Set fifteen years after the King of the
Iron Fist Tournament 2, the story starts with Jun Kazama, who has been living a
quiet life in Yakushima with her young son, Jin, who is the son of Kazuya
Mishima. Heihachi Mishima, meanwhile, has established the Tekken Force, an
organization dedicated to the protection of the Mishima Zaibatsu. Using the
company's influence, Heihachi is responsible for many events that have
ultimately led to world peace. However, while on an excavation in Mexico, a
squadron of Heihachi's Tekken Force is attacked and vanquished by a mysterious
being. The only surviving soldier manages to relay a brief message to Heihachi,
describing the perpetrator as an "Ogre" or a "Fighting God".
Heihachi and a team of soldiers investigate, with Heihachi managing to catch a
glimpse of the culprit. After seeing the Ogre character, Heihachi's long dormant
dream of world domination is reawakened. He seeks to capture Ogre to use him for
Soon after, various martial arts masters begin
disappearing from all over the world, and Heihachi is convinced that this is
Ogre's doing. In Yakushima, Jun starts to feel the presence of Ogre approaching
her and Jin. Knowing that she has become a target, Jun tells Jin about Ogre, and
instructs him to go straight to Heihachi should anything happen. Sometime after
Jin's fifteenth birthday, Ogre does indeed attack. Against Jun's wishes, Jin
valiantly tries to fight Ogre off, but Ogre brushes him aside and knocks him
unconscious. When Jin reawakens, he finds that the house has been burned to the
ground, and that his mother is missing and most likely dead. Driven by revenge,
Jin goes to Heihachi and tells him everything. Jin begs Heihachi to train him to
become strong enough to face Ogre again. Heihachi accepts.
Three years later, Jin grows into an impressive
fighter and master of Mishima Style Karate. On Jin's nineteenth birthday, the
King of the Iron Fist Tournament 3 is announced, and Jin prepares for his
upcoming battle against Ogre. He is unaware, however, that Heihachi is merely
using him and the rest of the competitors as bait to lure Ogre out in order to
capture him. Eventually, the tournament leads to the final confrontation between
Jin and The God of Fight. Paul Phoenix was successful in defeating Ogre,
however, he leaves after winning the match. Unknown to him at the time, Ogre is
able to transform into a much more powerful "true" from, known to the
players as "True Ogre". When Jin arrives, he is confronted by this
True Ogre form and begins the fight. The battle rages for hours, until Jin
finally emerges the victor and Ogre completely dissolves. Moments later, Jin is
gunned down by a squadron of Tekken Forces led by Heihachi, who, no longer
needing Jin, finishes the job personally by firing a final shot into his
However, Jin, revived by the Devil Gene within
him (because after Jin's mother had gone missing following an attack from Ogre,
Devil returned, branded Jin's left arm with a mark, possessing him), reawakens
and makes quick work of the soldiers, turning his attention to Heihachi and
literally smashing him through the wall of the temple. Heihachi survives the
long fall, but Jin, in mid-air, sprouts black, feathery wings and strikes
Heihachi one last time. He then flies off into the night, leaving his bewildered
grandfather staring after him.
Largest Tekken roster to
date! Ohh, and best looking!
installment to Namco's hand-to-hand fighter takes place an entire 15 years after
Tekken 2... with many of the veteran Tekken
characters looking notably older. Tekken's gameplay hadn't changed a whole
lot from Tekken to Tekken 2, but Tekken 3 introduced some
key gameplay elements that enhanced the classic the gameplay,
including the God-send known as the "sidestep".... Finally, Tekken not only
looked 3D, but played 3D as well.
Badass cyber Ninjitsu VS
Along with improved character
control and noticeably smoother animations, the most notable addition to the
core gameplay this time around is side stepping, which allowed
for a new way to dodge attacks. Tapping up or down on the D-pad allows fighters to move around
the 3D environments and dodge their opponent's attacks if timed properly. The sidestep truly re-invented
Tekken's combo oriented gameplay
system, and opened up new strategies like the hard-hitting "side throws"
(which were exclusive to each character).
The side throws differed depending on if you caught your opponent on their left
or right, and were some of the coolest (and most painful) looking moves in the
game... can you say ouch factor?
Heihachi learns TaeKwonDo the hard way.
Now that the core gameplay was
evolving from a 2D plane into a 3D plane, the character
development was also able to take a noticeable step forward in Tekken 3.
Several intricately designed new fighters have joined the cast, each representing their
own unique brand of authentic martial arts. The new characters include a young Tae
Kwon Do expert Hwoarang,
a cool Capoeira martial artist Eddy Gordo,
and a fast and agile Chinese female, Ling
Xiaoyu... and finally, Jin Kazama took the place of his father Kazuya, fighting
very similar to his old man, but sporting his fair share of unique moves. Even
though several characters from the prequels were sadly missing, Tekken 3's
character selection was the most balanced, and most impressive roster to
The console version of Tekken 3 also featured some great bonus modes
such as Tekken Ball (a volleyball type game where you can use any of the
characters) and Tekken Force mode (a 2D beat-em-up style game with four levels).
The bonus modes were very innovative modes for a fighting game, and offered a nice break from the
intense arcade & VS mode battles. All in all, Tekken 3 was one of the best (if
not the best) console fighting game ever made at the time of it's release.
Tekken 3 was no doubt the definitive Tekken experience at the time,
improving on all aspects that made the sequel such a success. Presentation-wise,
Tekken 3 is regarded even by "mainstream" gamers as one of the
best fighting games of all time. The gameplay system was also rock solid, paving
the way for many future Tekken titles to come.
Worth mentioning, Tekken 3's PS1 intro is still among my all time favorite video game
It flowed brilliantly from beginning to end... and the music & visuals were
top stuff at the time. The characters themselves backed up how cool
they looked in the intro with deep movelists and authentic fighting styles. The FMV character endings were
equally visually impressive but also well thought out, fleshing out Tekken's
cool characters even further.
Two years after Tekken 3's arcade release, Tekken
Tag Tournament was released in arcades which was heavily based around Tekken
3's gameplay & graphics. ~TFG