Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Playtest: It’s Actually Tekken Unlimited Plus

By Spencer . September 11, 2012 . 9:00pm

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is actually an enhanced version of the original arcade game. On top of 2 vs. 2 tag battles, you also have 2 vs. 1 and 1 vs. 1 matches, which were part of the arcade re-release Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Unlimited. On paper, 2 vs. 1 sounds unfair, but the solo player gets an offense and defense booth. Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada explained to Siliconera he added 1 on 1 so arcade players who only know one Tekken character can get into Tekken Tag Tournament 2. I suppose Pair Play mode is the ultimate beginner’s mode since you can make a friend, perhaps an expert Tekken player, your tag partner and tag them in the middle of a fight.

 

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With moves like juggles and bounds (moves that slam the other player into the ground), there is a lot to learn in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 if you haven’t touched the series since the PS2 launch title Tekken Tag Tournament. Fight Lab mode teaches players the basics while they rebuild Combot. You start out learning how to move left and right all the way to Tag Assaults. Tag Throws (triangle + tag) let you safely switch characters while tossing an opponent. This takes off a nice chunk of blue health, which means the damage from a Tag Throw isn’t recoverable. After launching the other player you can follow up with a Tag Combos by immediately  tagging the other character. Tag Assaults let you call in a partner to simultaneously attack an opponent. You can pull this off after a bound. Finally, there’s the Tag Crash, a risky move that lets you call in your partner to attack while you tag out. This move drains your red (recoverable) life and can only be activated when you’re in rage mode, but it’s one way to switch characters while a weakened character is getting a beatdown.

 

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Totally lost? Tekken Tag Tournament 2 also has rage mode, which activates after you lose half of your life. This gives you a temporary offensive boost kind of like the "X-Factor" mechanic from Marvel vs. Capcom 3. I think rage mode is kind of an equalizer for beginners since that boost, when using a solo character is enough to turn the tables. If you play through Fight Lab mode twice (it’s harder the second time around) you’ll graduate from Tekken school with at least one character you can use – Combot. Fight Lab rewards players with points they can use to purchase moves for Combot (he can master attacks from other fighters) and Gold used to buy character customization items.

 

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has different tops, bottoms, sunglasses, and hats you can buy for each character. There’s also an assortment of wacky accessories like bear shields and battery backpacks to purchase too. Just like Tekken 6, some items can be used in battle like bombs and sledgehammers. Making wacky characters is part of Tekken’s charm, but I found tailoring Combot into a fighter built for me to be more interesting.

 

Either way, there’s a lot of grinding to do. You can punch through arcade mode where you’re rewarded with endings if you can defeat Unknown. Ghost Battle tends to yield more rewards since you can get a lucky box loaded with tons of gold or a customization item at the end of a match. Ghost Battle uses data captured by other players so it’s supposed to be more advanced than the current AI. It’s too early to tell though since Tekken Tag Tournament 2 just came out today. Siliconera received Tekken Tag Tournament 2 last week, but we weren’t able to try out the World Tekken Federation online profile system either. By the way, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 requires an online pass for multiplayer. So, if you’re planning on getting a used copy you’ll have to fork over a little extra to fight online. Characters, even the pre-order bonus fighters like Angel and Michelle Chang, will be available to everyone at a later date for free.

 

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Some of the characters are clones like the Alex (the boxing dinosaur) who used to be a palette swap for Roger. He was promoted to a character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 with his own slot. Even when you count out doubles, Tekken Tag Tournament 2′s roster is still massive, featuring more characters than the arcade game’s lineup. All of the possible combinations keep fights feeling fresh because you never know who you’re going to fight next. (Well, unless you’re playing with someone who insists Armor King and Alisa is their "a" team.) That’s a good thing because matches in Tekken tend to be faster than other fighting games. Why? Because a round ends if one character runs out of life and you can’t "turtle" as much.

 

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 feels a little light offline without a story mode or mini-game. Fight Lab is the "core" solo experience. Yeah, this is a fighting game so you will spend most of your time playing with friends or challenging others online. However, Tekken 6 and other numbered titles have a beat ‘em up style Tekken Force mode. Tekken Tag Tournament included Tekken Bowl, so in comparison Tekken Tag Tournament 2 doesn’t have as much as other fighting games when you’re offline. Online play has ranked & unranked matches and a replay mode so you can study your combos.

 

While Harada tried to make Tekken Tag Tournament 2 more accessible with a 1 on 1 mode, I think fans are going to appreciate more of what the game has to offer. Many of the endings in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 are pure fan service and if you haven’t been playing Tekken you’re going to need to spend a lot of time in practice mode to master movesets for two characters.


