Speak of the Devil.
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 competing warriors in the latest and greatest King of Iron Fist Tournament.
Number 41. It’s been a long road since we started waaaaaay back in January. Not bad eh? Well, unfortunately we still don’t have a copy of Tekken 6 yet, but at least we’ve shorn down the wait to less than six weeks. Anyway, the current fighter to be featured can be considered a recent addition, though his/its presence has been in the series for quite a long time. Finally arriving as an actual playable fighter in Tekken 5, this ferocious challenger embodies the dark side of one of the game’s main heroes (or former main hero as the case may be). Hatred and sadistic glee given physical form, this malevolent warrior from hell itself has since become a favorite for players who want to kick ass and look devilish doing it. We’re talking about Devil Jin.
Distinguishing Features:In case you miss the glowing yellow eyes, fangs and big-freakin’ horns, he’s got two huge black wings sprouting from his back. Demon-themed wardrobe, including armor, clawed gauntlets and chains. And some stylish clogs.
Strengths: Deadly combination of Mishima and Kazama-style attacks with his own unique brand of mayhem, namely flight and swooping attacks and the ability to project laser beams from his eyes. Intimidation factor with some of the most blasphemously spectacular customs in the game (goat face and legs, anyone?). Inhuman strength and mental powers. His Devilish Power is over 9000!
Weaknesses: Nerfed quite a bit since Tekken 5DR and the original Tekken 6.0. Holy water or the Mystic aura of a pure-hearted maiden of the Kazama bloodline. Frequent molting.
Affiliation: Linked inexorably to Jin Kazama, making him a dark power in the shadows within and behind the Mishima Zaibatsu.
Background: The manifestation of the Devil Gene within Jin Kazama, the being known as Devil Jin first appeared during Tekken 3 in Jin’s ending, saving Jin’s life after he was gunned down by the Tekken Force and Heihachi Mishima. After taking out his would-be killers, Devil Jin flew off into the night.
Jin Kazama would later awaken and his life thereon was a continual struggle to suppress the evil within him.
The next time the Devil manifested was in the aftermath of the Tekken 4 tournament, when Kazuya Mishima attempted to awaken the Devil Gene within Jin in order to possess it. After Kazuya and Heihachi are defeated, Jin takes on Devil Jin’s form and flies away, later going berserk in a forest where he causes massive destruction. When he awakens later in the midst of the ruined forest, Jin realizes that its only a matter of time before he is taken over completely by the Devil Gene.
At the end of Tekken 5, Jin defeated his great grandfather, Jinpachi Mishima, and became the head of the Mishima Zaibatsu. Soon after taking command, Jin immediately sent out the Tekken Force to spread chaos all over the world…
Character Analysis: Forget the outdated ‘Devil’ that appeared way, way, way back in Tekken 2- it’s all about Devil Jin, dudes, when it comes to supernaturally-empowered ass kicking. Instead of being just a straight Jin clone, DJ has his own unique stance and style of movement, giving him the look and feel of a predatory bird… which is pretty damn awesome. His laser attacks and flight shouldn’t be used carelessly, lest he be left open to punishment, but he does have techniques that utilize his flight and powers that are quick enough to use out of hand. All in all… definitely one of the game’s power players.
Story-wise, we know little as yet of DJ’s exact role in the ongoing plot, but it’s bound to be connected to Jin Kazama and his current anti-hero role. Has the Devil Gene (and Devil Jin) take over? The demonic-themed decor of Jin’s private office, the Gargoyle’s Perch stage, seems a dead giveaway… Jin may be the one sitting in the throne, but it may be DJ giving the orders.
On the other hand, why doesn’t DJ appear or manifest in the course of the game as a sub-boss? Perhaps like Kazuya, Jin has mastered his inner Devil, or perhaps merged with it. In any case, it will be interesting to see what storyline DJ himself pursues in the game, and what his future may be in the series.
So indeed, what does the future hold for Jin Kazama’s devilish alter-ego? It’s safe to say their fates are intertwined, so whatever happens to Jin in the aftermath of the war will dictate where they go. I dare say that DJ is about as popular as Jin himself, so no doubt they will surely survive anything short of actua capture and consumption by Kazuya himself. Keep looking with caution to the dark skies of future Tekkens for the flapping of black wings.
Stay tuned Next Week as we delve into another fighter’s story!
Tekken 6 is set for release on PS3 and Xbox360 in late October, with a PSP version release TBA.