Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection
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Developer: Namco
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Producer: Katsuhiro Harada
Platform: Arcade, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable
Release date:


  • JP November 2005
  • NA February 2006

Playstation Portable

  • JP July 6, 2006
  • NA July 25, 2006
  • AU September 14, 2006
  • EU September 15, 2006

Playstation Network

  • JP December 12, 2006
  • NA March 1, 2007
  • AU March 23, 2007
  • EU March 23, 2007
Genre: Fighting
Mode: Single-player, Multiplayer, online
Arcade System: Namco System 256

Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection (鉄拳5 DARK RESURRECTION? lit. Iron Fist 5: Dark Resurrection) is an update to Tekken 5. The game was first released in the arcades in Japan in 2005 and in North America in 2006 and was ported to the PSP (Playstation Portable) later that year. The game was also released as downloadable content on the PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Network in 2007.


Following the conclusion of the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, Heihachi Mishima defeated his son Kazuya Mishima and led him to Hon-Maru Temple, planning to let both Kazuya and his grandson, Jin Kazama, battle and steal their respective "Devil Genes". However, Jin defeats both of his predecessors and flies away, leaving the latter two unconscious. Shortly after, several Jack-4 robots invade the compound, programmed to take Heihachi's life. Initially, Kazuya and Heihachi fight the Jack-4s as a team, but eventually, Kazuya throws Heihachi across the room as soon as he notices that Heihachi is getting tired. Then, Kazuya turns into Devil Kazuya and escapes, leaving Heihachi to deal with the Jack-4s by himself. They quickly overwhelm him and self-destruct, leaving Heihachi seemingly dead.

The explosion, however, revives Heihachi's father Jinpachi Mishima from his 50-year slumber chained up beneath the Temple and proceeds to reclaim the Mishima Zaibatsu. A few months later, the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 is announced. It turns out that Heihachi, in fact, survived the explosion, and now pledges to find out and "break the neck of the one who started this ridiculous tournament!".

The game follows exactly the same storyline as Tekken 5, only with the additions of two new characters and one returning character; Emilie "Lili" De Rochefort (who seeks to destroy the Mishima Zaibatsu and end her father's financial problem), Sergei Dragunov (a member of Spetsnaz who has been sent to capture Jin) and Armor King II (who was thought to have been killed before the events of Tekken 4 and whose identity and goals remain a mystery to the player).



Along with the many additions to the PlayStation 2 port, the Arcade Battle has been upgraded by adding twelve more ranking titles and removing one: Conqueror. Tekken Lord is no longer the highest ranking like it was in Tekken 5. Dark Lord is one ranking above Tekken Lord and the highest ranking is Divine Fist.

Divine Fist is only achieved by successfully completing all of the league matches, survival tournaments and ranking tournaments in Tekken Dojo mode. The opportunity is offered once a promotion chance is offered sometime in the Heaven Dojo, the sixth stage in Tekken Dojo mode. Obviously, it is only offered when the player is ranked as a Dark Lord. In the European PSP version, the player's current character will be promoted from Dark Lord to Divine Fist, once they have completed all dojos, including the challenges, and then win the Heaven Dojo ranking tournament once again.


Another addition to Arcade Battle is that it now keeps track of the player's statistics. Each character has a clean slate once they begin playing Arcade Battle. During character selection, loading a match and battling an opponent, the player can see their alias, ranking, what region they hail from, their wins, losses and overall percentage.

Color Scheme Changes & Customizations

Dark Resurrection also provided more tools for the players to customize their characters. Also, the default colors for most of the characters were different from the original version of the game, despite the characters being shown in most of the FMVs and artwork of the PSP version in their original colors. For example, Paul's red judogi became white, Kuma's brown fur became white making him look like a polar bear, Jin's gauntlets, leg guards and flames on his pants became red, and Jinpachi's final boss look now appeared to be bursting into flames. None of these changes were absolute since the player could at anytime customize the characters back to their original colors, as long as they remember how they looked; with the exception of Jinpachi who isn't playable in the PSP version.


Tekken Dojo is a new mode. The player picks a character and battles a variety of Ghost characters in ranked battles. Doing well in League Tournaments improves the player's rank. After becoming the number one fighter in a single dojo, the player will acquire access to the next dojo. The difficulty increases the further the player progresses into the island.

