Namco's arcade smash Tekken will be the best fighting game available for any of the new systems, according to early looks at the game. Tekken was the first coin-op to use the PlayStation's graphics-driver board, and the home-system version will boast outstanding 3D texture-mapped, polygon-based graphics that will startle you. Look for the game to have full 360-degree rotation, instant replays, and super-smooth character movement played out over gorgeous backgrounds depicting such unusual international locales as the Acropolis in Greece and Angkor Wat.
Eight warriors - Kazuya, Paul, Law, Nina, Jack, King, Yoshi-mitsu, and Michelle - will do battle in standard Arcade mode or Two-Player mode. In Arcade mode, each warrior must defeat their evil counterpart before faring the end boss, Heihachi. One of Tekken's strongest points is that ultimately you can have 18 selectable fighters to choose from, including the end boss and the hidden super boss, Super Kazuya.
Each character will bring a set of special moves and combos to the battleground, including a super move that takes a few seconds to execute, but will be unblockable and severely damaging when it connects. In all, expect well-rounded, balanced gameplay.
If fighting games are an important component in your video game library, look closely at Tekken before you choose a next-generation system.