It's time to bring you the next article post in this website's line up. I felt like this time I would write a new entry relating to video games and one of my favourite series. I'm going to be featuring a new Top 10 list that focuses on the power, style and fighting technique of those deadly female fighters from the Tekken video game series.
There have been quite a few female fighters in the Tekken series but to narrow this down, I'll only list fighters who are currently in the game's line up (i.e. Jun Kazama and Michelle Chang will not be listed as one is "retired" and the other is "missing).
10. Alisa Boskonovitch
Alisa has proven to be a powerhouse when it comes to power and fighting style. Her premiere in the Tekken 6 console version highlighted her ability to assist Lars in taking down armed guards and robots. I felt she was a little annoying at some points during the story mode but a great ally to have in the game. However, due to the fact that she is a half-human half-cybernetic fighter, I don't feel it is completely fair to place her higher in the list because of the enhance fighting capabilities. That and her somewhat over the top fighting moves place her in the number 10 spot.
9. Julia Chang
I will be honest that Julia is not one of my favourite characters in the Tekken series. I find her somewhat boring and unoriginal in comparison to her adoptive mother, Michelle Chang. It's like when Kira from Mortal Kombat was created using the same designs as Sonya Blade; more of a carbon copy. Her storyline is touching and she can do some good moves but in comparison to the rest, she still doesn't rank higher on my list or pool of fighters.
Wait a second, let's take a moment and answer the two questions that are flowing through your mind right now: (1) Yes, the Panda is a girl and (2) Yes, there is actually a fighter in Tekken that is a Panda.
Great. Alright, lets commence...
The animal characters are a hit-and-miss with me. Sometimes they're enjoyable to play as but most times I feel they're a gimmick with a tendency to make an important fighting moment really humorous. I don't personally use Panda as a fighter on most occasions because I feel her fighting style is slow in comparable to more agile fighters. She does bring a comical aspect to a series and we always need that.
7. Anna Williams
One of the deadly William sister assassins. What she makes up for in fighting is accumulated in her desire to destroy all those who come in her way. I've played both as Nina and as Anna and what I've determined is that Anna is more stiff in her fighting style. May have to do with the high heels but she doesn't rank higher on the list. She does make a great neutral/villain in the series and you've got to love the strange animosity in her sisterly relationship with Nina.
6. Ling Xiaoyu
They're pros and cons when dealing with Ling as a fighter. She is very agile and acrobatic so she could easily be a quick fighter to work with. I recommend new players to the series to practice using her for a while because it would be easier to distinguish the mechanics on how to play. The downside is I don't feel she could deliver a big punch when fighting some of the more powerful fighters in the game. Also she does lump in to the annoying category. You can be peppy and perky but mix that together with a boy crazy crush, anime style and big Panda pal and you've got a recipe to annoy players left and right.
She's the newest female in the series and can I say...weirdness. Her fighting style can only be described as like a scorpion who is ready to strike at any moment. She's mysterious and I would love to see how the series developers incorporate her further in the series now that her responsibility of warning about the temple is over. I feel that if they utilize her correctly, then she could become one of the strangest yet important characters of the series that isn't a Mishima.
4. Asuka Kazama
Earlier, I had pegged Asuka to be higher on the list but then I determined something. She's a good fighter, almost in the same league as Jin and Kazuya, but her fighting style is really similar to that of Jun. I'm a fan of originality to a point and Asuka is a great character to play as when you're fighting against another competitor but she's not the be-all-end-all of fighters in the game. A lot of you would place her at number one or in your Top 3 and that`s fine; we all have our own opinion as our best fighters and Asuka isn`t in my Top 3.
3. Nina Williams
The other Williams sister Assassin. I must note that Nina is the only character to have a spin-off game created specifically for their character and storyline. She's agile and quick, secretive and deadly, and actually has a full-grown son who fights against her in the game (let's not dig into that chestnut). As an assassin, she fights right to the jugular which many of the other characters do not. She's powerful and work her way around many of the other fighters in the game. I really love her storyline and can't wait to see what happens next in terms of her and her son Steve Fox.
2. Christie Monteiro
I don't think many people are familiar with the Capoeira fighting style. It's a perfect mix of moving to the beat and fighting against your opponent; Christie definitely uses it to her advantage to defeat her opponents. She's fun, quirky and definitely makes the game enjoyable when you get to interact with her in the story mode. The reason she's not number one is that sometimes you have to utilize the moves correctly to make it effective and if you can't then you may have a problem. While her fighting stance is similar to Eddy Gordo, I find her effectiveness to be more precise.
1. Lili Rochefort
Many of you are probably going "WTF" right now but you'll probably agree with me at some points. Her fighting style is incredibly unique; it's a mix of acrobatics, ballet and fighting. Her storyline is interesting and could be vastly adapted more to be more complex. I love her rivalry with Asuka because it shows the cattiness of the characters and gives them more personality. Also, you just end up liking her. She may not be one of the strongest female characters in the game like Nina or one of the most agile like Christie but you can agree that she is the most technical and unique female fighter in the game. That's why Lili Rochefort earns the top spot on the list.
Agree or Disagree with the list? Share you opinion below and tell me where you think each fighter should be placed on the list!