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XBox 360 Review: Tekken Tag Tournament 2

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Tekken is a fighting game franchise created by Namco.  The original Tekken was released in 1994 and there have been several sequels and spin offs since that time.  The story in the game documents the events of a fictional martial arts tournament called the King of Iron Fist Tournament. The first Tekken Tag Tournament, was released in 1999 and now we’re get Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 features one-on-one fighting and solo fighter versus a tag team battle.  These new modes of play provide extra options for Tekken fans and may draw in new players who are used to one-on-one fighting formats. New players will begin at the Fight Lab to learn the basics of how to play.  The Lab is pretty much a tutorial where you play as Combot in a series of stages that are made specifically to help you learn the game.  The further you get, the more options you have to earn money and customize your Combot with hundreds of different moves used in the game.

Several different battle types are available offline including Arcade Battle where you play the arcade version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2,  Ghost Battle where you battle against a series of ghost characters, VS Battle where you can fight head-to-head offline, and Team Battle where you can form a team and fight against another player or the CPU in team-on-team battles.   Other options include Time Attack where you must clear a series of stages as quickly as you can, Survival where you are challenged to defeat as many opponents as possible using limited health, Practice where you can practice each character’s movies and combos or train against specific characters, and Pair Play where you can play VS tag battles with up to four players.

If you’ve played and liked the previous Tekken games, you’ll be happy to know that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 contains the largest amount of characters to choose from in the franchise — more than 50 (both male and female) are present here. It also contains new stages that allow you to fight in a variety of different countries around the world.  You can even fight in a special Snoop Dogg stage while you listen to his exclusive Tekken track, “Knocc ‘em Down!”  There is also an online mode that will allow you to challenge other players through ranked and unranked matches.

The game is relatively simple to get the hang of and allows for a great amount of options so you can become an expert at the moves you want in the setting you want.  Attacks, as you might expect, include a variety of kicks and punches both on the mat and in the air.  And, choosing different characters gives the game a whole new feel.  

As someone who is new to Tekken, I found the menus to be a bit overwhelming, especially since there are not a lot of options for help included.   The graphics are quite good and all of the movements are smooth with no jumpiness.  The sound is really stellar and includes both the sounds of fighting as well as some great background music to put you in the mood. If you’re a Tekken fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for Alcohol Reference, Crude Humor, Mild Blood, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence. This game can also be found on:  PS3.

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