Well, it’s been two long years, but the wait is finally over. Tekken 7 has made the jump from the Arcades in Asia to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and (for the first time ever in Tekken history) the PC.
Tekken 7 has been out for about two months. It’s had a few patches along the way to fix a few issues and there are new characters being added as well. However, is it worth buying? Let’s go ahead and find out as I give my thoughts on Tekken 7.
As always, I would like to start with a quick disclaimer: I bought this game out of my own pocket. Whilst I’ve spent more than two months with the game I have not explored all the content.
Tekken 7 is packed with different game modes out of the box. Of course, one of the main modes in the game is the Story mode. This is basically the end of the long running saga of the Mishima family (the main family of characters in the Tekken story).
I have not played through the entirety of the Story mode yet. On the default difficulty, I found that it was quite the challenge. If you are really good (and fancy more of a challenge) then there is a higher difficulty. Personally I think the default is probably the better one for me. If you are having difficulty, then there is a feature called combo assist, which will allow you to really land some damage with fewer button presses.
Let’s move onto something that I feel is an important part of a fighting game and that is the online multiplayer experience as a whole.
Of course, when I go into player matches it takes about a minute (maybe two minutes tops) to find a match. With that being said, when you do eventually get paired up with someone every match that I have played felt really good. There was very little lag.
My only real complaint that I had with the game on the day after releasing was to do with player/ranked matches, in that sometimes, it notifies me that it found someone and then it disconnects. At the time of writing this is still the case.
With that being said the folks at Bandai Namco (AKA the Namcops) have been patching the game on a regular basis. Hopefully with future patches this should become less of a problem and more of a rarity.
Whilst we are on the subject of the online multiplayer experience, the other improvement that would have been nice to see in the game is cross-platform multiplayer. This means that I would sit on my PC and play with people on PlayStation 4 or XBox One.
For those who care about the technical aspect, this is down to the different ways in which you can connect an XBox One and a PlayStation 4. You could connect them to a server and play together(that’s how Rocket League and Street Fighter V’s cross platform multiplayer are able to work). You could also connect over the internet directly to each other (this is known as peer-to-peer or P2P). Sony is not allowed to connect to Microsoft’s P2P network.
Who knows, maybe Sony and Microsoft might change their minds and decide to allow P2P connections to happen.
One of the things available in Tekken 7 (that a certain other fighting game never had at launch) is arcade mode. It’s essentially a case of pick a character and fight a series of matches against computer controlled characters. It starts off easy, but as you get to the later stages of the arcade mode then it does get tougher.
Now what if you are into customisations? Well, that’s OK because the Namcops have you covered here. With every match you fight in Arcade, Treasure match or online, you get a certain amount of fight money (or G as they call it).
When you go into the customisation feature you have a bunch of different customisations (shirts, hats, trousers etc.) for each character that that you can buy with your hard earned G. You can even buy a T shirt for the Bullet Club (a group of wrestlers that participate in the “New Japan Pro Wrestling” events). I genuinely feel like this adds to the experience a little bit in that you can then take these characters into an online match so that your opponent knows that it’s your character. You are basically adding your own personal touch and that’s something that I appreciate.
There are a couple of side notes that I would like to share with you. One of the more interesting additions to the game is Akuma. That’s right, for the first time in the series, a Street Fighter character is a guest character in Tekken 7. If you are a Street Fighter player then this might make your transition to the world of Tekken a little bit easier. Yes, knowing a couple of his special moves alongside the raging demon will help you a little bit but I think it will be worth your time to go into the practise mode and learn the structure of a combo in Tekken (especially if this is your first Tekken game).
On a side note, my main character is Akuma. I customised this guy by giving him a Bullet Club T-shirt and a pair of Jeans.
Another neat feature is the slow down, when you and your opponent attack each other at the same time, the game slows down. This gives the added layer of drama because you don’t know which one of you will land that knock out blow that could win a round (or sometimes a match).
Final Score: 8 out of 10.
Tekken 7 is one of the first Tekken games that I have been really excited for. I can never remember being this excited for a Tekken game since Tekken Tag Tournament.
It’s got an arcade mode, the online experience is fairly solid (other than the occasional hiccup) and overall really rich with content. Would I buy this game? The answer is yes you should. It’s one of the most fun fighting games I have picked up in a while.
What are your thoughts on Tekken 7 so far? Let me know!