Stages in Tekken 7

OK, so we know when, who and what…but do we know where?

Yes, you we do – so far, 20 stages have been confirmed for Tekken 7 but that doesn’t rule out the possibility of more being added. Granted, neither Namco or Harada have confirmed that Tekken 7 will more more stages to the games (and 20 is a lot), with DLC and a Season Pass who knows – Tekken may do a Overwatch on us.

Now, if you’re a Tekken vet like myself, you may recognise a few of these places. And I thought only Nintendo recycled their content (just kidding, I love Namco and Tekken Project really). And carrying on with the tradition of stages in Tekken 6, these stages will also contain breakable walls, multiple floors and stuff going on in the background.

Here’s the list:

  • Arctic Snowfall 
  • Devil’s Pit
  • Dragon’s Nest
  • Forgotten Realm
  • Jungle Outpost
  • Mishima Dojo
  • Souq
  • Twilight Conflict
  • Abandoned Temple
  • Mishima Building
  • Duomo Di Sirio
  • Kinder Gym
  • Precipice of Fate
  • G Corporation Helipad (both day and night segments separated into two different stages)
  • Arena 
  • Violet Systems
  • Geometric Plane
  • Infinite Azure
  • Brimstone and Fire

Sadly I don’t think we’ll be getting any stages like the Snoop Dogg Stage in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, but we’ve also got the Story Mode to explore.

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Characters Confirmed (so far) in Tekken 7

Tekken is known for its large partition of applicants for the King of Iron Fist Tournaments, so let’s have a look at returning characters:

  • Alisa Bosconvitch
  • Asuka Kazama
  • Bob
  • Bryan Fury
  • Eddy Gordo
  • Eliza (she was playable Tekken Revolution, which in itself is not a canon game due to being based off of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, but she still counts as a returning character rather than a new one)
  • Feng Wei
  • Heihachi Mishima
  • Hwoarang
  • Jin Kazama/Devil Jin (they count as 2 separate characters despite being the same person practically)
  • Kazuya Mishima/Devil Kazuya (same for Jin Kazama)
  • King II
  • Kuma II
  • Lars Alexandersson
  • Lee Chaolan/Violet (similar to Jin and Kazuya, except Violet hasn’t been playable since Tekken 4/Tekken Tag Tournament 2, depending on how you view it)
  • Leo
  • Lili
  • Ling Xiaoyu
  • Marshall Law
  • Miguel Caballero Rojo
  • Nina Williams
  • Panda
  • Paul Phoenix
  • Sergei Dragunov
  • Steve Fox
  • Yoshimitsu

And here are the new characters, along with a synopsis of why they have entered the tournament:

  • Katarina Alves: she enters the tournament to look for her lost mentor
  • Claudio: a mysterious man who can use light magic as an exorcist
  • Lucky Chloe: a J-Pop inspired G Corporation representative (I’ve already written an article for her here)
  • Shaheen: a Saudi Arabian man who works as a bodyguard
  • Josie Rizal: a model from the Philippines who enters the tournament to become a member of the Tekken Force
  • Gigas: another robot who bears a resemblance to Craig Marduk (who has not been confirmed so far for this game)
  • JACK-7: A newer model from the JACK series
  • Kazumi Mishima/Devil Kazumi: Kazuya’s dead mother and Heihachi’s wife who may be the origin of the Devil Gene
  • Akuma: from Capcom’s Street Fighter series who has a pact with Kazumi in regards to her husband and son
  • Master Raven: a female ninja who is in charge of the organization that previous combatant Raven works for

For the first time ever, Tekken will have lockable characters that can be unlocked by paying for them. However, if you pre-order the game, you will obtain a season pass that will last for 12 months to purchase a character. There are 2 characters that will be revealed in the future, which leaves the possibility of:

  • Baek Doo San
  • Bruce Irvin
  • Christie Monteiro
  • Ganryu
  • Wang Jinrei
  • Zafina
  • Jun Kazama
  • Julia Chang/JayCee
  • Lei Wulong
  • Roger Jr.
  • Anna Williams
  • Craig Marduk
  • Armor King II
  • Mokujin
  • Maybe Raven as well?

The Tekken Story So Far…

With Tekken 7 underway, let’s take a look at the story we know so far that is leading to the conclusion of the Mishima Saga…


Before Tekken

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It all began around 50 years before the first King of Iron Fist Tournament with Jinpachi Mishima, a well-known fighting legend. He originally founded the Mishima Zaibatsu, however his son, Heihachi, got greedy and challenged his father. Heihachi won, and gained the Zaibatsu. He did not kill his father outright – instead he sealed him under Hon-maru, a Mishima-owned temple.

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Either before or after Heihachi gained control of the Zaibatsu, he married Kazumi Hoji, then went on to have a son together – Kazuya. Something happened to Kazumi shortly after Kazuya’s birth – many people believe she died during childbirth – however, Kazuya had the idea that Heihachi was behind it.

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At some point, Heihachi adopted Lee Chaolan – a Chinese orphan with a great ability to fight. Heihachi hoped that Lee would be a suitable rival for Kazuya, but he did not factor in Lee’s own motivates to gain the Zaibatsu for himself.

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At the age of 5, Heihachi was training Kazuya to be the next heir of the Mishima family, however he believed Kazuya was too weak and threw him off a cliff. Kazuya survived, however went into hiding to plan his revenge.

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Around 20 years later, Heihachi opened the first King of Iron Fist Tournament, hoping to find a challenge. However, he defeated everyone who opposed him. Then Kazuya appeared – now under the influence of the Devil. Many believed Kazuya sold his soul to Devil in order to gain power to defeat Heihachi, however Tekken 7 has hinted that Kazumi originally had the Devil Gene, thus Kazuya inheriting her powers.

