Bandai Namco hit us with a one-two new Tekken 8 Steve reveal trailer a few days ago.
Although he has been a fan favorite since Tekken 4, many gamers still don’t understand Steve Fox.
But we will gazelle leap our way forward and see what this returning opponent is all about.
Tekken 8 Steve Reveal Impressions
Bandai Namco has released another reveal trailer, going along with their one-week plan until the release date of Tekken 8.
Walking into the ring with cockney swagger and botox is the iconic boxer Steve Fox. This cockney bruiser was first introduced in Tekken 4 back in 2004.
Although he is not a big player in the tekken story, fans love his unique gameplay and British angle. Let’s be real: he is the most unique character on the roster. Not in terms of creativity that goes to the boxing kangaroo. But in terms of playstyle, Steve plays his own game with the kick buttons, not even kicking but instead dodging.
Steve reminds players that Tekken is a 3D-based fighter, properly utilizing the 3rd dimension. You would be surprised at how many Tekken players forget the motion of moving sideways to avoid hits.
But this time around, Steve Fox is voiced by English actor Gideon Emery. A multi-talented British-born lad who has chops in acting, voiceovers, and motion captures.
A true working man Gideon is most known in the gaming sphere for his voice as Balthier. It is probably one of the few things people remember from Final Fantasy 12. Not that it’s a bad game or anything, but honestly, can you remember what even happens in that?
Steve Fox’s New Look
Steve’s new look is also pretty snazzy, but some players have pointed out some weaknesses. Firstly, Steve has been having plastic surgery. When compared to his previous version, his face is noticeably puffier in certain angles, and he looks like his role model is Simon Cowell with all the botox in his cheeks.
His outfit is spot on, with the one blemish being a chocker. We don’t know why Harada thought Steve wanted a chocker. I am not aware of any boxers who use them in their training routines.
It honestly feels a little out of place for his character to be a straight-edge British boxer. Hes not going for a night out in Soho, my guy is right hooking robots! It would be fine as a customizable thing, but to have it as his P1 look… [Like, we get the belt thing right, Bandai love giving characters belts and zips everywhere; thats fine; we have gotten used to it, but a chocker on Steve?]
Imagine Rocky turning up to the ring while wearing a chocker; see, it does not fit all!
But gameplay-wise, he is looking solid. We got the Superman punch, we got the Sonic fang in Drive Rush, and we got Back 2 launching on hit. Although he does not look so different from his Tekken 7 avatar, that is honestly fine.
Tekken 7 Steve played smooth like Jazz when you got in the motion, so we cannot wait to play him in 8.
His new Rage Art as well looks smashing, taking inspiration from the Jack Dempsy roll. A famous boxing style of pivoted hooks made famous by the anime Hajime No Ippo. For Tekken players, this is new, but for Steve players, that anime is required watching, so they already know this!
If you are thinking of picking up Steve for Tekken 8, try out these older variants. Every iteration of Steve has been mid- to high-tier. The only reason he is lower than others is because of his complexities. No other character, be it a fighting game character in general, plays like Steve. He’s a groundbreaker, a swing fainter, and a bone breaker, and we love him.
Story-wise, he has not had much to do since Tekken 5 found out he was a surrogot clone made by the Zaibotsu, and his mother is Nina. Hopefully we get some screen time with Steve pitching into the story. And this time, not the lame Tekken 7 text box short stories. Gamers want a proper arcade story mode and to see Steve take part in something bigger than Tekken 6. Please, Harada, don’t give him a gag ending like that in 8!