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Xbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 22

Tekken 6, DiRT 2, NFS SHIFT, Brutal Legend, Il-2 Sturmovik, Operation Flashpoint.

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New Tekken movie in the works

Ong Bak director to helm Rise of the Tournament.

A brand new Tekken movie, subtitled Rise of the Tournament, is currently in the works, according to production company Crystal Sky.

Enslaved sales break 700k barrier

Enslaved sales break 700k barrier

Tekken 6 continues to do the business.

Fighting game Tekken 6 sold 1.15 million units in the US alone during publisher Namco Bandai's 2011 financial year - despite the game launching in 2009.

Ninja Theory's excellent PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 adventure game Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, which launched in October 2010, shifted 730,000 units worldwide by the end of March 2011.

Although the new figure is up from the 460,000 worldwide sales Namco Bandai reported for the game in February, the Japanese publisher will still consider Enslaved to have performed poorly it initially targeted a million sales.

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Tekken 6 breaks 3 million sales

Tekken 6 breaks 3 million sales

Series charges to lifetime 39 million mark.

Namco Bandai has said "the best fighting game on the planet", Tekken 6, has sold over 3 million copies around our green and blue world.

The Tekken series has apparently now sold 39 million games globally.

Over 1 million Tekken 6 sales were made between April and June, apparently, and helped the publisher halve net income loss to 1.64 billion yen (around -12 million) for the quarter.

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Tekken 6 patch adds campaign co-op

Tekken 6 patch adds campaign co-op

Fight through beat-'em-up mode together.

Namco Bandai is releasing a Tekken 6 patch on 18th January to enable online co-op during the Scenario Campaign.

That's the bizarre beat-'em-mode that's a bit like Streets of Rage in 3D.

Now Tekken 6 will join the likes of Double Dragon, Golden Axe, Final Fight, Two Crude Dudes and so on and so forth as bruised adventures you can enjoy with a chum.

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Tekken 6 online patch on Thursday

Tekken 6 online patch on Thursday

Namco Bandai ironing out the Kings.

Namco Bandai will release a PS3 and Xbox 360 patch for Tekken 6 on Thursday that should fix the online multiplayer side of the fighting game.

Input response will be quicker and sharper and data transfer will be less clumsy when spectators are watching an online battle, meaning the host's machine won't be pummelled for bandwidth.

Search priorities will be selectable for ranked matches to help find a more desirable opponent and there will be the option of cancelling a bout once an opponent's signal strength bar is visible - and those, incidentally, should more accurately reflect a fighter's internet connection.

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Tekken 6 lag patch in development

Tekken 6 lag patch in development

"To improve the online experience."

Namco Bandai has said it plans to patch the online multiplayer side of Tekken 6 after everyone moaned about it in their reviews.

According to Eurogamer's resident beat-'em-up hero Matt Edwards, the lag is noticeable even when you have a solid green connection. Not as bad as King of Fighters XII, he wrote in his 7/10 review, but not as good as Street Fighter IV or BlazBlue.

"To improve the online game experience for players," the publisher said in a statement (thanks Joystiq), "Namco Bandai games is developing a downloadable update which will be available as soon as it has passed rigorous testing procedures."

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Xbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 22

Xbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 22

Tekken 6, DiRT 2, NFS SHIFT, Brutal Legend, Il-2 Sturmovik, Operation Flashpoint.

Wow, so many games, so much to write about and so little time to cover absolutely everything. It's fair to say that the office is almost literally dripping with code, and there's simply not enough manpower to dissect it all while maintaining regular Digital Foundry duties. So, with this month's mammoth 22nd Face-Off, we're covering six of the best and the most interesting of the recent releases, with the aim being to take a look at the rest over a series of smaller-scale DF blog updates as and when time permits.

As usual, the words are backed up with a battery of comparison shots, and pristine quality h264 videos too - all derived losslessly from the HDMI ports of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. In a slight departure from the presentations of past, the cropped 632x500 vids are now history. They did the job admirably before Eurogamer TV transitioned to HD, but with full 720p at our disposal, the old-school videos seemed somewhat superfluous to requirements.