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Kazuya defeated Heihachi and returned the favour of throwing him off a cliff and gained control of the Zaibatsu.

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Tekken 2

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In Heihachi’s absence, Kazuya took over the Mishima Zaibatsu and instead of reversing his father’s destruction, he became an even more ruthless leader with at the power at his disposal. He even conducted illegal experiments on animals (with the help of Dr Bosconovitch, Alex and Roger was created). His experiments caught the eye of the WWWC and Jun Kazama was sent to stop Kazuya’s experiments when the King of Iron Fist Tournament 2 was announced.

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During the tournament, Kazuya and Jun met (it is hinted that it wasn’t in battle) and were ‘mysteriously drawn to eachother’. This resulted in Jun dropping out of the tournament. Kazuya proceeded to the final round of the Tournament – only to face his father who had also survived his own being-thrown-of-a-cliff situation.

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Even using the power of the Devil, Kazuya was defeated by Heihachi, but instead of being thrown off a cliff, he was thrown into a volcano.

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Tekken 3

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With Heihachi’s power restored, the Zaibatsu kept a low profile while investigating a legend of Toshin – an orge like creature hidden in a temple in Mexico that is rumoured to have immense power. Heihachi created the Tekkenshu (Tekken Force) to investigate the temple, but only body bags returned.

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Meanwhile, Jun Kazama gave birth to a boy, Jin. They lived together in peace as years continued, however around the time Jin turned 15, Jun sensed something forbidding. She told him that should anything ever happen to her; he should seek out his grandfather, Heihachi. Sadly that day came when Toshin attacked Jun, where Jin assumed she was murdered.

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Toshin had previously attacked other former fighters – many of which had previously entered the last King of Iron Fist Tournament. – causing them to go missing (he only outright killed the first King). Heihachi soon announced the third King of Iron Fist Tournament.

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Under Heihachi’s guidance, Jin trained vigorously to gain power to eventually avenge his mother’s death. Much like his grandfather and father formerly, Jin defeated every opponent that posed a threat, however returning champion Paul Phoenix defeated Toshin, ending the tournament.

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But not for long – unknown to Paul, Toshin had a second form which Jin took on. He was successful and felt his mother’s spirit at peace, until Heihachi ordered the Tekkenshu to shoot his own grandson down. Upon realising Jin may have Kazuya’s powers, Jin’s Devil Gene manifested and in turn attacked the Tekkenshu there. Once they were dealt with, Devil Jin grabbed Heihachi, threw him through the temple wall, slammed him to the ground before he flew off into the night.

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Tekken 4

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Heihachi continued his reign in the Zaibatsu, conducting more experiments – this time, he wished to combine his own DNA with Toshin’s (they were able to find Toshin’s left over skin cells after he dissolved into light). The experiments however failed and the Mishima Research Lab believed it was because of Heihachi’s lack of the Devil Gene. Heihachi was also trying to locate his missing grandson Jin – he was unable to but during his search he obtained a photograph of a burnt body – one that had a resemblance to Kazuya.

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Heihachi’s investigation into the photograph lead him to a small, newly established company called G Corporation. He discovered that they had taken a near-dead Kazuya and had nursed him back to health by generating a new body. Once located, Heihachi sent a squad to infuriate them and discovered his theory to be true – Kazuya was alive.

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2 years after the third King of Iron Fist Tournament, Jin Kazama was residing in Brisbane, Australia where he had been unlearning his families’ fighting style and replacing it with karate. He had been undetected by anyone – including his friend Ling Xiaoyu – until The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4 was announced, with the Mishima Zaibatsu on the line.  But Kazuya and Jin entered, despite already dissecting Heihachi’s plan.

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Kazuya proceeded through the rounds and eventually was meant to face his son, however Jin never showed. Kazuya was told to proceed to the next round, where he faced Heihachi. Beknown to Kazuya, Heihachi had a squad of Tekkenshu ambush Jin who was on his way to face Kazuya. Jin fought hard, but sadly was suppressed, knocked out and taken away.

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Kazuya and Heihachi fought once again, but Kazuya came out as the victor. Heihachi revealed he knew where Jin was located and lead Kazuya to the mist-filled temple of Hon-Maru. On arrival, Kazuya discovered Jin, still passed out and suspended by chains. As soon as he laid eyes on his son, Kazuya was overtaken by the Devil and knocked Heihachi out. While trying to absorb the other half of Devil’s power, Jin awoke and they fought. Jin was victorious and battled his how rejuvenated grandfather. Once again, Jin was victorious but before he could deliver the final blow, he saw a vision of his mother and spared his life. Using the power of the devil, Jin flew into the night, leaving his family behind.

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Tekken 5

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Just as Kazuya and Heihachi were waking, the Hon-Maru was ambushed by JACK-4s sent by G Corporation. Understanding that the JACKs had come to kill both of them, Kazuya and Heihachi worked together, however it was short-lived as Kazuya betrayed his father before escaping. Hon-Maru exploded, leading bystander Raven to believe that Heihachi Mishima was dead.

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Kazuya returned to G Corp. and killed the many people who betrayed him. Despite Heihachi’s nonappearance, the Mishima Zaibatsu was being controlled by someone in the background. Just 2 months after the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4 ended, the 5th Tournament was announced.

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Jin had flown back to his home town of Yakushima while trying to control his Devil Gene. At one point, he lost control and woke up in a destroyed forest – he had no doubt he was responsible. When he received word about the 5th Tournament, Jin decided to enter in order to finally rid himself of the Devil Gene.

