What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that since Tekken 6 is a fighting game, kids will see lots of violence. The game's characters study an area of martial arts, executing flurries of punches, kicks, and throws against opponents. They will also use weapons such as swords and guns on occasion, but none of the combat is graphically violent (there's no blood or gore). Also, some of the female fighters wear little clothing and tend to bounce around in a provocative manner. The game is also playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12.
What's it about?
Tekken 6 follows a group of 40 fighters, each with their own unique story, as they enter the King of Iron Fist tournament. The broader plot focuses on a massive corporation attempting to become a global superpower by declaring war on all nations. Players engage in a series of one-on-one battles both offline and online. Match types include a standard arcade mode, team mode, and survival mode, where players battle as many opponents as possible before getting knocked out. The game also introduces a Scenario Campaign mode, which is where the game's main story takes place. Players go through a series of levels and try to eliminate enemies as quickly as possible. This mode follows the mold of classic side-scrolling brawlers such as Double Dragon. As players battle, they can earn cash toward customizing their fighters.
Is it any good?
The core of Tekken 6 remains as strong as ever. Experienced players can really dig deep to study and master a specific fighter, while novices can simply mash buttons and still have a good time. A new rage feature allows fighters near defeat to perform more damaging attacks and snatch victory away from opponents. Visually, the game looks fantastic, featuring well-detailed fighters and dynamic backgrounds.
The lone weakness is in the Scenario Campaign mode, which feels both shallow and incredibly boring. Most enemies are extremely easy to take out, and levels follow the same generic structure. Plus, the story is really confusing and tough to follow. If players can overlook this mode, they will still have a worthy fighting game on their hands.
Online interaction: The game includes open voice chat with other players online, which means kids could be exposed to a broad range of inappropriate words and discussions. There's also the risk of exchanging identity information. Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for children under age 12.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
How does this game compare to other fighting games? What makes this better or worse? How did you feel about the violence depicted? Do you appreciate that the developers didn't add blood and gore? Do you think the lack of blood and gore makes the fighting seem any less violent?
Is it necessary for games to depict women in such a seductive manner? How do you feel about women fighting men in games? Do you think it's a statement of equality, or does it seem wrong? Would it be more believable if the women were burly and muscle-bound?