50 Best Games of 2017: #41 – Tekken 7

Tekken 7

Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Our 50 best games of the year countdown isn’t in any order, we’re just going through fifty of the finest the year has given us. Find out more here.

The Mishima clan have spent the past two decades bringing new meaning to the term family feud, and it came to a head in this year’s Tekken 7. Despite some obvious flaws, such as the often atrocious story mode, Tekken 7 still retained the fantastic 1v1 3-D fighter gameplay for which the series has become renowned.

During my review, I drew many comparisons to Injustice 2, which released two weeks before Tekken 7, and stated how when it came to the quality and depth of game modes to keep the player coming back for more, Injustice 2 had Tekken 7 beat. It’s not even a fair fight, Injustice 2 just has much more to offer in terms of variety, and yes, it will be making an appearance on this list at some point in the future.

But despite all the criticism, it’s hard not to fall in love with Tekken 7. In terms of gameplay, it’s one of the better additions to the series, with the new Rage Arts and Rage Drives adding a new layer to gameplans and strategies. Do you use Rage Art to counter an attacking opponent, or save it and use a Rage Drive for a big damage combo?

The spectacle of Tekken 7 is also unmatched. From the characters to the customisation, Tekken 7 offers an experience like no other. As I mentioned in my review, where else can you see a bear smack seven shades out of a vampire wearing a Bullet Club t-shirt? Tell me that doesn’t sell the game to you immediately.

Even just things as simple as adding slow motion to moves at the end of the round helps make Tekken 7 an exciting game to enjoy with friends/rivals, whilst new characters like Shaheen, Katarina and Gigas were immediately fun to play and didn’t feel out of place. Looking at you, Abigail from Street Fighter V.

All in all, Tekken 7 deserves its place amongst the 50 Best Games of 2017. It’s a testament to how fantastic the core gameplay is that despite glaring flaws, it can take pride of place on this list. If you’re yet to enter the King of Iron Fist Tournament 7, please consider signing up. I’ll need training dummies for when Geese Howard is released.

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