Tekken 5

Common Sense Media says

Fun -- if shallow -- fighting game.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game has a subtle message about honor, and in fighting for what you believe in, but it is buried and hard to find. While both sexes and many different ethnic groups are represented, there roles often seem stereotypical. Even though the women fight just as hard as the men, there appearance and demeanor is hardly that of a warrior.


While the game is built around fighting, no one is ever killed, and battles end with losing opponents shaking their head and walking away.


Pretty mild. One character seems to be a scantily clad Jennifer Lopez knock off.

Not applicable
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some discreet tobacco use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while there's a subtle message about honor and fighting for what you believe in, players are asked to use their fists to solve every problem in this game.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Light on story, the beauty of TEKKEN 5 -- a head-to-head battle game -- is the range of choices available. In the basic story mode, players pick from 17 characters (almost all holdovers from past Tekken games) and battle their way through 10 random competitors. Other modes include time challenge, survivor mode, and team battle, which vary primarily in how players are rated or advance.

In Devil Within mode, players follow Jin, a warrior trying to find his long-lost mother, who has been kidnapped and is being held in a chemical lab complex. This mode resembles many adventure games on the market and may appeal to players looking for more of a story.

Is it any good?


Perhaps the most unique aspect of the game is its inclusion of the arcade versions of the first three editions of Tekken. This feature allows series novices to get acquainted with the characters and stories woven throughout all the games and become familiar with the basic controls. The game's only real drawback is the difficulty of the many required moves. Mastering the controls can be cumbersome, confusing, and tiresome.

In the end, colorful fighting environments, realistic gameplay, and superior graphics make it all worth it. From the speed of attacks to the overall creativity of the moves at a player's disposal, Tekken 5 has taken battle games to a new level.

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Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Namco Bandai
Release date:February 25, 2005
ESRB rating:T for (PlayStation 2)

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Kid, 12 years old Written byps2gamer5-1-O April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

The best fighting game ever made!

Tekken 5 is the best fighting game ever! Like I said this is a fighing game and your parents might not want you to buy it or play it, but it is not very violent besides it is a fighting game. This game is very fun to play with friends. Tekken 5 is a must-buy for anyone who likes fighing games and if you are allowed to.

Kid, 10 years old Written byinternet3000 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

This is painful oniy for people that are brave.

Tekken is fun but it makes a few problems.The games are a bit better than the movie.The reason why it`s better is there is no blood

Teen, 13 years old Written byfighting last April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


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