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Tekken 7 to have Super Slow-Mo mechanic for 'more exciting, cinematic' matches; Harada says Lucky Chloe is a design never before seen in Tekken

Tekken 7's release draws ever nearer, and while we wait, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada has revealed some new information about the upcoming title, along with some fresh gameplay footage.

First up, Harada shows off a new game mechanic called Super Slow Motion that kicks in when two players have low health and attack simultaneously. The Tekken producer explains that this will give matches a "more exciting, cinematic feel."


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As seen in the GIF above, slow-mo moments can go either way and even end in double KO. There are alsp instances where both attacks will completely miss, giving the players another opportunity for a slow-mo clash and more hype.

Watch Tekken 7's Lili land a death combo on Shaheen with 95% health, without activating her Rage Arts - bug in T7 that has been patched out

Update: According to EventHubs readers xdbs and God_Demon, this is a bug that has already been addressed and patched out.

Earlier: "Eh? What the heck just happened? How much health did Shaheen have before Lili's combo landed?" a startled Tekken 7 match commentator asks in the mid-way point of the video you're about to watch, right after Lili knocks out Shaheen with a single combo that took away 95% of his health meter.

The Tekken franchise isn't particularly known for death combos, due to the way damage scaling is structured. They do happen from time to time though, mostly due to the Rage mechanic in Tekken 6 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which provides a damage boost to fighters when their health falls below a certain percentage.

In Tekken 7, however, Rage does not provide a damage boost. Instead, it gives characters access to their Rage Arts super attacks.

Which makes the Tekken 7 moment you're about to watch even more interesting: Lili is at close to full health, and thus incapable of activating her Rage Arts -- yet she manages to perform an instant-death combo on her opponent, who had close to full health.

Is the combo overpowered? I don't think it is, since it probably only works on this particular stage, which I'm going to call the "Inception" stage, regardless of what the actual name is.

'The Basics of Tekken' Aris teaches movement, strategy and mental approach to get you ready for Tekken 7

Learning Tekken can be quite a mountain to climb. If you watch professional Tekken players, you'll see how incredibly intricate the game is.

With the franchise's newest title, Tekken 7, on the horizon, there are likely many gamers that currently have their eyes on the summit.

Tekken veteran, Aris Bakhtanians, has graciously taken some time to explain how to approach the game as a beginner. He does a great job eliminating all of the intimidating technicalities and places the focus on the essential first lessons.

Some of these lessons are actually part of the thread that runs through every fighting game as they apply directly to the mental chess match that occurs in all strategic competitions.

You'll learn how to utilize basic movement and individual attacks to "build a web" of creative movements.

Hit the jump and learn some Tekken!

Tekken 7 to get Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release

Tekken 7 is currently in its soft launch stage, available in select Japanese arcades and slated for a full release later this year. While we all expect the next installment of the Tekken series to also hit consoles, we were unsure which home platforms we'd actually see it on.

Today, it looks like we can tie up that loose end. A "sizzle reel" promoting Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 recently went live that shows footage of Tekken 7 and lists Xbox One / PlayStation 4 as platforms for the game's release. The original trailer was taken down, most likely due to the leaked information, and re-uploaded later by GenEnemy.


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It's definitely nice, but not at all surprising to see that Tekken 7 will be getting a next-gen release considering that fact that other blockbuster fighting franchises such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat are doing the same. Still, we'll have to wait for word from Bandai Namco on when we can expect the console versions to hit store shelves.

Hit the jump to check out the Unreal Engine 4 trailer.

Tekken 7 to make its North American playable debut at Final Round 18 on March 20-22

For months now, you've watched minutes (maybe even hours) of Tekken 7, Bandai Namco Games's next-generation installment in their popular series of 3D fighting games.

A game that is currently out now at select arcades in Japan, and that which will be available at even more locations in Japan -- and even in Korea -- later this month. A game that hasn't even been officially announced for home consoles yet (check the tapes), and thus unlikely to be released on consoles so soon -- historically it takes about a year from its arcade release.

And most important, a game that will have prize money on the line at EVO this year, as it's been included in the main game line-up. How will North American Tekken fans even be able to train for the tournament?