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Little did anyone know (apart from Wang Jinrei) that Jinpachi Mishima who had been sealed underneath Hon-Maru and was released when the JACKs had exploded. He took control of the Mishima Zaibatsu, despite being under the influence of some monster, hoping to be defeated in so his reign would stop.

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Jin managed to proceed through the Tournament (attacking his rival Hwoarang in the process) and defeat his great-grandfather, in turn taking over the Mishima Zaibatsu.

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Beknown to anyone, Heihachi had actually been thrown far away during the explosion and had been unconscious for 2 months. When he awoke, he discovered that Jin had taken over the Mishima Zaibatsu and used to declare war across the world. G Corporation stepped in – after Kazuya took over – and was seen as the saviour to the public. The Zaibatsu caused death and destruction transversely, and so G Corp set a price on Jin’s head. Almost as if a response, Jin announced the 6th King of Iron Fist Tournament.

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Lars Alexandersson – a Tekkenshu member – rebelled after feeling that the war they were causing wasn’t just. He took half of the Tekkenshu soldiers with him and inflirated the Zaibastu to finally stop Jin. G Corp surprised them too, their attack causing Lars to suffer from amnesia. He comes across a robot called Alisa Bosconovitch who aids him in finding his memories again. During the journey – with the help of Tougou and the rebelluion Tekkenshu army – they encountered many fighters of the Tournaments and able to regain Lars’ memories when he faces Heihachi – who turns out to be Lars’ father. Lars finally comes face to face with Jin, only to discover that Alisa was being used by him to track Lars’ movements. Jin rebooted Alisa, who turned on Lars. They fought, however Lars had the upper hand and Alisa fled. Raven joined Lars and eventually followed Jin to Egypt, where he meet his half-brother Kazuya and discovered Jin’s true motive – when Jin and Kazuya clashed previously (Tekken 4), it stirred a legendary monster named Azazel who spoke in Jin’s mind. It told him to fill the world with negative emotions, Azazel would gain his true form. Jin had done his research, and believed that if he defeated Azazel, he would free himself of the Devil Gene. Jin faced Azazel’s final form, sacrificing himself in the rumble of the temple.

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However, Jin actually survived but did not rid himself of his curse.

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Tekken 7

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Not much is known about the storyline of Tekken 7, however it seems that Heihachi has gained control of the Mishima Zaibatsu again and this time, is prepared to finish the feud between himself and his son, once and for all. Kazumi Mishima – Heihachi’s presumed dead wife – and Akuma from Street Fighter are somehow thrown into the mix; Jin is alive and somehow in a complete different outfit compared to the post-credit scene of Scenario Campaign and Alisa might still be evil? Who knows how it’s going to end.

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But I don’t think this is the end for the Tekken series.

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My Top Five Tips When Playing Soldier: 76 in Overwatch

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Soldier: 76 (AKA Jack Morrison) is an Offensive hero and is probably one of the easiest to master, due to his one star rating but also because he is your typical FPS character – just maybe with a bit more added oomphf.

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When playing the game for the first time, you actually get to use Soldier: 76 as your starter character.

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Tip #1 –  Run, Run as Fast as You Can!

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Quite a few characters are known for their lack of speed (Mercy, I’m looking at you), but Soldier: 76 does have a sprinting ability. Now, usually with video games such as Legend of Zelda titles, there is a certain amount of stamina to sprint so you can’t do it for very long (usually you’re playing Breath of the Wild – complete game changer). But, get this – Soldier’s sprint never runs out (haha, see what I did there?). Soldier can sprint anywhere, anytime on any surface (apart from the large rocks in Watchpoint: Gibraltar – trust me, I tried).

This makes Soldier great for backing up and support low-health teammates. It’s also good for reaching places faster – such as a point being taken or a payload reaching a point – so I suggest using it whenever you travel as Solider, especially at the start and when you respawn.


Tip #2 – Pinpoint Accuracy

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 Soldier: 76 is a very precise shot, but he’s more precise when he begins firing as opposed to half way through your shots (the Heavy Pulse Rifle has 25 ammo). This means head shots are easier to get once you have a target but is more useful during mid-to-long-range  battles as the rifle can ‘reset’ itself if the player waits between trigger pulls. The Heavy Pulse Rifle is able to headshot, so bear that in mind.


Tip #3 – Rockets are Awesome!

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Soldier’s secondary fire of his Heavy Pulse Rifle is a cluster of Helix Rockets which deal a heavy amount of damage. It does do more damage when directly fired, but at the cost of making a precise shot.

While they are powerful, they should not be used on Tanks – I’ve made this mistake many times against D.Va, who can easily deflect the rockets using her Defence Matrix. Instead, they can be used as an automatic finisher – whittle an enemy down to low health using the primary fire of the Rifle, then the Helix Rockets to completely kill them.

The Helix Rockets are easier to fire at the ground because – if timed right – can launch an enemy airborne if aimed at their feet. This is particularly useful against fast opponents such as Lucio or Genji. It also does not rely on ammo, i.e. if you finish all 25 shots on primary fire, you can still use the rockets before reloading.


Tip #4 – I Need Healing

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Soldier is a bit of an all-rounder – he can be a sniper with precise shots, a leader due to his speed, a flanker (also due to his speed) and even a one-shot healer. And his Biotic Field doesn’t just heal himself – it heals others in the circle (unless it’s an enemy, then it has no effect).  This can be useful not only for healing weakened teammates, but also under cover – if you can find a good place to fire from with cover to duck behind, you can use it to your advantage without the enemy seeing that you are healing.

