The single player storyline is quite convoluted, but thats what happens when you have to feature every playable character in a game with such a large roster. And for anyone coming in as a new Tekken player, they certainly don't make it too easy to follow. But it's about as entertaining as a fighting games storyline can be.
So. Many. Characters.
The game is a lot of fun. Like all good fighting games it thrives in multiplayer.
The game looks fantastic. The character models and level design are great and the effects during combat are vibrant. The fighting animation is clean and precise
While the game does look fantastic, load times and freezing seems to riddle every cutscene. It's a shame to see such gorgeous design fall flat. But this is such a small portion of the game and the gameplay itself is handled beautifully.
Two new game mechanics have been introduced in Tekken 7. Rage Art and Power Crush. Rage Art allows the player to execute critical attacks that deal big damage once their health bar is critical. Power Crush lets the player continue their attacks even while being hit by the enemy. While these mechanics do add some more variety to the fighting the core of the game remains unchanged.
Starting from scratch with a game like this can be very challenging and it will take hours of practice to become fluid with any of the fighting techniques. However the story mode allows for some really simple one button moves that make playing the game for the storyline as simple and enjoyable as possible for players of all levels. It's a great way to cut your teeth on a fighting game that is this complex.
I don't think this is a game that will keep me coming back. Thats less to blame on the game itself and more to blame on the plethora of fantastic (and simple) fighting games that have been released recently.
All in all this is a fun fighting game. It's a little further on the complex side for me, but it's certainly still a fantastic fighting game and a strong entry into the series. Tekken 7 is out now for PS4 and XBox One.