Tekken stories

A WWE Superstar went to the world's largest fighting game competition and played one of the world's greatest, here's what happened

A very healthy percentage of the fighting game community are also avid fans of World Wrestling Entertainment, and so having one of the biggest Superstars in the WWE attend EVO this year made the experience borderline surreal for some.

When he isn't defending the WWE Tag Team Championship with his fellow New Day members, you'll often find Austin Creed (known in the ring as Xavier Woods) playing video games.

He has created a successful YouTube channel in UpUpDownDown that chronicles his gaming adventures, and one of his recent uploads shows the world his exciting EVO escapade.

Creed got to speak with SPY|Filipino Champ, East Coast tournament organizer Big E (who shares his name with one of Creed's tag team partners) and wound up facing one of the absolute greatest Tekken players in the world, Knee, for his first round in the tournament.

While it may not have been realistic to expect to defeat Knee, Creed did make it his goal to take at least one round off the Korean player before it was all said and done.

You'll see if Creed completed what he set out to do, as well as experience the fun and excitement of his EVO story in the full video.

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Just how good of a game is Tekken 7? Bandai Namco asks players for feedback via online survey

The West has had Tekken 7 for a little over two months now and Bandai Namco is on the hunt for impressions, comments and concerns.

The company has released a survey for those that have spent any amount of time with the game to fill out. Players are asked to detail which parts of T7 they enjoyed most, as well as which parts they had the least fun with for any reason.

It's not only the immediate gameplay experience that Bandai is interested in, but also the Tekken World Tour, downloadable content, online experiences and just about every other facet of the game.

The information gathered here will likely be implemented in future changes and patches to the game at a later date, though there are no official announcements of such changes at this time. Still, it's nice to know that developers are actively seeking feedback from fans.

If you give thoughtful responses, the entire experience should last no more than 10-15 minutes. When you're ready to fill out the survey click here.

Please drop a brief comment here letting us know what your general feelings are toward the game at this time. Thank you to darkblade13, Ichirin, LeonX, and Vinny Aguiar for sending this in.

Fight in Rio 2017 results ft. Brolynho, Dark, Tubarao, Keoma

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Fighters from across Central and Southern America are looking to gather this weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the aptly-named Fight in Rio 2017.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event, so CPT points are on the line. It's also one of the biggest Latin America fighting game events.

Besides Street Fighter 5, the event will also be hosting tournaments in Injustice 2, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7 and Karnov's Revenge.

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Viennality 2017 results ft. SonicFox, Dragon, Whiteboi, TekkenMaster

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Big stakes for Injustice 2 players this weekend in Vienna, Austria, as Viennality 2017 is taking place.

With a pot of $20,000, there's obviously a lot of the line for all the players participating.

Even though Injustice 2 is the main event, other games are also being played in tournament, including Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Mortal Kombat XL, with each of the games having a €500 pot bonus.

A lot of heavy hitters showed up, including FOX|SonicFox, Noble|Dragon, RNG|Whiteboi, NASR|TekkenMaster, FOX|Theo, A Foxy Grampa, Circa|ForeverKing, cR|Biohazard, Rogue|Slayer, RZR|Xian and more.

Streaming is being done at NetherRealm and Viennality.

Injustice 2 has 63 entrants battling it out for the money, so there are a lot of fighters vying for the top spot.

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Japanese Tekken 7 player takes out two strongest players in the world, back to back, on their home turf

As it's been for quite some time now, if FOX|Saint or FOX|JDCR are in a Tekken tournament, it's almost certain that one of them is going to win it all (usually over the other).

Naturally expectations were as such for the two Korean players at this weekend's Tekken World Tour Korean Master Event, but one invading fighter, whom the commentators did not even recognize, had other plans.

Introducing NOROMA, a Japanese Jack 7 player who hasn't really made the rounds outside of Japan yet. He was sent to losers by Saint in a quick 2-0 set back during the event's top 16 bracket, and though obviously strong, didn't seem to be much of a threat for the world's greatest.

NOROMA fought all the way through losers, and would eventually find himself facing off in a double jeopardy match for the losers finals. Instead of going with the mirror match this time, he resorted to a secondary Feng pick.

The first surprise was that NOROMA and his Feng would take the initial game. Though down 1-0, this surely wouldn't be enough to shake a world class competitor like Saint.

Slowly but surely, the audience realized this first game was no fluke. The Japanese player went on to steal away rounds and ultimately take down his foe with a final score of 3-1:


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Tekken World Tour Korean Master Event results ft. JDCR, Saint, Knee, Nobi

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Of all the stops on the Tekken World Tour, this could very well be the most exciting.

It's no secret that South Korea are true masters of Bandai-Namco's premiere fighting game, and this weekend will show some of the fiercest competition around battling it out in Tekken 7 in South Korea's capital city of Seoul.

Of course, just because it's a Korean event, that doesn't mean that other people aren't showing up to fight for the glory. Many other top players from across Asia, and other regions as well, have shown up to try and reach the top.

