Tekken 8 Is The Perfect Example Of Customization Done Right

Reality can be whatever you want, visually at least.

Story Highlights

  • Tekken 8 stands out for its polished mechanics and customization options.
  • Players have showcased their custom creations all over social media since launch.
  • Studios can learn a thing or ten about player freedom from Tekken 8’s example.

In the realm of fighting games, Bandai Namco’s Tekken 8 has emerged as a trailblazer not just for its polished mechanics but for its unparalleled customization options, putting all competition to shame. The ability to dress up fighters in a myriad of styles has become a hallmark of the franchise, and the latest installment is no exception.

Bandai Namco has bestowed players with a treasure trove of customization options, sparking a wave of creativity within the gaming community. From video games to live action shows, Tekken players have managed to fit almost everyone into the game using its base customization tools. It’s honestly something that many companies can learn from.

This **** is beautiful
byu/DRKtoss_98 inTekken

A Tapestry Of Creative Freedom

One of the standout features of Tekken 8 is the sheer freedom it grants players in personalizing their fighters. From flamboyant outfits inspired by pop culture icons to meticulous recreations of beloved characters from different franchises, the game’s customization system serves as a canvas for players to unleash their imagination.

Unlike some games that lock customization behind tedious challenges, Tekken 8 strikes a balance. While most options are readily available or attainable with in-game currency, a handful of unique items require players to defeat specific opponents. This adds an extra layer of challenge and ensures that customization remains an evolving aspect of the game.

At its core Tekken is a game about punching people and having fun while you do it. The customization freedom is simply the cherry on top of an already enjoyable experience. That is until you join an online match and get tossed around in the air by a King main like an authentic Italian pizza for 15 minutes straight. Not speaking from experience, of course.

Creating Your Own Unofficial Guest Fighters

Fans, unwilling to wait for official announcements, have taken the in-game customization system to craft characters from other games seamlessly. The Tekken subreddit has become a virtual runway for these fan-made fighters, showcasing the community’s prowess in adapting characters from diverse universes into the Tekken fold.

Impressively, all of this has been achieved without the use of mods, underscoring the depth and versatility of Tekken 8’s customization tools. Just 24 hours into the game’s release, players were already presenting remarkably accurate depictions of characters from games like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. But obviously they didn’t stop there.

Taking a look at some of there custom characters will leave you rolling on the floor clutching your sides. Either that or they’ll have your jaw dropped in awe as you stare at a character that you can’t believe isn’t a mod. At this point I don’t think Bandai Namco can add a DLC character to the game that hasn’t already been made by the fans.

The Social Media Showcase

The advent of social media has played a pivotal role in amplifying the impact of Tekken 8’s customization system. Platforms like Twitter are ablaze with posts featuring players’ creative endeavors, as they proudly display their in-game creations inspired by characters like Gojo from Jujutsu Kaisen, Luffy from One Piece, and Leon Kennedy from Resident Evil.

This influx of user-generated content not only serves as a testament to the game’s appeal but also fosters a sense of community among fans. The positive response on social media underlines how Tekken 8 has transcended its status as a mere fighting game, evolving into a platform for shared creativity and celebration of diverse characters.

Pixels To Passion

What sets Tekken 8 apart is the meticulous attention to detail in its customization options. The game allows players not just to replicate the appearance of their favorite characters but to infuse them with a personal touch. The level of detail in the character designs is astounding, with players capturing the essence of each character they seek to recreate.

This transformation is what elevates Tekken 8’s customization beyond a mere cosmetic feature. Players can express their adoration for iconic characters while imprinting a piece of their individuality onto the virtual fighters. What better way to enjoy the game as a King player hits you with 50 back-to-back combos? Still not speaking from experience, ok?

It’s more than just customization. It’s a sign of a company that knows exactly what its players want and aims to meet all of their standards, and more. This is especially important considering some recent events that have caused a rift in the gaming community. Those events stemming from certain companies who can’t seem to understand their consumers.

Yes That's Supposed To Be Walter White And Gustavo Fring From Breaking Bad
Yes That’s Supposed To Be Walter White And Gustavo Fring From Breaking Bad

Other Companies Can Take Note

While many of Bandai Namco’s competitors are busy making sure that players never get to play the game they want to, Tekken 8 is a breath of fresh air. Take Capcom, for example. Just recently they added the new Enigma DRM to most of their popular titles, without telling anyone of course. This makes the game un-moddable, amidst other issues.

And hey, don’t take my word for it. The entire community was up in arms about this update, so much so that Capcom had to roll back on their decision. Some discussion forum admins even took the time to mock players for “getting angered because they can’t use cheats anymore.” Out of touch much?

To an extent I can see why Capcom would go this far. I’m of course referring the that infamous Chun Li incident where a tournament host forgot to remove their nude mods before livestreaming the event. Capcom did not enjoy all the negative press they ended up getting. Still, deciding to restrict player freedom was a tad bit too much.

This is precisely why I’m glad Bandai put so much love into the character customization for Tekken 8. If Capcom decided to put half as much effort into their titles, then they probably wouldn’t have to worry about cosmetic mods. I mean, let’s be honest, that Spy x Family collab Yor skin is absolutely atrocious. Not surprised fans would rather use a mod instead.

Setting The Standards

In conclusion, Tekken 8’s customization system is a testament to the evolving landscape of gaming. It goes beyond being a mere feature, becoming a stage for players to showcase their creativity, express their passion for beloved characters, and contribute to a flourishing community. Using any other game’s customization options after Tekken 8 just feels wrong.

The unofficial guest fighters, the social media showcases, all point towards Tekken 8 not just as a game but as a dynamic platform that continually invites players to shape and redefine its virtual universe. As the community’s creativity continues to unfold, Tekken 8 solidifies its place as not just a fighting game but a celebration of the boundless imagination of its players.

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Ahmed Shayan is a News Writer on eXputer with decent experience writing about games. He’s a machine learning enthusiast with a passion for a plethora of gaming genres. Ahmed is fond of Soulsborne games in which he has invested more than 3,000 hours! You can follow Ahmed's gaming activity on his PSN Profile.

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