Tekken 7 is the ninth installment in the franchise and a fighting game that can be played on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows systems. It uses the Unreal Engine, has an arcade version for Japan and also an updated version called Tekken 7: Fated Retribution. Many of the central characters from the previous games have returned, alongside new ones, with additional costumes, stages and items.
Gameplay of Tekken 7
The Tekken 7 gameplay is centered on one versus one fighting mechanics and the goal is to inflict maximum damage over a short period of time. Two players enter an arena, each with a preset health pool and try to deplete the opponents’ HP before losing all of their own. Players can use powerful new mechanics, such as the Rage Art which empowers them to deal 30% damage. Power Crush is the other new game mechanic introduced in the new installment, allowing players to build damage while attacked.
The new game in the series has replaced some of the core mechanics, such as the bound system. Screw Attack will allow players to hit opponents in the air, causing them to spin sideways. The game has a brand-new display system and players can use it to choose the side of the screen where they will be playing on. In the arcade version, players are supposed to defeat five consecutive enemies in single player, but a peer can join the fray at any time.
Tekken 7 Plot and Graphics
Tekken 7 narrative takes place after the events of the previous game, with the war between Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corporation still underway. Heihachi and Nina are two of the central characters who return into the spotlight, trying to take control of the Zaibatsu. Players will embark on an epic quest that will see them traveling to the Far East in an attempt of finding Jin. The background of the fights changes often and culminates with a volcano where the final battle takes place.
Visually, Tekken 7 is much better than all its predecessors, regardless of the device chosen for playing the game. The animations are flowing naturally and powerful combos are further enhanced by vibrant sounds and inspiring music. Developers have found the perfect tunes for the single player, effectively elevating it from a shallow plot into an immersive campaign. The characters are convincing and in spite of new game mechanics being added, their core moves don’t stray too far from the original.
Tekken 7 is a great game to play by yourself, yet the single player is virtually a warm-up for competitive matches. It shines the brightest in multiplayer thanks to its diverse roster and original fighting styles, with a balanced and dynamic gameplay. Ranked matches are in dire need of improvement, but they reward players who are capable of planning their moves in advance. Fast-paced action, a wide range of possible combo moves and breathtaking finishing blows make this game one that is easy to recommend.
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