Tekken 8: The New King of all Fighters?

Tekken 8

The fighting game scene is currently packed with exceptional offerings from various companies, each bringing their A-game. We’ve already witnessed Capcom redeem themselves with Street Fighter 6, which had a massive rebound from the divisive Street Fighter 5. While Mortal Kombat 1 fans may disagree, even as a hardcore MK fan, I have to give credit where it’s due, and Capcom really knocked it out of the park. Tekken 7 was no slouch either, delivering tons of fun with its extensive roster and unlimited customization options. Now, Tekken 8 is on the horizon, looking to surpass its predecessor and every other fighting game out there.

Unbelievably, Tekken 8 boasts a base roster that’s larger than the collective derrieres of every female Olympic long jumper put together. 

Unbelievably, Tekken 8 boasts a base roster that’s larger than the collective derrieres of every female Olympic long jumper put together. We’re talking 32 characters in the base game alone. Take a hint, Capcom and NetherRealm. The stage is set for an epic showdown between the big players in the fighting game industry: Street Fighter 6 vs. MK1 vs. Tekken 8. While these games naturally cater to their respective fanbases, there are plenty of gamers, like myself, who enjoy playing them all. Based on what we’ve seen so far, Tekken 8 has the potential to become one of the greatest fighting games of all time. But why? Let’s dive in.

Tekken 8

An anime style dynamic story??

First off, we’ve been treated to previews of a story that’s as dynamic as an anime series. We’re talking about jaw-dropping, over-the-top action where a character’s head is smashed through an entire building, from top to bottom. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get a taste of that madness. The game also introduces new and beloved characters, like the intriguing Azucena, who is ridiculously enthusiastic about coffee. There’s even a cool interaction between her and Lili, where they discuss their passion for their respective beverages. It’s a small touch, but it adds depth to their personalities. Interestingly, Azucena appears much more hyperactive and jittery compared to her tea-drinking counterpart, who exudes a more relaxed and regal vibe.

  • Unfortunately, some fan-favorite characters, like my previous main, Master Raven, didn’t make it into the roster. It’s a disappointment, but we do get Raven, a member of the same clan.
  • A handful of female fighters from Tekken 7 are missing as well, including Josie, Katarina, Kazumi, Julia, Kunimitsu, Lucky Chloe, and Lidia.

the main story revolves around Jin’s journey to save or take down Kazuya. Fresh off his defeat of Heihachi, Kazuya is not in the mood to show any mercy, especially to Jin. With his demon powers and years of experience during Jin’s absence, it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top. Kazuya has the powerful G Corporation wreaking havoc on New York after world leaders impose sanctions on his company. As Jin and Kazuya navigate this chaotic landscape, they’ll forge alliances and annihilate enemies along the way. I, for one, couldn’t be more excited to dive in and experience every moment of this epic tale.

Tekken 8 Roster
Tekken 8 Roster
Tekken 8 Roster

With such an impressive base roster, it’s hard not to give Tekken the upper hand over other fighting games. Even Tekken 7 boasted a ridiculous number of fighters and unparalleled customization options. Soul Calibur comes close, but no other game allows you to pimp out your character to such an extent. MK11 did show some improvement in terms of customization compared to MK1, but it still falls short when compared to most other fighters. Tekken even goes the extra mile by allowing custom soundtracks, featuring music from other Tekken games and more. You’ll be able to personalize your character in a way that makes encountering the same version online nearly impossible. On the other hand, with MK1 and even SF6, it’s not uncommon to face opponents with identical outfits and loadouts. With DOA and Soul Calibur on a hiatus, among others, a four-way battle is brewing to claim the title of the king of fighting games. Tekken 8, Street Fighter 6, MK1, and even King of Fighters XV are all strong contenders.

Now, let’s address the most shitty aspect of many modern games – the plethora of different versions at different prices. Frankly, by now, most gamers have learned that if they wait patiently, the definitive version of the game, complete with all DLC, will be released for a mere $20. I distinctly remember purchasing MK11 years after its initial launch for just $10 from a steam key website. That being said, even without all the bells and whistles, the base game of Tekken 8 seems to offer a satisfying experience. The only things you may miss out on are some customization options and future character releases. Let’s also give credit to the developers who put in significant effort to create and balance new characters, along with their movesets and costumes. Charging for additional characters is understandable. The problem arises when games deliberately withhold content specifically to drain your wallet. Shady companies like EA and Ubisoft immediately come to mind. Fortunately, Bandai/Namco seems to be a better publisher, as most of their recent games have been jam-packed with content.

All in all, Tekken 8 seems poised to be an absolute gem of a game.

You can bet your sweet ass that Gamers Rewind will publish an in-depth review a few weeks after the game’s release, as we want to absorb every facet of the experience. Stay tuned for more thrilling updates.

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