The answer to that has finally come, via a very special announcement from Mad Catz's Mark "Markman23" Julio earlier today:

Is Jin really not being considered for Tekken 7 because he 'died' in T6? Harada responds to fan rumor

A fake screenshot of Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada claiming that Jin Kazama is not being included in Tekken 7 because he supposedly "died" in Tekken 6 has been circulating around the Internet.

Twitter user LeopoldTheBrave decided to show it to Harada, and the fake screenshot has prompted the series overseer to respond -- but not in the manner you might expect him to.

Rather than flat out debunking the fan-suggestion that Jin -- who is not part of the Tekken 7 playable roster at the moment -- is indeed not being included for the alleged story reasons, he has instead encouraged fans to Google the answer themselves.

Read on to see a YouTube video of Tekken 6's story mode ending (which we found through Google), as well as further comments Harada made after some Japanese fans told him that they are now worried about if Jin would be included or not.

ST Akuma, Marvel's Vergil, Brawl's Meta Knight? Who is the most broken playable character in fighting games? WatchMojo counts down their top 10 here!

Do you remember the first time you played Akuma in Street Fighter 2? How about when Super Smash Bros. Brawl came out and people figured out how to run over everyone with Meta Knight? Remember Scorpion in Injustice before the patch?

There are quite a few fighting game characters that left their mark of extreme frustration on our hearts as we quickly discovered how incredibly overpowered they were.

WatchMojo has created a list of some of these characters, ranking them from 10-1 based on how ridiculous their abilites are. Not every character on this list is from the fighting game genre, but there are certainly a collection of notables from the FGC's neck of the woods.

Now, please be patient as the video may not go into quite as much detail as you'd like in regards to why a character is too strong or which specific iteration of said character is the most overpowered.

Who do you think will make the list? Hit the jump to see if and where your favorite, or most hated, OP characters landed on the count down!

Tekken 7 features customizable life bars; Check out some alternate win poses and intros for Paul, Asuka and more!

Tekken 7 is leveling up its customization department yet again with a brand new unique, customizable feature.

If you import your Tekken Tag Tournament 2 data into Tekken 7, you'll be rewarded with a few bonuses. Along with 100,000 gold, you'll also receive some special Mokujin life bars.

Below, you can see the image of the Mokujin bars which was displayed on the Tekken Official website.


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These bars feature a leafy theme with Mokujin peaking over the top. We look forward to seeing what other life bar customizations will be available.

Hit the jump to see some alternate intros and win poses for Paul, Lili, Asuka and Lucky Chloe.

Check out Xiaoyu's changes, final boss Kazumi in her demon form and a whole bunch of game play from your favorite characters in this Tekken 7 round up

Tekken 7 has hit arcades in Japan with its limited, early release and you've been sending quite a bit of content our way. Now Tekken fans have something to pass the time with while we await the wide release next month, and eventually get the game over here in the states.

We have a handful of videos of game play featuring Paul, King, Lili, Shaheen, and more all taken straight from Japanese arcades.

In addition to these, we also have footage of the game's final boss, Kazumi. The first round against her is pretty straight forward, but if you manage to get past that, she turns up the heat and engages her devil form.

Finally, YouTuber Sento has documented Xiaoyu's changes and new movements so you can see how she differs from her previous iterations.

There's quite a bit to get to, so click the jump and experience Tekken 7!

First in-game look at Kazumi, Tekken 7's boss character

Images giving us the first-ever look at Tekken 7's boss character -- Kazumi Mishima -- have just surfaced. Thanks to masakarijin, we now get to see what the character looks like in-game.

Kazumi takes on two forms: regular and Devil. She transforms into the latter during the second portion of the boss fight, and we see both forms in the images below.

Check out Tekken 7's Kazumi in the following pictures.


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Source: masakarijin. Via AvoidingThePuddle.

Why do people play Tekken? The heartwarming story of 14-year-old Filipino champion AK, whose grandma got him started when he was 4

14-year-old Filipino Tekken champion Alexander 'AK' Laverez (not to be confused with Ryan 'Filipino Champ' Ramirez) is the youngest known competitive player for the 3D fighting game series in the world today.

