Tekken 8 (PlayStation 5)

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Facts

  • The Character Episodes are 5 tournament battles and then a fun cutscene reminiscent of the fun Tekken 3 endings.

Analysis

  • In the Arcade Quest mode, you play as kids who travel between different arcades where you play Tekken 8. The arcades have a bunch of old Namco games like Xevious and Pac-Man that you can't play (unlike in SF6, where actually can play the old arcade games). The narrative in this mode centers around a created protagonist and their friends. There is a scene that made me laugh: a villian is introduced, Orochi, who arrogantly states that he's not interesting in playing Tekken with the kids, because they are not serious enough about the game. He only has time for real Tekken players, not these kids who care more about costumes and having fun than winning. I think it's funny that Namco wove this real-world conflict between hardcore fighting game players and the rest of us into the game itself. Of course, Namco wishes that as many people as possible buy their game. Any sort of gatekeeping is bad for the business side, even if the group that gatekeeps is the core audience for the games.

Log entries

    2024-01-23
  • The reviews are in, and they are great. I preordered a copy.

  • New character Reina seems to be Girl Heihachi.

  • 2024-01-24
  • I downloaded the demo and started playing against the CPU. Weirdly, I had to crank up the difficulty to Ultra Hard to get some resistance. The game feels great and it's fun to see the new detailed character models. I played as much of Story Mode as the demo allowed on NORMAL difficulty, which surprisingly was a bit too hard to be fun. Maybe the default EASY difficulty is a better choice.

  • 2024-01-25
  • It has arrived at the Kiosk. Tonight, Tekken will be played.

  • 2024-01-26
  • I played two ranked matches and got destroyed in both. People are too good at this game!

  • 2024-01-27
  • I did the usual ritual when a new Tekken game comes out - I went into Ranked Battles and got my 1 win trophy. Next, I went into Player Battles and lost like 10 times before I won once. But now I have the scary online trophies and I can relax and play offline modes.

  • Completed the game on Easy (default) difficulty (Story).

    The Tekken 8 story is nonsensical and boring at times, but I did enjoy the final showdown in space between Kazuya and Jin.

  • Completed the game with Bryan on Medium difficulty (Arcade Battle).

    Arcade Battle is 8 stages, a reasonable difficulty Kazuya fight at the end, and no cutscenes. A bit boring, but you can't really complain about lack of content in this crazy game.

  • Completed Character Episodes: Law, Reina, Jack-8.

  • 2024-01-30
  • Completed Character Episodes: Bryan and Victor.

  • 2024-01-31
  • I'm quickly punching my way through Arcade Quest mode. I finished 5/7 arcades, mostly playing with Reina.

  • 2024-02-11
  • Mastered this game.

    I won my first Group Battle, quickly got a few minor trophies, and then a few ghost battles, and then I had the Platinum trophy. Pretty easy as usual.

  • 2024-03-03
  • I played a bunch against Erik, very fun. We also played a bunch of volleyball.

  • 2024-06-07
  • At the office, waiting for Summer Games Fest to happen, I had brought this and installed it (which took more than half an hour). I played some good matches with Marconi, Nikki, and Tuki.


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