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Tekken 7 Review In Progress

What's Tekken so long?

Tekken is back, and if you've kept up with the series over the years, you will feel right at home in Tekken 7. While we haven't had the chance to test its performance online, and thus aren't ready to offer a comprehensive review covering everything the game has to offer, we can say that Tekken's latest outing is a great fighting game offline that falls in line with the series' favorable reputation. Familiar faces, combo strings, and storylines both serious and absurd work just as well today as they did in the past, adding up to an experience that feels quite different from the likes of Street Fighter V or Injustice 2.

A lot of this unique feel boils down to Tekken's button scheme, which assigns one button to each limb. It's an intuitive system that's easy to wrap your head around, but one look at a character's movelist is evidence of the depths that await intrepid competitors; most lists of attacks and combos are nearly 100 items long. New mechanics in Tekken 7 include Rage Arts, which allow you to issue a powerful attack when your health is running low, and Power Crush attacks, moves that complete their animation regardless of whether you're hit (by high and mid attacks specifically) before you strike your target.

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While Rage Arts are simple enough to execute given their single-button input, Power Crush is a property assigned to otherwise traditional attacks and combos. You can identify which attacks fall into this category by scrolling through a character's move list until you see the relevant icon. It sounds simple enough, but given that most fighting games are good about separating distinct moves into categories for easy reference, the process is slightly more arduous than it ought to be.

It's also fair to say that Tekken 7 doesn't adequately explain the rules surrounding these new mechanics or when you should use them. Save for the briefest of tutorials in the story mode and a teaching tool in training mode that shows you how a combo should look in action, you are left to pick apart the game's rules and mechanics on your own. A fighting game like Skullgirls is the ideal model to follow, with extensive training modes and scenarios for each character. But even when compared to previous Tekken games, Tekken 7 falls short. There's unfortunately nothing like the Tekken Tag Tournament 2's Combot here to ease you into the game's eccentricities.

However, thanks in part to Tekken 7's penchant for quirky distractions, there's more to do in the game than simply training to be the best. The story mode is the most obvious stop, and it contains both a grand tale surrounding the series' embattled Mishima family as well as a few dozen quick looks at the game's secondary characters. All told, these will keep you entertained for a handful of hours with unexpected bouts of comedy and melodrama. Aside from the lifeless narrator, Tekken 7's stories are a very welcome addition to the console version of a game that's primarily bred for player-vs-player competition.

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Barring a few too many instances of characters with uncannily clear and shiny complexions, Tekken 7 also looks great running in Unreal Engine, a shift that comes with the series debut on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. We've only had the chance to play the game on PlayStation 4 so far, and while it's not the best-looking fighting game we've seen, improved lighting and particle effects round out the improvements made to character models since Tekken 6 and Tekken Tag 2.

While we wait for more players to populate ranked and casual servers, we will continue to both practice our moves in combat and outfit characters with collectible gear--Tekken 7's other light-hearted pursuit. If you're playing this weekend, don't be surprised if you may spot a Marshall Law player donning a knight's helm, a massive pizza on his back, and a samurai sword to complement his shiny new leather jacket.

Check back shortly after launch for our full review of Tekken 7 across all platforms.

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D3dr0_0

How the hell do they not have a review out yet?

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METALION

Might not be a full gamespot review out for this game yet but I will tell you one thing the music is fkin awesome just what you need in a fighting game exciting and way ott yet perfectly fitting.

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wexorian

Warner brothers pay much to Gamespot for slow review, IGN 9.5 and other websites gave game Much more high scores than injustice 2 :)

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D3dr0_0

@wexorian: I mean it is a better fighting game than Injustice 2.

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Silphe

How is it that you STILL haven't released your review? The approach is terrible.

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jlenoconel

Fighting games are stuck in the past. I feel like most gamers have moved on from this style of game.

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jhcho2

@jlenoconel:

just because you don't participate or follow the competitive fighting scene, doesn't mean it is the case for everybody else. A simple search like 'Tekken 7 tournament' on Youtube would be enough of a vindication

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RJS86

Not a fan of ign but their review sounds like it came from someone that actually knows how to play and enjoys the tekken series on a whole.

This review so far doesn't sound like it's coming from such a person.

I like tekken, what I want to know is if it's improved or not, there're no comparisons to give me an idea of what new to expect here.

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wexorian

@RJS86: Really good one, it sucks that they cut 5 main characters , mokujin,lei , julia , anna ,roger but newcomers are not bad :)

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@RJS86: So far I'm really enjoying it, Eddy and Law are awesome.

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RJS86

@Eddie619: I think I'll have some issues adjusting, heihachi and julia were my mains in tekken3 but since 4 changes I never really focused on heihachi anymore and now I'm stuck praying for julia dlc.

I guess I'll try new characters with an open mind, I'm fairly ok with ling.

I'll have the game by monday

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D3dr0_0

IGN gave it a 9.5.

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Played Tekken 2&3 to death on PS One. That was like 20 years ago.

Way too old now to go back to Tekken. Tekken requires a lot of commitment to become a master. It's good that a new generation will get to experience this epic game.

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@RoyceLithgo: there is no need to become Master in order to enjoy this game you know.

and you can unlock Tekken 2 and 3's character endings in tekken 7.

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benjy117

@RoyceLithgo: Tekken was easy for me. Virtua Fighter was on the Master Level.

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thekey

In can't wait till tomorrow! Chicken!

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AustinH147

I didn't want to learn Tag Team anyway. Tekken in general is already a complex game as it is.

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zura_janai

SFV FTW!

