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Tekken 7
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Cover art featuring Heihachi (left) and Kazuya Mishima (right)
Developer(s) Bandai Namco Studios
Publisher(s) Bandai Namco Entertainment
Director(s)
Producer(s) Motohiro Okubo
Designer(s) Yasuki Nakabayashi
Programmer(s) Kei Kudo
Artist(s) Tomoko Odashima
Composer(s)
Series Tekken
Engine Unreal Engine 4
Platform(s)
ReleaseArcade
  • JP: March 18, 2015
  • JP: July 5, 2016 (FR)
  • JP: February 13, 2019 (FR:Round2)
PS4, Windows, Xbox One
  • WW: June 2, 2017
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Arcade system Namco System ES3
DisplayHorizonal

Tekken 7(鉄拳7) is a fighting game developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is the seventh installment in the Tekken series, and the first to make use of Unreal Engine 4. Tekken 7 had a limited arcade release in Japan in March 2015. An updated arcade version, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, was released in Japan in July 2016, and features expanded content including new stages, costumes, items and characters. [1] The same version was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June 2017. [2]

A fighting game is a video game genre based around close combat between a limited amount of characters, in a stage in which the boundaries are fixed. The characters fight each others until they defeat their opponents or the time expires. The matches typically consist of several rounds, in a arena, with each character having different abilities but each is relatively viable to choose. Players must master techniques such as blocking, counter-attacking, and chaining attacks together into "combos". Starting in the early 1990s, most fighting games allowed the player to execute special attacks by performing specific input combinations. The fighting game genre is related to but distinct from beat 'em ups, which involve large numbers of enemies against the human player.

Bandai Namco Entertainment Japanese video game company

Bandai Namco Entertainment, Inc. is a Japanese multinational video game developed and publisher, based out of Minato-ku, Tokyo. Their international branches, Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe, are headquartered in Santa Clara, California and Lyon, France respectively. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings.

<i>Tekken</i> fighting video game series

Tekken is a Japanese media franchise centered on a series of fighting video and arcade games developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The franchise also includes film and print adaptations.

Contents

Set shortly after the events of Tekken 6 , the plot focuses on the events leading up to the final battle between martial artist Heihachi Mishima and his son, Kazuya. Tekken 7 introduces elements for the fighting system such as the Rage and the Power Crush to increase the characters' powers. Tekken 7 was a critical and commercial success, selling three million copies before the game's first anniversary.

<i>Tekken 6</i> video game

Tekken 6 is a fighting game developed and published by Bandai Namco Games. It is the sixth main installment in the Tekken franchise. It was released in Japanese arcades on November 26, 2007 as the first game running on the PlayStation 3-based System 357 arcade board. A year later, the game received an update, subtitled Bloodline Rebellion. A home version based on the update was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 27, 2009, becoming the first time a main installment was produced for a non-Sony console. It was later ported for the PlayStation Portable on November 24, 2009. The game was produced by Katsuhiro Harada, who aimed to give the fights a strategic style while remaining faithful to the previous games in the series.

Heihachi Mishima Character in Tekken

Heihachi Mishima is a fictional character of Namco's Tekken fighting game series. Introduced as the boss character from the first Tekken video game from 1994, Heihachi appears as the leader of an empire known as the Mishima Zaibatsu. He was the protagonist of Tekken 2, and was a boss character in two additional installments. He is opposed by many of his relatives who wish his death and taking over the Zaibatsu across the series after Heihachi betrayed them whereas Heihachi wants to defeat his son and grandson, Kazuya Mishima and Jin Kazama respectively, in order to obtain their Devil Gene powers. Heihachi's past and motives are revealed in Tekken 7 which is said to be his final appearance in story.

Kazuya Mishima Character in Tekken

Kazuya Mishima is a fictional character in Bandai Namco's Tekken fighting game series, first featured as the protagonist in the original 1994 game. The son of worldwide conglomerate Mishima Zaibatsu CEO Heihachi Mishima, Kazuya seeks revenge against his father for throwing him down a cliff years earlier. Kazuya becomes corrupted in later games, seeking to obtain more power. Kazuya possesses the Devil Gene, a mutation which can transform him into a demonic being known as Devil. Devil has often appeared as a separate character in various games. Kazuya is also present in related series media and other games.

