Paul Phoenix Returns with a Bold New Look in Tekken 8
Tekken 8, the latest entry in the long-running fighting game franchise from Bandai Namco, is set to feature familiar names such as Jin Kazama, King, and Marshall Law. Now another fan favourite is set to join the roster. Paul Phoenix, the tough street fighter from America and a mainstay of the series since the original 1994 game, has a noticeably different look compared to his appearances in previous games.
Visual changes reflective of the time that has passed
Paul Phoenix’s appearance has changed throughout the years, reflecting how much time has passed since the first Tekken, which seems to be a common trend among many series constants. Phoenix appears to be leaving his hi-top fade hairdo behind and will sport a somewhat more relaxed hairstyle, though with plenty of golden hair to spare, as Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima march towards their decisive clash.
New visual design for Phoenix in Tekken 8
Tekken 8 marks a significant change in Phoenix’s visual design, which looks the most drastic compared to the other characters confirmed to be in the game as of this writing. In the game’s latest gameplay trailer, posted by Bandai Namco Entertainment America on their YouTube channel, players saw how Phoenix would fight in the upcoming game. The most striking difference is his redesigned appearance, which was more detailed after the short glimpse in Tekken 8’s second trailer.
Phoenix’s love for motorcycles
In Tekken 7, Phoenix traded in his trademark red gi for a leather jacket and pants to lean into his love of motorcycles. With Tekken 8’s artwork, Bandai Namco embraces this idea even more. While some of his trademark features, such as his blonde hair, have been retained, his primary costume has been given a more motorcycle-inspired look.
Tekken 8 continues to add new characters to its roster while also making significant changes to fan favourites such as Paul Phoenix. The game’s latest gameplay trailer, posted on Bandai Namco Entertainment America’s YouTube channel, showcases Phoenix’s new look and fighting style, which fans will undoubtedly be excited to try. With the game set to pick up six months after the events of Tekken 7’s story mode, fans can look forward to discovering how the narrative will continue to unfold, especially with the return of Jin’s mother, Jun Kazama. Overall, Tekken 8 is shaping up to be a thrilling addition to the franchise and will keep fans engaged for hours on end.
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