After much touring and previews finally laid my hands on my own copy of Tekken tag Tournament 2, and it felt GOOD not sharing it, waiting in a queue of gamers to get a go on the arcade was agony for me.
It’s been almost three years since the last Tekken game, Tekken 6, hardcore Tekken fans would have picked up a copy of Tekken Hybrid last year which included a HD revamp of the original Tekken Tag Tournament, TEKKEN BLOOD VENGEANCE 3D movie on DVD to watch and a demo of TTT2 to keep us busy till the game was finally released on 14 Sep 2012.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (鉄拳タッグトーナメント2) is the eighth main installment in the Tekken fighting game series, and recently the console version was released last month for the PS3 and Xbox360 gaming consoles.
If you haven’t got your hands on it, then you would missed out on getting the “We are Tekken” edition which has the Original Sound Track, Remix Sound Track, “The Art of Tekken” artbook, behind the Scenes Video “Tekken Takes Tokyo” and Exclusive Metal Case with alternate Tekken art!
Now on to the game, we have the basic arcade and VS modes with the added bonus on 2-on-2, 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 fights depending on how cocky or lazy you are feeling and when you’re playing online it all about showing off.
Speaking of showing off, customisation has been taken to a new level, with not just equipping outfits and accessories, you can now carry usable weapons in your hands or on your person to unleash as Alisa kindly demonstrated with a grenade to my face >_<
Even such cute things as Yoshimitsu holding flowers, it doesn’t all have to be fists and screams. Additional to the two or three standard costumes, you are given ten empty slots for each character that means ten different outfits, so if I feel festive why not choose Santa themed Anna, feeling cocky, then tentacle Anna another time, people can well and truely show off there outfits with special cross overs including the power rangers XD
With fifty playable characters to choose from the rooster, you can have endless tag team options. Bringing back past characters such as Jun, Michelle, Kunimitsu, Forest Law and new ones such as thin Bob, Angel, young snazzy Heitachi.
Lee Chaolan being an all time favourite as the annoying underdog of the Mishima family, it was great to see ‘Storymode’ evolve into ‘Fight Lab’ where Violet (Lee’s fabulous alter ego) takes charge of teaching Combot (you) how to fight and you get to customise his appearance and moves.
The real time environmental effects blew me away, I always lamented how the characters in Tekken 6 never got stained in the tomato stage but now your characters actually show water and dirt effect making it that much more realistic. Which can be backgrounds based in the UK to Japan or in Snoop Dogg’s bonus pimp round.
True to Tekken innovation, the moves have slightly changed again for most characters including the new Tag attacks and throws. Grappling hasn’t looked this good with such high definition on the characters looking sleeker especially on the Xbox 360 version, being a PS3 fan i was pleasantly surprised that combos felt more fluid on the xbox controller, or else my hands were numb from all non stop fighting :-p
If your biggest selling on point on a game is the online facilities, you will be pleased with the ‘World Tekken federation’. The WTF is where you have your own online community, you can keep track with new friends and old, compare statistics, make tag teams and check out your rank on the leader board. Create your own teams with other players and enter future coming competitions – this isn’t just a game, it’s a lifestyle. TTT2 has set the bar high for fighting games to compete, all the hype has led Persona 4, DOA 5 to be overshadowed…better luck next time aye ? What’s your favorite crossover costumes and for who?