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will return the series to its main storyline, with
Kazuya and Heihachi facing off one last time to settle the score in their "final"
This certainly doesn't mean that this will be the last TEKKEN game, but perhaps
the Mishima saga will finally reach its conclusion in this installment...
(maybe). While we
all love our
Mishimas, any true fan of TEKKEN lore would hope that all returning characters are
represented well in TEKKEN 7's storyline. The console version of TEKKEN
7 will feature a robust, cinematic story mode revolving around the Mishima
saga (and Akuma) which will definitely appeal to the casual audience... but as
always, a new fighting game lives or dies by its gameplay engine. On that note,
a slew of new gameplay features will debut in TEKKEN 7 to keep things
fresh, including: Rage Attacks, Rage Drives, Rage Arts, Screw attacks, and Power Crush
The original arcade version of TEKKEN 7 hit Japan in early 2015. Following
tradition with basically every installment to date, Bandai Namco
once again used their arcade launch overseas to not only test, but fund the
future of the title (and the eventual console version). On Dec. 12th, 2015,
Bandai Namco announced an arcade update, TEKKEN 7: Fatal
Retribution, which will feature: new gameplay systems, updated graphics, new characters,
new default costumes, new stages, and... Street Fighter's
as a playable character. Not only will Akuma be playable, but he will have a key role in the TEKKEN 7 storyline.
Turns out, Kazumi
was talking to Akuma in the original TEKKEN 7 trailers & intro... all this
time. The latest trailer reveals that Akuma promised Kazumi that he would kill Heihachi
and Kazuya if she dies. (Yeah, this is real life). Amazing. Hype.
We'll learn further details about the storyline later on.
build of TEKKEN
7's selection screen (console) with Lee & Miguel.
As a series,
TEKKEN never strayed
very far from its
roots in terms of gameplay, implementing only slight yet significant gameplay innovations
with each new installment. TEKKEN 7 continues the trend, but will possibly bring
the boldest changes the series has ever seen. For starters, "Screw
Attacks" take the place of Bound moves, sending the opponent twirling into
the air towards the ground. Screw Attacks are used very similarly to Bound, as
they can be implemented into combos early or late in the combo to mix things up.
Most Screw Attacks are either single hits or 2-hit combinations, and if you ask
me, make combos look really really cool.
Arts" (AKA super moves) have finally been implemented into the hand-to-hand
3D fighter. Rage Arts are enabled when a fighter's health is very low (in Rage
Mode), with the
activation of the move causing the loss of Rage. Previously, Rage Mode gave
characters a significant damage increase, which doesn't appear be a very large part of T7's Rage Mode. Worry not hardcore players... Rage Arts definitely aren't "foolproof" and require
significant timing (they tend not to hit if a player randomly mashes them out). Smart and patient players can easily "bait out" an opponent's
"random Rage Art and punish them accordingly. Rage Arts are far more
dangerous when used inside of a proper combo, tacking on big damage when
connected (but the damage scaling seems pretty balanced).
The next "new to TEKKEN" gameplay system is called Power Crush. Each
fighter has at least 1 attack with Power Crush properties, enabling an "armor"
effect which allows the attack to continue even when hit. Power Crushes
of the opponent's attacks during a small window of time, but the fighter will
still take damage from their opponent during the move (and this can really hurt, so
While a seemingly powerful new ability,
any player that repeatedly "spams" Power Crush can obviously become predictable and easily picked apart
by smart TEKKEN players that use fundamentals.
Finally, the TEKKEN 7: Fated Retribution update introduces another way to
use the Rage meter besides Rage Arts.... Rage Drives! When in Rage, players can
seamlessly and quickly initiate a Rage Drive during a combo to extend it, in
several different ways. Rage Drives are character specific and have unique
effects... for example: some will send
the opponent high into the air, some send opponents flying backward fiercely
into the wall, and some bound the opponent on the ground, creating time for an
stomp or ground throw. Rage Drives are brand new moves for certain characters, while others are
variations of attacks or combinations that were
TEKKEN and Street Fighter fan for 20+ years... I couldn't be more
Another brand new aspect introduced in Tekken 7 will be the
"slow-motion" effect... AND IT'S HYPE.
In addition to adding some cool visual flare, excitement,
and pure badassery to the traditional Tekken match, the slow-mo effect
does have a small impact on gameplay flow. Slow-mo activates when both fighters are low on health and a K.O. is
possible. Fighters can even continue fighting after the slow-mo
sequence occurs if no attacks end up connecting.
It looks badass. Nuff said.
