Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Review

10460631-1334923134-929917Publisher/Developer: Namco Bandai

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U

Platform Reviewed: PS3

I felt like this had to be the first game I review for this blog. Anyone who knows me well will know that I’ve been playing Tekken games since I was a kid. Granted, I might not have been a combo master or even particularly good at the game but it has always been a blast to play.

Fast forward to 2013 and Tekken has now become one of the most competitive games played by me and the lads. For most people it’s FIFA and Call of Duty but Tekken definitely takes the crown for us.

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Presentation

For anyone who has played any Tekken game from Tekken 5 will instantly feel at home with the menu interface. All of the options are clearly laid out and I doubt even new players would get lost. The main game modes are classed in either Offline or Online modes.

Characters can be customised as in other recent Tekken games. There are some really odd customisation options for each character though, I guess the Japanese always had whacky imaginations!

Graphics

One word: Unbelievable. I was literally blown away by how good this game looks. Before anyone says “oh, it doesn’t look that great” let me educate you! For a game to run at 60 frames per second (fps) and still look good, the system it’s running on needs to have enough graphical/processing power and system memory. The PS3 and Xbox 360 are not new machines; they are around 7 years old with crappy hardware compared to today’s standards and for them to be able to run this beast without slowing down, in my opinion, is unbelievable.

Another feature the game has is 3D capability so if you have a 3D TV you might want to try it out. It’s a cool experience BUT the framerate drops down to 30 and you will notice it if you’ve been playing the game in 2D mode for a while.

Story

If anyone is thinking of buying this game for a good story, you are in the wrong place. The only place you will find any sort of storyline is the ending videos shown after completing the 10 stage Arcade Mode with each character. These short videos are all “what ifs” showing what would happen if a specific character won the whole tournament. Even as a long time Tekken fan, I found them to be monotonous. In the past Tekken games, going through the Arcade Mode with different characters would result in a new video AND a new character would be unlocked. This is no longer the case because all the characters are unlocked from the beginning of the game which I believe was a mistake on Namco’s part. However, this game contains EVERY Tekken fighter from all the previous games (except Gon because of licensing issues) so if you are interested in unlocking each characters (59) ending videos, you’ll kill a lot of hours doing it.

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Gameplay

I honestly think Tekken has the deepest and most difficult to master fighting system out of any beat em up. Obviously many will disagree but I don’t care! This is my review and I’ll give my opinion.

TTT2 has the same system as Tekken 6 with each face button controlling different limbs. However, as this is a tag based game, two of the shoulder buttons have now become part of the main controls and are used to tag out of battle.

Combos can be performed by performing moves in succession. The move list for each character is very extensive and will take most people a long while to memorise each move.

Juggling combos can be performed by one character or by two characters to do more damage. This does take a lot of time and practice to get perfect so I wouldn’t worry about this stuff too much if you are new to the series.

Lasting Appeal

The offline modes only remain interesting for a short time but playing against your friends is what this game was made for. You can do this on the same screen or using online modes. In my opinion, nothing beats fighting people when they are directly in front of you (so you can taunt them after you win) and you don’t have to worry about lag online. That being said, online mode is still a good experience (when it works) and will keep you busy until the next Tekken game is released.

Which Platform

I have not yet played this game on Xbox 360 or Wii U BUT I know for a fact that the PS3 controller is the best for fighting games. The D-Pad is a lot easier to use during combos and even if you wanted to use the analog stick instead, it is positioned perfectly on the controller. The D-Pad on the 360 controller was clearly designed for things like weapon switching or item equipping in other games. So yeah, go with the PS3 version if you have a choice but as far as I know, there are no graphical or technical differences in the game each platform.

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Conclusion

Everyone at the Black Hole Corner has this game! If you haven’t played/owned a Tekken game in a while then I’d say this is a perfect time to go and grab a copy. If you have never played a Tekken game before then this might not be the best introduction to the series as I believe it was aimed at gamers who were already Tekken fans. However, that’s not to say you should’t give it a go. Whats the harm? You might end up thinking you’re good and challenge one of us to a match!

My Score: 9/10

By Warren

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