After being dealt a serious blow as a team – such as Junkrat’s Rip-Tire ult – the Biotic Field can be placed on the payload during escort missions, meaning it can heal in a large radius while on the move. This will encourage teammates to stay close and group up as a team.


Tip #5 – Aimbot Activated

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Soldier 76’s ultimate is the Tactical Visor – essentially, if you’re in his vision when he activates it, you’re dead. Many players complain how boring this ult is, but it is actually very useful.

The Tactical Visor targets low-health enemies first as well as healers. The Visor is not wasted on Tanks, so never use it in a one-on-one against one. Soldier’s reload time is pretty quick (1.5 seconds) but it is even quicker with the ultimate, making it faster to kill enemies in its duration (which is only around 6 seconds).

The Tactical Visor is good at bringing down harder enemies, such as Pharah or Tracer, however you have to be careful of fast-moving characters, such as Lucio or Genji, as it may not kill them in time.


There you have it – hope you enjoyed!

My Overwatch Character Guides while be on hold as of next week because it’s one month until Tekken 7 is released, so I’m going to be using that time as Tekken Month before it releases (a review may be a while afterwards).

I’ll be back with a Ana Character Guide on  9th June. Until then, take care and tune in for some Tekken 7 action!

My set up for Soldier: 76

My Top 5 Tips When Playing Genji in Overwatch

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Genji is probably the hardest Overwatch character to master with his 3-star difficulty but is definitely the most beneficial. He is an Offense hero – which if you go by the Oxford Dictionary – has one definition of “annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult to or disregard for oneself.” Yep, that sums him up.

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Just kidding – it just means Genji is good at attacking, especially if he is on the attacking team (rather than defence) to unlock points and such.

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Tip #1 – Be a Lone Wolf…Not a Lone Sparrow

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Very similarly to Mei, Genji is very good in 1 vs 1 battles (he’s a very good counter against Bastion) by supporting his team from afar but being able to pick off stray enemies with his primary weapon, his shurikens. Because they don’t make the most damage, they are better for direct, singular kills.

Genji is good at distracting opponents, meaning (if your team is coordinated), the player can lead an enemy player to a stronger attacker, such as a Tank to finish the job. Or can be on the outskirts of the objective to distract enemies so the rest of the team can swarm the point.

Equally, if you do play Genji, it is good idea to focus mainly on support characters, especially at the beginning and ending of matches.


Tip #2 – You can Maximize More Damage

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As I stated previously, Genji does not have the most damage output, however there is still a way to get the best out of Genji using his many weapons. Just follow this combo:

Shurikens, Swift Stroke, Fan Blades, then Melee.

Killing enemies with the Swift Stoke means it charges faster, meaning Genji to move onto another target or retreat from battle if you are successful.


Tip #3 – Now You See Me, Now You Don’t!

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Genji is one of the top (if not the) most agile characters of Overwatch, thanks to his cyborg mechanics. He can leap, climb walls (much like his brother Hanzo), double jump and dash (using the Swift Stroke). This allows Genji to speed in and out of fights to places that enemies cannot reach him as Swift Stroke is not affected by gravity (but the double jump is. You often see a lot of Genjis jumping off building in skirmish or the beginning of matches). He can also throw off enemies’ sights, which is good against Widowmaker or Hanzo.

Genji’s speed is a good counter against Torbjorn’s Turrents – even with the lock on sight. But it will take a while to destroy one, so be mindful of health.


Tip #4 – A Steady Deflect Balances the Soul

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Genji’s Deflect is very similar to D.Va’s Defence Matrix in the way that it’s not just a way to block projectiles – it is also a way to deflect an enemies damage onto themselves. This is very useful against low health enemy or priority targets, such as Support or enemies capturing a point.

It is worth noting that not all projectiles can be deflected – such as Ultimates that have projectiles – but Ana’s Sleep Dart can, meaning you can earn the Ana Naptime achievement without having to play her.


Tip #5 – The Dragon Becomes Me!

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Genji’s Ultimate is one of my favourites, because you finally get to use that cool-ass katana strapped to his back. Time for slicing and dicing!

Dragonblade is not good to use for 1 vs 1 battles – even if you are backed up into a corner – despite Genji being good as a loner. Granted, you will be able to cut down your opponent or get them down to a low amount of health, however it will be wasted, especially if the rest of the enemy team are far away.

Much like many uses of Ultimate, Genji’s Ultimate is good to use with other teammate’s ones, but here are the following Dragonblade goes really well with:

  • Graviton Surge (Zarya)
  • Blizzard (Mei)
  • Nano Boost (Ana)
  • Earthshatter (Reinhardt)

It is good to use on a group of enemy players as you can kill more than one with just one blade swing. It’s also worth noting that Deflect and Swift Strike are still usable during the Ultimate.


There you go – if you wish to master Genji, then hopefully this has given you some tips.

The Overwatch: Uprising event has just been deployed and lasts until the 1st May, so go play it! You can unlock a very cool new Genji skin (as pictured below)!

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Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed. Please feel free to like, reblog and follow. Until next time, take care!

My set up for Genji

New Naruto Games!

Some exciting news has been announced in the anime-game crossover world – especially if you’re a Naruto fan! 2 Naruto games have been announced. Granted it’s only be announced for Japan, but I’m sure will be available for the whole world soon enough.


Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker

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The first game is completely brand new. It promises to be an “acrobatic ninja battle game” in a new graphic engine which allows up to 4 players on 1 team (meaning a total of 8 players on the battlefield). It seems very open-world-esque where you use your environment to your advantage and characters can use their ninjutsu from the manga/anime. So far, only 8 characters have been revealed – Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, Sakura Haruno, Kakashi Hatake and some members of the Akatsuki – including Itachi Uchiha, Kisame Hoshigaki, Pain and Konan.