Gameplay

Tekken 7 focuses on 1v1 battles. [3] Two mechanisms are introduced in the game. The first, Rage Art, allows the player to execute critical attacks that deal roughly 30% damage depending on the character once their health bar is critical, in exchange for inactivating the normal attack power increase. The second, Power Crush, lets the player continue their attacks even while being hit by the enemy, although they would still receive the damage dealt by the enemy's attacks. The mechanic also works for absorbing high and mid attacks. [4] The bound system, which staggers a character to increase opportunity for additional hits, is replaced by Screw Attack, which makes the enemy spin sideways when they are hit airborne, allowing the player to inflict additional hits after they reach the ground. Unlike bound, however, Screw Attack cannot be used to do wall combos. With a new display system, the game's multiplayer allows players to choose which side of the screen to play on. [5] Movement has undergone some changes and is similar to the movement mechanics found in Tekken Revolution , most notably when characters walk backwards.

<i>Tekken Revolution</i> video game

Tekken Revolution was a free-to-play fighting video game developed and published by Namco Bandai Games. It was released on the PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Store in June 2013. It is the first game in the Tekken franchise to be made free-to-play and the first to be released exclusively in digital format. It is no longer available in Europe as of 2016.

The arcade version features the traditional stage-based playthrough, in which the player progresses by beating five different opponents one by one, ending with a fixed penultimate and final stage. Matches may be interrupted if another player joins the game. Online mode is available for both local and international play. Character customization is featured, allowing the player to modify characters' appearances. [6] For the first time in the arcade series, the game features a practice mode, which allows players to train moves against an opponent for a limited amount of time, as well as an option to collect in-game rewards, mainly customization items, through "Treasure Box" by winning enough matches.

Fated Retribution features several gameplay changes to the game. The new "Rage Drive" allows the player to empower certain attacks by sacrificing their Rage Mode. Rage Art is also adjusted so that the amount of damage dealt to the enemy is inversely proportional to the player's current health bar. The update introduces meter-type characters, who utilize jump-in attacks and special cancels, and use an EX/Super meter as a limiter for some special attacks in place of Rage Drive. However, they have no 10-hit combo moves. This type is reserved for three characters: Eliza, and the guest characters Akuma and Geese Howard. Another guest character, Noctis Lucis Caelum, has Tekken-type gameplay but possesses jump-in moves. The update also added Wall Bound, which initially only applied to guest character Geese Howard. The Season 2 update eventually added the mechanic for every character. [7]

Akuma (<i>Street Fighter</i>) Street Fighter character

Akuma, known in Japan as Gouki, is a fictional character from the Street Fighter series of fighting games by Capcom. Akuma made his debut in Super Street Fighter II Turbo as a secret character and hidden Boss. In the storyline of the Street Fighter video games, he is the younger brother of Gouken, Ryu's and Ken's master. In some games he also has an enhanced version named Shin Akuma, or Shin Gouki in Japanese. Since his debut, Akuma has appeared in several subsequent titles and has been well received by both fans and critics.

Geese Howard fictional character

Geese Howard is a fictional video game character appearing in SNK's Fatal Fury fighting games series. Debuting in Fatal Fury: King of Fighters, Geese is the local crime boss of the fictional city of South Town. Geese created and hosts a fighting tournament named "The King of Fighters", in which he faces the brothers Terry and Andy Bogard who want to take revenge for their father's death. After several tournaments in the Fatal Fury series, Geese is killed by Terry in Real Bout Fatal Fury. However, he appears in following games without storyline as a "ghost" named Nightmare Geese. Geese has also appeared in other SNK's games such as The King of Fighters games, in which he seeks to get the power from the creature Orochi and often sends teams representing him. His young self makes an appearance in the second Art of Fighting game as the hidden boss character. He also appears as downloadable content in Bandai Namco's fighting game Tekken 7.

