By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on June 2, 2017
Some families just don't seem to be able to get along. Take the Mishima clan, for instance. Father and son are, even after twenty years, still at each other's throats. Now, I know that their argument is quite a bit more serious than with regular families. You see, Heihachi (the father) killed his wife Kazumi years ago and Kazuya (the son) can't forgive him for that. To make matters worse, Heihachi decided to also throw his son off a cliff, so I think that reconciliation is out of the question at this point. But, as all things must come to an end, so must the Mishima family feud... Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, may I present the return of one of the most beloved 3D fighting games of all time: Tekken 7!
Tekken 7 is essentially the same game as the 2016 arcade game Tekken 7: Fated Retribution which was, in turn, an expanded edition of the original 2015 arcade game: Tekken 7. Both arcade games were only released in Japan. But now, almost a year later, Tekken 7 is released worldwide for PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. So we will finally be able to play all the goodness of this legendary fighting series, right in our living room. How awesome is that?!
As we're used to from any Tekken game, this latest installment in the series focuses on 1 vs 1 matches in which your objective is to defeat your opponent. You do this by launching a series of attacks and deplete their health bar before they do the same to you. So jump, strike and kick your way to the finish line and crush the competition! Developer Bandai Namco added two additional attack modes: Rage Drive, Rage Art, Power Crush and the Screw attack, the last of which replaces the bound system from previous games.
Rage Drive adds additional power to one of your attacks, while consuming Rage. Rage Art basically lets you perform devastating attacks when your health is critical, very useful to turn the tide of the battle. And the more critical your health, the more devastating your attacks will be. Power Crush is particularly useful, because it lets you continue your attacks, even when you get hit by your opponent. Although it doesn't negate the damage these incoming attacks do, it does provide you with an opportunity to deal additional damage because your attacks can't be interrupted. Screw attack causes your opponent to be launched when you hit them while they're in mid-air, also giving you the opportunity to inflict additional damage.
Tekken 7 features a single player story mode that seamlessly combines awesome cutscenes with fierce battles. You will learn some of the secrets of the Mishima clan along the way and fight your way to the top through a series of epic battles. Additionally, the console versions of Tekken 7 will feature the Treasure Battle mode, a mode in which you take on various computer controlled enemies for money or customization items. Of course, multiplayer is something that cannot be missed in any fighting game. Tekken 7 features online play, so you can match your skills with players all over the world. For this mode you can choose from 20 characters, with an additional 18 still to come over time. So choose your fighter carefully, young grasshopper; it might mean the difference between victory and defeat.
I must say, both visually and gameplay-wise, Tekken 7 does what it does best; kick some serious ass. The story mode gives you a well-written conclusion to a story we have been following for quite some time now. The seamless transition from cutscenes to fights speeds up the overall pace of the game while, at the same time, giving much more depth to the game than ever before in the Tekken series. And because you will need to be able to rely on split second actions, you will be very happy with the controls of Tekken 7. They get the job done perfectly, without feeling clunky or over-complicated. If you're a novice to the entire Tekken series, don't worry. Bandai Namco has been kind enough to include a few entry-level characters in Tekken 7, giving you the opportunity to get the hang of things before you rush headlong into online matches.
All in all, Tekken 7 is a more than worthy successor to the Tekken throne. It has a good story, solid and challenging gameplay and a cast of excellent characters. What more do we need? Well, in my case, a box of bandages. Because, no matter how much I like fighting games, I never seem to get the hang of them, which mostly results in getting my ass kicked over and over again. Oh well, you know what they say: If you fall from your horse, you probably had no business being up there in the first place... or something like that.
March 18, 2015 (JP - Arcade version)
July 5, 2016 (JP - Fated Retribution arcade version)
June 2, 2017 (WW - PC / PS4 / XBox One)