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No release date has been announced for Japan and currently their website is a test page (although rumours are floating around that it will be fully furbished sometime next week – possibly the 12th April). It will be available on all platforms, but people outside of Japan will most likely have to wait the longest.

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  • Watch the trailer for the game here.

Naruto Ninja Storm Trilogy

OK, so this may not be quite as exciting as Shinobi Striker, but the first 3 Ninja Storm games are coming to the PS4 platform, along with its DLC which will complete the collection if you bought Ninja Storm 4 on PS4. It is unknown as this point if the trilogy will also be available on PC and Xbox.

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The Ninja Storm Trilogy will be released in Japan on 27th July but no release date for countries outside of Japan, but I’m sure it will definitely be available for us! It’s a shame if don’t buy them in Japan either – those who preorder will get a code for the Boruto anime at the upcoming Jump festival while those who get the retail version will receive a free poster!

  • Watch the trailer for Naruto Ninja Storm here.
  • Watch the trailer for Naruto Ninja Storm 2 here.
  • Watch the trailer for Naruto Ninja Storm 3 here.
  • Watch the trailer for Naruto Ninja Storm 4 here.

Keep an eye out on these games as I’m sure they will be released to Europe and America soon enough. Hopefully this is one step closer to a full open world Naruto game where you play as your own character made from scratch with story and side missions galore!

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My Top 5 Tips when Playing Mercy in Overwatch

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Mercy AKA Angela Ziegler, is a healing/support hero that I’ve recently started playing a lot of. Granted, some people claim she is the weakest of heroes in Overwatch, but she is definitely the most beneficial. And just like her appearance, she is a true angel.

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She only has a 1 star difficulty but I would say won’t master her straight away – playing time helps a lot in Mercy’s case.

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Tip #1 – Only Use the Pistol When You Need to

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Mercy has 2 weapons – her Caduceus Staff and her Caduceus Blaster. You’ll be using the Staff mostly but the Blaster is handy in 1 vs 1 situations. Granted, it has only 20 rounds and only does 20 damage per projectile but it can headshot and also pick off unaware enemies, such as a sniping Widowmaker or a sneaky Sombra.

Mercy is not known for her high attack plays, so don’t go charging in with the Blaster – you will die quickly once the enemy knows your position (which the Blaster doesn’t necessarily give away). It’s also good destroying the small stuff, such as Widowmaker’s Venom Mine or Symmetra’s Turrents.


Tip #2 – Healing is Good, but so is Boosting

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Mercy’s Caduceus Staff has 2 abilities – the ability to heal and the ability to boost. Granted, this can only be used singly and only one person and you’ll mainly be healing everyone, but don’t forget about boosting. It boosts your teammates’ primary attack, but can be used on ults (apart from Junkrat’s RIP-Tire, or Torbjorn’s Turrent and Symmetra’s Shield Generator or Teleporter). Plan it right, and you could get a long assist kill list!

If I choose Mercy at the beginning of a match, I tend to pick one character to boost at the beginning to get those few first kills before my teammates begin to die. I often choose a sniper or a tank. Mercy’s Boosting powers are also good when you have a shield and snipe combination – such as Bastion and Reinhardt or Orisa and Widowmaker.


Tip #3 – You Don’t Need to See Your Teammates to Heal or Boost Them

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That’s right – the beam emitting from Mercy’s Caduceus Staff will stay connected, even if you can’t see your teammate. This is good for hiding around corners while healing or boosting and staying out of sight of enemies as Mercy is easily picked off by snipers. This is also good with the shield-and-snipe-combination that I mentioned before.


Tip #4 – Guardian Angel isn’t Just a Title

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One of Mercy’s other abilities is the Guardian Angel which allows her to quickly travel with a low cooldown rate.  You can only really use it when your teammates are in Mercy’s sights but it is also useful when Mercy is falling off a map or enters an area where most or all enemy players are. Much like me spamming spacebar when playing Symmetra and attacking another player, I will often spam the Guardian Angel when I’m in a tight spot.

You can still use the Guardian Angel when using the Caduceus Staff and healing/boosting a teammate – even if you hit a physical obstacle or your teammate is out of sight.


Tip #5 – Mercy’s Ult is Probably the Most Used

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Mercy’s ultimate ability is Resurrect – this allows her to bring dead allies back to life with full health. However, it only works for nearby teammates and during that (around) 10 second wait to get back to the latest checkpoint.

Resurrect doesn’t work the same as Symmetra’s ult – Symmetra’s ults builds up over time rather than building up as she’s attacking/killing, meaning it takes longer to conjure up her ult. I find with Mercy, her ult charges up pretty quickly – usually within the first 3 or so minutes of the game, maybe less. If you’re like me and will run around the place healing everyone to a certain amount so they’re out of the Critical Health stage then move onto the next person rather than healing a teammate completely, THEN moving onto the next person, your ult will tick over much more quickly. This allows Mercy to use her ult much more compared to other heroes in one session – or at least, I believe so.

Despite this, you should still think carefully on how you use Mercy’s ult. When her ult is fully charged, a death counter will appear on the screen whenever a teammate dies, so pay attention to it. I often use it when 2 or more teammates are dead at one time. You should also consider what situation your team is in – if my team is attacking, I’ll often save my ult after we have reach the checkpoint before the final one just incase someone on the enemy team has saved their ult for utter devastation. It’s good to get that Huge Rez achievement for resurrecting 4 players at one time too!