Noctis Lucis Caelum main protagonist of Final Fantasy XV

Noctis Lucis Caelum, "Noct" for short, is a fictional character from Square Enix's Final Fantasy series. He is a playable character and main protagonist of Final Fantasy XV, originally a spin-off titled Final Fantasy Versus XIII. The crown prince and protector of Lucis, Noctis and his allies must defend their country when the empire of Niflheim attacks Lucis in an attempt to take control of its magical Crystal. Alongside Final Fantasy XV, Noctis has appeared in the game's expanded media, including Final Fantasy crossover titles, and other game titles including Puzzle & Dragons and the fighting game Tekken 7.

Further game modes were released as post-release downloadable content (DLC). They include Tekken Bowl, a bowling minigame which first debuted in Tekken Tag Tournament . [8]

Downloadable content (DLC) is additional content created for an already released video game, distributed through the Internet by the game's publisher. It is a form of video game monetization, enabling the publisher to gain additional revenue from a title after it has been purchased, often using some type of microtransaction system.

Bowling class of sports in which a player rolls a bowling ball towards a target

Bowling is a target sport and recreational activity in which a player rolls or throws a bowling ball toward pins or another target.

<i>Tekken Tag Tournament</i> video game

Tekken Tag Tournament is the fourth main installment in Namco's Tekken fighting game series.

Plot

After the events of Tekken 6 , though Azazel was destroyed by Jin Kazama, the war between the Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corporation continues to ravage the world. The game's story is told from the perspective of a reporter whose wife and son are killed in the crossfire, leading him to begin writing an exposé on the Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corporation. Nina Williams leads the Zaibatsu in Jin's absence, attempting to locate him, but Heihachi Mishima takes advantage of the vacuum of power and forces Nina to work for him, regaining control of the Zaibatsu. Heihachi makes a deal with Claudio Serafino, head of the powerful Sirius Marksmen organization, to help him expose his son, G Corporation head Kazuya Mishima, believing public opinion will shift in the Zaibatsu's favor if Kazuya's Devil Gene is revealed. Claudio senses a powerful force in the Far East that is unconnected to either Jin or Kazuya.

The reporter researches the Mishima family history, learning that Heihachi's coup against his father Jinpachi and the death of his wife Kazumi both occurred in the same year he threw his son Kazuya into a ravine. Meanwhile, the United Nations intelligence group has located Jin, but he evades capture long enough to be rescued by his half-uncle Lars Alexandersson. Lars takes Jin to recuperate at Violet Systems, where Jin's adoptive uncle Lee Chaolan has repaired Alisa Bosconovitch following her seemingly permanent shutdown in the previous game. The Zaibatsu attacks the compound, but the trio are able to secure Jin. The reporter, having rendezvoused with Lee and Lars, tries to kill Jin in his sleep, but is discouraged by Lars, who says Jin is the only person capable of stopping the conflict. According to Lee, the reason behind Heihachi fathering Lars was to confirm that he didn’t possess the Devil Gene, proving it originated from the Hachijos, Kazumi's family.

The force sensed by Claudio is eventually revealed to be Akuma, who made a promise to Kazumi that he would kill Heihachi and Kazuya if she fails to, as she predicted both of them would engulf the world in war and destruction. He defeats Heihachi after their temporary alliance on fending off an attack by an army of Jack-6's at the Mishima Dojo, and proceeds to G Corporation's Millennium Tower. Heihachi survives, but declares himself dead to the public to continue his plans in secret. He then captures and spreads images of a transformed Kazuya worldwide before using an orbital laser weapon to obliterate Millennium Tower. Kazuya survives the attack and destroys the satellite, with the wreckage destroying a town and once again slandering the Zaibatsu. The reporter uses this opportunity to inform the Zaibatsu about his exposé, but to his surprise, Heihachi offers to meet him in person. Heihachi recounts his love of Kazumi and the night he learned that she possessed the Devil Gene and was sent by her family to kill him, regretfully being forced to kill her in self-defense, which eventually marked the feud amongst the Mishima clansmen as of the present. Suspecting that Kazuya had inherited the Devil Gene, Heihachi threw him off a cliff, believing the boy's survival would confirm his fears. Heihachi has the reporter escorted out back to Lars before traveling to a volcano for a final battle with Kazuya. Vengeful over his parents' betrayals, with Heihachi being the one who never told him about Kazumi's assassinations on them before her death in the first place, Kazuya finally kills Heihachi in battle and throws his body into the volcano. Moments later, Akuma appears and attacks Kazuya; the result of their battle is unknown.

