Video Game Review: Tekken 8

Video Game Review: Tekken 8

By Nolan P. Smith


Welcome back to the electrifying arena of the King of the Iron Fist Tournament with Tekken 8! Bandai Namco delivers the latest punch-packed installment of this legendary fighting game franchise. With formidable contenders like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and the King of Fighters having unleashed their next-generation titles, Tekken 8 boldly steps into the ring, eyeing the championship crown.

Tekken 8 resumes the action-packed narrative following the cataclysmic clash that saw Heihachi Mishima’s downfall in Tekken 7. This time, the spotlight shines on a fresh rivalry, thrusting father against son as Jin Kazama squares off against Kazuya Mishima in a city-shattering showdown. Offering an array of gameplay options, from a gripping story mode to character-specific arcs delving deeper into the lore, classic arcade-style tournaments, and the ever-popular online multiplayer, Tekken 8 ensures there’s something for every fighting game fan.

The roster boasts thirty-two formidable fighters, featuring beloved icons like Jin, King, Paul, Marshall Law, and Kuma, alongside exciting newcomers like Victor, Reina, and Azucena. While the absence of Eddie Gordo is noticeable, rumors suggest his eventual inclusion through DLC. Nevertheless, the diverse roster offers a variety of fighting styles to master.

Introducing the innovative ‘Heat System,’ Tekken 8 rewards aggressive gameplay by empowering players with special moves and character-specific boosts. With staple features like ‘Rage Arts’ and signature bone-crushing combos making a triumphant return, the game’s controls feel intuitive and familiar, akin to revisiting an old friend. Each character’s combo chains deliver visceral impact, accompanied by visually stunning animations.

Tekken 8 continues to unravel the tragic saga of the Mishima and Kazama bloodlines, punctuated by their earth-shattering father-and-son conflicts. In the realm of next-gen fighters, Mortal Kombat 1 and Tekken 8 reign supreme, in my opinion. Holding the championship belt for fighting games in 2024 thus far, Tekken 8 beckons players to step into the ring.

Rating: FIVE Pastrami Nations out of FIVE.

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