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EGX 2016 RECAP: Tekken 7 presence and reception

EGX is the UK’s biggest video games event where thousands of like-minded people come together from around the UK (and afar!) to enjoy the most anticipated titles, developer sessions, tournaments, cosplay, and more! This year’s show was certainly no exception with it being the biggest event to date! EGX 2016 played host to a number of huge upcoming titles, one of which was Tekken 7.

Bandai Namco’s Tekken 7 booth/area consisted a tournament style setup with a stage for contenders and seats for the audience to sit and watch. As well as this, there were 2 generously sized free-play sections either side. The free-play section consisted of PS4’s setup running Tekken 7 with both Dualshock 4 and Hori Arcade Sticks available for use. The Tekken 7 area was busy every day in both the tournament and free-play areas with different generations of fans playing the game; at some points during the show I seen a father and son playing together, and more experienced players teaching younger players the ropes. These are elements which I love about the Tekken community, there’s an overall sense of ‘togetherness‘ between so many fans from different backgrounds.

Tekken 7 was definitely one of the more popular titles at this year’s EGX, with it being covered in multiple outlets over the 4 days. As well as Tekken’s dedicated area, the game was also showcased on PlayStation’s stage where Bandai Namco played some matches with PlayStation Access presenters, as well as discussing the new features and roster. The Twitch stage also featured Tekken 7 where gaming personalities came together to battle against each other to a full audience. The game was also setup in PlayStation’s free-play area which was never empty! On top of this Tekken was also featured in Replay Events’ Retro section with the very first installment setup on a PS1 console; after playing Tekken 7, it was amazing to see how far we’ve come after all these years! The retro section was definitely a big hit with the older generation of gamers and people seemed excited to play the original Tekken, especially as it creates a strong sense of nostalgia!

Tekken’s reception at EGX was definitely a positive one. Fans young and old seemed to really enjoy the game, and familiar faces were seen returning to the Tekken area to get their hands on the game over and over again. The tournament setting was also a success with challengers playing to a packed out audience each day. Wherever Tekken was featured during the event, fans followed. The overall atmosphere surrounding Tekken at EGX was that of a positive one, with it being clear that the UK community are very excited by this game.

The next event to showcase Tekken 7 in a tournament setting will be Replay Events’ PLAY Expo Manchester which will take place at EventCity on October 8th/9th 2016 (and we’ll be there to cover it!). I can’t wait to get hands on with Tekken 7 again and meet the community!

Here’s hoping that there will be plenty more Tekken events for the UK Community to enjoy in the near future!

Advocate of the Tekken community and self-proclaimed Queen of the Iron Fist Tournament, gaming has been a main hobby of Zoë's since she was a kid. Her favorite genres are fighting and action/adventure. Her other passions include football (soccer - Liverpool FC to be exact!), fashion, music, and eating far too much pizza! Lastly, one name for you - Nina Williams.

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