In the aftermath, Jin awakes and meets up with Lee, Lars, and Alisa, promising to put an end to the war once and for all by killing Kazuya. The reporter, reflecting on all he has learned, completes and publishes his exposé.

Characters

The game has 48 playable characters (including palette swaps), 20 of whom make up the default cast on launch; other characters are to be added over time. Eight make their debut in this version, along with a new form of Jack, and four guest characters from Capcom's and SNK's fighting game franchises, Square Enix's Final Fantasy , and Image Comics' The Walking Dead . [9] [10] [11]

New characters

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Promotional model of Lucky Chloe, one of the game's new characters, at IgroMir 2016

Returning characters

^a Post-release addition (original arcade version)
^b Unplayable character
^c Added in Fated Retribution
^d Guest character
^e In-battle transformation
^f Skin/palette swap
^g Downloadable content
^h Only playable in story mode for a short time

Continuing the trend from Tekken Tag Tournament 2 , in addition to Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean, several characters speak with their native languages, including the new characters; thus Eddy, Leo, Lili, and Miguel speak Portuguese, German, French, and Spanish respectively, while newcomers Claudio, Katarina, and Shaheen speak with their native Italian, Portuguese, and Arabic, respectively. This still does not include certain characters with differing nationalities, such as Xiaoyu, Alisa, Lars, Lee, and Lei who continue to speak Japanese and English respectively due to their character backgrounds, along with newcomer Josie, who also speaks in English instead of Filipino.

Development

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Executive producer Katsuhiro Harada had expressed interest in developing a new Tekken title for the PlayStation 4 since early 2014

In January 2014, Tekken series director and producer Katsuhiro Harada expressed interest in continuing the series on PlayStation 4, [24] and later said that PlayStation was the primary platform of development for the new installment. [25] Tekken 7 was announced by Harada on July 13, 2014 during EVO 2014. [26] The announcement was not initially planned, but was done as a last minute response to a leak of the game's announcement trailer that morning. [27] The game was developed using the Unreal Engine 4, which allows for it to be developed for multiple platforms. [28] [29] While Tekken games historically have been PlayStation-based in arcades, Harada stated that Tekken 7 runs on an arcade board based on PC architecture. [30]

Location tests of the game were held in Tokyo and Osaka from October 3 to 5, 2014. [31] Trailers released in late 2014 showed the game running in 1080p and 60 frames per second. [32] On January 27, 2015, a live-televised tournament based on the same game build was held in the Nexon Arena in Seoul, South Korea known as "Tekken 7 Crash". [33] During the Japan Amusement Expo (JAEPO) 2015, a newer build of the game was showcased, offering Lucky Chloe and Shaheen as part of the character roster for the first time as well as the traditional stage-based gameplay progression. [34]

Negative reactions to the character Lucky Chloe from several message boards has led to Harada tweeting that he may consider removing her from the North American version of the game, making her exclusive to the East Asian and European versions, and instead replace her with a new well-muscled skinhead for the North American market. It was later revealed that Harada did not intend for the tweets to be taken seriously. [35] Although reaction to the revelation of new character Shaheen was largely positive, [36] [37] the reveal eventually led to Harada making a statement on his Twitter in response to those criticizing the inclusion of an Arab character in the game. [38]

