Tekken tag is the next in the series from Namco. Their first venture onto the Playstation 2.
This was available on the ps2 launch day which meant the ps2 had a kind of alright line up.
I purchased this game, well pre ordered it as tekken games have always been very very good. From tekken 1-3 on the original playstation this game was set for very high standards.
So first off is the intro, Some beautiful cg scenes to watch. Really showing what can be done from a magic black box.
Once youve closed your mouth and the cg has finished the menu is shown. Its pretty much the same layout as its always been.
You can choose from the folowing game modes -
Arcade - The first thing you'll play. Choose a character and off to battle you go. Unveiling the characters story as you go. Not all characters are available to start with, you need to complete upto certain stages etc to unlock more.
Vs Battle - This is a two player bout, you and your friends can take on each other. Always good fun! You can adjust the handicap, in case your playing someone not familiar with the game.
Team battle - Choose upto 8 players and battle away at the computer or friend. Characters are usable until they are knocked out. So the first one to loose all players loses!
Time attack - Complete the game as fast as you can.
Survival - You take on player after player, but your life does not regenerate. So last as long as you can in this one!
One on one - Pretty much self explanitory! One players versus another.
Practice - Choose a character, and practice with them here to learn the moves and combos!
Theatre - View all the characters moveis/endings in here, they can be upto 4 per person. So a few to watch then!!
Gallery - You can go here to view images you have snapped from during the game. Basically you can take snapshots at any point during a fight and review them here!
One thing you will notice is that you now use the left analogue stick to "tag" your partner in. So if your getting your arse kicked change to you fresh faced partner to take revenge. The conept is very clever, but i miss the days of one on one. But oh well change can be good.
And after playing it for a while its actually not too bad at all.
When the other player is not being used their life will regenerate, slowly.
Also some characters can do a "tag" move on your oppenent. But only characters that are related together one way or another.
The player mechanicas are the same, all having basic moves and more complex ones to learn, master those combo routines!
Tekken tag took tekken graphically to the next level, the graphics were the best around at the time. If youve been a fan of the series , then this game must be bought. If your new to tekken again this game must be bought. It is one of the best fighting game available!
Touted as one of the flagship games of the PS2, Tekken Tag Tournament was an absolute must buy for me as soon as I got a PS2. I was much enticed by the idea of the Tekken series becoming a tag team affair, and alas, it's not really much of a gimmick as much as it is a stellar reinvention of an already superb gameplay mechanism.
Like all of the other games, they're fairly easy to pick up and play, but somewhat more devilish to master - first-timers will be best advised to pick someone like Eddie Gordo, who will obliterate the competition simply by mashing a few buttons. Also, Jin is very good for new players, as his punches are extremely powerful and will batter the opposition. The game allows you to, with the simple hit of a button, tag in your partner should your health dwindle, allowing you to hopefully get the upper hand whilst your partner rests.
Aside from this, it's basically the same Tekken we've seen before, but this is by no means a bad thing - it continues the stories of the various characters, thanks to the usual ending cut scenes, although as usual, the plot really is just an aside and makes little bearing on the game itself. That said, the visuals are a tight package, with both the fighters and the arena they brawl in being given a very meticulous treatment. There are also some rather nifty effects when you're fighting, and the animations, particularly of Eddie Gordo, are stunningly captured. The sound is also a very tight package - there's plenty of techno style music which, whilst fairly arbitrary, adds an exciting atmosphere due to its fast pace.
With all of the endings to find, and also an excellent Tekken Bowl mini game to unlock, there's plenty to keep bringing you back, if not for the superb gameplay that's mixed up by the awesome tag team component. A beat em up classic.
Tekken Tag Tournament brings Namcos fighting series from the arcades and on to the Playstation 2.
Tekken Tag Tournament has many modes of play, the basic single player mode is found in the Arcade mode where you can pick one of the characters available and take them through a series of fights and to ultimate victory! The roster is very substantial featuring a bunch of characters including old favourites such as Marshall Law, Yoshimitsu, Jin Kazama and the infuriatingly cheap Eddie Gordo.
The game does not take too long to play through; it takes perhaps half an hour to go through the Arcade mode even with defeating the ghostly boss. It is worth completing multiple times to unlock the full roster of Tekken fighters and to view the often amusing and unique character ending sequences.
