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Beyond the Iron Fists: Unleashing the Fighter Within

Tekken 8, with its extensive roster, offline game modes, customization options, and competitive online scene, has captured the hearts of many fans. Bu...

Hirun Cryer Feb 03, 2024
Beyond the Iron Fists: Unleashing the Fighter Within


Tekken 8, with its extensive roster, offline game modes, customization options, and competitive online scene, has captured the hearts of many fans. But what if you're ready to explore new horizons beyond the King of Iron Fists Tournament? Fear not, for we have compiled a list of games that any Tekken 8 player will love. From Bandai Namco's finest fighting games to exciting collaborations and influential rival series, these games offer endless hours of thrilling gameplay. So, grab your controller and get ready to unleash your inner fighter!

1: "Back to the Roots with Tekken 7"

If Tekken 8 marked your first entry into the King of Iron Fists Tournament, we recommend taking a detour to Tekken 7. With familiar gameplay mechanics like Rage Arts carried over from its predecessor, Tekken 7 offers a sense of homecoming for both new and returning players. Explore the extensive roster, including surprise guest characters like Akuma from Street Fighter and Noctis from Final Fantasy 16. Engage in various game modes, such as arcade battle, story mode, and treasure battle. Tekken 7 is a must-play for any Tekken enthusiast.

2: "Unleashing Nostalgia with Retro Gems"

For those longing for the nostalgia of the early Tekken games, the options are limited. The first three Tekken games are only available on Tekken 5 (which is also a retro game lost to time). However, the PSN has started re-releasing retro games, including Tekken 2. Take a trip down memory lane and experience where it all began with this classic port. Embrace the simplicity and charm of the early Tekken titles.

3: "Beyond the Iron Fists: Exploring Other Dimensions"

While Tekken reigns supreme in the 3D fighting game realm, Bandai Namco's Soul Calibur series offers a unique weapons-based combat experience. With its revolutionary eight-way run mechanic, Soul Calibur allows fighters to freely navigate a three-dimensional space. Dive into Soul Calibur 6 and discover the technical complexity and content-rich gameplay that will captivate any Tekken fan. Master each character's distinct fighting style and immerse yourself in the game's expansive Mission Mode and detailed Story Mode.

4: "Bizarre Adventures and Unconventional Battles"

CyberConnect2, in collaboration with Bandai Namco, has created numerous anime fighting games. Among them, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R stands out with its traditional 2.5D format, which will quickly appeal to Tekken fans. Explore the vast cast of memorable characters, beautifully rendered stages with bizarre environmental traps, and an easy-to-learn battle system brimming with hidden depths. Dive into the world of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and prepare for an extraordinary fighting experience.

5: "From Operation Rebellion to Massive Combos"

Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate may seem like an unlikely addition to this list, but bear with us. Remember the Operation Rebellion minigame in Tekken 8's Story Mode? Imagine an entire game built around that concept. Warriors Orochi is a crossover series between Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors, offering massive crowds of enemies to beat up and satisfying combos to unleash. With a staggering 177 characters to choose from, Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate takes the concept of Operation Rebellion to new heights.

6: "Tekken Collides with the Ultimate Crossover"

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, known for its inclusive roster, invites characters from various gaming universes. Among its DLC characters is none other than Tekken's Kazuya Mishima. Experience the faithful adaptation of Kazuya's techniques from Tekken into Smash Bros.'s chaotic gameplay. Take him for a spin and unleash his Rage Art and devastating 10-hit combo. Embrace the crossover madness and enjoy the mayhem of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

7: "When Pokemon Meets Tekken"

In the unexpected crossover we never knew we needed, Pokken Tournament DX brings together the worlds of Pokemon and Tekken. Take direct control of beloved Pokemon like Pikachu, Charizard, Lucario, and Mewtwo and engage in slugfests that combine arena fighting and head-to-head combat. Pokken Tournament DX offers a unique blend of accessible gameplay mechanics and Tekken-like intensity, ensuring a captivating experience for fans of both franchises.

8: "Paying Homage to the Pioneers"

No exploration of fighting games would be complete without mentioning Sega's Virtua Fighter, the first-ever 3D fighting game. Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown serves as a stellar choice to experience this influential series. Embracing realistic martial arts with a touch of creativity, Virtua Fighter focuses on technical details rather than flashy moves. With its simplicity and depth, Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown is amust-play for anyone looking to pay homage to the pioneers of the genre.


Beyond the Iron Fists of Tekken 8 lies a vast world of fighting games waiting to be explored. Whether you want to revisit Tekken's roots, dive into other Bandai Namco offerings, or venture into unexpected crossovers, there is something for everyone. From the nostalgia of retro classics to the technical complexities of other renowned series, these games will satisfy your hunger for intense battles and strategic gameplay. So, grab your controllers, step into the arena, and unleash the fighter within!