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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 review

A tried and tested formula gets a refresh and a revisit
Wed Oct 03 2012, 11:17

FIGHTING BEAT 'EM UP Tekken has been a part of console gaming for almost 20 years, but it's also been missing from modern machines like the Xbox 360.

It is back now as Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and it's bigger and badder than ever. Unfortunately, so is its depiction of female fighters who still are reduced to being booby, bottomy also-plays.

Namco, which publishes the game, has attempted to make the learning curve smoother with a Fight Lab mode, which offers you a walkthrough of the main moves with a tutorial. However, with so many options it seems to be suggesting that people dedicate their lives to the game.

The first thing you realise when playing the game is how many characters it has. There are a lot. This means that players have a lot of options to choose from, but it also means that they have a lot to learn.tekken-tag-screen-3-1

Depending on whether you study, work or socialise, this might not be the best option for you. It wasn't for us and that means that while we were able to master, or nearly master, some characters, we didn't even get a chance to try out others.

Fight Lab is a good addition though, and had some nice little jokey features in it, including a sumo wrestler that you might recognise from Street Fighter.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 does not require you to be an expert to win or have fun however, and while you might spend hours in its Fight Lab learning how to play it is still remarkably easy to get beaten or to beat someone by button mashing, whereby players just mash their keys in the hope of making successful strikes.

This is either frustrating, if you are beaten by a button masher, or good, if you are a button masher than has casually wandered into a game.

If you are going to try to become reasonably good at the game you are going to want to try to master two characters. There is a clue in the title as to why this is important, and that is the word Tag.




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