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About the game Edit

Tekken 3  is the third installment in the popular Tekken fighting game series. The original arcade version of the game was released in 2005 for the PlayStation 2 as part ofTekken 5's Arcade History mode.

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 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.

Gameplay Edit

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.

Perhaps the most noticeable change from Tekken 2's fighting system is movement reform - whereas the element of depth had been largely insignificant in previous Tekken games (aside from some characters having unique sidesteps and dodging maneuvers),Tekken 3 added emphasis on the third axis, allowing all characters to sidestep in or out of the background by lightly pressing the arcade stick (or tapping the controller button in the console version) towards the corresponding direction. Another big change in movement was that jumping was toned down, no longer allowing fighters to jump to extreme heights (as was present in previous games), but keeping leaps to reasonable, realistic heights. This made air combat more controllable, and put more use to sidestep dodges, as jumping no longer became a universal dodge move that was flying above all of the ground moves. Other than that, the improved engine allowed for quick recoveries from knockdowns, more escapes from tackles and stuns, better juggling (as many old moves had changed parameters, allowing them to connect in combo-situations, where they wouldn't connect in previous games), and extra newly created combo throws.

Characters Edit

Due to the time skip in the story, the game features only six characters from the previous two games: Anna Williams (who serves as palette swap of Nina in the arcade version),Heihachi Mishima, Lei Wulong, Nina Williams, Paul Phoenix, and Yoshimitsu while removing Marshall Law, Jack-2, Baek Do San, Armor King, King 1, Kuma 1, Bruce Irvin, Roger, Alex, Ganryu, Lee Chaolan, Kunimitsu, Wang Jinrei, Devil, Angel, Michelle Chang, Kazuya Mishima, Jun Kazama and Prototype Jack. However, some of the new characters can be considered as replacements for the missing ones, with a few even having the same move list as the originals.

The game introduced 15 new characters (alphabetically listed here): Bryan Fury, a kickboxing cyborg sent by his creator Dr. Abel to kidnap Mishima Zaibatsu's Dr. Bosconovitch;Eddy Gordo, a Capoeira prodigy seeking revenge against the Mishima Zaibatsu for having assassinated his parents and ruined his family's business; Forest Law, the son ofMarshall Law also practicing the same mixed martial arts and is joining the tournament at the behest of Marshall's friend, Paul Phoenix; Gun Jack, the third model of the JACK series sent by his creator, Jane to retrieve Jack-2's file containing his memories; Hwoarang, a Tae Kwon Do student of Baek Doo San wanting to take revenge against Ogre for apparently murdering his teacher; Jin Kazama, the grandson of Heihachi Mishima and son of Kazuya Mishima and Jun Kazama practicing both his parents' martial arts who seeks revenge against Ogre for having supposedly killed his mother; Julia Chang, the adopted daughter of Michelle Chang sets out to rescue her kidnapped mother from Mishima Zaibatsu; King II, the successor of the original King who participates to save his predecessor's orphanage; Kuma II, the son of the original Kuma also serving as Heihachi's loyal pet and bodyguard; Ling Xiaoyu, a Chinese teenager practicing Baguazhang and Piguaquan who wants to build her own amusement park by winning the tournament; Mokujin, a 2000-year-old wooden dummy who comes to life as a result of Ogre's awakening and is able to switch between the other characters' fighting styles; Panda, Xiaoyu's pet and bodyguard and is kuma's palette swap; Tiger Jackson, a disco man with an afro who is Eddy's palette swap and Ogre, a mysterious immortal humanoid known as the God of Fighting who is responsible for the disappearances of numerous martial artists around the world and also serves as the final boss of this game along with his true form, True Ogre.

The PlayStation version made Anna fully playable and separate from Nina, complete with an updated move set and appearance, as well as introducing two new characters: Dr. Bosconovitch, the elderly scientist of Mishima Zaibatsu and a friend of Yoshimitsu responsible for creating many of their projects, including the genetically altered animals Roger and Alex; and Gon, a special guest character from the manga of the same name.

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When was it created? Edit

It was created on March 20, 1997 by Namco, and Production I.G.