Tekken 7 has been announced. There wasn’t any major details about the game, so I didn’t bother to make a blog on the subject. Nothing has been confirmed, so just play it safe, and expect Yoshimitsu, Heihachi, Nina, and Paul, since they’re the only four characters to appear in every Tekken game. Kazuya will no doubt come back too, if the trailer is any indication.
However, I suspect that this will be Heihachi’s last game (Until Tekken Tag Tournament 3), as he’s getting older and the trailer references Tekken 7 as being the last battle. I assume this isn’t to the series, but to Heihachi and Kazuya’s ongoing feud.
Anyway, there’s people out there who haven’t played Tekken in a while. Perhaps not since Tekken 2, or 3. But, you’re looking to get started?
First thing you want to keep in mind: Lose, Lose, Lose!
No, not your enemy, you. You should be the one losing. If you’re playing on settings that are too easy, you’re going to become very frustrated when you play against a human. Why?
No matter what level you’re playing on, the AI, or, Artificial Intelligence, is designed to lose. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing on maximum difficulty settings, it is meant to be defeated.
That’s not quite how things go when you play a human opponent. So, tactics, or strategies that work on AI opponents wont always work on humans.
You know you have to lose. But, how do you turn yourself into a winner? Here are five simple steps to show you how to get your start.
1. Know your character.
Go into command training, and learn every attack your character has. This will be useful. If someone else is using the same character you are, you will be able to mimic strategies if you can take notice of the attacks being done.
But, if I don’t know what I’m looking at, it wont help me at all.
2. Know your opponent.
Now that you know all of the attacks your character can do, you now have to learn all the other characters attacks too. Although, the key thing here is that you don’t have to worry about the inputs. You only have to get used to seeing the attacks.
This will help your defense, because you’ll learn to notice what is coming.
3. Learn to react
Learn how to react to what is coming. Each attack has a start-up animation and a recovery animation. Each attack also has a hittable range. Learn how to position yourself outside of the range of your enemies, or learn how to defend against the attacks. How?
4. Basic properties of 3D Fighters.
Some attacks miss crouching enemies. These attacks are called high attacks. They only hit standing enemies and can always be crouched. Some attacks hit both crouching and standing opponents. These are called Medium attacks. Finally, are low attacks, which also hit crouching and standing.
High attacks can only be guarded against while standing, (but should be crouched under anyway.)
Medium attacks can only be guarded against while standing. They are not blockable if you are crouching.
Low attacks can only be guarded against while crouching. They are not blockable if you are standing.
5. Making sense of those properties.
So, you’re thinking to yourself, high attacks… Bad. Medium attacks… good… You’re missing the point.
High attacks, because they can be crouched under, are generally faster than medium attacks. This is usually in both start-up and recover frames of the animation. There’s no point in high attacks if they are so slow, you can see them coming 10 minutes ahead of time, unless they have some other trait, such as dealing a lot of damage, or being an unblockable attack.
However, if you manage to hit your enemy with an attack like that, chances are high that they’re confused mentally or don’t know what to do. That can be used to your advantage in terms of mind games and mental conditioning. They are at your mercy.
That’s all for now. If you’re looking for further help ahead of Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat X, or whatever else, check out my previous posts.