While the announcement and reveal of the Filipina Josie Rizal character was also met with mostly positive feedback, [39] [40] her revelation was also met with a mix of excitement [41] and derision among Filipino netizens. [42] Among the criticisms around the net were the lack of respect towards the martyred Philippine national hero José Rizal, as well as misrepresentation of Filipino martial arts. [43] According to Tekken chief producer Katsuhiro Harada, Mad Catz community manager Mark Julio, [44] and Josie's character designer Mari Shimazaki, [45] Josie Rizal practiced kickboxing and eskrima, but the move set in her reveal video consisted of mostly generic and recycled moves from earlier existing characters in the Tekken series. Someone claiming to be an official of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts was not quite happy with the way the character of Josie was depicted and stated that they would try to look at steps to remedy how she might affect the image of José Rizal and the Philippines [46] by possibly submitting additional materials for the Tekken Team to use. [47] However, NCCA legal counsel Trixie Cruz-Angeles clarified that the agency had yet to issue any position on the matter in a post she made on her personal Facebook page: "The NCCA has not asked for the deletion of Tekken character Josie Rizal. In fact, the NCCA has not taken cognizance of the issue nor issued an opinion." [48]

In July 2015, Bandai Namco announced a crossover with The Idolmaster , a property owned by the company, involving Idolmaster costumes for the female characters of Tekken 7. [49] The male characters, meanwhile, are given the option to fight barechested. [50] A Bandai Namco-sponsored tournament, "The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2015, took place in November–December 2015 as well, with a prize of ¥10,000,000 (~$81,000) awarded to the finalists. [51] Two top placers from EVO 2015 were also reserved seats, as were select players from South Korea, North America, and other places. [51]

On March 29, 2018, Bandai Namco announced that the online Tekken-Net service for the original arcade version of Tekken 7 would cease on May 31, 2018 in all regions, effectively ending support for the game. An update patch was issued which allowed the game to run offline. [52]

Fated Retribution

An arcade update title in the same vein as Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Unlimited and Tekken 6 Bloodline Rebellion , titled Tekken 7: Fated Retribution was announced in a trailer released during the grand final of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2015 tournament, which was held on December 12, 2015, and was released in Japan on July 5, 2016. The location test was held on February 12–14, 2016 in three arcades of Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka. [53] Several gameplay mechanics were introduced in the game, including Rage Drive and an adjusted Rage Art. It features an expanded content, including new customization and stages. Returning characters who have not received newer default costumes are accorded one. Additionally, new characters are featured, including the series' second guest character: Akuma from the Street Fighter series, who has a dedicated EX meter designed to limit some of his special moves. The console and PC versions were based on this update. [1] [54]

After The Idolmaster series, a collaboration with another Bandai Namco property, this time the Taiko no Tatsujin rhythm game series on August 31, 2016 added player icons, customization, and other aesthetic features. [55]

A collaboration with New Japan Pro-Wrestling was announced during the "an presents Dai Pro-Wres Matsuri 2017" event on January 2, 2017. An attire inspired by IWGP Heavyweight champion Kazuchika "Rainmaker" Okada was added as an outfit for King. A new Rage Art for King inspired by Rainmaker would accompany the outfit. Additionally, NJPW-themed T-shirts were added for other characters. The event ran from January 23 to February 22, 2017. [56] Another collaboration with NJPW started on November 18, 2017, this time providing a Hiroshi Tanahashi-inspired outfit for Lars accompanied by a new Rage Art and background theme. [57]

A collaboration with Summer Lesson, Bandai Namco's foray into PlayStation VR debuted on April 4, 2018. All female characters received costumes modeled after either of the game's three protagonists: Hikari Miyamoto, Allison Snow, and Chisato Shinjo. [58]

Characters then exclusive for the console version: Eddy Gordo, Eliza, Kuma, Lee Chaolan, Miguel Caballero Rojo, and Panda, were announced on July 12, 2017 to be added for arcades on July 27, 2017. [59] Three out of ten stages added in the console version: G Corp. Helipad, Infinite Azure, and Violet Systems were added for arcades as part of the Ver.Q update on November 14, 2017. [60] The rest were added as part of the Ver.T update on April 3, 2018. [61]

An update titled Tekken 7: Fated Retribution Round 2 was announced at the "Tekken Mastercup.10" event on October 20, 2018 and released for arcades on February 13, 2019. [62] The update brought all content from the console version yet to be added to the arcades at that time, including six characters (Anna Williams, Armor King, Craig Marduk, Geese Howard, Lei Wulong, and Noctis Lucis Caelum) and two stages (Hammerhead and Howard Estate). [63] A May 28, 2019 update, announced during a March 24, 2019 livestream, added the character Julia Chang and three stages. [64]

