Tekken 7, also known as Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, is 3D fighting game that hit Arcades in 2015 before being ported over to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in 2017. It's the seventh mainline entry in the Tekken series. It is stated by Katsuhiro Harada to be the Grand Finale of the Mishima Zaibatsu Arc that's been ongoing since Tekken all the way back in 1994, though it's not the end of the series as a whole.
The game's playable roster includes:
- From Tekken: Kazuya, Paul, Law, Nina, Yoshimitsu, Jack-7, Lee/Violet, Heihachi
- From Tekken 3: Jin, Devil Jin, Hwoarang, Xiaoyu, King, Kuma, Panda, Eddy, Bryan
- From Tekken 4: Steve
- From Tekken 5: Asuka, Feng, Lili, Dragunov
- From Tekken 6: Leo, Miguel, Bob, Lars, Alisa
- Introduced in Tekken 7: Katarina, Claudio, Lucky Chloe, Shaheen, Kazumi, Josie, Gigas, Master Raven
- Guest Fighter: Akuma
- From Tekken: Anna (Season 2), Ganryu (Season 3)
- From Tekken 2: Lei (Season 2)
- From Tekken 3: Julia (Season 2)
- From Tekken 4: Marduk (Season 2)
- From Tekken 5: Armor King (Season 2)
- From Tekken 6: Zafina (Season 3)
- From Tekken Revolution: Eliza (Pre-Order Bonus)
- Introduced in Tekken 7: Leroy Smith (Season 3), Fahkumram (Season 3)
- Guest Fighters: Geese (Season 1), Noctis (Season 1), Negan (Season 2)
Get ready for the next tropes:
- Book-Ends: The story mode starts with a younger Heihachi throwing an unconscious child Kazuya off a cliff, telling him to "Try again in the next life". The story ends with Kazuya throwing a dead Heihachi down a cliff, into lava, while citing that the strong survive and the weak die.
- The Bus Came Back: Anna, Armor King, Julia, Lei, and Marduk were initially cut from the game, but were readded in Season 2. Zafina and Ganryu also return as a part of season 3.
- Canon Immigrant: Akuma officially exists as part of the Tekken universe. This means that Tekken and Street Fighter share universes, or at least some version of the latter exists here.
- Climactic Volcano Backdrop: The setting of the Final Battle between Kazuya and Heihachi.
- Costume Evolution: All returning characters get a brand new costume. This is the first time this happened since Tekken 5 in 2004.
- Final Battle: Between Kazuya and Heihachi.
- Guest Fighter: The first since Gon back in '98 to feature them. Akuma, Geese, Noctis and Negan are among the roster, though the latter three are DLC.
- Hit Stop/Impending Clash Shot: New visual effects for Tekken 7 include a feature where the game will zoom in and slow down for particularly painful hits (like landing Paul's Phoenix Smasher) and also slow down the action entirely if you and an opponent are closing in for a hit at the same time and one or both of you are one hit away from KO.
- Killed Off for Real: Heihachi gets thrown into a volcano, and dies. For real.
- Limit Break: The biggest new addition to the gameplay is the Rage Art and Rage Drive allowing you to unleash a powerful attack when your character's health is low. Rage Arts are essentially "super moves" that require a single hit to launch into a flashy string of attacks while Rage Drives are single attacks that are very strong both in power and strategically, opening new combo opportunities. Rage Arts also retain the Power Crush's ability to ignore incoming attacks (and are immune to more attacks than a Power Crush) while Rage Drives have no immunity.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Initially the plan was to tone it down, but instead it came back and then some. There are currently 52 characters planned, 11 more than Tekken 6.
- Marrying the Mark:
- This game reveals that the Hachijo's clan's modus operandi is to marry their daughters to powerful men to kill them when they get too powerful and/or ambitious. Kazumi Mishima, wife of Heihachi and mother of Kazuya, married him and even had a child for the explicit purpose of assassinating Heihachi and preventing him from threatening the world. Though internally conflicted, she still made the attempt on Heihachi's life when the time came...which not only failed, but helped turn Heihachi into the monster he would become.
- In addition to making her own attempt to kill him, Kazumi also told an old acquaintance of hers (Akuma/Gouki of Street Fighter fame) to murder both Heihachi and her own son Kazuya if her own attempt failed.
- No-Sell: Power Crush lets you keep attacking without fail even as your opponent is hitting you. However, you still take damage. Low attacks and throws can also interrupt a Power Crush. Rage Arts also have this property and are not restricted by lows or throws.
- Nostalgia Level: Dragon's Nest, a stage originally from Tekken 5. The stage is more open to accommodate Tekken 7's more complex combos and on the match point, a thunderstorm will descend. New main and climax music themes are also present.
- Put on a Bus: Baek, Bruce, Christie, Wang, and Raven all appeared in Tekken 6 and were cut from here. At launch Anna, Armor King, Julia, Lei, Marduk, Zafina, and Ganryu were among them as well, but they came back later as DLC. It should be noted that the door is always open for the cut characters to return later.
- Series Fauxnale: The end of the long-running Mishima Zaibatsu arc, but not the series as a whole.
- Variable Mix: Unlike previous Tekken games, each stage has a main and a "climax" musical theme that plays when one character is one point shy of winning. Typically it's a harder, more aggressive version of the main theme. Lars and Leroy get special climax themes when they're playing on Twilight Conflict (both versions) and Dragon's Nest, respectively. Lars also has a special climax theme if he's wearing the Hiroshi Tanahashi customization (Tanahashi's entrance music). Strangely, the one exception is Geometric Plane, which simply has one theme that plays through the whole fight. If you're on the PS4 and don't care for the climax theme feature, setting a stage's music to a single theme in the Jukebox for the whole fight will cause the music to play uninterrupted from start to finish.
- Version-Exclusive Content: The PlayStation 4 version features the "Tekken Jukebox" feature that lets players change the music for each stage (similar to the "Tekken Tunes" feature from Tekken Tag 2) and three exclusive costume customizations for Jin (Tekken 4 hoodie), Xiaoyu (Tekken 4 pink dress), and King (King I's blue shirt and tie combo from Tekken 2). It also includes a VR mode but the stage used for it (a starry sky version of Infinite Azure) was eventually added as a free component of Julia Chang and Negan's arrival in Season 2.
- Weird Crossover: Considering the guests, the game mixes Tekken with Street Fighter, Fatal Fury/King of Fighters, Final Fantasy and The Walking Dead.