Namco Bandai introduces its long running arcade style fighter to the free to play system in this PS3 exclusive. The question is, how will this affect the game and will you be able to play it without dropping a penny? Can they implement free to play system sensibly or will it just be a shallow cash cow?
Revolution takes Tekken back to basics, far, far away from the recent (and excellent I might add!) Tag Tournament 2. It’s essentially an online, one on one Tekken game that runs on a token system. These tokens are used to play the various modes. You have 2 for arcade and 5 for online. Arcade tokens recharge every hour, online every thirty minutes. As you can imagine with free to play, you can buy packs of tokens that have a onetime use, but allow you bypass the time constraints. The fact that the online tokens reset quicker is a smartly placed nudge towards getting both newcomers and King of Iron Fist veterans into the multiplayer.
Revolution feels much stripped down. The main exclusion being that of the ‘bound’ moves, used to rebound opponents off the floor, keeping your combo going. Walls are collapsible, avoiding heavy hitting wall combos that would normally leave you stuck without a prayer of getting out. The introduction of super powered ‘Critical Arts’ offer a short cut to become over powered and aid in loss prevention. To the old school Tekken players this may seem like an insult, but to newcomers these changes will translate perfectly into what is a difficult genre to get your head round.
The roster and choice of stages has also been significantly cut. Presumably to help entry level players get to grips with the Tekken system. Juggle-friendly characters such as Hwoarang and Eddy Gordo have been left out and the watered down line-up should excite the purists of the first two PSOne games.
Namco Bandai has promised a ton of extra content that will be pumped out over the rest of the year, including characters, stages and the training mode, unbelievably left out from the start. To enjoy the game without investing any real money can be infuriating, as players who are higher up the food chain enjoy dishing out soul crushing punishments that can be hard to contend with your underpowered characters. While not costing an awful lot to help solve this problem, it’s a shrewd move by Namco and you’ll be wanting to get that edge.
Revolution takes Tekken back to its arcade roots and this watered down entry achieves does what it sets out to do. The main concern being it leans towards the pay to win method and unless you’re a seasoned Tekken pro, this can be very, very daunting. Still it is technically a free game, and that’s never a bad thing.