Tekken 5

Game review by
Matthew Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Fun -- if shallow -- fighting game.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some discreet tobacco use.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAllie Pierson June 9, 2012

Fun fighting game!!

This game is fun, nuff said. It is okay for older kids to play.
Adult Written byNYGamingAuthority October 28, 2009
Parents need to know that this game is too intense for children. May be perfect for teens.
Kid, 9 years old September 12, 2015
I think it's a great game, the violence is mild (no blood).
Teen, 13 years old Written byMichaelManster November 10, 2012

Tekken 5

This game is made for teens because its rated T this game is pretty mild except
for the mild use of Da*n and bit**, a girl also has a mild skimpy costume, but... Continue reading

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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