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  • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

    Time for money-grinding again, I guess… I just hope costume pieces aren’t too expensive. Scenario Campaign in 6 was a really awkward mode, but at least it yielded well in terms of customization items.

    I can’t wait to see what new moves they gave to Dragunov.

    • Rolling Guy

      Money is seriously easy to make in game. First time you beat arcade mode, you get 2M. Every boss battle in Fight Lab gives you the minimum of 150~200K. Every fight you win in arcade/ghost mode gives you around 20~30K. Lucky box gives you around 200K to 500K.

      If I were to say anything, it’s the lack of customization items that’s a real pain. I guess we’ll have to wait for future DLC’s.

      • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

        Oh! That’s good to hear. I wouldn’t mind seeing more customization items added, but don’t really mind some lack of them either; I usually change the coloring of default outfits, and items are more or less afterthoughts or augments to those. Besides, I reckon my pre-order would come with the Swimsuit DLC – if I ever dared using those online.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andre-Faelnar/1413117257 Andre’ Faelnar

        btw thanks for the steps. i was able to get all dlc characters , stages and other contents into the game. btw there was one time i got a lucky box where it was a yellow box which either contains extra bonus or 765000+ money. so you have a point that making money in TTT2 is easy.

        • Rolling Guy

          Yeah, no problem. :D

  • Scrooge_McDuck

    This has no Story Mode?

    I’ve only played the fifth one and my memory’s a little fuzzy, but wasn’t Story Mode basically consist of our character fighting a series of different enemies in order to reach the ending sequence? If so, then what’s the difference with Arcade Mode, anyway?

    (I’m not talking about Devil Within, by the way. I know that’s a different thing altogether.)

    • GreekGod88

      arcade is basiclly story mode you fight 5-6 battle with 3 Bosses and then get the ending movie for your character

      cant wait for my friday to get my We are Tekken Edition !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andre-Faelnar/1413117257 Andre’ Faelnar

    btw i wanna ask. what are the steps on how to place the dlc contents into the game (4 dlc characters, snoop dogg stage)? cos i’m about to get the asia prestige edition of this game. does one of the steps have to be like you have to go online to your psn account and input those dlc codes or something? your help is mostly appreciated. thanks (^_^)

    • Rolling Guy

      For the online pass, access online mode in-game and it’ll redirect you to PSN where you enter the code.

      For the DLC, go to PSN and redeem your codes.

      You’re welcome.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andre-Faelnar/1413117257 Andre’ Faelnar

        so what you mean for the dlc contents is that you go to psn or the ps store and redeem your codes before running the game right?

        • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

          Before or after, I don’t think it matters.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andre-Faelnar/1413117257 Andre’ Faelnar

            and you need internet connection for that to place the dlc contents into the game huh? and also does that process take long or it will not take that long to finish until the dlc contents are in the game already?

          • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

            How would I know how fast your connection is…? Just download the DLC, install it, and it should take effect immediately (unless specified otherwise). DLC are add-on components stored in the HDD; they produce the desired results when combined with unalterable data loaded from the disk.

          • Rolling Guy

            Every DLC for TTT2 are 100KB each so it’ll only take a couple of minutes. I guess it’s pointless now but it might answer the question for other people who read this.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andre-Faelnar/1413117257 Andre’ Faelnar

            im sure it would be the same size for the 6 other dlc characters + the stages that would be expecting to come out on october 9 huh?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andre-Faelnar/1413117257 Andre’ Faelnar

            you can redeem those codes in the pc as well right?

          • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras
          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andre-Faelnar/1413117257 Andre’ Faelnar

            i guess it also depends on what region is your ps3 huh? if my asia prestige edition is region free, then i have no worries. the only question for me is that which ps store should i go to input the dlc codes? in asia, europe or us? oh well, lets just see what happens then.

          • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

            If you have the Asia version, just use the Asia store; it won’t work on other stores. Machine region doesn’t matter; I’ve redeemed multiple PSN US and JP codes on my EU machine in the past. (Multiple user accounts connected to multiple PSN accounts.)

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andre-Faelnar/1413117257 Andre’ Faelnar

            oh ok. i looked at the box of my ps3 and i noticed at the top most part which has the globe and the number 3 and also has the nstc j or something. does this mean that im using the asia store? and if my game (prestige edition) has the same info (the globe and the number 3 and also has the nstc j or something), then there’s no problem in redeeming the dlc codes right?

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