Tekken is a legendary franchise to the fighting game genre. The first Tekken game has been released 20 years ago and now throughout the years, we have reached to the seventh title of the installment – Tekken 7. Players have waited 5 years for a new game to the franchise since Tekken: Tag Tournament 2. You are about to find out if the long wait was worth it. The game is developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
Tekken franchise follows the vendetta story of the Mishima family. Tekken 7 will put an end to this story. The story of Kazuya Mishima, Heihachi Mishima, and Jin Kazama is the main part of the game.
An unknown narrator recounts the major events of the story and then a transition is happening to the cutscenes and you will find out more about it. You will also have to take part in fights that will happen to it. Tekken 7’s main story consists of the narration, the cutscenes and the fighting gameplay which all play alternatively.
The story of Tekken 7 may be all about the Mishima’s family, but there are also classic characters of the franchise that make an appearance to it such as Nina Williams, Lars Alexandersson, Lee Chaolan. There is also Akuma from the Street Fighter franchise who makes a surprise appearance into it. However, the main story of the game is less interactive than its predecessors. The focus went mainly to the narrative and cutscene portion of it which compromises some parts of the franchise that made it popular to millions of people.
Tekken 7 features Character Episodes which may remind you the old Arcade Battle mode design from previous games. You will be able to read information and objectives about a fighter you will play and take part in a battle and when you win the battle, a cutscene plays which reveals the character’s story. The Character Episodes offers more gameplay and cutscenes, but it doesn’t add anything interesting to the game’s story.
If you have finished Tekken 7’s story and Character Episodes there are plenty modes for you to play.
The Arcade Battle mode is making a comeback in Tekken 7 and it lets you choose whoever character you want and you should defeat as many opponents as possible until the special character in the end. The prize for winning the battle is coins which you will find out what you can do with them below.
Tekken 7 also features new modes such as Treasure Battle. Treasure Battle is similar to Arcade Battle with a twist – after each battle, you will earn treasure chests as a prize which includes customization items and abilities for your character. In addition, the mode includes special matches which offer more treasure chests as a prize. The opponents to this mode are randomly customized.
The final but not least offline mode is the classic VS Battle which lets you give a second controller to a friend or a relative and invite them to battles and choose whoever character both of you want.
Tekken 7 also features Online modes which you can play with friends and random people online. There is also a Ranked Match mode which you can battle for a place in the game’s leaderboards and ranks. The game also includes Player Match which is similar to Ranked Match, but there are no leaderboards and ranks. Finally, Tekken 7 introduces a new Online mode called Tournament. In Tournament mode, you can create and host your own tournament or join a tournament. The prizes after a tournament are shared between you and the other players depending on the place of the scoreboard. Tournament mode is very fun and interactive thanks to the text-chat option in the lobby screen.
The game includes a very rich customization. You can change the look of the characters using different clothing and items that you will unlock most of them by progressing in the game naturally. You can buy or win panel styles and emblems for your player card. In Gallery, you can purchase art and videos from all Tekken games. It’s an exhilarating offer for players that haven’t had the chance to play any of the previous titles of the franchise. All customization and Gallery items can be purchased by using the coins you earn as a prize on the offline and online matches.
The gameplay of Tekken 7 is like you know and love it with fascinating fights neck-to-neck. You can play legacy characters from the Tekken franchise such as Brian Fury, Paul Phoenix, Marshall Law and much more. In addition, there are also new characters as well, such as Lucky Chloe, Josie Rizal and much more. Tekken 7 follows the tradition, including amazing combos and breathtaking moves that you can execute. The AI of the game is so improved and refined more than ever and it can be a challenge depending on the difficulty you choose.
The technical department of Tekken 7 is spectacular. The game features fantastic cutscenes that may remind you of a movie. The graphics are looking beautiful and it offers superb details overall. The developers have nailed the visuals and that’s pretty noticeable.
The audio department is great. The voice-acting for the characters is pretty powerful and intense just like all Tekken games. There are also some music tunes which play while you fight and they are spot-on for a fighting game.
Bandai Namco has followed the tradition and fundamentals of the franchise in Tekken 7, however, the main story is less interactive than its predecessors. This change may be welcomed by people that love great cutscenes and narration in their games.
I give Tekken 7 an 8/10, I strongly recommend it to players that love fighting games and want a challenge and a huge variety of content.
***Reviewer’s Note: The game code was provided by the publisher for reviewing purposes to XPlayGR.