Good Game: Tekken 3 (PS)

A Good Game a day for the rest of time perhaps?

Today it’s Tekken 3 a 1998 fighting game developed and published by Namco for the PlayStation (PS). It was first released in arcades in 1996 and it is the third installment in the Tekken fighting game series.

Tekken 3 was the first game released on Namco System 12 hardware (an improvement over the original two Tekken games, which used System 11). It was also the last installment of the series released for the first PlayStation. The game features a largely new cast of characters, including the debut of several now-staple characters such as Jin Kazama, Ling Xiaoyu, Julia Chang and Hwoarang, with a total of twenty-three characters. The home version included a new beat’em up mode called Tekken Force, as well as the bonus Tekken Ball mode.

Tekken 3 is widely considered one of the greatest games of all time. With more than 8.5 million copies sold worldwide, Tekken 3 is the second best selling fighting game of all time, second to only Super Smash Brothers Brawl and the fourth best-selling PlayStation game ever. A non-canon sequel was released in 1999 and 2000 in arcades and on the PlayStation 2 respectively, titled Tekken Tag Tournament. It was followed by the canon sequel Tekken 4 in arcades and on the PlayStation 2 in 2001 and 2002, respectively.

Tekken 3 maintains the same core fighting system and concept as its predecessors, but brings many improvements, such as significantly more detailed graphics and animations, fifteen new characters added to the game’s roster, more modern music, and faster and more fluid gameplay.

Watch the video I made below showing about the first 27 minutes of the game.


Tekken 3 Gameplay.

Developer: Namco.
Publisher: Namco.
Platform: PlayStation.
Release : 26th March 1998 (JP), 29th April 1998 (NA), 12th September 1998 (EU).
Genre: Fighting.