Basically, you have to think carefully when using Mercy’s ult – using it on one person may be wasteful, despite Mercy’s ult may charge quicker compare to other heroes’ ults. It also depends on your enemies’ situation, as well as if your team is playing defence or attack and it depends on your situation – Mercy can’t use her ult if she’s dead, even if the rest of the team dies.


One final warning:  prepared to be spammed in chat for healing and not being thanked by your teammates.

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Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed! Let me know any Mercy tips I may have left out. Please feel free to like and follow me for weekly blogs.

Until next time, take care!

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WANTED: Funny Challenges for GTA V Online

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So, after a friend’s suggestion, I’ve decided to make a new series on my YouTube Channel: Funny Challenges on GTA V Online.

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Now, these are not going to be the freemode challenges that pop up every now and again in freeroam – these are stupid challenges set by people to have some sort of end goal. They can involve anything – shooting, driving, stealing stuff, you name it.

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My first challenge will be to break into the airbase and get a jet using a tractor. And possibly a gun.

So, is there anything you’d like to see? Maybe I should try killing a mountain lion with my bare fists? Maybe I should go on a massive rampage using only a scooter? Maybe I should see how far I can get out to sea with a jet ski?

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If you have any suggestions, please let me know! Don’t worry, I’ll give you full credit in the video.

Feel free to comment here or any of my other social medias:

Any suggestions are welcome! Apart from any that involve prostitutes or something weird at the strip club. Sorry to be a downer!

Thank you! Until next time, take care!

Keep an eye out on my YouTube channel tomorrow to see whether I succeed or fail in the tractor-jet challange!

My Top 5 Tips when Playing Mei in Overwatch

Mei is a scientist who has ice abilities with a positive and caring attitude. She’s damn cute with her over-apologising nature and compassion for others, but my god, is she annoying (I still love her though).

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She’s a 3 star hero, making she is one of the most difficult to master, but once you have, players with demand Mei needs to be nerfed.

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Tip #1 – Ice Wall, Coming Up!

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Mei’s Ice Wall creates an obstacle for enemy players (that’s why she is a good defense hero) that is a block of ice that eventually breaks down (it doesn’t block the payload fully however – it passes straight through) after 4 and a half seconds. When it receives enough damage, individual parts of the wall will fall away, creating an opening for enemy players. However for attacking, it can disable Torbjorn’s Turrent for a short period when placed infront of it as it blocks it’s laser guidance, giving a small opportunity for teammates to advance forward without constantly being shot at.

Despite being a obstacle, it has many other uses, such as allowing Mei and her teammates to reach higher places, such as in Watchpoint: Gibraltar and Dorado when placed underneath her. This trick also allows her to escape Junkrat’s Steeltrap.

The Ice Wall can also be used as a trap itself – in a bottle neck, a Mei player can use it effectively to stop a enemy player with little life left from escaping, allowing herself or someone else to finish the job.


Tip #2 – 1v1 me, n00b

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Mei is a great hero to use if you like one on one fights due to her ability to freeze opponents. However, I suggest only going against all heroes BUT Tanks. This is because Tanks have more health compared to any other class of hero and Mei’s Endothermic Blaster can only do some much damage (around 45 per second, which sounds like a lot, but most Tank heroes have health around the 300 or 400 mark). Using her Cyro-Freeze also always her to heal whenever she desires and I’ve often found that when there is a 1 on 1 battle with Mei and she heals, players will wait for her to resume their fighting (I’m also guilty of this).


Tip 3 # Headshots

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Mei’s Endothermic Blaster has two different attacks. Her primary one allows her to freeze up enemies with a continuous blast of ice. Her secondary attack allows her to shoot a single shot of ice – which takes a little longer. Players often freeze enemies first with the projected beam then once they are frozen, they use the icicle shot to take down the opponent’s health. More often then not, Mein players can take down enemies quickly by simply freezing them then headshoting with the icicle projectile.

The icicle projectile only has a medium range but can still headshot without freezing the enemy first (it just makes it easier if you freeze them first). I highly recommend if you’re defending to find a good place to hid but still within the sights of the open door when the enemy is released as you can get a few quick headshots without the enemy expecting it. But only if you’re brave enough.


Tip #4 – Cracking the Ice

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As mentioned before, Mei’s Cyro-Freeze allows her to heal herself while in a ice-capsule, meaning enemy players are unable to inflict any damage on her. You may notice that you can here the cracking of ice as she heals, with builds up as time goes on. This is more effective for enemy players, however you can dispel from the Cyro-Freeze whenever you desire, which means you can use the sound of the crack to your advantage by releasing it early and catching opponents off guard – especially if they’re waiting during a 1 v 1 battle.

It’s also worth noting that Cyro-Freeze allows Mei not to be hurt by certain abilities from other characters, such as McCree’s Deadeye and D.Va’s Self-Destruct BUT it doesn’t for others, such as Reinhardt’s Earth Shatter and Hanzo’s Dragonstrike.


Tip #5 – The More Ultimates, the Better! 

Mei’s ultimate is very cool and very good – her little robot companion Snowball  will freeze any enemy within a radius (indicated by a circle), however it is fairly slow but once an enemy is caught up in it, they will slow down and take some damage. This is a great chance for Mei and her team to easily eliminate enemy players, but I have said before, Mei does not fight well against the Tank class, so it is always good to use Mei’s Ultimate with another. I highly recommend using a Mei and Hanzo combo when most of the enemy players are frozen and clustered together, but other characters such as D.Va and Tracer are good too.


Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed! Let me know if I missed anything out or you have any tips of your own! Until next week, take care!

My set up for Mei

My Top 10 Female Fighters from the Tekken Series

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Another International Women’s Day has come and gone, so here’s another list to celebrate females in video games – more specifically from my favourite video game franchise, Tekken.

