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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
In most modes, this is a straightforward fighting game without positive, negative messages. But Story mode folds in dark patricidal themes: sons who want to kill their fathers, as well as fathers who have no problems throwing their kin into lava pits.
Positive Role Models
Gamers can play as, against a number of male, female fighters -- be they human, animal, or supernatural. No significant role models to be found, since main focus is beating opponents into submission.
Ease of Play
Easy to pick up, very challenging to master. You'll need to master combos, counter-moves, chained attacks, when to unleash special abilities for consistent success.
Violence & Scariness
Players punch, kick, use weapons, magic attacks to deplete your enemy's health meter. From machine guns to fiery energy blasts, your goal is to be the last fighter standing at end of round. There's some blood shown in fights, cut-scene sequences, some finishing moves.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
While no nudity, many female fighters dress provocatively, such as low-cut tops, short-shorts. Camera sometimes zooms in on breasts. There's a suggestive shower scene (though body parts are obstructed), in another cut-scene sequence, a man's face falls into a woman's chest.
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Minor profanity like "bastard," "ass," plus some bathroom humor, including flatulence.
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Products & Purchases
Based on a very popular fighting game series that has produced merchandise, videos, much more. There will be paid DLC (downloadable content), including extra characters, costumes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents should know that Tekken 7 is a fighting game that's the latest installment in the popular franchise. The goal of each match is to deplete the rival character's health meter down to zero so that you win the round. You'll fight by kicking, punching, throwing, using weapons (like a machine gun), or unleashing magic abilities (like tossing fireballs) -- depending on the character you're fighting as. There's some blood in both the gameplay and in various cut-scene sequences. Parents should know the over-the-top story includes sons who want to kill their fathers and vice-versa. The game also has provocatively dressed women and scenes (like a male spying on a woman showering), and there's some minor profanity and comic mischief (bathroom humor).
Is It Any Good?
While not without its technical flaws with online play, this enhanced brawler won't disappoint longtime fans of the franchise or those new to fighting games. Along with the Story mode, which lets you play as many of the fighters to learn (and master) their various moves and abilities, the Offline mode is divided into Arcade (complete stages and a boss), Treasure Battle (customize your fighter with money earned by winning matches), Local Versus (fighting someone beside you), Practice (instead of a tutorial), and Customization mode (have fun changing up your character, tweaking the menu screens and hearing all the game's music). Treasure Battle is one of the better solo modes, as you can also unlock new abilities and other goodies as you progress through opponents. Online Mode houses ranked matches, tournaments, and lobby rooms to find other online Tekken 7 players to challenge. Finding someone to play against, or waiting for the consoles to sync, sometimes takes a while (or you need to leave and try again), so hopefully this will be fixed soon. Most online battles were smooth, but there were a couple of minor lags, which unfortunately is quite noticeable in a fighting game.
Whether you're fighting against computer-controlled opponents or human ones (offline or online), those familiar with Tekken will have no trouble learning the basic combat moves (low, mids and highs), as well as defensive maneuvers, like blocks and counters, triggering a special move, seeing how to use the environment, and toying with chains and combos. New to this year's game is Rage Arts (a temporarily super attack) and similar Power Crushers move. There's a lot to like about this game -- despite some matchmaking and multiplayer performance issues that might be ironed out in the near future. Tekken 7 is a robust, challenging and gorgeous fighting game that pushes the series forward and is worth the price of admission for fans of the franchise.
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