If you’ve been a PAL gamer for more than ten years, you’ll know that we went through a sort of Dark Ages. For the longest time, games came to our region almost a year after they were released and the US and Japan, and usually in an inferior form – running at PAL 50Hz without being recoded to run at the right speed, meaning they ran slowly. A lot of games suffered from this, including Tekken Tag Tournament, which we couldn’t enjoy the way it was meant to be played.

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But now, we can. Tekken Hybrid is an interesting little bundle made up of three very enticing parts. The main course is a glorious, full-speed, widescreen, high definition version of Tekken Tag Tournament. It’s clearly an upgraded port of the old PS2 version and it still contains the PS2 modes and options – including the Tekken Bowl mode, where you pick your favourite character and play a bowling mini-game which is more addictive than you’d allow yourself to believe.

Apart from that, it’s TTT as we know. You pick two characters to form a tag-team and tackle the game’s various modes to prove your skills. You might have to downgrade your expectations a bit, though. The game was released a decade ago and some of your favourite characters might have less than half the moves they currently do. But it’s kind of cool in a way, it forces you to use old moves and perhaps rediscover their virtues that you might have forgotten over time. If you’ve got enough controllers, you can play up to four players – two vs. two – which is one of the best times you can have with a console, I promise you. There are also some trophies to be collected, but no online modes, though. Sorry.

The second attraction is the Blu-ray feature film, Tekken: Blood Vengeance. This is a full-length movie that you can view in 3D if you have the required TV, which sets the stage for the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2 game. If this is true, then the Tekken story has grown even more retarded than I remember. The fights are pretty good, but it’s full of cringe-inducing voice acting and doubly cringe-inducing anime clichés of the worst kind that will have any sane person rubbing their temples before long. It does look pretty, though, and the Japanese have gotten a lot better than I remember at CG animation. It makes for an entertaining diversion but I can’t see even the blindest Tekken fans calling it a good film.

The cherry on top is Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Prologue, a little teaser for the upcoming game that rabid fans can tear into while they wait for the full release. It has four characters available: Ling Xiaoyu, Alisa Bosconovich, Devil Jin and Devil Kazuya, complete with their new outfits and new moves. Unfortunately there is no Practice Mode and, sadly, no Command List (well, I couldn’t find one) in this little teaser game, so if you want to find out what’s new you’ll just have to experiment. I found two new moves for Ling Xiaoyu so far, and one move I’m relatively sure is new for Devil Jin – but it’s been so long since I used him in Tekken 6 I can’t be sure.

With all this, it’s quite a nice little bundle here, but I’m not sure how many people outside of the serious Tekken fan circles will be interested. Just know what you’re buying – a re-released, decade-old game, a small teaser of an upcoming game and a brainless but entertaining movie. Oh, and by the way, it may come on a Blu-ray disc, but it installs both games to your hard drive, so make sure you have at least 4GB free space if you want it.