Editorial

Is Tekken 7 Still Worth Playing?

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With the resurgence of fighting games over the past couple of years or so, many titles have been overlooked. In particular, Tekken 7 is one that many may have glanced over. With its predecessor, Tekken 6, suffering from extensive load times, many may have a poor expectation of the newer title. Even though the game has been out for console since June 2017, the continual support, updates to balance, and the community around the game, means now is the best time to get into it.

One disappointing aspect of Tekken 7 is that the game lacks many tutorials that would be helpful to new players. However, what the game is lacking, the community makes up for. Many people have YouTube channels dedicated to fighting games, with several particularly focused on the Tekken games. If a player ever needed to find out how any mechanic worked or any tips to the game, they can turn to the YouTubers. Two big channels are That Blasted Salami, who make very well produced and instructional videos on the game and others, and Avoiding the Puddle, starring Tekken streamer and commentator Aris, who takes many snippets of his stream and posts them as tutorial videos.

Not only has the community given support but so has publisher Bandai Namco and director Katsuhiro Harada. Harada often asks fans what they would like to see in Tekken 7, including potential returning characters. Answers to these questions have resulted in the return of fan favourite character Lei Wulong, the officer inspired by Jackie Chan, back into the King of Ironfist Tournament with the start of a new season. Anna, the rival sister to the already present Nina, was also added.

The game has had an overhaul to the balance of the characters with the new season, as well as adding a shortcut method to achieve some of the more challenging moves for new players, along with an auto combo system to give players a better feel of how the game will play out. As the season continues, the game will receive more support from Bandai Namco.

Tekken 7 has a gallery mode with the cinematics of all the past games so players can get caught up with different events in past titles. The story mode is a fully animated and voice acted affair that gives a lot of backstory to the main Mishima family, as well as single fight episodes for many of the characters not present in the story to show what they are up to in the world of Tekken.

Even after the game was released in arcades, the developer updated the game to include many new characters, and even now more characters are due to be announced. Tekken 7 is one of the best performing fighting games, and with Soul Calibur 6 on the horizon, now is the new great age of Bandai Namco fighting games that all should get involved with. The developer has shown much appreciation to fans and its properties. People on the fence should quit waiting and jump into the ring with Tekken 7, especially now that prices for entry have fallen.

Chris Hepburn
A graduate of Game Development with a specialization in animation. A true love for all things creative especially Game Design and Story.

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