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Tekkenomics Vault: PS2 Fighting Game Face-Off #1

  • Originally written: August 18, 2004
  • Revised: June 1, 2006
  • My Comments: This is probably the most fun I’ve had writing an article for the Tekkenomics website. I played a bunch of different 3D fighting games on the PS2 and came up with the idea of comparing each of those games using several features that you might find in a 3D fighting game. This is article #1 of a series of 3.

Later,
Wild Man X

Fighting Game Face-Off #1

In this article, I compare the PS2 version of Tekken 4 with other PS2 3D fighters
(Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, and Soul Calibur 2)
in categories relating to gameplay and game modes.

Fighting Game
Face-Off #1

Tekken 4

Virtua Fighter 4:
Evolution

Mortal Kobmat:
Deadly Alliance

Soul Calibur 2

Boxart t4_boxart_front vf4evo_boxart mkda_boxart sc2_ps2_boxart_front
Publisher

Namco

Sega

Midway

Namco

U.S. Release Date

9/23/2002

8/13/2003

11/16/2002

8/27/2003

Console PS2 PS2 PS2 PS2
Format
DVD-5 DVD-5 DVD-5 DVD-5
Playable Fighters

Start off with 10 fighters, but can unlock 9 for a total of 19 (not including palette swaps)

Start off with 15 fighter and end with 16
(1 unlockable fighter)

Start off with 12 fighters and end with 21 fighters
(9 unlockable fighters)

Start off with 15 fighters and end with 23 fighters
(8 unlockable fighters)

Selectable Stages

12 total enclosed stages that vary in size from small (underground) to very large (airport)

13 total enclosed and unenclosed stages that are all about the same size

17 total enclosed stages that are all about the same size

15 total enclosed and unenclosed stages that vary in size (not including different stage variations)

Costumes

At least two costumes for every fighter (including palette swaps)

Two costumes per fighter with the ability to customize the costumes with unlockable items

Each fighter has a 1P and 2P costume that differ only in color, and one unlockable alternate costume

At least two costumes for every fighter, with some costumes being unlockable

Customization None Ability to customize the costumes with unlockable items None None
Ending Movies

CGI ending movie for every fighter

None

Ending movie for all fighters using pictures

Ending movie for all but 3 fighters, using pictures

Storyline

Yes

No known storyline

Yes, unique for each fighter

Yes, unique for each fighter

Buttons

Left and right punches and kicks

One punch, one kick, one block

High and Low punch and kick, block, change fighting style, grab

Vertical attack, horizontal attack, kick, guard

Match Replay

Ability to save match replays and can view from beginning to end

Ability to save match replays and can view from beginning to end, while being able to pause the replay

None

None

Personal Combo Saves

Ability to save personal combos, and has a few sample combos

None

None

None

Fatalities

None

None

One for every fighter

None

Profile / Stat Tracking

None

Separate profiles for each fighter to keep track of all unlockable items, stats, and cash earned

One major profile for each human player to keep track of all unlockables and cash

One profile per memory card for Weapon Master mode

Mini-Game

Tekken Force (Beat-em-up using Tekken fighters)

None

“Test Your Might” and “Test Your Sight” (comes randomly between battles)

None

Weapons / Projectiles

Yoshimitsu’s sword

None

One unique weapon for every fighter, and many projectiles

One main weapon for every fighter with unlockable weapons for every fighter (11 total for each fighter)

Ring Out

Not possible

Possible on some stages

None

Possible on almost every stage

Conquest Mode

None

“Fight your way through the arcades to become top VF player”

“Travel on a long journey, earning currency as you face hundreds of challenges”

“Travel the lands collecting weapons”

Team Battle Mode

Up to 8 fighters

None

None

Up to 3 fighters with one player, Up to 8 for 2 players

Tag Battle Mode
None None None None
Theater Mode

View unlocked movies, replays, and listen to Back Ground Music (BGM)

View match replays and pre-saved matches included on the game disc

View character biographies, costumes, ending movies, arenas, concept art, extras photos unlocked. Also view “Making of MK”, “MK History”, and “Music Video”

Art gallery, Exhibition theater, Character Profiles, View unlocked movies

Other Unlockables

None

84 wallpaper designs to customize menu screen

Many unlockables, production art, photos, videos, and many other things

Character Profiles, Weapon demonstrations, Extra fighting modes, Art and weapon galleries, Battle Theatre

Online Mode
None None None None
Extra Modes

None

10th Anniversary version of the game that lets you play in the old style graphics

None

Fight with acquired weapons

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