Embrace Reina: Tekken 8’s New Star Shines Brighter Than Expected
When Tekken 8 unveiled its latest character, Reina, it sparked intrigue and speculation, especially considering the demise of Heihachi in Tekken 7. Series director and producer Katsuhiro Harada confirmed Heihachi’s permanent exit, setting the stage for Reina’s enigmatic entrance. Utilizing Mishima-style karate, borrowing iconic moves from the late Heihachi, and addressing Jin Kazama as senpai, Reina’s introduction took place in a temple reminiscent of Heihachi’s former training ground.
The anticipation soared as Reina showcased impressive moves, unique stances and parries, an electrifying signature move, and a jaw-dropping jacket. The visual appeal alone begged for Bandai to release merchandise featuring this stylish character.
Having the opportunity to play Tekken 8 before its official launch, I opted to select Reina for my initial matches and as my main character in the Arcade Quest. While this decision may not be optimal for someone less adept at Tekken, I was drawn to Reina’s vibes and visual charm. Boasting over 130 unique moves, multiple stances that significantly alter gameplay, and formidable parry techniques with a devilishly tight timing window, Reina proves challenging to master. Yet, the rewarding experience of perfecting her uppercut timing for an electric, executing basic combos, transitioning between stances, and identifying her best launchers makes the learning process gratifying.
Although it’s too early to determine her position on the tier list, Reina emerges as a well-rounded character with few shortcomings, primarily attributed to slightly sluggish low attacks. The excitement builds as I look forward to further practice and exploration, eager to uncover what advanced players will discover in the weeks to come. Reina’s arrival in Tekken 8 has surpassed expectations, establishing her as a formidable and captivating addition to the roster.
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