Tekken 7 is Flashy as Ever

Tekken, which rolled into arcades back in December of 1994, has cultivated a massive following, and is arguably one of the most popular fighting game series of all time. Tekken 7 has a new roster, along with a confirmed release date and a trailer that of no surprise, involves the everlasting battle between Kazuya and his father.

The newest feature in Tekken 7 is the rage attack system, which function like a super attack: each character has two rage attacks and a special counter to break combos. The game’s new rage attacks are great when they connect, but it is even better when countering one, as the game will slow down to give that satisfying feeling that the opponent’s attempt to maybe end the match with a devastating maneuver was stopped by throwing them at the start of the attack. Like other games from the series, no single fighter feels supreme, every fighter, new and old, have a good range of combos, juggling and heavy attacks to make a balanced playing field.

The rage attacks can be used when your character sustains enough damage to throw it off – and they deal a heavy amount of damage, at one caveat: they are telegraphed, and can be stopped even by a simple punch or kick.

As far as animations go, the introductions to matches are great, but seeing characters sizzle with fire or spark with electricity when they unleashed combos is as fantastic as when the first Tekken released.

The new roster for Tekken 7 includes some surprises, with the likes of Akuma from Street Fighter (yes, he can throw hadokens), but the nicest touch was seeing that Akuma has been stylized to fit the Tekken art style. As with every Tekken fighter, Akuma is powerful, but even in this debut, he is still beatable.

A completely mind-blowing addition to the roster was the wife of Heihachi Mishima – Kazumi who has both a regular form and devil form, and will be one of the final bosses in the game.

If other Tekken entries give any indication, it wouldn’t be off the cuff to expect that only her regular form will be playable and the devil form will need to be unlocked.

Below is a list of the roster for Tekken 7:

Alisa Bosconovitch
Asuka Kazama
Bryan Fury
Claudio Serafino
Devil Jin
Feng Wei
Heihachi Mishima
Jin Kazama
Josie Rizal
Katarina Alves
Kazumi Mishima / Devil Kazumi
Kazuya Mishima / Devil Kazuya
Lars Alexandersson
Lee Chaolan / Violet
Ling Xiaoyu
Lucky Chloe
Marshall Law
Master Raven
Miguel Caballero Rojo
Nina Williams
Paul Phoenix
Sergei Dragunov
Shaheen Steve Fox

The biggest feature of Tekken 7 are the visuals. Current generation technology makes every minor detail noticeable, from fighter’s musculature to Heihachi’s brooding mustache (and hair). The wince-inducing strikes from fighters is highlighted by the speed of the game. There’s no lag or slow down whatsoever, so expect matches to be fast paced – even more than other games from the series.

Tekken 7 is the conclusion of the Mishima clan story.  It will answer questions and tie off loose ends regarding the feud between Heihachi Mishima, his son, Kazuya Mishima and his grandson, Jin Kazama. The story will finally reveal the full mystery behind the Devil gene as well.

Bandai Namco Games has confirmed the release date for June 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.