Tekken Tag Tournament 2 preview
Fighting games mean different things to different people. Some players are all about competition, tiers, and studying frames of animation. Some set their sights entirely on characters, background stories, and customization. Some just like to go online and button mash until cool, well-rendered things happen on the screen. The genre has enough room for everyone, with different titles putting their focus in different areas. The soon to be released Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has something for everyone.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 doesn’t stray too far from the series’ roots. Gameplay and controls haven’t changed much from the last few iterations of the 3D fighter. This being the eighth game in the massively successful franchise, why fix what isn’t broken? Instead, developer Namco Bandai has focused on refining what they already have, expanding features and options, and taking their formula and polishing it into what is sure to be the definitive Tekken experience.
The story of the game is the same as ever; there’s a world tournament gathering the greatest fighters in the world to beat the crap out of each other in bizarre locations. This being a tag tournament you select two characters from the extensive roster that includes nearly every single playable character from the series’ history. Longtime players will see all of their favorites, like returning characters Jun and Kunimitsu. At launch a handful of bonus characters will be available for download, with more fan favorites to be added over time as free DLC.
Players can play solo in the arcade mode, versus locally, online, or in the revamped training mode. Online play is smoother as ever, completely reengineered from Tekken 6 to now, using the Soul Calibur 5 net code. Even just running the game on a weak MyFi signal on the swanky Tekken bus it played as smoothly as on a home console with a dedicated network.
New features include the Tekken Channel, Tekken Tunes, and the Fight Lab. The Tekken Channel mode lets players watch rematches of their fights to study later, or maybe share their fights with friends for bragging rights. The new Tekken Tunes feature gives players the ability to chop up and play with in-game music as well as import their own music into the game. Fight Lab is a new in-depth training ground for new players to learn how to play, bringing back Combot from Tekken 4 to practice with as well as customize with other characters’ moves and bring into the main game.