Tuesday, 06 June 2017 13:55

REVIEW: Tekken 7 (Xbox One)

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After so many years, Bandai Namco is back with it’s latest installment in the Tekken series.

Tekken 7 is the latest in it’s 3D fighting game series that consistently brings a solid fighting system that's easy to pick up but on the other hand, can be very hard to master and Tekken 7 is no different.

It’s been a long time since i’ve picked up a controller and duked it out in a Tekken game, so I was very hyped to get my hands onto Tekken 7, and I must say, this game is freaking amazing. The fighting system feels very polished over previous games, and is very rewarding. Anyone that’s played a Tekken game before, will feel right at home here. The 4 button combat system is very straightforward and easy to pick up, but on the other side of the coin, Tekken 7 can also be complex if you want it to be.

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With around 38 different fighters, made up of new and old characters each with their own fight styles, hitting pause and checking out the moves lists, you’ll soon realise how deep this games goes. Offering a staggering 100 plus moves and combos for each fighter as well as each character having their own stats such as speed and damage.

While most things will feel the same but with a new coat of paint, something that is new for Tekken 7 is the Rage system. During a fight and your health bar nears the end, your fighter will start flashing red, this is when your Rage mode is activated. With increased damage, you’re able to perform a special Rage move as well as an even higher damage Rage Art and will burn down your Rage status. These moves are very similar to a super move in Injustice or like Street Fighter's super attacks. The idea behind these Rage Art moves are for players to have a fighting chance of a comeback if they aren’t doing so good.

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Something else that’s new to Tekken 7 is the Power Crush. Each fighter has a couple of moves that have this Power Crush feature. These moves let you absorb enemy attacks so that you can continue your attacks while being hit by a mid or high attack from your opponent. Even though you’re absorbing the hits, you’ll still be taking damage in the process.

Also worth mentioning is the Screw Attack mechanic, which replaces the Bound System from previous games in the series. Screw Attacks will make your enemies spin sideways when they’ve been hit in the air, and in turn, let you land some additional attacks after they’ve hit the ground. Together, Rage Arts, Power Crush and Screw Attacks all really give Tekken 7 a very meaty and satisfying combat system.

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For the first time, Tekken 7 comes packed with it’s very own story mode, very much like Netherrealms Injustice and Mortal Kombat. It’s called "Mishima Saga" and starts you off with a flashback of Heihachi throwing his young son Kazuya off a cliff. The story focuses on a number of key players while sharing an emotional backstory for Kazumi that keep you engaged throughout the campaign.

After you’ve completed the 4 or so hour story mode, you can head over to the game's arcade mode. Arcade mode is pretty good to, and comes complete with mini storylines and a nice little promotion system that determines your character's rank and will even grant you bonuses, such as Fight Money. Fight Money can then be used to buy pretty much every cosmetic option the game has to offer.

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Another mode in Tekken 7 is Treasure mode. This is where you're going to be spending most of your time. This is essentially an endless set of matches with enemies dressed in random outfits. Each fight you win, you’ll earn new gear and/or fight money from treasure chests. Then of course you have online play, which I found to be rather smooth. There’s a little warm up feature before each game letting you practice which I thought was a nice added touch. The game will go through a bit of a sync process before starting which does goes on a little longer than other fighting games, but once in, everything seemed to be great.

Customisation options have been pretty solid in the Tekken games for a while now and Tekken 7 is no different. As mentioned before, you can unlock a lot of this stuff as you play or via Treasure Mode, but man are there some bizarre stuff in this game you can unlock and equip you fighter with. And if you picked up the Playstation 4 version, you’ll be treated with their exclusive VR mode. We reviewed the Xbox One version, but I can only imagine that playing this in VR would be super weird.

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On a graphics standpoint, Tekken 7 is easily the best good looking Tekken game visually to date. For the first time, powered by Unreal Engine 4, Tekken 7’s lighting and dynamic weather effects really stand out. Put that together with highly detailed character models and gorgeous looking backdrops, Tekken 7 is one bloody good looking game.

So, is it worth you money? Well, Tekken 7 does a fantastic job of recapturing the fun days of the old PlayStation era and is without a doubt one of the best 3D fighters on the market right now. Offering fans, and newcomers a crazy over the top single-player experience, all while providing a very solid and satisfying combat system, Tekken 7 is a must have.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bandai Namco Holdings, Bandai Namco Studios
  • Genre: Multiplayer, Fighting