Other features confirmed for TEKKEN 7: Customizable health bars
and player panels. Customizable character artwork panels by Jbstyle, Junny, Shunya
Yamashita & Tomio Fujisawa. Full customization mode with new (and returning)
items. A much more elaborate color edit system for all clothing items. An innovative new feature
allowing both players to fight on
the same side of the screen. The arcade version introduces online battles between players
located in other countries (ex: Japan VS Korea).
New details on story mode: TEKKEN
7's story mode features "several hours" of gameplay and features
past moments from the series history ( such as Kazuya as a child fighting a
young black-haired Heihachi). Story mode also players to "unlock" sub
plots for various characters as the game progresses (such as Claudio's story and
his group of exorcists). Also confirmed are specific story mode costumes for
several characters. Finally, Claudio
Serafino is integral to TEKKEN 7's storyline, as he 'holds the key' to
defeating the Devil Gene.
So far, there are 7 newcomers:
Gigas, Josie Rizal, Shaheen,
Lucky Chloe, Katarina, Claudio & Kazumi Mishima. Kazumi (Kazuya's mother) is the final boss of the
game and also a playable character. She is
accompanied by a tiger when she enters a battle and has several different
"tiger assist" attacks at her disposal. Naturally, Kazumi's fighting style has
several Mishima-inspired moves (and plenty of unique ones too). Boss Kazumi "transforms"
into a more powerful version in the second round.
I get to
play as "Kid Kazuya" in Story Mode? ...Dreams really do come
Gigas is a huge monstrous powerhouse with devastating attacks. Some of his moves
are comparable to the likes of Jack and Marduk (but are completely new). Not
much is known about Gigas so far, other than that his nationality is listed as
"DATA DELETED" and his fighting style is known as "DESTRUCTIVE
Rizal hails from the Philippines and uses Eskrima & Kickboxing as her
fighting styles (reminiscent of a fighting style called Yaw Yan). Several
aspects of her outfit take inspiration from the National Flag of The
Phillipines. She has many similar attacks as Bruce Irvin (she's definitely a
replacement for Bruce) but also has many of her own unique attacks.
Lucky Chloe's fighting style is based on dancing and "rhythm". Her
stronger, flashier attacks require well-timed button presses, similar to a rhythm game.
Chloe will do more damage / more flips & spins when the player
times her attacks accurately (confirmed for her super move, at least). She has a
unique stance where she dances and uses her quick footwork to mix-up up her
opponent. Shaheen's "military fighting style" is
completely unique and should appeal to players of certain characters who might
not make it to Tekken 7. Shaheen has something similar to a Mist Step
which is performed by pressing "d/f, d/f". This makes Shaheen go into
a low tackle-like stance, moving towards his opponent and if connected will
result in a throw technique. He has a slide move (similar to Raven's), some cool
kicks & flip attacks, and move
where he "surfs" on the opponent.
Katarina is a Latin American fighter who
uses Savate, and she's described as an outspoken and sassy-mouthed (as seen in
Harada mentioned she is a "beginner friendly" character.
with some cool movement abilities, Katarina's play-style features some simple strings (to appeal to beginners) by repeatedly
pressing one button (similar to Hwoarang's 3,3,3 or 4,4,4,4).
She has a variety of hard-hitting kicks and some solid punching techniques as well.
battle between Heihachi and Kazuya?! Who will reign over the Ziabatsu...
Serafino is an exorcist and is integral to TEKKEN 7's storyline, as he
'holds the key' to defeating the Devil Gene. He is determined to investigate the
Mishima Ziabatsu's actions. Claudio is
the first Italian in the TEKKEN series and shows off stylish moves, flamboyant mannerisms, and
magical powers which seem inspired
from the likes of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Claudio could also be compared
to a "Quincy" (Japanese for "Monk of Destruction")
from Bleach, especially due to his Rage Art. Fans have also pointed out Claudio's resemblance to Maxi
from Soul Calibur, along with the fact that one of his kicks looks like
Rugal's "Genocide Cutter" and that fighting stance resembles Goenitz's from KOF.
TEKKEN 7 is still a "work in progress" title. Producer
Harada has stated that thanks to TEKKEN 7's speedy online system,
"anything" can be added to the arcade version at any time. This
includes stages, characters, animations, customization items, bug fixes, etc.
TEKKEN 7 will be released on PS4, XB1 and PC on June 2nd, 2017.
