Tekken Blood Vengeance Review – Available free with Tekken Prime 3DS

Tekken 3D Prime Edition was officially announced last week for the 3DS and Namco Bandai seem completely unfazed by the head-start that two of the world’s leading fighting game titles have.

Namco Bandai announced that Tekken Prime will feature a roster of over 40 fighters as well as stages exclusive to the 3DS and redesigned old classics.  WiFi functionality has also been cited but that should be pretty standard for any fighting game on the 3ds if it hopes to do well.

What fans are really asking is will it have a Streetpass functionality and how will it operate?  Can we hope to see Spotpass DLC’s like the epic amount Tecmo Koei have provided over the last few months?

Also include on the cartridge will be the 3D animated epic Tekken Blood Vengeance.  I was lucky enough to watch this at the IGN Premiere of the movie at the May Fair hotel on 27 Jul 11.

Tekken Blood Vengeance is set between the events of Tekken 5 and 6.  The screenplay for Tekken Blood Vengeance is written by Dai Satō (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, Samurai Champloo) and the animation is produced by Digital Frontier who are responsible for the fantastic FMV sequences for Tekken 5 and Tekken 6.

Tekken Blood Vengeance begins with what Tekken knows best.  Combat.  Nina and Anna Williams go head to head from the credits and although the fight can be quite hard to follow in 3D, there’s no doubt how epic it looks.

Then the craziness begins.

Most of what happens is amusing, some random, a lot is very over-dramatic and some is just downright weird.  Will you be entertained though?  Yes.  Yes you will.  Some of the fight scenes are the best animated combat sequences I’ve seen and they all look beautiful.  Some of the dialogue is worryingly wrong and you’re never quite sure if it’s accidental or not.

The story centres on Ling Xiaoyu and Alisa Bosconovitch and their highschool hijinks while Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima operate behind the scenes as the plot unfolds.

Knowing the full backstory of the Tekken franchise isn’t required to enjoy Blood Vengeance but some knowledge of the characters will enhance your enjoyment, especially as it builds towards the final battle.  But some of the motivations and actions of the characters are just random and no amount of pre-Tekken knowledge will help, my advice is just to go with it.

The Digital Frontier boys have done what’s expected of them in continuing their work with the franchise and fans won’t be disappointed in what they see.  Voice wise the producers have tried as much as possible to use the same voice actors for the characters in their native languages.  I asked why it was dubbed rather than subbed and was told that full 3d subtitles can be quite hard to follow, so the decision was made to go with dubbing.

Although this is a review, I won’t give it a score – we will save that for the Tekken 3D Prime review as a whole package. We at Nintendo Scene are confident that Tekken and fighting fans alike will be impressed by Tekken Blood Vengeance and therefore have high hopes for Tekken 3D Prime. Check back at Nintendo Scene for all the latest on Prime, as we will be following it very closely!

Watch the Tekken 3D Prime Edition announcement trailer below:

Watch the Tekken Blood Vengeance trailer below:

Are you looking forward to the release of the 2-in-1 Tekken 3D Prime/Tekken Blood Vengeance package? Or are you still busy collecting trophies on Street Fighter 3D and winning throw-downs on Dead or Alive: Dimensions? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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