Tekken Review

Tekken has always been a fun franchise. The gameplay is a lot more simplistic than Street Fighter at a glance and every blow you land is satisfying because of the loud sound as well as the splash of color. While I probably remember Tekken 5 the most and played it quite a big back in the day, the whole franchise is pretty hype. I knew that I had to dive into the mobile game once it came out.

Unlike most mobile games, Tekken has a real story mode with an actual ending as opposed to most mobile titles that keep on going forever. It was a nice change of pace and I think it’s a good thing that the game came out with the full story right from the start. Granted, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if some kind of dlc expansion came up at some point. So the plot of the game is that a mysterious foe known as Remnant has surfaced. He has begun mind controlling some of our friends in his quest to possibly destroy the world. Kazuya decides to take this guy down but he realizes that just having himself and Nina likely would not be enough to do much of anything. As such he must start recruiting more fighters to his cause and along the way they will beat Remnant’s mind controlled lackeys to free them. It will be a tough fight, but Kazuya is always ready.

The story mode will take you a couple of days at most so it’s not very long. There are 3 main chapters and each one has 5 acts. Each act has around 5-12 fights in them and each fight can end in about a minute or so. The difficulty rises slightly as you go through but not by much since if you want a challenge you can just try fighting the story on a higher level. A couple of days is actually generous since this is about 2 hours, but you may not be playing the game that much at home when you have home console games to play instead.

The gameplay is a classic tap title like the various Marvel and DC fighting games. As far as I know it may be that all of the fighting games use this as the default control scheme. Perhaps it just makes the most sense when it comes to how the phone is set up. Regardless, tap to attack, hold your finger on your character to block, and tap on your cards for super attacks. You can string together combos with your cards and deal a whole lot of damage. You’ll have the gameplay basically mastered before very long.

Aside from the story there are quite a few other modes. This is one of those mobile games that does have a lot of post story content to keep you going at least. There are daily events which happen….every day and they give you a chance to get tokens and characters. The game has around 70 characters I believe although many of them are clones. There are also a bunch of made up characters, but that’s still preferable to clones I guess. Do we need 3-4 different Nina Williams? They all have the same attire and fighting skills, the only difference is their star rank. I believe I got around 12-15 of the characters which isn’t too shabby.

You can also fight other players of course. Not really in real time though, but you fight their Dojo and try to get points that way. The rewards seem pretty reasonable to be honest. Then there is the shop where you spend your coins and tokens. Bandai has a lot of experience with creating apps so it makes sense that they were able to set up so much for this game. In a world without Pokemon Go perhaps I would play this game more, but seeing as how it does exist I won’t really be playing this one now that the story is over. It’ll join the ranks of Sonic Forces, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Ingress as I just log in every day to get the daily bonus. If they add in a story update then I’ll check that out of course. I wouldn’t be surprised as the Marvel Contest of Champions game that I mentioned earlier is very similar, but it had hundreds of levels. That amount is pretty daunting to be honest and I didn’t bother even going through a quarter of it. It’s not like the plot ever seemed to move. That’s an issue here as well, but since the story is so short it’s okay that it only has a short cutscene at the beginning and ending.

As far as the graphics go, the game does a good job of looking like the mainstream titles. The character models are on point and the attack animations are good. I couldn’t really ask for much more than that and the simple fact that you could mistake this for a home console game shows how solid it is. The soundtrack is rather limited, but the tune has a lot of replay value. You won’t mind hearing it over and over again which is certainly a very good thing.

The only real negative to the game is that the servers are still wonky at the moment. Sometimes you’ll beat an opponent but then the game won’t count it and you have to keep beating them until it does. The best thing to do in this case is typically to log out and then go back in. The game does have an interesting health mechanic though as when your fighter loses you must heal them with an item. If you are out of items then you must use another one. I guess Pokemon Go has a feature like this, but getting health items here can be a little trickier. It’s a problem you may have down the road, but at the very least you’ll definitely have enough to get through the main campaign.

Overall, Tekken doesn’t do anything new in the mobile genre, but it still manages to be a solid game. Naturally if you’re a big Tekken fan then this game already has many reasons for you to play this. It will depend on how many fighting game apps of this type you’ve played before and if you want to go with this one or not. There are some server issues but as the game gets older and people leave that shouldn’t be much of a problem. I’d recommend the game, it’s a solid title that will have a continuous stream of content for at least a year and likely longer. Running out of things to do won’t be an issue.

Overall 7/10


Ryu vs Kazuya

Usually, Kazuya would win this match instantly, but Ryu had the honor of appearing in Asura’s Wrath which gave him an insane power boost and turned the tides of the battle. Kazuya’s Devil Gene won’t be enough to win because while he may be an island buster, Ryu is essentially a planet buster. This is the first battle in the SF VS T battles and I can safely say that SF won’t win them all. Ryu wins.


Godzilla vs Kazuya

This is a tribute to Godzilla vs Space Godzilla. Big G didn’t look so good once again and takes a loss in this match. Kazuya could quickly overwhelm him with a fast barrage of punches and kicks. Godzilla just can’t stand that kind of power. He also can’t keep up with Kazuya’s speed. Kazuya wins.


Kazuya vs Nina Williams

Nina Williams makes her debut later than anyone would have thought. Of course she’s no match for Kazuya. Kazuya has superior hand to hand and devil form. He won’t lose to another Tekken character. Nina Williams may start going down. Kazuya wins.


Kazuya vs Anna Williams

Anna Williams is Kazuya’s lackey. Which in itself should already tell you who would win in a fight. Kazuya is much too powerful to lose to her. Anna won’t be defeating a Tekken Fighter in this arc. Kazuya will be going higher. Kazuya wins.


Kazuya vs Heihachi

Kazuya is back and this time he’s fighting the first great Tekken fighter. Heihachi is an old pro and definitely knows how to fight. Of course he’s not quite as good as Kazuya. He doesn’t even have a devil form. He doesn’t have a chance without one. Kazuya wins.


Jin vs Kazuya

The Start of a Tekken Arc. Kazuya is an unbeatable hand to hand master and can’t lose to Jin. Jin is definitely a master at hand to hand also and if he wasn’t fighting Kazuya could take almost anyone else out. A good start for Kazuya. Kazuya wins.

But in the end I’m thinking Jin can take Kazuya on. It’s close, but he takes the win here. Jin wins.


Kazuya vs Ino (Gear)

Kazuya finally gets to 20 wins. It took some winning, but he has done it. Now he soars above many other fighters and is a legend. Ino (Gear) doesn’t have what it takes to defeat him. Kazuya may not fight for a while. Kazuya wins.


Kazuya vs Dizzy

Kazuya is even closer to 20 wins. Dizzy has to take the fall, because she got a cool song that other characters deserved more. She doesn’t have what it takes to defeat Kazuya. Kazuya’s hand to hand skills are superb. Kazuya wins.


Kasumi vs Kazuya

Kazuya gets another win and is two away from 20. Kasumi is a DOA character who somehow made it this far, but now it’s time for here to drop drastically. After this she may be a forgotten character in the snads of time. Kazuya wins.