Games use to hold more value. You’d buy them and they’d have enough content to keep you busy for months. But all of that started to change with the introduction of DLC. Now developers everywhere are packing less content into their games and releasing day one DLC. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 isn’t excluded — it has some pre-order bonuses. But there’s a huge difference, this game doesn’t feel incomplete in any way and the extra content will eventually be available for free. Oh, and TTT2 is one of the better games to come out this year.
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Title: Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Platform: PS3/Xbox 360
Release Date: 9/11/12[/toggle_box]
- Round 1 – The fighting system is one of the best around. The face buttons control your fighter’s limbs. And the shoulder buttons are used to tag in your teammate. If you’ve ever picked up a Tekken game then you already know what to expect. Combat is fast and responsive and if you want to stand a chance you need to string together combos, evade your opponents’ attacks, and strategically tag your fighters out.
- Round 2 – If you let one of your fighters get knocked out it’s round over. So switching between fighters while watching their health becomes one of the most important things to remember. The sidelined fighter’s health slowly regenerates, but it doesn’t allow you to get reckless.
- Round 3 – While tagging in your partner you can do special moves like ‘Tag Assault’ and ‘Tag Crash’. You can also equip your custom fighters with weapons. Now this isn’t Soul Calibur, but sometimes it feels nice to smack your oppressors with a huge ass baseball bat.
- Like Butter – The framerate speeds along at a steady 60 FPS. I didn’t encounter any dips during my playtime.
- The Whole Gang is Here – There are over 50 playable characters so you shouldn’t have a problem finding your old favorites.
- Offline Modes – There are 8 offline modes, Arcade Battle, Ghost Battle, VS Battle, Team Battle, Time Attack, Survival, Practice, and Pair Play. All of them are self-explanatory. Ghost Battle became my favorite because you can fight an endless amount of ghosts (other players’ fighters) even if you lose. Plus you can earn money and unlockables. This is how I unlocked most of the ending movies.
- Online Modes – The online offerings are more subdued, you can take part in a Ranked Match or a Player Match. You can also join teams, watch a replay on the Tekken Channel, or check your place on the leaderboards. Once online fights were mostly smooth. I only encountered lag once, but it was probably the other player’s connection. You can filter your opponents by connection speed, but I just wanted to fight anyone so I removed everything.
- Fight Lab – Fight Lab may be the best tutorial mode to ever grace a fighting game. You play as Combot and it teaches you the game’s mechanics. That doesn’t sound too fun, right? Well, this mode has an amusing plot and it makes you a better fighter. I would even recommend the mode to Tekken veterans.
- Deep Customization – Want to turn Nina into a Christmas themed Power Ranger? Go for it! There are tons of ways to make your favorite brawler look unique. This increases replay value because you can fight the same character 20 times and they’ll look completely different.
- Tekken Tunes – Don’t like the music on a certain stage? Change it! Tekken Tunes lets you add your own music to the game’s various stages. Sure, you could just use custom soundtracks, but this is cooler because it feels more natural. Just for kicks I set the Christmas stage’s music to ‘What’s This?’ from Nightmare Before Christmas — and hilarity ensued.
- Ending Movies – I won’t spoil anything, but I found the ending movies highly enjoyable. They range from downright goofy to somewhat depressing.
- Reversible Cover – I’m a sucker for reversible covers. This has an alternative one with Nina and Anna.
- Difficulty Levels – There are five difficulty settings, easy, medium, hard, very hard, and ultra hard. That’s great and all, but you won’t notice a huge difference between them. Although, this problem isn’t unique to TTT2 – it’s prevalent in most of today’s fighting games.
- Stage Interactivity – The elephant in the room must be addressed. Dead or Alive 5 comes out soon and as good as TTT2′s stages are — they can’t compete with DOA5′s. There are a few interactive moments, but they don’t stop the stages from eventually becoming stale.
- 7.5GB Mandatory Install (PS3) – If you’re thinking about picking up the PS3 version make sure you have enough hard drive space. There is a mandatory 7.5GB install. New PS3s shouldn’t have a problem, but if you own a launch model you may have to delete a few things.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is a must buy. It’s deep combat system will please hardcore fans, but it’s also accessible to newcomers thanks to Fight Lab. There’s enough characters, modes, unlockables, and customization options to keep you entertained for a long time. Games with this much content are becoming a rarity in today’s gaming landscape. Especially among the fighting genre, nickel and diming customers has become common practice. Capcom could learn a thing or two from Namco.
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Replay Value: 10
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