What’s up everyone. KB Kronic back with another review. This time we’re taking a look at the newest installment of the King of Iron Fist tournament, Tekken 7. I’m gonna take you through some things I enjoyed and things I didn’t enjoy so much about the story mode and some of the customization options. As with the Injustice 2 reveiw, I wont be giving to much insight on the competitive aspect of things simply because I don’t play competitively. With that being said, lets get this going.
Story Mode “Mishima Story”
The story mode in this game takes you back to where the Mishima story starts, back before Tekken 1. While some people may not be a huge fan of replaying everything you may have already experienced, this is the first time I’ve played a story mode in a Tekken game. With that being the case I found the flashbacks and replaying fights and cutscenes from past Tekken games pretty fun. Like with Injustice 2, I won’t go into much detail on the story simply to keep spoilers out of the review. Can’t go ruinning things people might want to experience for themselves.
The one thing I loved about the story mode is how it can catch even the newest players to the Tekken Universe and put them right in the middle of Mishima Zaibatsu vs G Corperation. You get the meat and potatoes of this incredible family fued that just so happens to pull in other fighters from around the world under the cover of a tournament known as “The King of Iron Fist Tournament”. The fighters not directly tied to the main story get little bio paragraphs as well as a single match that you unlock while progressing through the main story.
My major complaint with the story mode is the mass amount of fights that have you pitted against nameless goons like U.N. Soldiers and Tekken Force. Each fight with them has you is a steady stream of one fight after another like many survival rounds. Normally it’s five goons back to back with zero downtime between. I understand it’s just story rounds and they are pretty simple but it felt like such a waste of time for the most part. By far the most rage inducing fights involve Kazumi, Heihachi, and Akuma. I honestly believe that if I didn’t have a special edition controller, it would have been destroyed. I had everything set to normal difficulty because I feel that’s where the average player will be when attempting a first try and it’s the best way to get some decent testing in for the review…. These fights had to be lowered in difficulty or I feel like I wouldn’t have made it through those rounds. All in all with my two slight complaints I’d say the content of the story makes up for everything else.
So Tekken has had custom options for awhile now. Being able to put on different attires and be as rediculous as possible with bunny ears, butterfly wings, and a devil tail… Or you could pick slacks over blue jeans… Choice is yours. One of my favorite things about the customization is the partnership that NJPW has with Namko. This leads to multiple fighters on my roster wearing Bullet Club or Young Lion T-Shirts and King being dressed in full Kazuchika Okada attire and also changeing his rage drive attack to the Rain Maker. That’s just what I chose to do personaly because I love wrestling. As far as I know the only fighter with a different Rage Driver is King.
By far my favorite thing about the customization set-up is a game mode called Treasure Fight. You run through an arcade style set of fights simply to unlock new gear for your fighters. Some gear can only be unlocked this way while others can be bought with fight money you get just by playing the game. Combine this with all the different slots you can change, and you have a good chunk of replayablity to the game, even without the tournament mode.
To be honest I haven’t put to much effort into playing online, however the few times I have tried in both Quick Play, Ranked, and Unranked. All three modes would either continue to find a connection or would yield a result only to fail to connect. I don’t know if it was just a bad weather night or potentially server issues on either side. I’m interested to make an attempt at some ranked matches, if only to provide better reviews on fighting games later. They even have a tournament mode that I’m very excited about. I may have to stream some at some point.
Overall I think Tekken 7 lives up to the hype. It’s enjoyable in pretty much every aspect and I feel like it has a decent enough learning curve so ALMOST anyone can pick it up. The story is a nice mix and they answer the question as to why Akuma is in the game, (Which was the main thing I wanted to know from it all). I don’t rate the fighting games simply because I don’t have the full knowledge of what to rate a game on, so instead I give a Buy or Don’t Buy score. With that being said Tekken 7 is for sure on the Buy end of the scale.
That’s all I have for this one, I hope you enjoyed the read and give me some constructive comments below. Don’t forget to follow us on all forms of social media and tell your friends about us. Until next time, Ya’ll have a good one!