Screenshot of Tekken 7 Deadly Kick

What is Tekken 7?

Tekken 7 is a fighting video game published and developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It was released in 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows computers. The game has a limited arcade version for Japan, released in 2015 and updated one year later. It continues the story of the famous franchise, while adding a couple of new characters.

Key facts about Tekken 7

  • Tekken 7 is one of the best games in the franchise, celebrated by critics and fans alike.
  • The game features more multiplayer battles and a revamped and more balanced gameplay.
  • Tekken 7 has an intriguing story for a fighting game and more content than its counterparts.
  • The combo field fighters make combat more dynamic, but it requires more skill.
  • Tekken 7 scores the highest marks in multiplayer, and it is played at a competitive level online.

Gameplay of Tekken 7

Tekken 7 gameplay is centered on the one versus one battles and features new mechanics. Most of the powerful combos available in the previous game in the series have returned. Visually they look much better, but the gameplay hasn’t changed all that much, with the exception of some notable additions. Players can inflict more damage now by using the Rage Art, which makes their attacks 30% more powerful. It requires perfect timing, but when executed properly it can single-handedly win fights.

Power Crush is another new mechanic aimed at enhancing the complexity of the gameplay of Tekken 7. It empowers players to perform additional attacks while sustaining damage, something impossible before. This is a great feature for those who play defensively and can absorb damage, as they can also inflict it on counterattack. It increases the opportunity to perform additional hits and this mechanic is now enhanced by the Screw Attack feature. Its only weakness is that it can’t be used to perform wall combos.

The gameplay of Tekken 7 has also changed as a result of one undergoing several changes. Characters now move across the arena faster and they are more effective when walking backward. In the arcade version, players are supposed to complete the chain of quests by defeating several opponents in a sequence. Those who play the regular version follow a more straightforward path, one that can feel heavily scripted at some points.

All the gameplay elements stay the same, regardless of how players choose to customize their characters. Having said this, the initial stage of the single player is more exciting thanks to the addition of new features. Players can modify the aspect of their heroes and then train their moves in practice mode.

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Plot of Tekken 7

The plot of Tekken 7 is surprisingly complex for a fighting game. Compared to most of its counterparts, this title actually has a coherent story, one that compels players to pay attention. It continues the events of Tekken 6, with Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corporation still fighting each other. The most important characters return in the spotlight, with Heihachi Mishima playing a central role. Nina Williams and Claudio Serafino are also back, trying to gather enough allies to win the war.

In the vacuum of power created after the events of Tekken 6, new characters emerge and pursue their own agenda. The single player campaign takes players to the Far East, where they try to find the source of a powerful force. The Tekken 7 story is told from the perspective of a reporter and players are quickly immersed into the thick plot. Interesting details about Heihachi's coup against his father are unveiled, while Lars Alexandersson and Jin with their own strategy.

In the second half of the campaign, players find out about the essence of the force, which is Akuma. The plot thickens and battles ensue against increasingly powerful foes, as players close their way to G Corporation's Millennium Tower. The structure is ultimately destroyed and all the details regarding the infamous Devil Gene are unveiled. In the final chapter, Heihachi and Kazuya fight on the edge of a volcano, with the latter emerging victorious.

Developers decided to keep some things unsolved, by not revealing the outcome of the final battle between Akuma and Kazuya. The narrative concludes with the reporter publishing his story, while contemplating all the events that he witnessed.

Screenshot of Tekken 7 Purple Shield

Development of Tekken 7

Tekken 7 development started in 2014, when the team working on the previous game made the announcement. They used the EVO conference to let the world know about their plan and the fact that it will be using the Unreal Engine 4. The team also decided to create an arcade game that would use PC architecture, a steep departure from PlayStation. Over the next couple of months, several teaser trailers were unveiled and the game was set for release in 2017.

Bandai Namco held several tournaments to raise awareness about their most recent titles. The winners were granted sits at the event where the game would ultimately be released. Development took slightly longer than expected, because the team also decided to produce a crossover. Idolmaster is the other game produced by the company and the one merging with Tekken 7.

Where can I download Tekken 7?

The Bandai Namco website is the place where fans of Tekken 7 can download the game. The developer and publisher of games sells hundreds of other titles here. Only a fraction of them are fighting video games, but the other are still worth checking out. WRC 6, Tales of Berseria, Dark Souls, Dark Souls 2, Dark Souls 3 and Dark Souls III The Ringed City can all be found here. Real gamers will surely appreciate the opportunity of taking a temporary departure from fighting titles. These role-playing and racing video games are some of the best in the genre. Tekken 7 can also be acquired on Steam, where thousands of games belonging to all genres are available.

Screenshot of Tekken 7 Into the Spotlight

What are others saying about Tekken 7?

Tekken 7 reviews were positive, as the developers had plenty of time to work on the new release. Both players and critics were impressed with the new features and praised the producers for bringing something new on the table. There are plenty of people happy with the manner in which the single player was constructed. Perhaps the biggest step forward made by the franchise was in regard to the narrative and the depth of characters.

Having said this, most of the Tekken 7 reviews talk about how the game performance in multiplayer. It received similar scores on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and the game is also available to be played across platforms. Even though it didn’t truly make its big break in eSports, the fighting video game is played at the highest competitive level. There are hundreds of tournaments every year, most of them played online but there’s no shortage of LAN events.

My Rating of Tekken 7

Fighting video games have never been my cup of tea, at least not when it comes to investing weeks or months. However, I regard them as the best alternative for those who want to spend some quality time online and have some mindless fun. I’ve played a couple of games in this series and I was pleasantly surprised to see that each was better than its predecessor. The last two games set the bar pretty high and still Tekken 7 managed to meet my expectations.

The story is surprisingly good for a fighting video game, although shallow compared to RPGs. At the time of writing, the ranked matches leave a lot to be desired and this is a huge problem. I’m sure that developers are working on this problem and in a not so distant future these competitive games will work smoothly. Tekken 7 is a fine game for both beginners and fans of the franchise, so you can’t really go wrong with it. I have no second thoughts in rating it 7.5 out of 10.