Best Tekken Games

The Top Ten
1 Tekken 3 Tekken 3 Product Image

Best Tekken game for many reasons...

- Most story driven Tekken game so far
- Took risks unlike the other Tekken games; many characters were not present for the sake of the story
- Introduced some of the best Tekken characters ever
- Had the best soundtrack of all
- Major advancement in graphics, still holds up
- Best character and costume designs
- First Tekken game to introduce new game modes
- Best intro video ever
- More fluid movement and gameplay
- Very high replay value

That game...ho my god that game the best tekken ever even though it wasnt my first one ( tekken 5 was ) I spend many many hours on it especially with my boy Lei I LOVED ESPECIALLY THE OST it was really great and I recently noticed that they sampled songs for certain themes like Lei's themes or the score's theme when you die in survival mod. anyway I looove that game

Tekken 3 is the twisted metal 2 of it's series.. It's really no contest. This game isn't just a PS1 classic, it's an all time classic. Great story, Very acceptable graphics, and 21 characters all with impressive combinations and costumes kept the replay value up. Not bad for 1997. It was short and sweet.

I guess it's all objective. But it seems to me like all the positivity people gives tekken 3. Is mostly from nostalgia

2 Tekken 5 Tekken 5 Product Image

Good character roster, and the small bits of story sprinkled throughout the game with the character-specific sub-bosses and indeed the final boss cutscene keeps you trucking through the story with every new character just to see their ending. Later games seems to have disregarded this enjoyable formula, and have also disregarded another very important lesson from Tekken 5, that the boss is enjoyable to fight if he is challenging within reason. Azazel from Tekken 6 and Jun from TTT2 are conversely completely damn unreasonable with attacks cheaper than a Christmas tree in July, making the player more likely to just throw the controller away and go kiss girls than to keep bashing their head against that particular brick wall.

Tekken 5 is my first tekken ever and I find it really really underrated, I spend like 500 hours on it when I was a kid I played a lot wit lei and asuka,
for me tekken 5 has the best cinematics and solid soundtracks sure it wasnt the best of the franchise I mean tekken 2 and tekken 3 had the best OST of every Tekken BUT it was cool especially the intro. the only thing that I really didn't liked in Tekken 5 was the mod " Devil Within" or somethin like that I find it really boring. And damn Jinpachi...HO MY GOD Jinpachi was so hard to beat DAMN when I was a kid he was a nightmare for me but hopefully I knew my main Lei pretty well so I spamed 3 3 and DownLeft 44 multiples times. SO yeah tekken 5 hold a special place in my heart spend so many hours on it LOVE THIS GAMES BEST TEKKEN FOR ME EVER...with tekken 3 of course

It's really hard to choose between all these great games! As I must choose, I choose Tekken 5 because it offers a huge selection of characters, stories well done, an arcade mode that gives a true longevity in the game and especially the first customization in Tekken. But the removal of Tekken Force as Devil Within mode is less good especially because of Jin.

Tekken 5 brings back the most memories for me, I remember the days of relaxing and listening the the great soundtrack, customizing, playing arcade over and over, Devil Within, it's an overall great game. King is my favourite in the series and I main him in every game, and he is so good in this game. T5 makes me so nostalgic

3 Tekken 4 Tekken 4 Product Image

The best part of this game is the art direction. The costumes, stages, music, and story are top-notch.
The core gameplay is good, but not without its flaws. The differences in elevation changes the hit detection on every move, there are balancing issues(Jin is OP), and there are only 18 unique fighters(although technically there's 23, 4 of them are pallette swaps and Combot copies a random fighter's moveset so he doesn't count either)

TL,DR Art Direction is fantastic; gameplay is good, but not perfect.

Easily the best and most underrated game of the series. This game introduced so many new mechanics such as walls ( and cielings), stages that looked real, personal combo saves in the characters command list, replay saves,the best and most serious story line in Tekken history, new characters like Steve Fox, and Craig Marduk, and it introduced intros. Come on, this game revolutionized and almost completely makes up the rest of the series from that game to now.

Perfect atmosphere, the game showcases memorable soundtracks which fit each stage like a treat, not to mention the tone of the game was a comfortable transition from its predecessors with improved character designs and development. The mechanics were solid and modes were plentiful!

This was the first opus in 3D. I enjoyed the stages, the soundtrack, the endings and the story-mode arts. The game-play based on side-steps rather than juggles was more to my liking. Of course, today I play Tekken Tag 2, but Tekken 4 was nice to play and disserves to be supported.

4 Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Product Image

Great game, albeit with a few failings. The entire game is non-canon, so the story is all around a bit silly. Indeed, the removal of sub-bosses and introductory cutscenes make the ending cutscenes the only character-specific bits of story to be found in the game at all and they're either goofy, short or goofy and short. The final boss is also incredibly cheap, for example having one attack that freezes you in place, drops you to 1 HP and then dumps you right in front of her so she can finish you off with a kick to the shins. As you can see, though, all my gripes are with the story mode, and that should tell you all you need to know: gameplay-wise, Tekken has never been better than in this game.

I wish tekken wasnt quite so combo heavy because I prefer the battle for spacing and the mind games of when and how to attack and of whiff baiting etc etc but I agree totally that ttt2 is the best - HUGE character line up and probably most well balanced game in the franchise. T3 and original TAG were both awesome in their own rights, mostly because they were innovative in a good way - most of the innovations were done well and worked - but to me the issue of character balance tips the scales. I agree with you and upvote

I love me some Tekken 5 and 3, but damn, this is amazing.
may not be as story-driven as the two mentioned before, but 61 balanced characters, great soundtrack, amazing stages and lots of customization makes it worth my vote as the best and definitive tekken game

I love the special win poses, tag throws, tag assaults, everything about this game is amazing. Tekken 6 was all right... A little bit of a disappointment. But this game made Tekken amazing again after the disappointing Tekken 6.

