PSOne: Tekken

When the PlayStation was first released Tekken was one of the first launch titles alongside Ridge Racer and Wipeout. More importantly Tekken was the first PlayStation Game to sell over 1 million units.

Tekken was also one of the earliest 3D fighters around and can be compared to the likes of Virtua Fighter or Battle Arena Toshindin.

Tekken differs from other hand-to-hand fighting games in some ways. Traditional fighting games are usually played with buttons which correspond to the strength of the attack, such as strong punch or weak kick. In Tekken however, dedicates a button to each limb of the fighter, making learning special attacks more of an intuitive process. The player could watch the animation on screen and figure out the appropriate command.

When you start up Tekken you are treated to a nice little mini game Galaga until you have the option of pressing start so you can get right into the action

When the menu screen comes up, if you have played any fighting games on the arcade then you will love the way Tekken has used the menu screens, making the game simplistic and easy to understand

When you are playing the actual game there is two rounds of combat by default but you can customise this in the options menu with up to five rounds if you wanted to.

If you are looking at Tekken objectively then graphically at the time, then this game would have been on par with the graphics of Virtua Fighter on the Sega Dreamcast as they are quite choppy and the character models are not what you would expect as they remind me of (dare i say it) Goldeneye on the N-64. Not a bad start to the Tekken series however.

In the game there are 11 different areas you can fight in and they are from real places in the world like Akropolis in Greece or even Windermere in Britain. They look quite amazing for the early PlayStation games and even though the character models are not the best, the environmental areas make up for this.

Getting to the characters there are initially 8 to start with from the likes of Jack who is an android created by the Soviet Union to King who is a Mexican Wrestler who wants to win this tournament to start an orphanage.

Completing each of the initial characters stories through 9 matches will unlock more characters like Armor King or even funnier Wang, who makes really funny noises when you hit him.

Overall Tekken is one of the classics on the PlayStation one and spawned a great many sequels in which Tekken 3 is acknowledged as the best of the whole lot. Is there a better fighting series than this?