Tekken 6 Character Countdown Part 28: Steve Fox
This British Boxer is one tough bloke.
As a way of counting down the time to the release of Tekken 6 for the PS3 and Xbox360, I’ve decided to begin this weekly series of lengthy, character-specific articles, each one featuring one of the 40 or so competing warriors in the latest and greatest King of Iron Fist Tournament. Hopefully, by the time we finish and reach character number 40, we’ll have the console version of Tekken in our hands already.
Part 28 brings us to a relatively recent addition to the roster, a second-generation entrant despite making his debut in Tekken 4. Boasting perhaps one of the oddest back stories in the series (and that’s saying something) and a fair bit of controversy, this master of the ring easily became a favorite thanks to his unique fighting style full of bobs, sways and knockout punches. He’s the genetically-engineered boxing champ, Steve Fox.
Distinguishing Features: Blonde hair and pale blue eyes. British colours and insignias. Southern English accent. Hands like hams.
Strengths: Has incredibly fast and effective punches and combos. Very strong low attacks. Can lay the pressure on his opponent like few others in the roster.
Weaknesses: Toned down in Tekken 6. Has a bit of low self-esteem due to being a genetically-engineered super athlete who doesn’t know his father and whose mother tried to assassinate him. English pies.
Affiliation: Currently teamed up and training with Paul Phoenix and Marshall Law.
Background: Making his debut in the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, middleweight boxing champion Steve Fox had an unbeatable knockout punch that put him at the top of his sport. However, a dark void continued to gnaw at him inside- he knew nothing of his past, his parents or how he got a large scar on his arm.
One day, a syndicate ordered Steve to throw his next fight. Defying the mafia’s commands, Steve became a marked man. Fleeing his native England, Steve was hunted wherever he went. He eventually realized that hiding was pointless- inevitably he’d be found and killed, without ever finding the answers he sought. Laying his fears aside, Steve returned to the spotlight by joining the Tekken Tournament.
Though Steve was targeted for assassination by the deadliest professional assassins, he continued his investigations and eventually learned that he was conceived through vitro-fertilization with Nina Williams being his mother. Later, through the efforts of Lei Wulong, the syndicate gunning for Steve’s life was smashed, allowing him to return to his relatively normal life.
But Steve’s fight was not over- he joined the King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 in order to pursue his investigation of the Mishima Zaibatsu and to make sure they would never replicate the experiments that created him. Eventually, he managed to find his way into the Mishima labs and there he found the evidence of his birth. Steve destroyed the lab, leaving it in flames and finally laying to rest that dark aspect of his life.
Some time later, as war and chaos enveloped the world due to the actions of the Mishima Zaibatsu, many boxing events were suspended or cancelled outright. Left effectively without his passion and profession, Steve sank into depression. After a while he was contacted by Marshall Law, who asked him to team up with him and Paul Phoenix for the upcoming King of Iron Fist Tournament 6. His spirits lifted by the chance to fight again and train in a new martial art, Steve dons his boxing gloves once again…
Character Analysis: Steve Fox AKA Dean Earwicker is surely one of the most unique fighters in Tekken- a true blue boxer and unique proponent of the art of pugilism, Steve is set apart from the rest of the roster by having almost no kicks (save for his lone get-up attack). However, his vast array of punches and various evades and swaying stances more than make up for this.
Perhaps one of the most dangerous fighters in the roster, Steve can turn around a fight with his hard-hitting blows and high-low combos in a flash, and his counter-hits are among the most effective around. Surely, this boxer’s the favorite of players who favor in-your-face offense that never lets up, even if you’re on the ground.
Steve’s story is intriguing, if only for his connection to one of Tekken’s original alum, Nina Williams. It’s just a bit disappointing that since Tekken 4, the tie between mother and son hasn’t been tackled or explored further. No, I’m not expecting Steve to try and hug his nasty-hot mum, but I hope that they do acknowledge this tie at least in a cutscene or such in Tekken 6. Probably won’t happen though, but maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised… it will certainly be cool to see Nina and Steve fight side-by-side at least in the Scenario Campaign mode.
What lies in the future for Steve? Tekken’s first and best boxer is sure to remain a fan favorite and hardcore challenger in future installments. Tying in with the wild geese team of Paul and Law surely can’t result in anything good, but maybe the champ’s skills will rub off on that pair of losers. The pugilist has seen better days, but Steve may yet regain his championship stature with his talented fists in due time.
Stay tuned next week as we delve into another fighter’s story!
Tekken 6 is set for release on PS3, Xbox360 and PSP this October 2009.
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