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Tekken 4 is considered by many to be a turning point for the series. For the first time, it allowed players to maneuver around an arena interacting with walls and other obstacles for extra damage. These "environmental hazards" in turn allowed players to juggle opponents for consecutive combos and allowed the designers to implement a "switch maneuver", which let players escape from cornering and throw the tide in their favor. Also, the game engine had been tweaked to be more focused on the environment, causing the characters to move more slowly and fluidly than in Tekken Tag Tournament. Finally, the game introduced a brand new graphics system, that featured increased lighting, dynamic physics, and smoother surfaces.

Tekken 4 includes a Beat em' up mini-game available from the outset called Tekken Force. Similar to the previous minigame found in Tekken 3, it presents the player with an over-the-shoulder perspective as they fight wave upon wave of Heihachi's Tekken force through four stages, eventually facing Heihachi himself. The player can pick up health and power-ups while they fight waves of enemies. In the mini-game it is discovered that the Tekken Force possesses different ranks in the organization, evident in different amounts of stamina, strength and skill.


Returning characters[edit]

  • Heihachi Mishima (unlockable)
  • Kazuya Mishima
  • Marshall Law
  • Paul Phoenix
  • Yoshimitsu
  • Nina Williams (unlockable)
  • Lee Chaolan (Lee appears at first disguised as Violet, with violet-dyed hair, violet clothes, and sunglasses. Clearing his story mode or unlocking Heihachi removes his sunglasses and switches his name, the colors of his clothes, and the color of his hair back to original.)
  • Lei Wulong (unlockable)
  • Hwoarang
  • Ling Xiaoyu
  • Jin Kazama (unlockable)
  • King
  • Bryan Fury (unlockable)
  • Julia Chang (unlockable)
  • Kuma (unlockable)
  • Panda (unlockable
  • Eddy Gordo (Eddy can be unlocked by pressing Triangle when selecting Christie. However, he does not have his own moves set, and has the same commands as Christie.)

New characters[edit]

  • Steve Fox
  • Craig Marduk
  • Christie Monteiro
  • Combot (unlockable)
  • Miharu Hirano (Extra costume for Ling Xiaoyu)
  • Violet - Can be played by pressing "Triangle" or "Circle" on Lee.