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Tekken 7's developers aren't afraid to get a little wild and wacky, check out these customizations

Namco Bandai really went the extra mile with custom items in Tekken 7.

The developers took the gloves off when it came to assigning the iconic roster some goofy, wild and awesome costumes, throwing caution to the wind in terms of their fighters appearing out of character.

One of my favorite aspects of Tekken 7 is the ability to heavily customize your character, and inject a bit more of your own personality or style into their looks, regardless if it fits their modus operandi, or not.

Below you'll see some of the designs the developers wanted to feature, like deer-head Paul, thong Akuma, and Leo trying to stay cool during the heat of battle.

I'm curious what the community thinks of these fairly outlandish item customizations. Do you feel they fit in properly, and it's something you'd like to see more games attempt?

Or do you feel this kind of stuff can only be pulled off in certain game universes and is best left there? You can find the entire gallery below, including a few images we've featured again because we love them so much.

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Tekken 7 is near perfect, except for the lag; Saint and JDCR talk strategy, advice and on being two of the best Tekken players on Earth

If they're at a tournament together, it's almost always a sure bet that they'll end up in first and second place.

FOX|JDCR and FOX|Saint are two of the absolute best Tekken players on the planet, and with Tekken 7 finally being launched in The West, and the Tekken World Tour in the works, hype for the franchise is at a high.

BornFree caught up with these two Korean players at EVO this year to pick their brains in an attempt to share a bit of their Tekken genius with the rest of the world.

Saint explains that he actually has a lot of tournament nerves every time he's on stage playing against good opponents. To deal with this, he tries to focus on the positives, such as the fact that not everyone gets to play in front of so many people, and that helps distract him from the anxiety.

Though these two are often seen at tourneys together, they rarely talk much until events are over with. This is mainly because they are technically adversaries, and are both focused on winning while in the midst of competition.

There's plenty to learn from these two incredible players, and you'll find the video interviews for both after the jump below.

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Defend the North 2017 results feat. Punk, Smug, SonicFox, ChrisG, Dragon

Updated with final results: We've added the results for Defend the North 2017 into this story.

Defend the North 2017 is taking place this weekend in White Plains, New York. This is a wonderful event every single year, attracting strong competition.

Notable players schedule to compete this weekend include PG|Punk, Rise|Smug, FOX|SonicFox, EG|NYChrisG, Noble|Dragon, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricki Ortiz and Dieminion, among others.

Street Fighter 5 leads the pack in entrants with 146, Injustice 2 had 98, Tekken 7 has 88, and Smash 4 has 72, as of Friday afternoon.

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Abuget Cup results ft. Saint, Daigo, E.T., Knee

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This week, the asian portion of the Capcom Pro Tour has another stop happening.

Besides Capcom Pro Tour, this is also a stop on the Tekken World Tour, so stakes are high in multiple games.

Abuget Cup takes place in Jakarta, Indonesia and a lot of top players have decided to go and try to gather points.

Although Street Fighter 5 is the main event, the tournament also features Tekken 7, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

Players attending this event include CYG|Daigo, HuomaoTV|E.T., Knee, Moke, CO|Dogura, Talon|Xiaobao, CO|Go1, ZW|OilKing, UDG|Book, CO|Tanukana, YBK|Daikokugo, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, FV|Chuan, TJ|MindRPG and many more.

Streaming is being done at Advance Guard TV.

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Tekken 7's pre-order character Eliza becomes available to the public on July 28th, free Taiko no Tatsujin DLC also inbound

Originally, those who pre-ordered Tekken 7 were given access to Eliza, the female vampire. Bandai Namco noted that she would eventually become available to the public for solo purchase, and fans can look forward to that as soon as this week.

On Friday, users on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC can pick up Eliza for 500 yen (roughly $5 USD). The announcement was made during the recent MASTERCUP Tekken Fight club streamed over on Nico Nico.

It is likely that Eliza will see a simultaneous public release here in North America, however, we are still waiting on confirmation.

The Taiko no Tatsujin items DLC will also become available on July 28th. These come in the form of 10 free customization items featuring Taiko characters with hit and sound effects to equip on your characters, Avoiding The Puddle reports.

Back at EVO this year, Bandai Namco announced the game's next DLC fighter. Geese Howard from Fatal Fury joins the battle and will be released sometime this Winter.

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DreamHack Atlanta 2017 results ft Salem, ZeRo, Hungrybox, Punk, Nairo

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, you can count on seeing some top-level Super Smash Bros. action, as DreamHack Atlanta is upon us, with $10,000 on the line for both Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Of course, these aren't the only games being played. Street Fighter 5 also has a $5,000 prize pool, while Tekken 7 and Injustice 2 have $2,500 each.

This is also a stop on the Tekken World Tour, so as expected, most of North America's top players have decided to show up.

