Excerpt: Some of my best memories of gaming are of fighting games. Way back in the mid to late 90s, we used to gather around one of our NES knock-offs and take turns fighting each other in Street Fighter II. Later on, we graduated to playing the first Marvel vs Capcom on the original PlayStation. Not like we knew what we were doing in these games, we just liked to try and beat each other up. But as time went by, newer consoles came along with newer and better fighting games.
Summary: I'm what you call and "on again off again" Tekken fan. I religiously played the series for hundreds of hours per iteration all the way up until Tekken 4 , then I just kind of...stopped. For years to come, I would dabble in the Tekken universe, but nothing ever really caught my interest for more than a few months.
Excerpt: Inevitably there are people out there that would prefer fighting games to tone down on their combo-centric emphasis and just provide a basic, streamlined fighting experience that can be both fun and challenging. The Super Smash Bros. series is a good example of this type of game. Others will cry foul and demand a million button combinations.
Conclusion: In some ways Tekken Tag Tournament 2 feels like a waypoint before the next REAL Tekken game. Still, there is a huge roster of fighters and the same tight technical gameplay that is the hallmark of the series. Series fans will be pleased.
Excerpt: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is one of those long overdue videogame sequels where the end product does not quite justify the long wait but is thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. We’ve had plenty of Tekken games since the original Tag Tournament was unleashed in arcades (remember those?) way back in 1999, quite a few good ones even, but those were all strictly one-on-one affairs.
Conclusion: In mechanics though, the game soars, offering awesome new takes on systems that made the original TTT title a must-have PS2 classic whilst also adding a modern flair and polish that makes it a stellar example that fighting games don’t have to all be about gaining extended revenue through costume and character DLC - it can be about packing in a great suite of impressive features from the word go.
Summary: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 really brings it. It's a fighting game chock full of content to keep gamers plugging hours into the game. Customization, great controls and seamless online multiplayer make this a must-buy for fighting game fans.
Pros: Smooth and responsive controls, Wide variety of gameplay modes to keep everyone happy, Customization makes every fight a reward in and of itself
Cons: Learning curve is drastically steep, Training mode is at times incredibly frustrating, Bare bones online multiplayer can get old fast