He's been called many things. A genius. A child prodigy. A Tekken force to be reckoned with -- AK's play style is highly aggressive, characterized by the way he actively searches for counter-hits.

But one little-known fact about him is that he's also just a boy who loves his grandma.

For it was because of her that AK was able to get started in Tekken at the very young and tender age of four. It was AK's grandma who made all of his success in the competitive Tekken circuit today possible.

Listen to his heartwarming story in the first of what's presumably a multi-episode video series on why various renowned personalities play Tekken, embedded below.

Notes on Tekken 7's final boss; Harada says all character models improved in the initial release version

The version of Tekken 7 shown at the Japan Amusement Expo 2015 (JAEPO) will be the exact same build that is slated to go into service at select arcades all over Japan next week, according to reports from Japanese media from the event.

As fans have speculated with the listing of only 20 fighters on the "Characters" section of the official website, that is indeed the number of fighters the initial release version will come with. However, more fighters will be added into the game later either through time-release or other such mechanisms.

Since the build of the game shown at JAEPO is the final one that will be rolled out next week, Tekken fans in Japan who attended the event were able have been able to gleam quite a bit of information about the game -- including notes on the final boss, who is not playable.

The first thing many fans noticed with the release build of the game is that the character model for Lucky Chloe had been tweaked significantly. When pointed out by a fan on Twitter, Tekken series director Harada added that improvements have been made to all of the character models in the game.

Read on to find out more about the final boss of Tekken 7.

Harada dressed as Pikachu? First Shaheen gameplay? Lucky Chloe walkthrough? It's all here in this new Tekken 7 video

Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada is currently in attendance at JAEPO 2015, and already we're seeing brand new footage from Bandai Namco's upcoming title, Tekken 7.

Dressed as Pikachu -- (hopefully) in promotion of Pokkèn Tournament, another title the producer is working on -- Harada sits down to show off what two of T7's new fighters are all about.

While the entire walkthrough is conducted in Japanese, we still get to see Lucky Chloe in action once again, and Shaheen gameplay for the first time.

To get you started, you can view the Rage Arts for both characters here.


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Check out the video below for all new Tekken 7 footage.

WNF returns Feb. 18th on Steam... and it's FREE to enter! Open to Canada, US and Mexico; Alex Valle and Mike Ross discuss rules, format and specifics

Update: If you missed the stream from last night, you can catch up on all the juicy details here. LevelUp|Alex Valle and Twitch|Mike Ross open up about the specifics of the upcoming Wednesday Night Fights Online Edition.

One of the more interesting points Valle makes is that people from quieter communities around North America will have their chance to enter the spotlight. "You may be a Joe Nobody," as Valle puts it, but this can be your chance at getting your name out there in the community.

Amongst the announcements made, Valle mentioned that WNF will be open to anyone in North America who has a PC and an internet connection with 2MB upload speed or faster.

The whole tournament won't be run on Wednesday night alone, the bulk of the tourney will actually play out on Tuesday night, not streamed, down to the top 16 entrants. WNF will actually feature these top 16 players only.

You can watch the archive by hitting the jump below and hear everything from Mr. Street Fighter himself as well as the special grand prize for the winner of the first season.

Earlier: The Level|Up crew is back to discuss what this year's season of Wednesday Night Fights will entail.

Alex Valle is running a live stream right now, and he is being joined by none other than Mike Ross. The two will fill us in on what we can expect for WNF 2015, and will also make some special announcements.

First in-game look at Shaheen in Tekken 7, more screenshots of Lucky Chloe

Back in December of last year, another brand new Tekken 7 fighter was introduced. Hailing from Saudi Arabia, Shaheen is the latest character revealed playable in Bandai Namco's upcoming next-gen fighter, however, short of his official character artwork we haven't seen much of him since the initial announcement.

Famitsu has rectified this by providing the first in-game look at Shaheen in Tekken 7. Below are a series of screenshots of the new warrior doing battle with the likes of the Mishima clan.

Additionally, we have more screenshots of Lucky Chloe, another fresh face in the Tekken series.

Check out the images below to get started, and hit the jump for more!


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