Best Tekken Games

The Top Ten
1 Tekken 3

Tekken 3 is the Twisted Metal 2 of its 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.

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

2 Tekken 5

Good character roster, and the small bits of story sprinkled throughout the game with the character-specific sub-bosses and the final boss cutscene keep you trucking through the story with every new character just to see their ending.

Later games seem to have disregarded this enjoyable formula and another very important lesson from Tekken 5: the boss is enjoyable to fight if he is challenging within reason. Azazel from Tekken 6 and Jun from TTT2 are conversely completely 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.

3 Tekken 4

Easily the best and most underrated game of the series. This game introduced so many new mechanics such as walls (and ceilings), stages that looked real, personal combo saves in the characters' command list, replay saves, the best and most serious storyline in Tekken history, and new characters like Steve Fox and Craig Marduk.

It also 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!

4 Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Great game, albeit with a few failings. The entire game is non-canon, so the story is a bit silly. The removal of sub-bosses and introductory cutscenes makes the ending cutscenes the only character-specific bits of story to be found in the game. They are either goofy, short, or both goofy and short.

The final boss is also incredibly cheap, with 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, all my gripes are with the story mode, which should tell you all you need to know: gameplay-wise, Tekken has never been better than in this game.

5 Tekken 2

My favorite game is Tekken 2. Tekken 3 is good, but it doesn't have Kazuya or Jun. Jin is 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 the best of the best in the series.

6 Tekken 6

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, e.g., Alisa, affect the story so much and are absolutely awesome.

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

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

7 Tekken Tag Tournament

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 midpoint 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 the only purpose. This game should at least be number 2 or 3 on the list.

8 Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection

Why isn't this higher? It is by far the best game gameplay- and content-wise. It 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 feel of Tekken 5 and Tekken Tag regarding characters and gameplay.

9 Tekken 7

Even if it has 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 a longer Arcade Mode and it would have been even better, but it still is, in my opinion, my favorite Tekken. The gameplay has changed, it is faster and feels smoother. The new characters aren't that special, except for 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 or three infinite stages, only one floor break), story mode/arcade mode is wack. Where is Mokujin?

10 Tekken

It's the original. Can't do a list 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. However, if you look at what it was for the time, it's pretty impressive.

The Contenders
11 Street Fighter X Tekken
12 Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion
13 Death by Degrees
14 Tekken Hybrid
15 Tekken X Street Fighter
16 Tekken 3 (Mobile)
17 Tekken Advance

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

18 Tekken Revolution

Perfect graphics. Perfect characters. This is the best Tekken because it is free to play and because it is only for PlayStation gamers!

Because it is free to play. Has a perfect definition of the characters. Has the Special Art. Does not have that horrible bound system. Has exclusive characters. Yes, this is the best! :)

19 Tekken HD
20 Tekken 8
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