Tekken 6

Common Sense Media says

Worthy brawler skimpy on story, appropriate female attire.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main storyline focuses on characters attempting to take down an evil corporation by fighting in a global martial arts tournament.

Positive role models

The game's story mode places players in the role of a fighter trying to thwart an evil corporation. Each of the game's characters has a different story -- and a set of good and bad ambitions -- for competing in the tournament.

Ease of play

This game is pretty easy to pick up and play, but requires a lot of time and effort to master each character's moves. Characters can perform between 80-100 moves each, which means lots of practice. Players can pause at any time to study a command list detailing each character's attack. The game might be best enjoyed with players of a similar skill level.

Violence

Characters employ a variety of martial arts attacks, such as punches, kicks and throws to defeat opponents. Occasionally, some fighters can be equipped to use weapons including guns, swords and chainsaws. Neither blood nor gore is depicted during combat.

Sex

Some female fighters can be customized to wear very tight and revealing outfits. During movement, players will be able to see the breasts of female characters bounce around.

Language

The most offensive words used are damn, bastard and "-ss".

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some characters fight in a "drunken" stance, which means they will appear as if they are intoxicated during battle. However, there are no images of fighters consuming alcohol or drugs.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Namco Bandai
Release date:October 27, 2009
Genre:Fighting
ESRB rating:T for Alcoholic Reference, Crude Humor, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 9 years old January 25, 2011
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11
QUALITY
 

TIRED

DONT BUY TEKKEN 6
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old May 17, 2011
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12
QUALITY
 

Awsomeness!

ITS NOT THAT BAD!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom June 18, 2010
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10
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Very interesting, Styled game.

Tekken is a long running series. Each as violent as each other. Violence whereas no blood is still considerably violent. So why have I given it such a low age rating? Its a very styled game. Its supposed to look cool and unrealistic. Just kicking and punching someone, Sometimes throwing. As I said. No blood makes it very unrealistic. The sexual content just has girls in short skirts. No worse than a school. Its not going to trouble anyone. The language is barely hearable because I never hear it while playing. Its very kid friendly because its easy. Overall its great! Not much violence, sex or language.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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