Rules:

  • This list is in no partical order apart from the top 3 spots.
  • I can put family members in the list, i.e. Julia and Michelle Chang can both be included in this list
  • Having said that, I’m not allowed to put two female characters in the list if they have the same fighting style, i.e. if I choose Miharu Hirano, that I cannot put Ling Xiaoyu on the list either are their fighting styles are the exact same.
  • However, I can put family members in the list if they have the same fighting style but they differ in execution, .i.e. again with Julia and Michelle Chang, they have the same fighting style, but their execution differs due to they way they perform some moves, along with different grapples and throws.
  • These rules don’t really make sense, but I don’t care – I had to restrict myself some way so I could get this list done
  • Oh, and I won’t be including any new female fighters from Tekken 7 as I have yet to play them (but I will by June – maybe I’ll do a 2.0 version of the list then).

Enough about the rules – let’s crack on!

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#10 – Kunimitsu

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Introduced in the original Tekken, disppearing by Tekken 3, but included in Tekken Tag Tournament 1 & 2, Kunimitsu is a fox-mask wearing ninja banished from the Manji Clan by their leader and fellow fighter, Yoshimitsu.

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Despite her fighting style being similar to Yoshimitsu’s, I had more fun playing as her – especially in the last game she appeared in TTT2 where her style had been slightly revamped, along with her image.

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She is quick, nimble and has some great blocking moves. That, and she can spit fire in TTT2.

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#9 – Zafina

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Zafina is probably one of the newest characters on this list, but also probably one of the most mysterious. She also plays a very big role in Tekken 6, especially in the Scenario Campaign. She from a line of assassin’s who guard a sacred temple that houses a legendary monster (Azazel). She also a astrologist.

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Her fighting style is often described as ‘creepy’ due to her 3 stances (Scarecrow, Tarantula and Praying Mantis), flexibility and strange animations. That, and she also laughs when performs some moves.

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Her style is almost successful in button-mashing but the fact that she took down a group of foreigners who were after the contents of the temple single-handedly at a young age and the fact that she seems to know a lot about other Tekken characters, such as Dragunov and Raven, says to me she is wise and strong female not to be messed with. Unless your name is Jin Kazama (spoilers!).

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#8 – Nina Williams

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One of the originals who has appeared in every Tekken game (she’s actually the only female character to do so), Nina is not only an iconic figure for the Tekken series, but she’s an all time favourite (in September 2012, DigitalSpy released a poll of who the most popular Tekken character was at the time and Nina won by 10.8% of total votes).

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Nina is your typical assassin (don’t let the wedding dress fool you) who grew up with her young sister Anna (who also appears in the series). Both her parents were trained assassins and so passed their skills onto their daughters. Despite this, the sibling rivalry began at a young age when their father clearly favoured Nina over Anna. Her storylines throughout the games don’t really differ either – she was sent to assassinate all three of the Mishima boys (OK yes, Jin is technically not a Mishima because of his last name but his heritage dictates that he is, end of) in the first 3 Tekkens, then Steve Fox in Tekken 4, then settling things between herself and Anna in Tekken 5 and then becoming Jin’s bodyguard in Tekken 6 – meaning her storyline isn’t exactly original, but I love the sibling rivalry between her and Anna. Then again, families seem to get fucked up in Tekken.

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She also has a tragic backstory – she lost her father before Tekken 2; she kidnapped and drugged by a underground assassin group; she was kidnapped again after Tekken 2 and put in the experimental cryosleep where she was impregnated (not raped) unwilling; suffering from amnesia and then having to fight her sister constantly – I would say that’s pretty messed up. Yet, none of it really seems to affect her – she is ruthless, even after finding out about her child who she ‘felt nothing’ for.

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She fighting style is tricky but she can pull off some great moves, including breaking limbs and even stabbing the heel of her shoe through her opponents back.

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If you’re a fan of Nina, I highly recommend you play her side-story game, Death by Degrees. It’s a bit more X-rated compared to Tekken (although her ending for TTT2 was pretty brutal) and the control schemes are different, but it is good (the story, not so much).

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#7 – Ling Xiaoyu

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Xiao is probably the least-liked character from the series to be on this list but I see her differently. Yes, she is annoying by following Jin around all the time, being immature when getting into arguments with her grandfather and she’s so cutesy, it hurts. Despite this, I still like her.

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Her fighting style is hard to master – or maybe it’s because she has so many cool moves that I want to keep doing them over and over again so I do and my opponent ends up predicting my moves. But that doesn’t explain why I had such a hard time defeating Jinpachi Mishima during Tekken 5.

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I like to think Xiao has matured as year go by (but still not graduated high school) and is someone who can handle herself. However, in the least movie Tekken: Blood Vengance, I didn’t really enjoy how she was portrayed – in the beginning, she was shown to be a bit of a trouble maker because of her lateness to school and breaking the gym equipment easily. Then it came to the ending segments (with that awesome 3 way fight scene) where she was hugging a half-broken Alisa, crying constantly and whining at Jin to stop. No, Xiaoyu! You’ve done well without him so far, you can do well without him now.

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Sorry to the haters, but Xiao is a small, powerful woman with a caring personality and that whole anime-cute vibe.

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#6 – Asuka Kazama

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Another ‘annoying’ character – only because she keeps the peace and sticks her nose into other people’s business. But she is a ‘brutish tomboy’ who’s pretty strong and has a comedic side.