The full 720p presentations are now embedded into the article itself in a similar manner to the DF Bayonetta demo showdown: simply press the full-screen button in the player to get the full effect, or click through using the EGTV link to get a larger window.

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Tekken 6

Tekken 6

Grievous bodily fun?

If you're looking for the current beat-'em-up champion here in the West, look no further than Street Fighter IV. Upon finally reaching G1 earlier this year, after many hours in championship mode, a glance at the leaderboards revealed I was still ranked below 6000 more dedicated players. Eek.

But in Japanese arcades the popularity contest has gone a very different way. The latest statistics from Arcadia Magazine suggest that Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion has the largest audience, followed by BlazBlue, Melty Blood, Guilty Gear, and then Street Fighter IV. When you consider Tekken 6 has been out in Japan since 2007, the continued devotion is even more impressive.

The question is, does the long overdue console port of Tekken 6 have what it takes to wow the West?

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Tekken 6

Long live the King of the Iron Fist?

Sitting down to my first round of Tekken in over a year, I'm a little concerned. As a fan of the series since Tekken 3, I've always been a solid Law or Yoshimitsu player, with both characters' 10-hit combo strings hardwired into my brain. But with my opponent sat next to me, a look of serene assurance across his face, it occurs to me that this year's Street Fighter IV addiction may have dulled my 3D fighter fundamentals. I needn't have worried. After a shaky start and some mild profanity, the Jeet Kune Do chef scraps a round-three victory with a well-timed one-inch punch. Yep, this is going to be an all-nighter for sure.

Tekken 6 coming to Eurogamer Expo

PS3 and 360 versions playable at show.

Welcome back, fact-finders. Today sees us continuing our long and noble tradition of telling you what will happen at the Expo in October, via the medium of text. We've already confirmed SEGA's AVP and Bayonetta, and today is the turn of Namco Bandai, who roll into the ring armed with both PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of premier smack-'em-up Tekken 6.

Tekken 6

Iron fisting.

"Europe is kind of a big deal for us." Katsuhiro Harada, producer of Tekken 6, is eager to point out that this visit to London is much more than a matter of courtesy. While the latest title in Namco's esteemed 3D fighting lineage dominates Japanese arcades, more than 90 per cent of Tekken's console sales come from the West. Of these, more than half of the series' 33 million sales were made to Europeans, who were responsible for almost two thirds of Tekken 5's global sales. As far as Harada, his team and his game's autumn release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are concerned, Europe is kind of a big deal.

Tekken 6 gets October US release

Europe, Japan and Asia soon after.

Namco Bandai has announced an October 27th release for Tekken 6 in North America, promising it will appear in Europe, Japan and Asia "shortly thereafter".

Peculiar bedfellows, perhaps? There was always going to be a clash somewhere in this year's Coming Attractions as we sorted our way through 12 categories, but you could argue there's more that unites fighting and strategy than divides them. Both are about trying to take maximum of advantage of your opposition's weaknesses, both reward patience, concentration and consideration, and as of Red Alert 3 both have a thing for impractical women's clothing.

Atari to distribute Tekken 6 in Europe

Out next autumn on both platforms.

Atari has announced that it will distribute Tekken 6 in Europe for Xbox 360 and PS3 next autumn as part of its long-standing partnership with Namco Bandai.

Tekken 6 announced for Xbox 360

Tekken 6 announced for Xbox 360

Due out next autumn.

Microsoft has announced that Tekken 6 will launch simultaneously on Xbox 360 as well as PlayStation 3.

Speaking during the company's ongoing Tokyo Game Show keynote, Live and services boss John Schappert said the game would be out on 360 "at launch", which will be autumn 2009.

Tekken 6 - previously announced for PS3 only - will build on the success of Tekken 5 and Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, the second of which picked up 8/10 on Eurogamer, and includes online play, a new rage system and other tweaks.

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Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada has revealed that the next instalment in the Tekken series may make use of the PS3's new motion-sensing controller.

Tekken coming to PSP?

So it would seem.

Word from Japan is that Namco is bringing one of the most popular fighting games of all time to the PSP.