Altered Stages

Dark Resurrection also appeared to have many new stages. These stages were actually modified versions of the originals that contained different textures, details, and stage music that make most of them unrecognizable. For example, the temple seen engulfed in flames in Tekken 5 now appeared as a normal temple in daylight during autumn and the church of the original now appeared as a snowy castle.


Tekken Dark Resurrection
Returning characters
Anna Williams
Asuka Kazama
Baek Doo San
Bruce Irvin
Bryan Fury
Christie Monteiro
Craig Marduk
Devil Jin
Eddy Gordo
Feng Wei
Heihachi Mishima
Jin Kazama
Jinpachi Mishima (playable after beating arcade mode once [PS3], playable via cheat [PSP])
Julia Chang
Kazuya Mishima
King II
Kuma II
Lee Chaolan
Lei Wulong
Ling Xiaoyu
Marshall Law
Nina Williams
Panda (acts as a costume swap of Kuma)
Paul Phoenix
Roger Jr.
Steve Fox
Wang Jinrei
New characters
Armor King II
Emilie "Lili" De Rochefort
Sergei Dragunov


Stage Corresponding Tekken 5 stage
All Hallow's Eve Secret Garden
Aurora Australis Polar Paradise
Autumn Temple Burning Temple
City Lights City at Sunset
Festival Acid Rain
Galleon Pirate's Cove
Ghetto Pit Urban Jungle
Great Plains Moonlit Wilderness
Ground Zero None
Heaven's Gate Hell's Gate
Industrial Complex None
Inferno Final Stage
Meteor Shower Waterfall
Ominous Mist None
Playroom None
Pool Party Poolside
Space Colony Final Frontier
Western Gate Dragon's Nest
Winter Palace Cathedral
Wolves' Den None

Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection online port for PS3 and PSP

Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection Online

The Playstation 3 version of Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection has many differences from its PlayStation Portable counterpart, mainly as the PS3 version is a port of the arcade version. The first major difference would be graphics equivalent to the arcade version and the option to play in 1080p. A few gameplay elements have been changed, starting with Jinpachi Mishima as a playable character after beating him in Arcade mode.

Item Cost

Also, item cost has been put into place, with in most cases items costing half their price compared to the PSP version. Also, extra costumes are available from the start and do not need to be purchased.

Online Features

The most significant addition is the new online play mode. This mode allows the player to fight online with anyone in the player's continent (Europe, America, and Asia) with total and weekly rankings, fight money and title (Kyu, Dan, Tekken Lord etc.).

Like with most Online games, the player can either Quick join, Opti match (browse games with a similar level to his/her own), search for a custom one, or even host his/her own, changing specifications such as time and rounds. Rooms follow a winner-stays-on basis with 2-6 people, with/without headset chat (chosen by the host). One flaw of online play is that headset chat can slow the player's room, and only players in his/her continent can be played against (though the player can check foreign rankings).

The only other features missing are the Story mode, Ghost downloads, Tekken Dojo, and a Customization screen (items and color changes are done within the character select screen, but can only be seen in-game). Though, survival and practice were added as an update.



  • This was the final Tekken game to be given an official arcade release outside of Japan and Asia.
  • Every stage in Dark Resurrection and the ones based on former stages from Tekken 5 (in the PS3 version, the player needs to finish arcade mode three times to unlock them).
  • The final part of the intro references Tekken 2's intro, including Heihachi looking at the screen and the stormy weather.
  • The only character that did not receive a new default color scheme from Tekken 5 is Eddy Gordo.
  • There have been twelve new Ranking titles added and one has been removed from Tekken 5 (the Conqueror title was removed).
  • There is a new announcer.
  • The health bars are now blue instead of orange. The health bars will be orange again in Tekken Revolution.
  • The word "replay" flashes faster than it does in Tekken 5. The word is now in a silver Eurostile font, but in Tekken 5, the word was in a red Impact font.
  • The words "ready" and "fight" now appear without punctuations.
  • The arcade version retains the PS2 controller ports and card system of Tekken 5 Data cards registered with the original version can be converted to Dark Resurrection, but all existing data will be wiped.
  • On the PlayStation Portable version, Tekken Bowl Tournament returns; but this time, is referred to only as Tekken Bowl.