Is it worth the wait?
Short answer, YES. As of July 2nd 2017 Bandai Namco has released Tekken 7 for PS4, Xbox One as well as PC. The game has been playable in arcades since March 15th 2015 but never on consoles… until now that is.
Tekken 7 plays much like previous versions of the game but with a bit of a twist. There is now a “Rage Art” and “Rage Drive” which I would say is the equivalent to an “X-Ray” in Mortal Kombat. In Tekken when your health goes below 30% your health bar glows red indicating you are now in rage mode. While in rage mode you do a bit more damage than you do normally. At that point in the fight you have the option to either fight it out while outputting more damage OR you can activate your rage art which will cause your character to throw an attack. If the attack lands, a cinematic will activate and do a good amount of damage… But if it is blocked prepared to be punished, hard. Your other option is a rage drive which is an attack that bounds your opponent allowing for a free juggle.
Rage arts and drives inputs are character specific, some being much easier than others. Speaking of characters Tekken 7 comes stock with a decent cast of 37, it includes Akuma from the Street Fighter franchise which is a nice addiction to the cast. Many characters are returning from previous games but the new ones include Shaheen, Gigas, Claudio and more, not to mention DLC characters will be coming in time. As for variety, this game has it as well. Story mode has a main story and side stories as well as an arcade mode, treasure battles, online lobbies (ranked and casual) even online tournaments.
Before you go online though be sure to check out the customization section where you can customize your characters outfit, effects, auras and more. You dont just get to just kick ass, you get to kick ass in style. I wish there was a bit more of a selection like in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 but you can’t always get what you wish for. Luckily for me, I had wanted a version of Tekken ran a bit smoother and that came true. Tekken 7 runs on the Unreal 4 engine which is amazing, the graphics and fluidity of the game are very impressive.
To wrap this up Tekken 7 is smooth, has crispy graphics and a good amount of replay value. Most of all it has the nostalgic feeling of waking up on a Saturday morning, running to living room to turn on the Playstation and pressing the input button on my box of a TV then playing until my mom complained that I’ve been inside all day. Just as she encouraged me to go outside, I encourage all of you to go outside and buy this game.