Tekken 7 is the latest entry in a fighting game franchise. ALL Players will have access to a relatively lengthy story mode, as well as an arcade mode, a host of versus multiplayer options, and an incredibly engaging Treasure mode which offers an unending stream of competitors to defeat, with the tantalizing temptation of ingame cosmetic unlocks always drawing us in for one more match.
The Tekken 7 story mode continues the saga of the Mishima family, but it also introduces a new non playable character to the mix, in the form of a journalist who investigates the ancient clan after the events of the previous game affect his family negatively. This reporter will act as the narrator, advancing the game’s plot through beautiful hand drawn cutscenes that would have fit perfectly in a visual novel.
Newcomers to the franchise will probably feel a bit lost, as Tekken 7 is a direct continuation to its predecessor, relying on key events that happened in past entries in order to make some sense of its overarching plot. The reporter acts as a way of delivering information that we should already know without making it look as unnecessary exposition, but even with that handy narrative help, I feel that players who weren’t able to check out earlier Tekken titles will need to read a wiki if they intend to understand the characters’ motivations. A number of small side stories will also be unlocked as we progress through the storyline, giving us a look at the driving forces between secondary characters that make small cameos in the main story mode.
Aside from the 2D hand drawn, visual novel-like cutscenes, we’ll also be treated to 3D action sequences showcasing the power of Epic Unreal Engine 4 technology, as well as scenes from earlier titles. Sadly, the developers chose to use pre-rendered video footage instead of ingame cutscenes, so there’s a noticeable drop in quality if we are playing at high resolutions.
While I doubt that anyone expects to find Oscar quality writing in a fighting game, I’m happy to report that Tekken 7‘s story mode features a number of genuinely moving moments, and that the writers have managed to humanize some of the characters to an extent that I would have deemed impossible just a few years ago.
Part 2 The Gameplay
Fighting game fans who prefer to play on PC have been blessed with a multitude of titles lately, thanks to the efforts of Arc System Works, SNK and Capcom, among other talented developers. This means that competition is at an all time high, and only quality releases will have a chance to cement themselves in gamers’ hearts as true classics.
Thankfully, the team at Bandai Namco Studios has done an incredible job with Tekken 7, updating and polishing their marquee franchise’s already excellent gameplay mechanics to perfection. As expected from a fighting game, we’ll punch, kick and sidestep our way through combat encounters, chaining combos, avoiding our foes’ attacks and finding ways to exploit their weaknesses. Sending our enemies flying and punishing them with combo while they are in the air will massively increase the amount of damage dealt, and new mechanics have been introduced to build up on Tekken 6‘s Rage system.
As fans of the series who played Tekken 6 or Tekken Tag Tournament may know, once a fighter’s health bar drops below a certain percentage, that character becomes Enraged, gaining a boost to their attack power. Tekken 7 further enhances this system with two new mechanics, Rage Arts and Rage Drives, with the former acting as powerful finishing moves that can quickly turn the tide of the battle (and once triggered will immediately deplete our fighter’s Rage meter, even if it didn’t hit its intended target) and the latter acting as even more powerful attack boosters, letting us connect stronger combos that hit harder than normal attacks. Not all characters have access to Rage Drives (so far, Eliza and Akuma can’t perform a Rage Drive) but all of them can use Rage Arts to gain the upper hand in battles that were going the wrong way.
Tekken 7 is the best fighting game available on PC right now. fun to play, full of engaging content. AND NOT FOR SENSITIVE SAT LOL!!!