We Just Played Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Namco Bandai team-based brawler debuts in Japanese arcades, and we test our skills against real-life arcade experts.

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Japanese gamers got a special pre-TGS treat this week, with the arcade version of Namco Bandai's Tekken Tag Tournament 2 released in select arcades around the country. We headed out to some Akihabara arcades to see the game in action and played a few rounds with local gamers. Below are our quick impressions, but a caveat--all of the menus we saw were in Japanese, so we unfortunately don't have a lot of fine detail yet about this anticipated sequel.

What we do know is that the game boasts an impressive character roster, with 44 available in the arcade version. The majority of Tekken favorites make a return, as well as a few surprising characters. Leading the list is Jun Kazama, the mother of series favorite Jin, who has been missing from the franchise for several games. While her official status in the Tekken universe has simply been "missing," she makes a welcome return in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, although we weren't able to find out (yet) what the story-based details are for her comeback.

In our arcade matches, we tried out classic characters such as Lei Wulong, Xiaoyong, Jack, and even newer entrants such as Lilli and Alyssa and found them to control much like in the most recent Tekken game, Tekken 6. Jun, however, seems to have somewhat of a new moveset, as some moves we distinctly remember from previous games (such as the original Tekken Tag) weren't responding. That said, the Japanese players we matched up against were fierce and relentless, so we didn't get much breathing space to experiment during our matches.

Our hands-on with Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was brief today, but the impressive visuals did catch our eye. Interactive stages are back, with at least one stage we played featuring a breakable floor that characters could fall through. We're hoping to play more of this sequel later this week as the Tokyo Game Show kicks into gear, so expect more reports from GameSpot in the coming days.

Discussion

8 comments
MisterAmoc
MisterAmoc

I just read the new article posted today (8/812) about Harada's thoughts on console gaming and in that article it said to read Gamespot's latest TTT2 preview at a link that led here.Gamespot's "latest" preview for TTT2 is from 9/14/11? Really? A whole lot has happened since then in the development of the home version of TTT2. Stop being lazy, Gamespot. 

Komissar33188
Komissar33188

Having looked around, that masked character is apparently Julia...wondering how that's gonna play out.

Komissar33188
Komissar33188

@chyng85-- And it will get bigger, I guarantee. I can identify 43 of the 44 there (can somebody give me the one between Armor King and Alisa?) and I can't find a Chang. I can see them omitting a few of the characters (not that I'd like it, but it could happen) but no Michelle or Julia would be a noticeable omission. I'm psyched to have it either way--TRUE OGRE!!!!

chyng85
chyng85

The roster is huge~!

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

It goes w/o saying how badly I WANT THIS....c'mon Namco, surely you can drop a hint as to when we can expect this on consoles. The 'not knowing' is killin' me...:(

Duck_Zero
Duck_Zero

Can't wait for this game! I was slightly disappointed with Tekken 6 (although I still enjoyed it), so I hope this'll be better and have some more substantial extras and bonus modes :-)

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

It seems like Namco hasn't been able to evolve the series very much since Tekken 3. Tag combos are nice but DOA's been doing that for over a decade