June 19, 2024
Tekken 8

Tekken 8: First released in 1994, the Tekken fighting game series is a Japanese franchise created and distributed by Bandai Namco Entertainment (previously Namco). The game is far superior than modern combat games and was groundbreaking in its day. In contrast to Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, which already had devoted fan bases, Tekken’s distinctive combat style was like a breath of new air.

Rating: 8 / 10

Combat systems and gameplay

Normally, I begin my evaluations of video games with the plot, but as everyone knows, the storyline in fighting games is less important. This game seems more quicker than the previous entries in the series, and Tekken has strayed from its typical gameplay approach.

The combat experience in the game is still slower than in Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, although it’s not as obvious as it was in earlier iterations.

Unique Style

A new control method called “Special Style” has been added to Tekken 8 with the intention of making fighting games easier for novice players. By pressing the same button (the triangle on the DualSense controller) three times, you may execute otherwise complicated combinations. You may also execute special maneuvers with this new control scheme by pressing a single button (square on DualSense). Tapping the specified button (default L1) will turn on and off Special Style in real time. A list of possible movements will also appear in the corner of the screen when special style is on (quite handy for beginners).

The DualSense controller’s Square button in Special Style will cause your character to perform a speciality move. Toggle between different movements by pushing the button in different directions or try using the button in neutral. Once your combination is underway, you may experiment by pushing other buttons to start it along alternative combo pathways.

Heat system

Additionally, there is the all-new heat system that assists you in countering your opponent’s offensive movements (not to be mistaken with the anger art that you can engage when your health is low). By manually touching a button (R1 by default) to enter Heat Burst, you may turn on Heat. Heat Burst is a useful defensive technique when under siege because it includes a Power Crush option. You may practice using Heat offensively by taking on the Combo Challenges, depending on your character.

Game modes

A variety of game types, some from earlier games and some brand-new, are included in Tekken 8. Whether a player prefers to play online or offline, the game provides a decent variety of game options to keep them interested. Let’s go into more depth about each of them.

Story mode

In Tekken 8, Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima, father and son, lock horns once more. The tale opens with Jin losing some of his unique powers. Power-hungry Kazuya declares the start of “The King of Iron Fist Tournament,” a combat competition in which fighters from all over the world compete to demonstrate their skill and determine the future of their own nations.

Arcade Quest

This tale, which takes place in video arcades, centers on a rookie to the Tekken 8 scene. With the aid of this mode, which is especially designed for beginners, they may learn the ins and outs of playing arcade style, climb the ranks, and acquire customization items as they go. This game mode seemed a little gimmicky to me, and it didn’t seem like it fit in a 2024 game.

While this kind of game option would have been effective in the early 2010s, it feels out of date and offers little to those who have already experienced the game.

Ghost Battle

This implies that it will take into account (much like a real player would typically do) if you consistently employ particular techniques to defeat your opponents and attack you in line with that. This makes it one of the most intriguing game modes in fighting games available right now. In addition, you can fight against community ghosts that you’ve downloaded and ghosts that are based on developer play, which opens up a world of new possibilities by letting you play against AI that imitates professional players’ play styles to raise your level.

Tekken Fight Lounge

I haven’t had a chance to try out this mode because the internet servers aren’t operational for me at the moment I’m writing this review. In essence, it allows you to see leaderboards and participate in Ranked or Player matches.

Tekken Ball

After being absent from the game for a while (last seen in Tekken 3), this mode is enjoyable and calming. Here, the object is to use a ball to transfer harm to your opponent. Similar to before, there are many ball kinds as well, like Tekken, Iron, Beach, and more. One thing to remember is that no matter what ball you select, ball physics are still the same.

Graphics

With Tekken 8, the franchise has changed its course in terms of visuals from earlier titles. With the introduction of Unreal Engine 5, the game has progressed toward photorealism, which offers up a world of possibilities. The use of slo-mo visuals for certain special moves, hair physics, and destructible landscapes are a few noteworthy graphic features. You are not provided with any customization choices in terms of graphical settings here.

Verdict 

While Tekken 8 is an excellent fighting game on its own, the majority of its latest innovations don’t really improve the game. This game is a must-buy for aficionados of the series, and even beginners will find it easy to pick up the controller and play thanks to the updated control system. You could feel let down, though, if you had big hopes for this game and expected it to provide something fresh that would keep you interested for the next five to seven years, if not longer.

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