Story - 88%
Graphics - 87%
Audio - 83%
Gameplay - 81%
Replayability - 90%
Tekken is also one of the founding and genre changing titles/series of the fighting genre. Even though this title is numbered 7, it is actually the 9th in the series.
Tekken 7 was originally released in 2015 already but only in arcade format and in Japan. A newer version called Tekken 7: Fated Retribution came out in 2016 in Japan as well. This is the version that you will get when you buy Tekken 7 on PC, PS4 or Xbox One.
Developers are always looking on how to improve the fighting game genre and sometimes they get some cool ideas. With Tekken 7 there are two new game mechanisms, the first is Rage Art. Rage Art allows the player to perform special critical hits that can deal up to 30% of damage. The second is Power Crush, this lets you continue to hit your opponent even if you get hit. You will still receive the damage from the hit though. Movement changes are similar to that of Tekken Revolution and with the new engine system, you can now choose which side if the screen you want to fight on.
The Story is quite interesting and gets told through the views of a reporter. The timeline takes place after the event of Tekken 6 where Nina leads the Zaibatsu to try and find Jin. Akuma, the special guest character from the Street Fighter series also gets involved in the story which is a cool twist. The characters also speak in their native tongue which I find very cool.
There are 38 fighters including palette swaps, 20 default on launch with other added over time. There 8 New characters with a new form of Jack and the special guest star Akuma.
New Characters (Info received form Wiki):
- Katarina Alves: A sassy Brazilian woman who practices the art of Savate.
- Claudio Serafino: A white-clad man from Italy who’s a member of an Anti-Devil organization combating the Devil Gene’s threat.
- Lucky Chloe: An otaku who wears a kitten-themed costume and has a “Freestyle Dance” fighting style.
- Shaheen: A keffiyah-wearing Saudi Arabian man who handles a “Military Self-defense” fighting style
- Josie Rizal: A young Filipino woman who wears a yellow top, a blue miniskirt, and a red bow.
- Gigas: A hulking, red-skinned humanoid who appears to have cybernetics attached to his otherwise nude body. He practices “Destructive Impulse”.
- Jack-7: A new model of the Jack series, he has a slightly modified design with red hair and green glowing arms.
- Kazumi Mishima / Devil Kazumi: Heihachi’s wife and Kazuya’s mother, who possesses the Devil Gene. Kazumi’s fighting style is Hachijo Style Karate, which is similar to the Mishima Style Fighting Karate as used by her husband and son, but with additional abilities such as summoning a tiger and levitating.
- Akuma: The dark master of the Satsui no Hado from Capcom’s Street Fighter, added in Fated Retribution.
- Master Raven: A female ninja with a fighting style very like Raven.
I’m enjoying this Tekken title and for me that is something big as I’m a huge fan of one of the other Fighting series. The gameplay just feels a lot better and it actually feels like I have a chance against other fighters without spending weeks training. The fact that you now have a Treasure challenge where you win customizable items is a great add-on as customizing characters are always cool.
Tekken 7 is a great all-round title with great modes for offline and online play, the story modes adds that extra flare for you to enjoy and can make you feel more invested in certain characters. The second great fighting game to come out this year, they will definitely make it a tough choice for awards in this genre this year.
Reviewed on: Xbox One
Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Age Rating: Mature
Estimated RRP: R999
Release Date: 2 June 2017
- Rage Art and Power Crush
- New Characters and customization
- character tutorials
- needs a challenge mode or similar