Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 34: Raven

Raven. Sharper and deadlier than any Blade.

As a way of counting down the time to the release of Tekken 6 for the PS3 and Xbox360, I’ve decided to begin this weekly series of lengthy, character-specific articles, each one featuring one of the 40 or so competing warriors in the latest and greatest King of Iron Fist Tournament. Hopefully, by the time we finish and reach character number 40, we’ll have the console version of Tekken 6 in our hands already.

Yet another week brings us a bit closer to our most-awaited fighting game sequel. Sadly, I have to say that even now I can pretty much tell that we will finish this series even with a couple of extensions and STILL not have Tekken 6 in our consoles yet. But what the heck- we’re committed, after all. Heheh…
Anyway… Part 35 brings us to a mysterious operative and relatively new fighter to the roster. This formidable challenger brings with him a more conventional form of ninjitsu as opposed to Tekken’s more familiar and long-standing ‘Space Ninja’, Yoshimitsu. Entering the tournament with missions to accomplish and targets to liquidate is the razor-sharp ninja, the shadow of death… Raven!

Distinguishing Features: Hey! It’s Wesley Snipes! Cross-shaped facial scar. Alternates between black leather and more traditional ninja attire, or Japanese-style hero costumes. Kunai collection.

Strengths: Quick and strong, with many deceptive attacks, grapples, heavy hits and takedowns. Possesses special ninja skills such as Teleportation and Mirage techniques.

Weaknesses: Could be a lot stronger, not as powerful as some of the game’s heavy hitters. His back-turn techniques can leave him extremely open. Some attacks have some ‘wind-up’ time. Hard to master.

Affiliation: Employed by a secret government agency to spy on both the Mishima Zaibatsu and G-Corporation.

Background: Making his silent debut prior to the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5, Raven was a silent observer of the events that transpired at the end of the previous tournament. Raven watched as Heihachi and Kazuya were assaulted by a squadron of Jack robots, and his iconic (and incorrect) line ‘Heihachi Mishima… is dead” set the tone for Tekken 5. Afterwards, when the tournament was announced by Jinpachi Mishima, Raven entered the investigate.

During this time, Raven encountered Heihachi Mishima, who had survived the attempt on his life. The two fought a ferocious battle. But before a conclusion could be reached, Raven was called back to headquarters and had to withdraw.

Later, the conflict between the Mishima Zaibatsu and G-Corporation intensified, engulfing the whole world. Once again, Raven is sent to investigate the Zaibatsu to stop the ongoing crisis.

Character Analysis: The bad-ass superninja, Raven. Certainly one of the more striking newcomers in recent chapters of the Tekken series, and in my mind, one that set the tone for a more cutting-edge, fresh-blooded infusion into the franchise. Certainly an intriguing character, though for the most part always shrouded in mystery so we cannot truly fathom a lot about his character.
So far from his story mode in Tekken 5, we can surmise a few things- he’s a government agent of some sort, and seems to be totally professional, ready to take or spare lives as he is ordered. Even though he is working for the greater good, he may be considered more of a mercenary or a professional assassin than a straight ‘hero’.

Though he seems at first to be emotionless and cold, there is some bit of comedy to this guy, particularly his rivalry with Yoshimitsu and his disdain of the Manji style of ‘ninjitsu’ (his cutscene during Yoshi’s story mode when Yoshi loses is priceless). I am hoping that more of this secret agent’s personality is revealed in Tekken 6.

For the most part though, Raven’s cool fighting style and ninja-magic are skills to be admired by players looking for a very flashy and impressive fighter to kick ass with. He’ll take a bit of work, but once mastered, this messenger of death can surely live up to his sinister monicker.

Stay tuned next week as we delve into another fighter’s story!

Tekken 6 is due out on PS3, Xbox360 and PSP this October 2009.


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