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Asuka is Jin’s cousin (don’t even get me started on the pairing stuff I’ve seen for them) with the same fighting style as Jin’s mother Jun (still with me?) but poplar opposite. In comparison, Asuka’s execution of the Kazama Style Traditional Martial Arts is much ‘heavier’ with more damage made than Jun. That and Asuka enjoys fighting, whereas Jun uses it as a last resort.

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If I would compare myself to any character in Tekken, it would probably be Asuka. Yes, I have brown hair and brown eyes, but the fact that believes in justice (and not quite as patronizing as Pharah from Overwatch) and isn’t afraid to fight with the boys makes her very appealing to me.

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#5 – Angel

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OK, so there’s something you should know about me – I’m obsessed with angels (the clue is in the name, right?). It’s not because I’m religious – because I’m not – but I’m drawn to angels because of their good energy and the fact that they have wings.

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Angel has only appeared in 3 games – Tekken 2, Tekken Tag Tournament and Tekken Tag Tournament 2. In Tekken 2, she wishes to fight Devil so Kazuya can be at peace with himself once again (despite not being a part of his soul, as many players speculated). After that, she disappears and it is thought that she was unsuccessful.

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Granted, she uses the same moves as Devil and Kazuya (including a laser beam)  and makes some weird sounds sometimes but she is a beautiful character, despite the games hinting of her having a ‘merciless’ side. Kinda reminds me of Elysium from Soul Calibur V.

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#4 – Alisa Bosconovitch 

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When I first saw Alisa in a reveal trailer for Tekken 6, I definitely thought she looked a like out of place for Tekken. She’s more anime than Xiaoyu, and that’s saying something. Then again, she is a robot and Tekken does not skip out on robots.

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I’ve always been a fan of robots in any genre, mainly because of how they perceive humans. For example, in Tekken Blood Vengance when Xiaoyu is crying (yet again) about how humans should destroy eachother because they are not worthy to live, Alisa says, “Don’t say that, Xiao-san. I’ve grown rather fond of you all,” (or words to that affect). And who can forget the joke on when Xiaoyu falls asleep on her – “Are you recharging too, Xiao-san?”.

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Despite her sweet personality, she can have a deadly side – I mean, she has fricking chainsaws in her arms! Her head can explode! She can fire her fists like rockets! That, and she was created for Jin when he went all dark side. That twist in Scenario Campaign!

She’s not like other robots – especially the many in Tekken. She has emotions and cares for other people – even putting herself in danger for the sake of their lives. And she’s super polite (I know a rough amount of Japanese and I know for a fact she uses many of the polite terms that are not always fully translated).

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#3 – Emilie “Lili” De Rochefort

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I was really surprised how quickly Lili became popular after her debut in Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection. Maybe it’s because of her fighting style – it is a unique form of ‘Street Fighting’ that comes from mainly classical dance and ballet choreography. Much like Christie Monteiro and Eddy Gordo, she is a heavy button-mashing character – despite this, her moves are gracefully and poised, but do a hefty amount of damage. That, and she’s great to use when you have your opponent pinned against a wall.

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Her backstory is also much more personal compared to other characters. She comes from a rich family and so was targeted often by kidnappers. One day, she fought back and managed to take down her attackers (the Tekken 5: Dark Ressurection opening is a good example of this). Thus began her lust for fighting but her father despises violence, so she does it in secret. She then gained a rival – Asuka Kazama.

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I have great satisfaction in using many of Lili’s great moves and somewhat snobbish personality.

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#2 – Christie Monteiro

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Christie was included in my blog entry for Internal Women’s Day last year, so I’ll keep it short.

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Despite being an almost carbon copy of Eddy Gordo, Christie adds that playfulness and sex-appeal that Tekken needs to appeal to the not-as-serious fans. She’s very much happy go lucky and cares deeply for her loved ones – mainly Eddy and her grandfather.

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However, I feel that in Tekken (2010) she is portrayed as nothing but a love interest for Jin (despite their paths never really crossing in the games) and rarely fights (granted, she took down Nina, but apart from that, she doesn’t really fight much).

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And let’s not forget the possible romantic connection between her and Eddy (I’ve written about it for another blog entry).

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#1 – Jun Kazama

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A beautiful, fearless fighter who wants nothing but peace and purity in this world. She hates fighting, but will do so in order to make things right again. Despite the parallels between herself and her niece Asuka, she also draws some similarities to Angel – they both want the same things and even their endings in Tekken Tag Tournament are remarkably similar. Even in one of the Tekken comics, Angel gives her power to Jun in order to stop Kazuya, making many fans speculate that they may be one in the same person/spirit. I personally think they may be connected, but not necessarily two halves to a whole person.

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I do feel sorry for her – when she knew she was pregnant with Jin, she got as far away as possible from the Mishimas in order for him not have hatred filled in his heart like the rest of them – even to the point where she fought off Devil before he was born. Jun was the only family he had, but even she knew he would not be able to survive on his own should something happen to her and instructed him to find his grandfather, Heihachi Mishima, despite his actions in the past and what eventually happened at the end of Tekken 3. Sadly, her prediction was true, and she disappeared. Many thought she was dead, but Tekken’s director Katsuhiro Harada, confirmed that they only deceased Tekken characters are the first King and the first Armor King.

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If Jun does return, it will definitely shake things up and , hopefully, answer some questions.

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Jun is mysterious yet good hearted, as portrayed in Tekken: The Motion Picture where she worries over Michelle Chang. I hope that she does come back, even though Tekken 7 may be the end of it all.

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And there you have it – I hope you enjoyed it! Let me if you would make any changes to this list – do agree with my decisions, or do you disagree?

I may do more lists like this for other games serious I enjoy. Who knows?

Thanks for reading. Until next time, take care!

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