I’ve never been a huge fan of the Tekken series since I’ve always been a major supporter for Street Fighter. Still, when it was announced that the next version of Namco Bandai’s hit fighting series was going to be available for free, I was excited. Imagine being able to play a good fighting game… for the price of nothing.
I’ve played it for a while and I’m sort of glad it’s free. It definitely doesn’t play like a full fledged entry. And, while it’s marketed as a “free to play” entry, it isn’t if you’re a very impatient person.
Tekken Revolution is essentially Tekken 6 minus a lot of the features. The game only has 8 selectable characters when you start. An additional 4 characters will eventually be unlocked by accumulating gift points. Gift points are earned by winning fights with others as well as simply signing in. So, the more times you play, the faster you’ll be able to unlock all the characters.
One thing that’s annoying is that you can’t just play as long as you like… for free. See, while the game itself is free-to-play, you can only play for a limited number of times. You’ll earn coins that will enable you to play normally as long as you’re playing the game. But, once you run out of coins, you can’t play anymore. This means that it’ll take a while to actually earn enough gift points to unlock the other characters.
That’s where the microtransactions come in. Rather than having to log in everyday to earn coins, you can buy them with real money that will enable you to play more times. So, if you want to unlock all of the characters in a short amount of time, be prepared to pay up!
Another unique thing they’ve added to Tekken Revolution is the ability to buff up any character’s stats. There are three stats you can modify: Power (strength of your attacks), Endurance (how much damage you take) and Vigor (chance of getting a critical hit and how fast you enter Rage Mode). This is something that’s interesting since, if you just want to do hard hitting attacks, you can buff up your favorite character’s Power stat.
One thing that annoyed me with the game is the fact that you need to be online to even start the game. If you can’t connect to the PSN servers, you can’t play. So, this is essentially like the Xbox One’s original online plan; you can’t connect, you can’t play. I don’t think many people will complain about this since, well, it is a free game. But, if you just want a quick Tekken fix by loading this game up, make sure your Internet connection is up as well.
Overall, Tekken Revolution is not something I’ll play regularly. I already have Tekken 6 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and they are definitely much more superior to this game. If you’ve never tried out a Tekken game before, this is a good game to actually see if it’s something you’ll want to play. Even if you do have Tekken 6 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2, go ahead and download this.
Have you played Tekken Revolution? Do you think the free to play model is a good idea for games in the future? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below!