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Non-fighting gamer tells why he’s especially hype for Tekken 7

Here’s a guest write-up by entertainment blogger Ste C telling of his first experience with Tekken 7. He’s gotten his hands dirty with fighting games here and there, but never fully immersed himself into them. Well, since Bandai Namco has been hosting quite a few events in the UK lately, Ste was able check out Tekken 7 and see what the hype is all about. Is it real or fake? We’ll let you hear it from him in his latest blog piece “Why I’m Hyped for Tekken 7.” And be sure to check out his blog!

Why I’m Hyped for Tekken 7

So I should probably start off by saying I’ve never been much of a Tekken player, or a fighting game fan in general. I’ve dabbled in all of the big names, mostly Street Fighter 2 on the SNES and Mortal Kombat on PS3 a few years ago. Tekken has always flown under my radar however, having only played it a handful of times, mostly Tekken Tag 2. That being said however, things have now changed; I was lucky enough to attend EGX and Play Expo this year and spent a lot of time at Bandai Namco’s Tekken 7  and MBA’s (Manchester Battle Arena) stands respectively, and what I experienced totally blew me away.

First of all, the game itself was outstanding; the animations are incredible, the graphics are visually stunning and the ease at which you can pull off combos yet simultaneously be punished for the tiniest mistake is insane! Not to mention the tiny snippet of the musical score on show was outstanding, mixing  heavy metal style music with eastern themes not only got me pumped during a battle but thematically also made great sense. The inclusion of ‘Rage Art’ (X-Rays to your Mortal Kombat fans) is also a cool addition, adding an extra layer of tactics to a fight when you’re low on health; if you use it and miss, you’re leave yourself open to be pummeled by your opponent, but if you land it, you can potentially win the round, and possibly even the match!

The thing that impressed me most about my recent Tekken experiences were not the game itself however, but the sense of community I witnessed. At the MBA tournament in particular, I witnessed a group of guys who run these tournaments for free simply for the love of the fighting game genre, and that is truly something special. They had a massive chance at PlayExpo to play Tekken 7 for themselves for probably the first time, yet they stood aside and let eager fans try out the game, which is so commendable! In fact I was asked on multiple occasions if I’d like to try it out by staff members, and was shown to a playable console, which shows just how eager they were to showcase the game to others.

The best part of the event was undoubtedly the impromptu 10v10 tournament organised by MBA, which I luckily got to take part it. This was just another example of the excellent community feeling surrounding the game, and even though I didn’t manage to win a game (I went two rounds up but eventually lost – damn it!), the atmosphere was great with cheering and shouting, and I even managed to get some compliments from much more experienced players which was amazing!

So, within the space of three weeks, I’ve become a Tekken fan, and I’m eagerly awaiting my next chance to play the game, whether that’s at another showcase or upon the game’s release. Massive thanks to everyone at MBA for making me feel so welcome at their tournament, and massive thanks to everyone at Bandai Namco who made me feel equally as welcome at their EGX stand.

Aziz Peregrino-Brimah aka Zee the CEO | Founder / Editor-in-chief of TekkenGamer | Gaming has been a passion of Zee's since the early days of Atari and ColecoVision. His first experience with Tekken was in the early 90's, and it was Tekken 3 that sealed the deal. True story... As a teenager Zee once received his Winn-Dixie paycheck and spent it all at the arcade the same day. Needless to say, his mother wasn't pleased.


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