The Best Fights are Personal
Raise your fists and get ready for the ultimate battle on the newest generation of home consoles. Powered by the Unreal Engine 4, the storied fighting franchise returns for another round in Tekken 7. With the faithful 3D battle system and gameplay intact, Tekken 7 takes the franchise to the next level with photo-realistic graphics and innovative features and fighting mechanics. Tekken 7 resurrects the attitude, competitiveness rooted in its arcade DNA to provide the ultimate fighting experience.
Growing up in the era of Playstation 1 & 2 there was always a Tekken game around to play, whether in my own gaming library or around at a friends house. Admittedly, fighting games are not my go to genre, but when I did play one, it was nearly always Tekken.
Having not played a game in the series since Tekken 5 (almost 12 years ago!) I was surprised and delighted with how familiar it all felt. The characters, the move sets, the gameplay, all still excellent. Some could ask if this is a good thing, that the game doesn’t seem to have changed much, and I would say most definitely YES. Why fix something that’s not broke? Of course the game has evolved since previous entries, but only for the better. Tekken 7 is a well polished game and the graphics are beautiful. There’s something here for everyone too. Tekken 7 can be enjoyed by the casual gamer wanting to pick up a game in a franchise they remember fondly on their current console, but there’s enough in here for elite fans of the series to get stuck into too.
VR Mode (Playstation VR)
We tested out the 2 VR modes that Tekken 7 has to offer on PS4 and while it’s interesting to see how a fighting game could work in VR, ultimately, it feels like a mode that was added late just because they could. Infinite mode puts you in a training scenario against a CPU opponent and gives you the sense that you’re overlooking the fight, while VR Viewer is similar to the Batman character viewer in the Arkham VR. If you don’t have a PSVR headset, don’t worry, you’re not missing too much for now.
Tekken 7 does a good job of bringing the franchise up to standard on the current round of consoles. Though it falters in its story mode and getting new players in on the satisfying thrill of dodging your opponent’s attack and hitting them with a round-ending combo, it offers enough incentive for experienced players (or those willing to stick out the initial rough patch) to keep playing. The online works well enough that regular players should have enough of a reason to learn the deep combat system and get ready for the next battle.
IGN (Review in Progress)
Tekken 7 is a love letter to this long-running franchise and its staggering complexity. Yet somehow it still manages to be accessible to just about anyone wanting to mash buttons, and its huge amount of customization unlocks constantly give you something to strive for beyond its silly and slightly cliched story….
I still have to test the online servers before I finalize my review, but if I had to score Tekken 7 now I’d give it a 9.5, for amazing. Check back over the next few days for the final verdict.
Current Verdict: 9.5/10 (Not Final)
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