Home versions

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Promotion at gamescom 2016

The PlayStation 4 version was confirmed at Paris Games Week 2015 on October 27, 2015. Bandai Namco also announced that the PlayStation 4 version would feature exclusive content, as well as PlayStation VR support. [65] In addition to previous graphical upgrades in the arcade version, the console versions also received one. [66] Exclusive content on the PlayStation 4 version were released in the form of classic costumes for Jin, Xiaoyu and King, as well as a Tekken jukebox with classic musical tracks. [67]

At E3 2016, Tekken 7 was announced to be released for the Xbox One and Windows platforms in 2017, in addition to the PlayStation 4 version. [68] An official trailer, revealed during same event, showcased some of new features that were included in Fated Retribution, such as graphical updates and stages, as well as a story mode, which adds cutscenes and dialogue during battles. [69]

The game is supported by downloadable content. Players who pre-ordered the game received a code that downloads the character Eliza. She is otherwise available as paid DLC starting on July 28, 2017. Taiko no Tatsujin collaboration items were also made available as free DLC on the same date. The first major batch DLC, containing the Tekken Bowl minigame, The Idolmaster collaboration outfits, Tekken: Blood Vengeance uniforms for Xiaoyu and Alisa, swimsuits for female characters, fundoshi for male characters, and Vintage 1920's bathing suits was made available on August 31, 2017. [70] The second DLC, adding Geese Howard as a playable character and the stage Howard Estate, was released on November 30, 2017. [71] The third DLC, adding Noctis Lucis Caelum as a playable character and the stage Hammerhead, was released on March 20, 2018. [72] These three batches can also be bought together with a season pass.

A free DLC, Season 2, was released on September 6, 2018. It focused on balance changes, several modifications to the characters' moves, the addition of Wall Bound mechanic for every character, as well as Simple Combo and Assist, which were previously exclusive to the Story Mode. On the same date, the fourth and fifth DLCs, adding the characters Anna Williams and Lei Wulong, respectively, were also made available for purchase. The sixth and seventh DLCs, containing the characters Craig Marduk and Armor King, respectively, were released on December 3, 2018. The eighth DLC, adding the character Julia Chang, and the ninth DLC, adding the character Negan and the stage Last Day on Earth, were released on February 28, 2019. The last two DLC also came with a free update that added variations of Jungle Outpost, Twilight Conflict, and Infinite Azure stages. The six were packaged into the second season pass for a cheaper price. [73] [74]

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic (PC) 82/100 [75]
(PS4) 82/100 [76]
(XONE) 81/100 [77]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid 8/10 [78]
EGM 7.5/10 [79]
Famitsu 36/40 [80]
Game Informer 8/10 [81]
Game Revolution Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [82]
GamesMaster 86% [83]
GameSpot 8/10 [84]
GamesRadar+ Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [85]
IGN 9.5/10 [86]
PC Gamer (US) 79% [87]
Polygon 8/10 [88]
Metro 8/10 [89]

Tekken 7 received "generally favorable" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic. [75] [76] [77] According to Chris Carter of Destructoid, "Impressive effort with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash," and awarded it a score of 8/10. [78] Electronic Gaming Monthly 's Evan Slead scored the game a 7.5/10 with the consensus "Tekken 7, the latest entry in the long-running franchise, delivers what fighting genre fans love about multiplayer battles, but there isn’t enough new material to make it truly stand out from the increasingly competitive options in the fighting genre." [79] The game was rated 36 out of 40 for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions by Famitsu . [80] Eurogamer Italy opined, "Tekken 7 is what the fighting game community was waiting for. Awesome gameplay, new mechanics, great characters and a good amount of contents." [90] Metro summarised it as "Tekken with better graphics - the gameplay and characters are still a huge amount of fun." [89] 4Players called it one of "the deepest combo-filled fighters out there that will give Injustice 2 's superheroes a run for their money." [91] Matt Elliott of GamesRadar awarded it 4 out of 5 stars stating that "Despite some narrative missteps, Tekken 7 is still a compelling, exhilarating experience. Find the right sparring partner and it will entertain you indefinitely." [85] Polygon stated that the "unforgettable characters and fluid fights are worth the work." [88] Darry Huskey's score of 9.5/10 on IGN said that "Tekken 7 is a hallmark fighting game that's both accessible and highly technical, with great customization options." [86] GamesMaster agreed, saying it was a "gratifying fighting game". [83] "A smart, blisteringly fun experience at its core, Tekken 7’s limited singleplayer campaign and poor tutorials marr an otherwise resounding win," was Dave Houghton's conclusion on PC Gamer with a score of 79%. [87]