5 Tekken 2 Tekken 2 Product Image

My favorite game is Tekken 2. Tekken 3 is good but it doesn't have Kazuya or Jun. Jin is so overrated and is basically a copy of his parents. Tekken 4 is cool because of the storylines, the graphics, and the new characters. Tekken 5 is fine, mainly because of returning characters and some storylines. Tekken 6 is underrated because I like the scenario campaign. At least you get to pick which character you use unlike Tekken 5. The tags are awesome and the original is one of my favorites. In short, Tekken 2 is best of the best game series.

Tekken 3 is better but the soundtracks was much more awesome and it had lee and lei

Heihachi Mishima actually looks Japanese in this version.

Gotta love playing with law, and jun kazama is a beast!

6 Tekken 6 Tekken 6 Product Image

This I thought could’ve been a bit better, I did enjoy the campaign mode and gameplay but something about the characters seem off on this one compared to the rest.

This should be higher because the story is amazing, full of plot twists and drama, the character roster is diverse and well rounded and some of the characters introduced eg. Alisa affect the story so much and are absolutely awesome

HA HA! Tekken 6 is number 6 :) Anyway, It SHOULD be number one. It definitely has the best story line bringing in Lars and Alisa and their journey with Lars and his amnesia and Alisa being a robot an all. It's so diverse and awesome!

Amazing game in Tekken series. Nice moves and the players are also great. My favorite character is Bryan Fury.

7 Tekken Tag Tournament Tekken Tag Tournament Product Image

For me, this Tekken was the best in the series for pure fighting and fun, it ignored the limitations of the story/timeline and instead offers a massive variety of characters from tekken 1, 2 and 3. This game is the middle point between the freedom of tekken 3's fighting and the limitations/balancing of tekken 4 and onward, I feel this should be higher than Tekken 6 by far because of how much effort was put into this game.

I think Tekken Tag Tournament should be higher on the list. It's as good as Tekken 3 and has the same feel but it's enhanced in a few ways. Better graphics, more characters (almost all previous game characters at the time). The only thing it lacks is any stories but that's only purpose. This game should at least be number 2 or 3 on the list.

My favorite Tekken game is Tekken Tag Tournament and Tekken 4 but I also like Tekken 3, Tekken 5, Tekken 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2. I really did not like the storyline for Tekken 6 so crap and everything else about Tekken 6 is fun.

God, I loved this game so much that I unlocked everything on two different memory cards. Ganryu and Kunimitsu were my favorites. So many characters, too!

8 Tekken 7 Tekken 7 Product Image

Even if it got some cons, e.g. characters, I don't really care about the characters that left the game because the gameplay is what matters the most.
I would only prefer longer Arcade Mode and it would have been even better, but it still is in my opinion my favorite Tekken, the gameplay is changed, it is faster and it feels more smooth, the new characters aren't that special excluding one being my new main.
Overall, not the best Tekken, but definitely my favorite one.

Pros - Great balance, great mechanics, decent visuals, more lenient controls for online play, great
combo system, all characters feel fleshed out.
Cons - Music is underwhelming and pales in comparison to previous entries, stage picks aren't
balanced (two helipads, two volcanoes, only two/three infinite stages, only one floor break),
story mode/arcade mode is wack. Where is Mokujin?

Did live up to the hype, I love that solitude song on there! Combos are pretty good, lots of options on there.

Amazing visuals and awesomely balanced game play. This has to be the best tekken

9 Tekken Tekken Product Image

It’s the original, can’t do a lost without the original game that got you into it, for what it is it’s exceptional! Hope they remaster this game like they did with Spyro.

It doesn't hold up too well now. But if you look at what it was for the time, it's pretty impressive


10 Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
The Contenders
11 Tekken - Dark Resurrection Tekken - Dark Resurrection Product Image

Why isn't this higher!? It is by far the best game gameplay and content-wise. Took T5 and made it even better than it already was. It's on PSP but the graphics are still some of the best on the system. Greatest hits for sure.

Loved playing this game on psp, it had the feels of tekken 5 and tekken tag regarding characters and gameplay.

It is available in psp and it has awesome graphics

This and tekken 5 should be swaped

12 Street Fighter x Tekken Street Fighter x Tekken Product Image

Pretty good game

13 Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion

This Tekken game was great

14 Tekken Hybrid Tekken Hybrid Product Image
15 Tekken x Street Fighter

This Game has been in Development Hell for 8 GOD DAMN YEARS! and since then neither Namco or Capcom commented about the game.
Just wait and see this game will beat Duke Nukem Forever's 15 years in Development Hell

Isn't this already on list?

The person who added this is most likely talking about new game that might be released some day called "Tekken x Street Fighter"
And no, it's NOT Street Fighter x Tekken, it's Tekken x Street Fighter

16 Death by Degrees Death by Degrees Product Image
17 Tekken 3 (Mobile)
18 Tekken Advance Tekken Advance Product Image

I have this game and it is pretty much Tekken Tag Tournament without characters except Xiayou, Yoshimitsu, Nina, Law, Hworaufjsdf, Paul, King, Gun Jack, and Jin. The boss is Heihachi but I don't think you can get him but good game for GBA

A very good Tekken game for the handled

19 Tekken Revolution

Perfect Graphic. Perfect Characters. This is the Best Tekken cause IS free to play and cause is Only For PlayStation Gamers!

Because Is Free to Play. Have a Perfect Definition of the characters. Have the Special Art. No have that ORRIBLE bound system. Have esclusive characters. Yes this is the best :))

20 Tekken HD
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