Release Date: 14/09/12
The original tag team fighter that started it all is back. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 delivers new and returning characters in the largest roster ever. Experience the most advanced attack mechanics, ultimate combo move sets and new battle modes. With innovative features to broaden Tekken consumer accessibility, unlimited fighter combinations & multiple ways to challenge your friends – get ready for the next battle! WE ARE TEKKEN.
If you really got into console gaming back when I did, everyone had the Tekken games, they were fast button pushing action, with impressive moves and of course great to play with your mates when you’d have a few bevvies. So when I heard about the new one coming out for the Xbox 360 I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, after all, all those memories that I’d get to enjoy again as I smacked seven shades of the brown stuff out of anyone with the tenacity to even think that they could challenge the Beat ‘Em Up King on the console (in my defence I think that was ego coming back.)
What occurred within was pretty much what you’d expect with 50 playable characters some newly updated graphics and of course some other nice touches such as the clothing getting roughed up and mucky. There’s also the chance as you earn points though victory to upgrade characters with new moves, some interesting additions which all in keeps you playing.
Add to this the nice touch of a free online gaming mode where you can challenge other players with stat keepers to let you know how you’re doing (characters you play most, records of Wins, Loses and Draws) it can be fun, but for me the real draw of the game is more playing it at home with your friends where you can each challenge each other to massive multiplayer combats. That’s where the fun of Tekken is and to be honest if you’re going to be playing this more as a single player it may not be the game for you as there’s no real plot and you’ll quickly rediscover the illness that grappled the world years ago, Tekken hand (in short after all the mashing your wrist and fingers will ache and if overdone could remind you of a Repetitive Strain Injury.)
All in Lady Eleanor and I have had fun taking on each other for petty chore duties (such as who’s going to make the next coffee) and its been great to revisit the beat them up again with some new backgrounds. However if you’ve moved on to the more sophisticated style of game where there’s multiple solutions and don’t fancy random button pushing in the vain hope of pulling off something impressive and will be playing on your own there really isn’t much for you.