Tekken Tag Tournament 2: The Review (PS3)
Tekken Tag is Back!
It’s been a decade since the first Tekken Tag Tournament and this tag team fighter title is back and ready to make an impact. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 boasts one of the biggest rosters in the history of Tekken. Almost all of the characters from the past Tekken titles are here (except for Gon and…well maybe just Gon). The console version has the roster of the arcade version, with added exclusives such as Forest Law, P-Jack, Alex and Tiger Jackson. If that isn’t enough to satisfy your character cravings, the DLC characters such as Ancient Ogre, Angel, Kunimitsu and Michelle Chang might do the trick.
So you say that the roster is STILL not enough? Well how about Slim Bob, Sebastian and Miharu sound for you? The game will still provide free character DLCs for the console gamers in the form of Unknown, Violet and Doctor B as well. All in all, not only would you get the biggest Tekken roster, but they all come into the game for FREE. All in all, the free character DLC is one of the biggest plus sides that this game has. Compared to other fighting games that charge gamers for DLC characters on the PSN/X-Box live, Tekken Tag 2 hands them out, free of charge. Thank you, Good Guy Greg…er..Namco.
The customize feature is really a fun feature for this game. From hair colors to attires, to even your character portraits, your Tekken character can be completely customizable. The player can spend literally hours just customizing one character to make it their own.
Fight Lab is probably my favorite part of the game. Not only does this game teach the player how the game mechanic works, but it also gives a little extra. There are some ‘inside jokes’, ‘floating ganryu’ and weird characters everywhere. A word of advice, don’t be alarmed if you think certain characters look like they’re from another fighting game series. Chances are, they might be.
Fight…and fight again!
Tekken Tag Tournament 2’s offline mode has the standard ‘ghost battle’, ‘vs mode’, etc….but even if they are just the usual Tekken modes, the gameplay is still addictive. If you’re an avid Tekken player and get tired of playing with the CPU…go online and tangle with the best players. This author can tell you that the online competition for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is so fierce; he had a ‘perfect’ record of 0-8 before getting a lucky win. If there’s only one drawback in this game is that, it lacks other modes that would depart from the usual game (e.x. Tekken Bowl)…but do we really need that? Nah. I just miss Tekken Bowl, I guess.
All in all, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is one of the best fighting game titles out in the PS3 today. There is a HIGH replay value for this game in terms of playing against the CPU, your friends, or even online. If not, you will still want to play this game over and over again for either the character endings or getting more credit to customize your fighter. This is also one fighting game that gives DLC characters FOR FREE and that’s something that can be a big drawing factor (and also something that maybe Capcom can learn for its next fighting games…). If you’ve been stuck under a rock for nearly a year, here’s my advice to you, buy this game. This is one awesome fighting game.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 review in ‘lazy’ form
The Good: Free DLC characters, huge roster, and a wide array of customization options.
The Bad: No Gon. No Tekken Bowl
Verdict: 9.9/10 – just a .10 off since the absence of my favorite little dinosaur but this is one heck of a fighting game that you have to buy.
Disclaimer: Yes, this review is a year or so late but…that’s what you expect from a place entitled ‘lazy videogame review’.