Players expected to attend this event include MVG|Salem, TSM|ZeRo, Liquid|Hungrybox, PG|Punk, NRG|Nairo, FOX|Mew2King, RNG|Dabuz, Streamme|Anakin, FOX|MKLeo, CLG|SFAT, PG|Speedkicks, MSF|Larry Lurr, BC|Mr. R, C9|Ally, PG|Plup, ITS|Princess Ling, Tempo|Axe, CLG|VoiD, Fable|NYCFab, P1|Tweek, SB|Dieminion, EMG|n0ne, MSF|The Moon, Liquid|ChuDat, VS|Pokchop, BxA|Squall, BxA|KoDee, Balance|DruggedFox, YP|Fatality, PG|Esam, SS|Colbol, NS|Joel, H3|TheGame, ITS|JoeyFury, ITS|Mak, Samsora, ITS|Lil' Majin and many more.

With entrants in each game besides Injustice 2 exceeding 100 each, and both Smash games exceeding 300 each, you can bet that competition will be fierce.

Streaming is being handled by DreamHack Fighters, DreamHack Smash and VG Boot Camp.

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The History of Geese Howard video describes tough childhood, interactions with the Mafia, and role as host for King of Fighters tournaments

During EVO 2017, we got a special announcement for a character that will appear as DLC for Tekken 7. This character is Geese Howard.

What makes Geese Howard particularly interesting is that he first appeared in Fatal Fury, but also had roles in the King of Fighters series and the Art of Fighting series. Like Street Fighter's Akuma, he is a third party character joining Tekken 7's roster.

As such, in order to really understand Geese Howard, you have to know his history. A video has been uploaded on the History Behind The Warrior YouTube channel that goes over this.

Geese did not exactly have the best childhood. His father was the source of a great deal of anger for him since he was barely around, even after Geese's mother died.

This anger created a fire that would eventually turn into an insatiable thirst for power. It is noted that he would intimidate and bribe Mafia members.

He would become the host of a couple of King of Fighters tournaments. This kept ending with Terry knocking him off a building.

Hit the jump below to check out the video.

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Extended Geese Howard trailer shows Tekken 7 producer's process of selecting the upcoming DLC character

It's no secret now that Fatal Fury's Geese Howard is headed to Tekken 7 as DLC this Winter. During the EVO 2017 finals, Bandai Namco took to the stage to reveal the powerful addition to the game's playable roster.

Though we saw the reveal trailer showcasing gameplay of Geese, there exists an extended version that features Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada taking a trip to the SNK offices in order to talk shop.

Harada combs through a sea of different characters from SNK IPs, ultimately landing on Raiden as his pick. Unfortunately, the SNK execs aren't too impressed by the choice.

The Tekken producer has a strong fan following, and it's very entertaining to see him appearing in official trailers for upcoming Tekken 7 content. Earlier this month, we saw him pull off a killer double strike in the Tekken Bowl DLC announcement video.

You can check out the extended trailer after the jump.

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EVO Japan 2018 official trailer and game lineup

We just got through with one of the biggest FGC events of the year -- EVO. There's been a lot of talk about an "EVO Japan" event for a good while now.

It looks like things are finally underway for this event. During EVO 2017, we got the trailer for EVO Japan.

The first EVO Japan event will be during 2018. The date given was January 26-28, 2018.

We were also given many games to expect for the event. More than likely, games like Injustice 2 and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite were not included as a main event title due to not being quite as popular in Japan as it is here in the States.

This is likely only the initial lineup. It is quite possible that more games down the line will be added as get closer to the event's date, like Dragon Ball FighterZ considering how popular it is in Japan (and basically worldwide).

Interestingly enough, Arms is one of games that will be played at the tournament. Hit the jump below to check out the trailer and the entire lineup.

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Suiken overpowers Saint's rage art, JDCR low parries for the win, Taisei's Steve is unrelenting - Tekken 7 EVO top 8 highlights

The final day of the EVO 2017 tournament has come to an end. There were plenty of hype moments to go around for all the games involved.

Tekken 7, of course, is no exception. We have highlights for the top eight segment of the tournament right here.

The first highlight showcases a scenario between FOX|JDCR and JEOndding. JDCR was playing Heihachi with Jeondding as Eddy.

By this point, Jeondding had a pretty significant lead over JDCR. Proper utilization of a rage drive could make all the difference, however.

Eventually, Eddy landed a hit on Heihachi. It looked like he was about to take the match, but he got a little greedy.

A well-timed low parry was enough to deplete Eddy's remaining health bar thanks to the rage drive.


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More screenshots of Fatal Fury's Geese Howard in Tekken 7

Yesterday we saw the reveal of the next Tekken 7 character. Joining the fight as DLC, Fatal Fury's Geese Howard enters the fray.

Since the initial announcement, Bandai Namco has released several screenshots of the fighter in action. Additionally, we get to see more of the new stage shown in the trailer, Geese Tower (via Avoiding The Puddle).

As we saw in the trailer, Geese jumps into battle with his trademark moves intact. From his counters to the double Reppuken, fans of the big boss character will instantly feel right at home.

No specific release date was given for Geese in Tekken 7, however, we can expect him to become available sometime this Winter.

You can check out the screenshots below.

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