans have been playing this to death (pardon the pun) at Timezone arcades for quite sometime where it remains a very popular game. I've had the chance to play the arcade versions myself and yes, while the game is still pretty much the floor-breaking slugfest that its recent incarnations well, it also looks awesome in those huge widescreen LCD monitors.

But it is much less the button-mashing fun that it once was until Tekken 3. The AI in this game is both excellent and yes, frustrating at the same time. Your opponents don't just know how to block or parry your attacks but also your holds and I haven't gotten past the fourth opponent (be it Heihachi, Marduk or Nina Williams) in my few attempts. To be really good at this game, you really have to learn and study the combos as well as your opponents' moves.

Apparently, a lot of Tekken arcade gamers did, judging from the good number of them that joined Timezone's recently concluded Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion Tournament where it only takes a measly P150 registration fee to pick a fight and win the top prize.

After the elimination pre-finals tiffs that took place at 12 participating Timezone branches, the qualified fighters slugged it out for five straight hours at the National Finals held at Timezone Trinoma.

And with his amazing reflexes, dazzling combo moves and knockout blows, Jeffrey Jordan Gonzales of Timezone Market! Market! bested last year's winner Carlo Racela from Timezone Eastwood along with 22 other finalists for a shot at representing the country in the upcoming Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion International Tournament this October 25 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Jeffrey also won US$500 pocket money for his upcoming trip, P10,000 worth of Timezone Gift Certificates, an Apple iPod Touch, a Tekken CD, album and binder, a Zeenote, a trophy and other special prizes.

Not a bad return for an initial investment of only P150, huh? Ngayon, sinong gustong bumili ng away, ha?

And here's a look at what took place at the pre-finals Tekken 6 tournament at SM Megamall:

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