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POSTED 2/6/17


TEKKEN 7

Bandai Namco



Weíve been Tekken care of business...

Urk. Another review launched with a shitty song pun. Oh well, itís worked for the last 880 or so...

Because the intro is the hardest part. Once thatís mastered, the rest flows more freely. Which is a suitable allegory for a decent fighting game. Tekken 7 is a decent fighting game. Actually, itís a fucking brilliant fighting game.

The hardest thing to nail in a truly great biffo simulator is balancing things so that series regulars will get excited, but newcomers wonít be deterred by an impenetrable combo system. Tekken 7, in all its 3D glory, has a crazily complex move set for each character, but it also gives enough leeway to enable even the absolute neophyte to feel like theyíre getting somewhere Ė although we wouldnít recommend starting on the advanced difficulty levels.

A delightfully chunky fighter roster boasts everybody from chicks using their heads to a bunch of blokes who obviously frequent the same barber as Dr Robotnik.

The story mode is a great place to start, giving the Saints Row series a run for its buckeroonies in the OTT stakes, ranging from chucking kids off cliffs to giving the odd missile a satisfying dropkicking. Itís quite bonkers Ė and all the more enthralling for it. Serving as a playable character sampler, it also gives you a chance to test drive many of the fighters to see who most gels with your particular play style.

Thereís bulk gear to earn or buy (although itís purely cosmetic), and oodles of play options from a pure arcade mode through to a treasure mode. Single player respect Ė nice! Then thereís the extensive online sandpit.

We couldnít check the VR mode as we canít afford PSVR. As such we canít pass judgment.

Stunningly presented aurally and visually, as always timing is the key to succeeding in Tekken 7. Get it right and youíre in for delight. Stuff it up and, well... nup.

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