Yuichi Yonemori (Director)
Shunya Yamashita, Tomio Fujisawa, JBStyle
Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Feb. 18th, 2015
Mar. 18th, 2015
July 5th, 2016
Arcade - TEKKEN 7: FR update)
June 2nd, 2017
Mishima, Heihachi Mishima, Asuka
Bryan Fury, Lili
Rochefort, Leo Kliesen, Feng
Wei, Steve Fox, Paul
Law, King, Ling Xiaoyu, Hwoarang,
Sergei Dragunov, Lars, Alisa,
Katarina Alves, Lucky Chloe,
Shaheen, Jin Kazama, Devil
Rizal, Gigas, Yoshimitsu,
Jack-7, Kazumi Mishima,
Nina Williams, Akuma,
Bob, Master Raven, Lee Chaolan,
Tekken 2, Tekken 3,
Tekken 4, Tekken
5, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Tekken:
Dark Resurrection, Tekken 5: Dark
Resurrection Online, Tekken 6, Tekken
6: Bloodline Rebellion, Tekken 7:
Fated Retribution, Tekken Tag Tournament,
Tag Tournament 2, Tekken
Advance, Tekken Hybrid, Tekken
3D: Prime Edition, Tekken Revolution,
Street Fighter 5
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Music / Sound Effects
Options / Extras
Intro / Presentation
Replayability / Fun
I had the opportunity to test
out vanilla TEKKEN 7
back in June 2015, and exactly one year later, I got to try out TEKKEN 7:
Fated Retribution. I was happy to confirm for myself that T7FR looks
and plays much better than the early version. For one, sidesteps in T7FR
are a huge improvement over T7's, and as a huge sidestep-guy when it
comes to TEKKEN... I'm relieved.
The graphics, lighting effects, new costumes, and other new effects (seen during
Rage & Rage Drives) make T7FR visually stand out from the original.
The game is beautiful.
It was pretty
clear to me that TEKKEN 7 wasn't even near completion when it
first hit the arcade scene, and I was right.
With the T7:
Fated Retribution arcade update
bringing new characters, costumes, mechanics, and the "seamless"
cinematic story mode, TEKKEN 7 has everything it needs to be a wholesome
package when it his consoles (and PC). Obviously, Bandai Namco has more in store for the console version.
It's definitely an exciting time to be a TEKKEN fan.
In general, TEKKEN 7 animates very smoothly (when under the control of
skilled players, of course). I really like how they've incorporated some of the "cooler /
smoother-looking" attacks (many of which were underused in previous games) into the new TEKKEN
combos... it's refreshing. With a mix of new and old animations, it still
looks like TEKKEN and absolutely should.
As a TEKKEN player for over 20
years, I'm open-minded to the new gameplay systems (as I always have been with changes in new
installments). I'm a person that "adapts" very well when it comes to
new things. I
find it funny that on one hand, some players are totally freaking out about these
"huge changes" being made to the game. And on the flipside, there's the
casual crowd (with their original copy of TEKKEN 3 in hand), who think
"nothing ever changes" in TEKKEN.
(The latter crowd think that way because they, themselves "play Tekken
the same" and haven't evolved their skills with each sequel).
Look at some movelists, m'kay?
This confusion among the casual crowd is actually something Bandai Namco should address...
perhaps, with a proper, serious Tutorial
mode of sorts. Why not make it part of T7's Story Mode.
No doubt the diehards will play TEKKEN 7 for years to come, but
Harada & Co. definitely need to do more to bring back the players who
might've missed the last few iterations and still have no clue about the deeper gameplay
mechanics of TEKKEN.
Again, as a dedicated player, I don't ever want the
game to change "too much". Baseball players like to play Baseball,
Billiard players love Billiards just as they are, and TEKKEN players... you get the
idea, we love our TEKKEN.
I welcome the updates, and I'm glad there are more options in Rage Mode outside
of Rage Arts. The super move sequences will get stale otherwise (too SF4-like). Regardless of
the new systems, I have
faith that TEKKEN fundamentals (and raw skill) will continue to prevail against gimmicks
(and spamming of any kind) in T7. In Harada I trust. The man never lets
TTT2 catered to the hardcore crowd who love the tried-&-true combo engine, so it makes sense that 7 will attempt at
appealing to a wider audience. Along with the "hype-inducing" new
systems, TEKKEN 7 will scale back the length of default combos just a bit, which is a smart
move. I've had immeasurable fun creating insane TTT2 combos,
but when I began playing Tekken
Revolution regularly, I remembered how much I still love "back to basics"
1-VS-1 Tekken. I'm counting on T7 to deliver that same
feeling that I love.
Evolving with the new mechanics may
present a challenge to some players... but as always, TEKKEN's core gameplay and characters are
still intact (more or less), giving returning players a comfortable starting point as
usual. TEKKEN is a game meant to be played and practiced. You get out of it what
you put into it, just like training in real martial arts.
That's one of the things I
love most about TEKKEN. Dedicated players are always rewarded... with
every sequel. And if
you ask me, the simple fact that the series made it all the way to
"7" is reward enough. GET READY FOR
THE NEXT BATTLE! (And take your time releasing it Bandai Namco). ~TFG