BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Tekken 7

Last updated date: May 14, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 153 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 Entertainment Tekken 7 placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.8
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
267 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
A strong lineup of fighters old and new. Looks great, plays even better. Tweaks to combat mechanics add strategic depth without being disruptive.
- Kotaku
June 6, 2017 | Full review
Tekken 7 retains the weighty and punchy feel the 3D fighting game series has benefited from over the years with a fighting system that's easy to pick up but hard to master. Just four buttons are used: one for each limb. It's a simple, elegant design that makes immediate sense to newcomers and facilitates a huge amount of depth.
- Euro Gamer
June 2, 2017 | Full review
Tekken 7 is the first modern fighting game I've played that really seems to maintain the feel of the classics in its entirety. As much fun as the results of the genre's evolution has been, there's always going to be a place in the gaming collective for the classics, and Tekken 7 is fundamentally just that. It's nearly perfect as a core Tekken experience.
- Metacritic
June 5, 2017 | Full review
For the uninitiated, Tekken’s combat focuses on freedom, openness, and breadth of possibility over strict, prescriptive hierarchies of attack and defence. Where other fighting games are dominated by tightly defined rules of risk-and-reward, Tekken—while consummately, thoughtfully precise and balanced—prefers to give you a range of looser options in a more emergent, intricately reactive fighting system. It wants you to try things, just for the hell of it. It wants you to experiment wildly with its vast array of subtly different, malleable attacks, parries, evades and counters.
- PC Gamer
June 5, 2017 | Full review
One of the best things about Tekken has always been its fluidity of movement and combos, and that’s not lost in Tekken 7. It still feels good to dance around opponents, poke into their space and find that perfect opening to build a combo on. This entry’s new fighters — anime pop star Lucky Chloe, demon-fueled Kazumi, tricky ninja Master Raven — slot nicely into that framework.
- Polygon
June 20, 2017 | Full review
This game has satisfying combat with loads of depth.
- Trusted Reviews
May 31, 2017 | Full review
Underneath the excellent cosmetics, some tweaks have been made to the combat mechanics that should encourage newbies. (If you’re a newbie you might not understand this – but that’s okay, you don’t need to benefit from these changes). Rest assured that this is still, pound for pound, the most technical fighting game on the planet. While the combo system has been changed to be more streamlined by replacing traditional Bound bounces from previous versions with Screw Attacks, there is still ample opportunity to get lost exploring the artful flow of each match.
- ING Middle East
May 31, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Story made is short, boring and features a veery limited cast. Interesting new characters receive very little development. Not a lot of good solo content.
- Kotaku
June 6, 2017 | Full review
Unfortunately, when it comes to the single-player side of things, Tekken 7 falters compared to its fighting game rivals. The disappointing story mode is indicative of Tekken 7's single-player, which I'm sorry to say is a let down. Once you're done with the story mode, all that's left to do is play arcade mode, the pointless VR modes if you have a PSVR, or Treasure Battle and grind Fight Money to unlock customisation items.
- Euro Gamer
June 2, 2017 | Full review
The only thing that was truly disappointing was the lack of Tekken Ball.
- Metacritic
June 5, 2017 | Full review
Unfortunately, the game seems to assume that you already know the specifics of how Tekken works, and it really couldn’t care less about teaching you if you don’t.
- PC Gamer
June 5, 2017 | Full review
There weren’t always a variety of matchup options.
- Polygon
June 20, 2017 | Full review
Single player content a missed opportunity and this doesn’t do enough to teach newcomers.
- Trusted Reviews
May 31, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Raise your fists and get ready for the ultimate battle on the next generation of home consoles. Powered by the Unreal Engine 4, the storied fighting franchise returns for another round in Tekken 7. With the faithful 3D battle system and gameplay intact, Tekken 7 takes the franchise to the next level with photo-realistic graphics and new and innovative features and fighting mechanics. Tekken 7 resurrects the attitude, competitiveness and showmanship rooted in its arcade DNA to provide the ultimate fighting game experience.

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Overall Score: 9.0
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Expert Reviews: 8
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Expert Reviews: 38
6. PS VITA Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
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