I always hated Tekken. VF was my thing. I played so much VF4:Evo by my lonesome. I bought a Virtua Stick High Grade so I could play VF5…like the pros…by my lonesome. And yeah, VF5:FS is in Yakuza 6. When that game comes out everyone come over my place for a tourney. I love VF, and still don’t really know how to play it, but I bet I’ll win. Come on over next year and prove me wrong, people.
So yeah, never liked Tekken, but I love 7 to a dangerous to degree. I can’t tell you what they did to make it more accessible than the previous games, cuz they didn’t even appeal to me at a basic level, but I found it way easier to just get in here and do shit than I ever did before. Even though it doesn’t have a tutorial. I can’t believe they didn’t include a tutorial.
I’m really lazy and leaving out stuff like a tutorial or combo trials can be a huge dealbreaker for me, but Tekken 7 feels good enough that I’m making the effort to learn how to play “properly”. It hasn’t been as painful as expected. Here are some resources I’ve been using:
I have this notation guide open at all times. There’s no way I’ll ever memorize all this stuff, cuz Tekken notation is dumb as hell.
Someone threw together an introductory/“which character suits you?” guide that seems pretty good to me, a guy who doesn’t really know Tekken. Someday I’m going to learn how to play King but for now I’m taking it “easy”, which means I’ve settled for Jack-7 cosplaying as a NJPW Young Lion and Kazumi cosplaying as Ryuji Yamakawa’s Li’l Sister in corpse paint.
You have so many moves in Tekken. It’s probably good to go through your character’s move list a few times to get a feel for their toolset. But fuck that, I ain’t got the time to figure things out by myself, because:
That’s why this list of top 15 best moves per character is so handy. Not the most well written or formatted list, and some characters’ movesets lack decent descriptions, but it shouldn’t be hard to take that list into training mode and spend 10 minutes figuring out when you should be using that shit. I got pretty far just doing like 7 moves. That’s less than 50% of a top 15! Wow. The list also includes framedata. Framedata is very important. It shouldn’t be scary. I can’t even remember my phone number but I have a general idea of what is/isn’t safe on the characters I play, and that helps a ton.
I wasn’t really sure how I should be getting up off the ground. I was blocking low non-stop. I was so confused by this whole game beyond hitting and kicks. This guide helped a bit and there was some video that I can’t find now but it told me “just hold back while you’re getting juggled and mash 1 when you land.” That helped. I was trying to recover all wrong!
EDIT: I think this was the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onfgm7ifwhQ
A list of beginner combos. I bet you can find better, and possibly easier, combos by checking out the Tekken Zaibatsu character forums but with this list you don’t gotta dig.
This site has frame data, though I’m not sure how accurate it is. Pretty sure there are mobile frame data apps available now too. This is good for the future. You don’t need it when you’re starting out!
Anyway, everyone buy Tekken 7 on PC and fight me. This is my ID. I love fighting all the time.
Earlier I watched some New Japan Pro Wrestling boys have a Tekken tournament. It was really dumb but I enjoyed watching these muscle men play a game badly. I was impressed that they didn’t just walk forward and mash buttons 100% of the time – sometimes they just stood still, which is a form of “mind games”, or, as the I believe the Japanese call it, “yomi”. They must teach that shit in school over there. Though nothing was as impressive as the Funky Weapon sexing up his Katarina’s costume to distract his horny opponents. That may be “The Ultimate Yomi”.