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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 PS3 Review

 
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We liked?


The best Tekken Experience yet
Huge roster of fighters
Bucket load of bombast

Not so much?


Doesn't move the series forward
Combos, juggles and throws can be unfair


Final Fiendish Findings?

This is Namco Bandai rewarding you for years of loyal support by giving you a massive fan service title that looks and plays like a dream. If you’re a fan of the series, or ever were one, then this title is for you. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 may have it’s problems but those are the same facing may fighter now – how to evolve

I say come for the spectacle stay for the top notch action. Grin and grimace at the show before you and then relish the silky smooth combat, massive depth of offline and online options and all round entertainment that Tekken has brought over the years.

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Posted September 24, 2012 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

All hail Tekken Tag Tournament 2 – The King of Iron Fist is back.. and this time he’s got friends! It seems oddly fitting that in the twilight of this generation that I should be playing the sequel to the game that launched the PS2 era.  Much has changed though since the original Tekken Tag Tournament launched on that platform… but are they all for the better? Like every other fighter Tekken boasts a large roster of fighters.  Unlike most other fighters there are a delicious mix of favourites all mixed up with some good old bat-shit crazy Tekken action.  Yes you can keep your Street Fighters, your Soul Calibur and even my other favourite series Guilty Gear.  For me Tekken has always be the best of the fighters on offer. Namco come in strong with a load of new moves incorporating the new Tag-Throws and Tag-Combo systems.  A new World Tekken Federation allows players to track and compare their stats on a global scale.  Oh and the roster exceeds a whopping fifty playable characters which is just nuts!  Oh and nobody, apart from possibly Kojima-san, does bat-crap crazy intros like Team Tekken do on the Tekken series.  Tekken Tunes lets you customise the music on each stage and the game even serves up a battle royale in 3D if you have the equipment. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Review Tekken Tag 2’s emphasis is truly on global online play.  That’s not to say that the game is lacking the regular offline features expected from the series.  You’re served up the usual Arcade Battle mode where you fight through a particular characters story and then do it all over again.  There is the usual Ghost battle, team battle, survival etc.  All these modes serve as great practice for the hardest challenge you’ll be facing – real opponents. This time straight out of the gate Namco Bandai have set the bar high for online fighters in the form if the online play it serves up.  Silky smooth online experiences, well rounded lobbies and solid play all bring the magic of couch/bedroom brawler challenges with your mates to a global arena. All this is fairly pointless if the game doesn’t play well.  Thankfully the team have taken what made Tekken great over the years and distilled it into this fighter.  Sure, as ever, Tekken is more of a brawler than maybe the like of Super Street Fighter or Guilty Gear allude to.  There are two ways to play Tekken games, one is to play a strategic game of cat and mouse, picking off a few shots at your opponent here and there whilst maintaining an ever watchful eye for that moment of opportunity – then devastating them with a mixture of juggles, combos and throws.  The other way is to just jam on the buttons, spamming the same specials over and over whilst hoping you don’t mean someone who can wait you out. Graphically the game looks gorgeous, with the bat-crap crazy CGI and silky smooth fighters Tekken has never looked this good – maybe no other fighter has either.  Sound is electro-pumping base lines and all out bloody boiling stompers to help elevate your BPM.  Voice work, arena sounds and combat noises are as you would expect – impeccable. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Review Tekken  Tag Tournament 2 does it’s best to break in new players with the new Fight Lab mode.  Here you get to face off against a robot in a series of progressively more difficult scenarios that aim to push you past the very basics and move you onto the finer points of the game.  It does it’s job reasonably well but seems to lack luster or finesse when compared to similar offerings from the likes of Capcom or ARCSystems. Namco Bandai’s online pass carrot on a stick is a reasonable proposition.  Not only does it activate the online fighting mode – an essential part of the bundle – but it also give you access to the World Tekken Federation.  This is a similar online system to that offered from Call of Duty or Battlefield 3 allowing you to check stats, rankings etc via an online system.  A nice addition for real fight fans looking to check out their competition and see their global standings. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 takes the elements and lessons learned from the past generation of Tekken titles and melds them into this game that is greater than the sum of it’s parts.  They’ve managed to put together the ultimate Tekken fan title here and the love for the bombast and brawling nature of the series shines through. What they’ve failed to do is move the series on in any significant way.  The game is still very heavy on slugging it out and could be repetative for some players not willing or able to buy in to the craziness of the series. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Review Look on Tekken Tag Tournament 2 in this way – this will probably be the last Tekken in it’s current guise.  From here the developers need to sit back, take stock of what makes Tekken such a loved franchise and move forward with it.  IT won’t be easy, Tekken 4 faced the same process but managed to kickstart the changes that brought Tekken back from the brink. Final Thoughts If you’re a fan of the series, or ever were one, then this title is for you.  This is Namco Bandai rewarding you for years of loyal support by giving you a massive fan service title that looks and plays like a dream. Come for the spectacle.  Grin and grimace at the show before you and then relish the silky smooth combat, massive depth of offline and online options and all round entertainment that Tekken has brought over the years. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 may suffer from a lack of forward momentum and sometimes cheap frustrating juggle heavy combo deaths but boy, it’s still a great game to play.


Zeth

 
Zeth is our EU ninja and Editor in Chief. He's been writing about video games since 2008 when he started on BrutalGamer. He's pretty old and has been a gamer since he played Space Invaders as a young boy in the 80's. His genre tastes lean towards platformers, point-and-click adventure, action-adventure and shooters but he'll turn his hand to anything.