Enlarge / Street Fighter’s Akuma and Tekken’s Heihachi face off in a battle to the death. (credit: Bandai Namco)
I’m old enough to remember PC gamers’ first taste of half-decent fighting games. Those of us who had a Gravis Gamepad and a dream had only a few options in the early ’90s: slapdash Street Fighter II ports and “PC-exclusive” fare like One Must Fall 2097.
It was a dark, robotic time.
In fact, the fighting game ecosystem has felt that way on PC for far too long, with major tentpole series landing almost entirely on consoles since the ’90s genre explosion. Only in the past three or so years has this genre benefited from the increasingly blurry line between consoles and computers, with series like Killer Instinct, Street Fighter, and Guilty Gear landing pretty well on Windows PCs.
None of those have landed as tremendously as this week’s Tekken 7, which blows other PC fighting games away in terms of scalability.
If you want to play some solid rounds of time-tested 3D fighting, you can now do so on pretty much any modern computer with even the slightest bit of gaming hardware—or you can just as easily crank it up on a mid-high machine and a 4K screen.
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