In Game Informer 's Reader's Choice Best of 2017 Awards, the game came in second place for "Best Fighting Game". [92] The game was nominated for "Best PS4 Game" in Destructoid's Game of the Year Awards 2017, [93] and for "Best Fighting Game" in IGN's Best of 2017 Awards. [94] It was also a runner-up each for "Best Multiplayer" and "Game of the Year" in Giant Bomb's 2017 Game of the Year Awards. [95] [96] In 2019, Game Informer ranked it as the 7th best fighting game of all time. [97]

Sales

In the United Kingdom, Tekken 7 was the best selling software in the week of release; [98] this is a first for the series in 19 years, since the debut of Tekken 3 on the original PlayStation. [99] It remained at number 1 in the second week. [100] The game also topped the Japanese charts in its first week, selling 58,736 copies. [101] The release of the game also boosted PlayStation 4 sales. [102] It fell to number 2 in the second week, behind Mario Kart 8 Deluxe . [103] It was number 1 in both Australia and New Zealand. [104] Tekken 7 was also the best selling physical software in North America in the month of June 2017, [105] as well as the 8th best selling download on the US PlayStation Store. [106] It was the 5th most downloaded game on the EU PlayStation Store. [107]

Within the first two months of release, Tekken 7 had sold over two million copies worldwide. [108] Harada was satisfied with these sales as they surpassed the team's own expectations. [109] By the end of the year, Tekken 7 sold over 2.5 million copies. [110] By March 31, 2018 the sales for the game had reached 2.8 million. [111] Harada later revealed that the game sold over 3 million copies before its one year anniversary. [112] By March 2019, Tekken 7 sold over 4 million copies. [113]

Accolades

YearAwardCategoryResultRef
2016 Game Critics Awards Best Fighting GameNominated [114]
2017 The Game Awards 2017 Best Fighting GameNominated [115]
20182018 D.I.C.E. Awards Fighting Game of the YearNominated [116]
2018 National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers AwardsGame, Franchise FightingWon [117] [118]
2018 SXSW Gaming Awards Esports Game of the YearNominated [119] [120]

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<i>Tekken 5</i> 2004 video game

Tekken 5 (鉄拳5) is a fighting game developed and published by Namco in 2004 for the arcades and in 2005 for the PlayStation 2. It is the fifth main installment, in the Tekken series, marking the tenth anniversary of the series. The game was upgraded to Tekken 5.1, which had mostly balance changes to the gameplay, and later an update Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection which was released for arcades in 2005 and later ported to the PlayStation Portable as Tekken: Dark Resurrection and on the PlayStation 3.

Jin Kazama is a fictional character and main protagonist of the Tekken fighting game series released by Namco Bandai Games. He was introduced in the 1997 game Tekken 3. Jin has been consistently voiced by Isshin Chiba since he debuted in Tekken 3 and has had multiple English actors across other appearances. Jin was created to be the new protagonist of the series whose constant fights with his family members would eventually lead him to become an antihero, as crafted by Bandai Namco director Katsuhiro Harada.

Ling Xiaoyu character in Tekken

Ling Xiaoyu is a player character from the Tekken franchise by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Following her debut in Tekken 3 (1997), she has appeared in every subsequent game in the series. Xiaoyu is a cheerful Chinese teenager who is a friend of the series' main character, Jin Kazama, as well as a potential love interest, while trying to interfere with the affairs of the increasingly corrupt Mishima family.

