Okay, we got it. Tekken 6 is IN Manila, BABY! I headed off after work to Glorietta 4 Mall in Makati to watch Cloverfield. An hour before the movie was to start, I arrive at G4 and immediately head into Timezone to check if the game was there. I was still some distance away but I could tell the game was there since there was a relatively large crowd of people gathered before a monitor in the fighting game area. Sure enough, THE game was there. G4 Timezone has two Tekken 6 machines, both with really nice HD monitors showing off the hi-res graphics quite nicely. What can I say? I was quietly giddy with glee as I just stood there for the next hour, just watching matches and taking in the gloriously lovely graphics and animation… it certainly does look divine, and finally I can say this game looks SWEET indeed with the stages and characters in vivid color and detail, particularly during the Character Select Stage… MAN, Nina is freakin’ hot.
The version we have is the International English edition of Tekken 6, and I assume this is THE Final Release Version of the game (at least for now). As reported earlier, Nancy M1847J is present in the game, appearing on a new stage before you face Jin Kazama in the Single Player Arcade mode. The rage mode and bound is in there, but toned down quite a lot; still, players who knew how to use the new system were noticeably racking up wins over the less-experienced players. For the most part though, people were just practicing the new moves and not really playing seriously. VS fights have the usual Best-of-Three-Matches, while Single Player is only two rounds per fight.
As mentioned, the Rage and Bound aren’t as horribly dominating as earlier T6 vids showed, but knowing this new way of doing things leans the game heavily in your favor. I was able to play two games, one each using Asuka and Lili, and I didn’t fare that well since I didn’t know most of the combos, and wasn’t used to the stick. But it was damn fun, and I think everyone there was having a great time playing. The game as it is now is fluid, fast, entertaining and just gorgeous.
As for characters, people were using various fighters left and right. Of the newbies, I only saw a couple of guys use Miguel. I didn’t see Zafina, Bob or Leo being used (though I left to watch the movie and came back after).
Unfortunately, the IC Card System isn’t installed yet, so as of right now there are no customizations, rankings or options to change your name. However, I asked and supposedly we will get the card system soon. Hong Kong already has the full game, International version with Customizations (and supposedly a lot more items than the current Japanese version) and everything, already (lucky bastards). But at least, thankfully, we don’t need Tekken.net to enjoy the full Tekken 6 experience. It’s only a matter of time then before half-naked Laws and Kings, Pink jacketed Dragunovs and barefoot Asukas begin duking it out in Manila.
Still, while it’s cool that I can now take a jaunt to the mall and play Tekken 6, and eventually pimp out my faves, I’d much rather spend my money on the PS3 game, so I’ll just keep crossing my fingers and wishing for the home version to arrive soon. VERY soon. PLEASE.
Some pics to be posted later!