:p

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expredator

CHICKEN!

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HeavyZone

Gotta love the robot girl Graphics are amazing. https://youtu.be/MiTla5jlMlw

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HeavyZone

I got it early. Great Game. The Rage arts are easy to perform. I give it 9/10. https://youtu.be/Ug5Yi-PNCCw

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bumpyface

Looking like a 9.5 on IGN pending online. Shoryuken gave it an 8.

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BigGamerDude

looking good

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Risingdawn

Do they still have Tekken Force Mode? I've not played since 3.

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@risingdawn: it seems like they are planing to release a beat 'em up mode in DLC.

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deadpeasant

@risingdawn: nope just 1 on 1 combat 😞

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Risingdawn

@deadpeasant:

Ah, that's a bit of a shame, I know it wasn't a great mode but it broke the game up a bit and was at least enjoyable.

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deadpeasant

@risingdawn: i agree and quite liked it myself. For a fighting game casual like myself it added more replayability since im not pushed on learning every move of every character and all that stuff.

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soul_starter

This is a review? You have failed to mention the number of available characters, how many are to be unlocked and how many will be DLC. You have not mentioned what game modes are on offer, what teh difference between story and arcade is, whta fight money is all about and if it will include microtranscations and if there are any specific unlocks related to online play (which I refuse on consoles).

This is the worst review I think I have ever seen.

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soul_starter

@soul_starter: Just for the trolls, a direct quote "While we haven't had the chance to test its performance online, and thus aren't ready to offer a comprehensive review"

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SirPosh

@soul_starter: You must really be challenged if you don't understand what "Review in progress" means.

Did your mother not read the title to you when she read the review out for you? I did hear via the grapevine that there is a reading and comprehension course near your area that you could attend. Get your mum to contact me for more details. I can assure you it will be of beneficial use.

Oh and another thing...if you end up going do let us know how it goes.

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soul_starter

@sirposh: Like I said, they should have reviewed the single player portion yet they did not. I understand some of you are probably GS trolls hired to sound off against any negative comments, much like the guy who quoted the reveiw writer as saying "this is not a review" and then I quoted the actual writer, who said it was indeed a review.

the progress part, as teh writer himself explains, is to do with online mp, so why almost zero content on the sp experience? Were new modes added? New characters? No.

SO yeah. go troll somewhere else

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SirPosh

@soul_starter: Well with spelling like that you will definitely need a grammar course. Perhaps more school less video games for you sonny.

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arnna

@soul_starter:

It clearly says 'review in progress'. Most people would interpret this as 'full review coming soon'.

Does this seriously need to be explained??

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SixSixTrample

@soul_starter: Probably because it's not a review? Did you not read the multiples times they said 'this isn't a review, we need to finish testing online functionality, then our full review will be up'?

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soul_starter

@sixsixtrample: At no point did they state "this is not a review." The very title states it is a review (albeit one in progress). Also, the writers own words:

"While we haven't had the chance to test its performance online, and thus aren't ready to offer a comprehensive review covering everything the game has to offer, we can say that Tekken's latest outing is a great fighting game offline that falls in line with the series' favorable reputation."

They themselves say it will not be a comprehensive review, not that it is not a review. Jeez, learn to read English before acting smart. Now, in terms of the progress aspect of the review, fine they don't want to talk about online. I get that but they barely offer any information on the single player/local mp aspects of the game. So my question still stands.

If GS want to keep going this route, they should have labelled it a preview. A terrible, click bait title is all this "article" is.

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pa_amb_tomaquet

@soul_starter: You're pulling at strings mate, just admit you did not read the title and move on.

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gamer162594

@soul_starter: FYI - On this site, "Review in progress" means it's not the full review yet.

Hence the "in progress" in the title of the article.

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videogameninja

They’re really promoting this Akuma in Tekken thing at every chance they can get. Not complaining at all. Wish other fighting games would do things like that more often. Still, a part of me wonders if this is the developers way of saying, “Yeah, we’re not making that Tekken vs Street fighter game so… Look! Here’s Akuma!”

-THAT’LL HOLD ‘EM OVER NINJA APPROVED-

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Quique85

@videogameninja: I like the alums thing... and I hope they keep this up... like when DoA merged with Virtua Fighters universe... I love the SF cast but I gave up on SFV, it became to boring to play or watch (for me). I am dedicating myself to TEKKEN now(hype to watch and probably play too), haven't been here since TEKKEN3 but I hope they eventually make that TEKKEN engine based game with some SF even if they are just a couple of characters.

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videogameninja

@Quique85:

I think the minds over at Tekken are hoping everyone just forgets about Tekken vs Street fighter so they can just move on. I vaguely recall one of the developers relaying this concern in an interview. Even though it probably looks like that cross over may be on the backburner I’m with you in thinking that it would actually be something to look forward to if it does eventually come to fruition.

-KING OF THE WORLD WARRIOR NINJA APPROVED-

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Karmazyn

I have never played tekken but I feel it should score at least 8.

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arnna

@Karmazyn:

SMH... you get the award for dumbest comment of the day.

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BigGamerDude

@Karmazyn: so you've never played it

and you think you can score it

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Komissar33188

@biggamerdude: I'm not entirely sure you know how the internet works.

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BigGamerDude

@Komissar33188: I do, but its fun to point out all the idiots

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I want my Tekken NOW!!!!!!!!

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itchyflop

this looks bigger, better and faster on the new gen.

People cry "not much has changed".... it doesn't need to, but just do the above mentioned on the new hardware which can better and already great mechanically sound game.

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