There are very few games that have the same global appeal and recognition as the Tekken series. The characters from the franchise have become icons of the fighting genre. One character from the series that has remained a firm fan favorite is Marshall Law. In this post we look at how the character has evolved from the original arcade game to the latest version of Tekken.

Tekken ( arcade – 1994 / console – 1995 )

Law was one of the original eight characters in the first version of Tekken. Released as an arcade game in December 1994, and the following year on the Sony PlayStation, Law instantly became a huge hit as one of the more accessible characters to master. The character also had an interesting backstory compared to the other characters. In the first game, Law is a restaurateur in San Francisco who is experiencing financial difficulties. In order to pay his way, Law enters the Iron Fist tournament.

Another reason the character was instantly popular was his strong resemblance to film icon, philosopher, and Jeet Kune Do founder-master Bruce Lee. Aside from the similarities in physical features, it was apparent that Law mirrored Lee’s famous fighting style. Complex ranks Law at no. 6 out of the “20 Best Tekken Video Game Characters of All Time” because of this similarity to Lee. This included many of Lees fighting moves such as the one-inch punch, and flying kick. Over the different installments of the series, Law’s attire has matched Lee’s legendary costumes from Enter the Dragon and Game of Death.

Using Law to channel Lee was an inspired choice. No one personifies martial arts and tournament fighting like Bruce Lee. Lee is one of only a few figures in the entertainment industry to become a pop culture icon in his own right. His life philosophy and films have inspired many people, with the Hong Kong Heritage Museum putting on a dedicated exhibition to the star in 2013. Elements of his films have also been used across media platforms to reach out to new fans. The Bruce Lee slot game on Slingo provides entertainment and insight for new fans, and nostalgia for old fans of his films. Marshall Law, like the games and artwork, is the perfect illustration of how much Lee means to so many people.

Tekken 4 ( 2001 – arcade / 2002 – console )

Every version, Tekken undeniably kept getting better and better. By the time Tekken 4 came around, the graphics had improved a lot. A key development in the gameplay that further accentuates the characters’ movements was the 3D fighting plane, which Tekken 4 fully utilized. According to PSX Extreme what makes this significant to the gaming experience and the fighter’s abilities, was that the avatars were able to side-step and dodge attacks unlike ever before. Tekken 4 was also a return for the character of Marshall Law. In Tekken 3, his son Forest Law had replaced him. The game also featured a new look for the character.

Tekken 7 ( 2015 – arcade / 2017 – console )

Law once again returned for the seventh installment of the franchise. This new version of Law was much more battle scarred than his past incarnations. There were also several changes to the character of Law, including new moves with stronger combo damage. The new Tekken was well received by both fans and critics, and Law is an integral piece to the franchise’s continued success. This iconic character will be with the franchise for many future installments.

Written By: Rudolf Quisten

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