Tekken 7 - PS4

Also known as: Tekken 7: Collector's Edition', 'Tekken 7: Deluxe Edition', 'Tekken 7: Fated Retribution

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Also for: Xbox One, PC
Viewed: 2.5D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Beat 'Em Up
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. Soft. Co.: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
Publishers: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment UK (GB/GB/GB)
Released: 2 Jun 2017 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
Features: PlayStation 4 Pro Enhanced
Connectivity: Network features, Network play
Accessories: DualShock 4 Vibration function


Tekken fans have had a bit of a wait on their hands for the latest release in the iconic beat-'em-up series. Tekken 7 has been out in arcades since 2015, but players can finally trade blows from their living rooms with the game's home release.

The game marks the epic conclusion of the 20-year-long Mishima blood saga as they settle old scores and struggle for control of a global empire, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Cinematic story sequences blend into fierce combat, with changes behind the scenes making them blend with gameplay more seamlessly than ever.

Under the hood, Bandai Namco has made some changes to how the game is built. It's used Unreal Engine 4, helping the game run at a rock solid 60 frames per second. More importantly, while the developer has kept the series' signature animation style, UE4 has been deployed to get gameplay running ever closer to the computer-generated renders we've seen in past games.

There's a massive roster of over 30 playable characters, including some newcomers and, tantalisingly, the 3D debut of Street Fighter's Akuma as part of the ongoing franchise mash-up. Bandai Namco boasts one of the world's biggest move sets, allowing players masses of choice in cultivating their own fighting style.

A couple of important new mechanics have been introduced this time out. Rage Art enables players to execute critical attacks that dole out roughly 30 percent damage in exchange for deactivating the normal attack power increase. The second addition is Power Crush, which enables the player to continue their attacks even while taking hits from an enemy (although they'll receive the damage being dealt to them!)

The PS4 version comes with an added bonus - support for PlayStation VR. Bandai Namco hasn't reinvented the wheel here - what it offers is an opportunity to place yourself in the action alongside two fighters. You control one of them, getting the chance to practice your moves and combos against either a stationary opponent or an AI-controlled enemy in a bout of never-ending combat.

Tekken 7 is a dark new chapter in the game's world. Do you have what it takes to survive it?