<i>Tekken: The Motion Picture</i> 1998 film by Kunihisa Sugishima

Tekken: The Motion Picture is an anime film adaptation of the Tekken fighting video game series by Namco. Produced by ASCII Corporation and Sony Music Entertainment Japan and animated by Studio Deen, it was originally released in Japan as a two-episode OVA in 1998, and as a full-length feature for Western releases.

Jinpachi Mishima Character in Tekken

Jinpachi Mishima is a fictional character in Namco Bandai's Tekken series. He was introduced in Tekken 5 as the main antagonist and unplayable final boss. While he is first made playable in the PlayStation 3 version of Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, his full playable appearance is in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. A legendary martial artist, Jinpachi founded the mega corporation Mishima Zaibatsu decades before the start of the series. He lost control over his company to his son, Heihachi, approximately 27 years before the series started and died several years afterward, but was resurrected by an evil spirit to briefly retake Mishima Zaibatsu during Heihachi's absence in Tekken 5.

Jun Kazama character in Tekken

Jun Kazama is a fictional character from the Tekken fighting game series, who made her debut in Tekken 2, her first and only canonical appearance to date. Following an ambiguous relationship with Kazuya Mishima, she became the mother of Jin Kazama.

Lei Wulong character in the Tekken video game series

Lei Wulong is a fictional character from the Tekken fighting game franchise by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Added to the Tekken series as a tribute to Jackie Chan, Lei's role is that of a police officer who investigates the Mishima Zaibatsu corporation's illegal activities like hunting and trading of protected species. Lei has appeared in alternate Tekken media, as a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken and many noncanonical Tekken games, and critics have received the character positively.

Lee Chaolan character in Tekken

Lee Chaolan is a player character from the Tekken fighting game franchise by Bandai Namco Entertainment. He is an orphan adopted by Heihachi Mishima, head of the Mishima Zaibatsu corporation, and later becoming embroiled in a one-sided rivalry with his adoptive brother, Kazuya Mishima. The defeat of Kazuya is Lee's primary objective in entering the King of Iron Fist fighting tournaments. Since making his debut in the original Tekken, Lee has been a mainstay in the series, appearing in every subsequent game except for Tekken 3, and has at times appeared as an alter ego named Violet, who is additionally playable in several series installments. Outside of the games, Lee has appeared in two animated Tekken films, and he has received critical reception for his flamboyant personality and particularly his Tekken 5 ending.

Kuma and Panda Character in Tekken

Kuma is the name of two characters within the Tekken fighting game series released by Namco Bandai Games. Kuma I was introduced in the first Tekken and returned for Tekken 2, while Kuma II was introduced in Tekken 3 and has returned for all subsequent games. Both of them are tame bears, bodyguards to Heihachi Mishima, as well as father and son towards each other. The female Panda (パンダ) was introduced in Tekken 3 as a palette swap of Kuma, returning for subsequent games.

<i>Tekken</i> (video game) 1994 video game

Tekken (鉄拳) is a fighting video game developed and published by Namco. It was released in arcades in December 1994 and on the PlayStation in 1995. It was the first entry in the popular Tekken series, succeeded by Tekken 2 in August 1995. The arcade game features eight playable characters, while the PlayStation version features 17 playable characters in the roster.

Lars Alexandersson character in Tekken 6

Lars Alexandersson is a fictional character from the Tekken fighting game franchise by Bandai Namco Entertainment. First introduced in the 2008 game Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion, he became the main protagonist in the console versions of Tekken 6.

<i>Tekken: Blood Vengeance</i> 2011 Japanese Anime film directed by Yoichi Mori

Tekken: Blood Vengeance is a 2011 Japanese 3D computer-animated film based on the Tekken video game series, produced by Digital Frontier and distributed by Asmik Ace Entertainment in association with Bandai Entertainment. The film premiered in North America by Bandai Entertainment on July 26, 2011, and in Australia on July 27, 2011 in a special exclusive one-off screening. It premiered on September 3, 2011 in Japan. The film was released on Blu-ray Disc on November 22, 2011 in the USA, and December 1, 2011 in Japan. The 2D version of the film was also released as a standalone DVD on November 22, 2011 in the USA, and December 22, 2011 in Japan. It was later included with the Nintendo 3DS title, Tekken 3D: Prime Edition.

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