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Ready to Rumble – The Evolution of Tekken to Virtual Domination

As a gamer, you have always wanted to bring out the warrior, the battler and the strategist in you. You craved for that gut-wrenching excitement when you beat an opponent flawlessly. If you are the full-blooded gamer you say you are, you have definitely played Tekken at some point in your gaming life.

Tekken has taken the game industry by storm during its initial release in 1994. With the rapid technological advancement of the 21st century, this institutionalized game has made history in the video game industry as the first fighting game that used 3D Digital animation.

A lineup of characters from Tekken.

The creative developers of Namco are the gaming geniuses behind one of the greatest and most successful fighting games in history. Their success even resulted to three animated films and one live action adaptation.

For gaming fanatics – Tekken’s evolution since its historical release 22 years ago is worth studying. 

The Birth of Tekken: December 09, 1994

In this year, your favorite fighting game made its debut as an arcade game. The creative geniuses behind Tekken started with the idea of creating 3D character models. Later on, they integrated texture mapping, bringing in more life to the already action-packed game.

Namco Tekken

A few months after the release of Tekken, Namco announced that they wanted to keep the momentum of the success of the game. As such, in March of 1995, they released Tekken to PlayStation. This is exactly when Tekken’s remarkable innovations began.

Tekken 2: August 3, 1995

Namco released Tekken 2 on August 3, 1995, and the fighting game sequel had sold for more than three million copies around the globe. Despite an initial release in the previous year, Tekken 2 still supremely reigned in the gaming industry.

Tekken punch.

During its time, Tekken 2 was considered as one of the best fighting games in terms of game play, game modes, graphics and overall player experience. As such, Namco raised its battle plan to the next level by enhancing the then intuitive and interactive character control system. The franchise made a good impact on the gaming community since Tekken 2 did not try to be just another Street Fighter rip-off. Graphics-wise, though, the game was already ahead of its time. The animation still had a long way to go as it still appeared to be too blocky and needed more fluidity in the character’s movements.

Tekken 3: March 20, 1997

Namco continued rampaging the gaming world through the release of the third installment of the Tekken series. Senior gamers first experienced Tekken 3 during its release as an arcade game in the year 1997. The year after, Tekken-fanatics enjoyed the game in PlayStation. As such, the video game now holds the record as the first game under Namco that used Namco System 12 hardware.

You may be a fan of Jin Kazama, Ling Xiaoyu, Julia Chang, and Hwoarang. If so, you would find it interesting to know that they debuted in the world of the Iron Fist in Tekken 3.

With the 3rd version, you can now trace how their combos fair and have improved through the years! The animation also became smoother in this version, and it also paved more ways on how players can manipulate their favorite avatar..

Tekken 4: September 23, 2002

Some say that third time’s a charm, and the fourth is a big leap of faith. This is what Namco hoped for as they released Tekken 4. Just like you can compare each version of Tekken to the next, you can do a good wordpress hosting comparison with different hosts.

In this version, players can now move around the arena and can even use the “parts” of the playing field..

The Tekken 4 game cover.

In line with the game’s 6th anniversary, Namco allowed the players to customize their own fighter in order for them to have a more personal connection with the characters. You can already change the accessories, clothing, and other character elements that can make your character appear the way you wanted him or her to be.

At this stage, it’s impossible that you have not met Asuka Kazama, Feng Wei, Jack-5, Raven, Roger Jr., Devil Jin and Jinpachi Mishima as this installment served as their game debut.

Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection: November 15, 2004

Tekken 5 received a boost in its gameplay as it marked the first decade of Tekken series in the gaming industry. Tekken 5 was considered special to the extent that Namco created a Tekken 5.1 – Tekken: Dark Resurrection. It was available to play in more modern game consoles like PlayStation 3 and PSP, and the version guaranteed crisp graphics and character response were really good!

The Tekken 5 game cover.

Tekken also introduced three new fighters in Dark Resurrection: Armor King II, Emilie de Rochefort or popularly known as Lili, and Sergei Dragunov. The gameplay of this version brought you chills down your spine with its additional twelve more rankings in the Arcade Battle. Overall, the 5th version was more challenging as compared to the previous installments.

Tekken 6: November 26, 2007

In this version, Namco initially decided to limit their gaming audience, making it exclusively for PlayStation 3. Then again, due to insistent public demand, the Xbox 360 port was released the same year that Tekken 6 entered the market.

This version stood atop higher grounds than its predecessor installments, especially with its multi-platform feature. This feature can be accessed through the multi-tiered stages and bound system. You could also connect to the internet, and if you were using an Xbox 360, you could fight with another person who was using a PlayStation 3, giving a more dynamic connection between players in any part of the world.

Your favorite characters Zafina, Leo Kliesen, Miguel Caballero Rojo, Robert “Bob” Richards, and Jack-6 were introduced in this version.

Tekken 7: February 18, 2015

With even better graphics and gameplay, Tekken has reached its 7th release courtesy of the rapidly expanding and well-established Namco. Throughout the years, the developers have been making their mark in the gaming community.
And they strengthened that mark with another groundbreaking expansion.

The updates in the Tekken 7 focus on the 1-on-1 battles, and more interactive improvements in arcade battles.In-game features have been added to increase the level of gameplay and add a more worthwhile gaming experience.

The Tekken 7 game cover.

In this version, you can try Rage Art, battle move that allows you to execute more power combos that your opponent cannot block.

Also, you can continue attacking your opponent even though he or she is punching your character, through Power Crush. This game feature simply allows you to put in damage to your opponent while being under attack yourself.

Another feature added in the latest version of Tekken is the Screw Attack. This feature allows you to make sideway moves and attack even if your opponent is still in the air. However, it does not allow you to execute any combo attacks.

Namco is still on its warpath in delivering the best fighting game in the market. True enough, they are set to bring the next Iron Fist Champion with the release of Tekken 7.1, or more aptly named Tekken 7: Fated Retribution. The game is expected to be released in Japan this July 2016.