|Producer: Katsuhiro Harada|
|Platform: Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 2|
|Mode: Single-player, Multiplayer|
|Arcade System: Namco System 12|
Tekken 3 (鉄拳3 Tekken Suri) is the third installment in the popular Tekken fighting game series. It was released on Arcades in March 1997, and for the PlayStation in mid-1998. A simplified "arcade" version of the game was released in 2005 for the PlayStation 2 as part of the Arcade History mode featured exclusively in Tekken 5. The PlayStation version is considered by some as one of the greatest games of its genre. It is also considered the best game in the entire series by both fans and critics.
It was the first game released on Namco System 12 hardware (an improvement to the original two Tekken games, which used System 11). It was also the last installment of the series for the PlayStation.
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 the Tekken 2 fight 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. It 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 knock-downs, 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.
Tekken 3 was the first Tekken to feature a beat 'em up Streets of Rage style minigame called Tekken Force, which pitted the player in various stages against enemies in a side-scrolling fashion. If the player succeeds in beating the minigame four times, Dr. Bosconovitch would become a playable character (granted that he is defeated first). This was continued in Tekken 4 and succeeded by the Devil Within minigame in Tekken 5 - but Boskonovitch was dropped as a playable character after Tekken 3. There is also a minigame called Tekken Ball, similar to beach volleyball, where one has to either "charge" a ball (hit the ball with a powerful attack) to hurt the opponent or try to hit the ball in such a way that it hits the ground in the opponent's area, thus causing damage.
Set nineteen 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 this goal.
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.
Four 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 Fighting. Ogre is able to transform into a much more powerful "true" form, known to the players as "True Ogre". Jin 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 grandson's head.
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.
- Eddy Gordo
- Jin Kazama
- King II
- Ling Xiaoyu
- Forest Law
- Gun Jack (unlockable)
- Bryan Fury (unlockable)
- Julia Chang (unlockable)
- Kuma II (unlockable)
- Mokujin (unlockable)
- Ogre (unlockable)
- Panda (unlockable, acts as a costume swap for Kuma)
- Tiger Jackson (unlockable, acts as a costume swap for Eddy Gordo)
- True Ogre (unlockable)
Bonus Characters (PlayStation version)Edit
Note: Some characters are absent in Tekken 3 (such as Kazuya Mishima).
- Jin Kazama - Tiger Dojo Tokyo
- Ling Xiaoyu - Carnival
- Hwoarang - Taekwondo Dojo
- Eddy Gordo/Tiger Jackson - Grassy Land
- Forest Law/Kuma II/Panda - Martial Arts Dojo
- Paul Phoenix/Bryan Fury - Punk Alley
- Lei Wulong - Hong Kong Street
- King II - Skyring
- Nina Williams/Anna Williams/Gun Jack - Laboratory Courtyard
- Yoshimitsu/Mokujin - Forest
- Heihachi Mishima/Julia Chang - Mexican Temple
- Ogre/True Ogre - Ogre's Temple (Changed dark when fighting True Ogre)
- Doctor Boskonovitch - Junky Mansion
- Gon - Beach Island
- Jin Kazama (alternate), Ling Xiaoyu (alternate) - High School
- If the player put the Tekken 3 disc into a CD player (or activate the "CD player" function on their game console), the 2nd track will play. The 2:37 song is called "The King Of Iron Fist Tournament 3: Enter The Tekken".
- "Theater mode" is available after beating the game with all starting characters.
- This is the only Tekken game feturing two minigames.
- Out of all the Tekken games featuring a Jack model, this is the only one where no Jack is a starting character.
- If the player have any saved data from Tekken or Tekken 2 on their memory card, the player can view any unlocked FMVs from the games while in Theatre mode.
- This is the first game to have a "Theater Mode" outside Japan.
- Tekken 3 is mentioned in the Eiffel 65 song, "My Console".
- Some fans believed that the severed head held by Ogre in the Tekken 3 Intro was Jun Kazama's, though this has never been confirmed by Namco.
- In Paul and Bryan's stage, on the wall, a certain piece of graffiti says "Soul Edge", in reference to the Namco's "Soul" series (and possibly the fictional sword itself).
- In Lei's stage, the player can see at one point in the background what looks like a transparent Triforce from Nintendo's Legend of Zelda on a red sign.
- Crow, Falcon, Hawk and Owl, members of the Tekken Force and appearing in the eponymous minigame in this installment, are playable through the use of a cheat device such as Action Replay/GameShark.
- Dr. Boskonovitch and Gon appear as secret characters in the console version of the game, and do not appear in any subsequent titles. Dr. Boskonovitch does however make a cameo in Tekken Tag Tournament's Tekken Bowl mode.
- This is the only Tekken game not to feature Lee Chaolan and Kazuya Mishima as playable characters.
- This is also the only Tekken game to feature a sound-echoing replay. It only happens on the PlayStation version.
|Series · Characters · Stages|
|Main series||Tekken · Tekken 2 · Tekken 3 · Tekken 4 · Tekken 5 (DR) · Tekken 6 (BR)|
|Tag series||Tekken Tag Tournament · Tekken Tag Tournament 2|
|X series||Namco X Capcom · Street Fighter X Tekken · Tekken X Street Fighter|
|Other games||Tekken Card Challenge · Tekken Advance · Death by Degrees · Tekken Hybrid · Tekken 3D: Prime Edition · Tekken Revolution|
|Crossovers||Pac-Man Fever · Point Blank 3 · Smash Court Tennis · Smash Court Tennis 2 · Urban Reign|
|Films||Tekken: The Motion Picture · Tekken (live action) · Tekken: Blood Vengeance|
|Comics||Tekken (ASPECT Comics) · Tekken 2: Mishima Family Values · Tekken 3 (Comic) · Tekken Forever · Tekken Saga · Tekken: Tatakai no Kanatani · Online Tekken Comic|