How to Play the Tekken Series Games in a Sequential Order

How to Play the Tekken Series Games in a Sequential Order ...

Fans of the fighting game franchise are eager to return to the ring with Heihachi and Jin as a result of the recent Sony State of Play announcement. The last entry in the series from Bandai Namco was released 7 years ago, making it an ideal time for the next King of Iron Fist Tournament to be released.

Keep track of every Tekken title and where to find them all might be tricky to remember with seven main entries and a host of spinoff titles. Here's a quick crash course.

Players who wish to follow the Mishima and Kazama families' story will not have to worry too much about the order of the narrative. The series' timeline begins with the original Tekken and continues throughout the seven main games in order of their release:

  • Tekken (1995)
  • Tekken 2 (1996)
  • Tekken 3 (1998)
  • Tekken 4 (2002)
  • Tekken 5 (2005)
  • Tekken 6 (2009)
  • Tekken 7 (2015)

For story reasons, players may ignore spinoff titles like the Tekken Tag Tournament games, although on a gameplay level, both Tag Tournament games stand as some of the best in the series.

The neverending conflict between the Mishimas is chronicled in each game, as well as the King of Iron Fist fighting match surrounding the drama. Later games include Jin Kazama, Kazuya's son, in the lead role, but the main trio is followed as they wrestle for control of the Mishima Zaibatsu.

Every Tekken game is currently unavailable on modern platforms like the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, though they become more accessible as each release comes closer to the present. Tekken 1, 3, Tag Tournament, 4, and 5 are only playable officially through the home versions of each game on the PS One and PS2, as well as arcade versions of the first three games included in the PS2 version of Tekken 5.

Tekken 2 is the most notable exception to this, since it is now available on PS4 and PS5 with up-rendering for present-day televisions.

The PS3 and Xbox 360 series releases Tekken 6 and Tag Tournament 2, and are now available on Xbox One and Series X/S via the Xbox backward compatibility program. Tekken 7, originally released on the PS4 and Xbox One, is now available on both the PS5 and the Xbox Series consoles, as well.