Time Attack mode
Time Attack is a special game mode in the Tekken series, and made its debut in Tekken 2. Time Attack mode is usually a cut down version of Arcade Mode with default game options. In Time Attack, you must complete all stages in the shortest possible time.
Strictly speaking, there is no actual Time Attack mode in the first Tekken. However, simply playing in Arcade Mode would record your times, regardless of round and difficulty. If you lose and change characters, this will void your time record, just like the real arcade machine.
Time Attack is essentially the same as a 2 round Arcade Mode game, with a 40 second limit per round and the difficulty set to Medium. Settings cannot be changed in this mode, and are limited to:
- Medium difficulty
- 40 seconds per round
- 2 round matches
- Option to change characters is disabled
You also cannot pause Time Attack mode, and 2-player battles are disabled. The two cheat codes (wire frame and super deform/juggle modes) also don't work in this mode. Unlike the arcade machine, there is no replay or credits at the end, it simply displays the time record. Interestingly, the loading backgrounds for Kazuya and Devil do not appear. Pressing Start on this screen will advance you to the character time records, and it will prompt you to put in your initials if you have a faster time than the previous time listed with your character. Time records are character-specific, and you can only have one time per character. If Time Attack is completed with Alex or Angel, their times are recorded as Roger and Devil respectively. As such, only 23 time records can be displayed; numbers after 20th are displayed erroneously as 21th, 22th and 23th respectively.
Differences between Arcade Mode and Time Attack
- No pause feature
- No 2P versus games
- No pictures of Kazuya or Devil on the final stages
- No pre-fight animation for Devil
- No end-of-game replay or credits (as displayed on the arcade machine)
- No ending videos
- No wire-frame, super deform or super juggle cheats can be used
Tekken 3's Time Attack is the same as in Tekken 2. Battles against Gon and Doctor Boskonovitch are removed. On the Japanese version, the '20th time record' bug is still listed. It was fixed on the NTSC U/C and PAL versions.
Tekken Tag Tournament's version of Time Attack mode is that of the arcade version, but with the standard default specifications.
Tekken 4's Time Attack is just like that of the earlier games, however the player can now pause the game.
In Time Attack, the player fights through 9 stages with default settings (2 rounds, 60 seconds a round and on normal difficulty level) with the aim of getting the best time. The player earns 25G a match and 50G for defeating Jinpachi Mishima at the end.
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