The new feature in this Tekken is the hinted upon Tag team element, during each fight you will control a team of two characters. At any time you can tag in the other character which can be helpful as you can perform some tag in moves to damage your opponent and also when a character is off screen his health will gradually recover.
The game is also full of two player versus modes so you and your friends can have some fun knocking the stuffing out of each other in teams, solo and tag battles using any of the characters you have unlocked. There is even an unlockable bowling mode for you to discover which is actually quite fun and addictive!
The graphics do hold up surprisingly well, characters look good and the moves are well animated, this was an amazing looking game back in its day. The environments are static though which is a little disappointing.
If you want a good fighting game Tekken Tag Tournament will do no wrong, an excellent title in all aspects.
The first Tekkan game on the Playstation 2, and forever in the hearts of many beat-em-up gamers, this game is breathtaking when it comes to ingame graphics in my opinion, for the era that it was released, it was flawless and free flowing, there was never a dull moment with this game.
Basically allowing the use of a tag team partner, this game is fantastic. The only problem with the game in my opinion is that it does get a little repetative, like all beat em ups but hey, everyone gets bored and moves onto another eventually.
Now into specifics, the game modes themselves; If you are a Tekken fan you will know that there were a lot of characters from tekken 2 missing in Tekken 3, this problem is solved in this game as we see a huge return of these charaacters and just to make things a little more fair, they haven been outfitted with a huge array of attacks to balance things out against the most supercharged attacks. This is definitely one of the plus' of the game.
The main arcade modes see's you battling through the game with your chosen characters ofcourse this is Tekken TAG Tournament so it is no a two on two royale. The graphics in this game are beautifully rendered and are just jaw dropping, There is no comparison between this and Tekken 3. Other than the standard arcade mode, we also have several other modes than help to spice up the mix.
Time Attack mode see's us fighting for survival against the clock and trying to defeat as many opponents as possible within the alotted time frame.
Survival mode is my favourite mode other than the arcade mode. In this mode you fight through with your characters and you need to sustain as little damage or none at all as you dont start each round with full health!So remember than when you decide to do something fancy, is it really worth the risk of being critically injured.
Basically what we are looking at here is an magnificent game that at the peak of its time was unbeatable, it was just magical and thoroughly enjoyable and should be a part of every sony console owners collection, you will play it, grow tired of it, but always, eventually come back to it and give it another play because it is just an awesome game.
Tekken Tag tournament is really nothing special; simply it is Tekken 3 that allows you to switch people in the middle of a fight.
Largly the characters are the same as the previous Tekken's although there has been an addition of a couple of new fighters though there nothing special.
The gameplay is exactly the same and still up to the high standard of all Tekken games. Combos and moves have been revamped slightly but mostly there are all the same as the Tekke's of old. This is not necessarily a bad thing it's just I would have liked thre to be some variety.
The most important change comes in the fact that you are able to switch people in the middle of your bout making the game more taticle that skillful.
The graphics are still good and the same - so is the story as there really isn't one but never mind as this still is an excellent game.
Overall, this is a great game, though it does seem as if they have just taken Tekken and added a tag partner to it. If you own Tekken 3 don't bother buying this game
I had being playing Tekkan 3 for a while, and when The Tag Team Tournament was announced, I started to count down the days until it was released. When the date was announced, I pre-ordered it, and putting that fee aside, then it only cost me under £25, which was a bargain. I used to play these games on X Box, but I bought this particular game on PS2, which was a big jump from what I was used to. The graphics for a start are a little better, and the controls are a lot different and can take some time to get your head around. In fact, I would go as far as saying that these graphics are more like a film than anything else. Many of the characters from the previous games are in this one, with some new additions, which makes a nice change.
In conclusion, they game is very similar to all of the others, and you can definitely see the similarities, however, I am not saying that this game is the same, far from it, but the same as what we have grown to love over the years. Like a lot of games these days, new one's are coming out all the time, so watch this space.
I've always been a fan of Tekken games compared to others in the genre, such as Virtua Fighter, and this was the first game to be released in the series on the PS2.
The game was similar in format to the previous 3 games, with combat between you and a second player or the computer, however with this game there was the twist of adding in a tag function to make the game more exciting and personally I believe this works very well! It is relaistic , though with some weird but fun elements like Kazuya morphing into devil and a boxing kangaroo but lets face it this is tekken!
There are many playable characters from throughout the series including favourites from tekken 2 returning, such as baek, jun and kazuya and those who follow on from tekken 3, such as paul, eddy and hwoarang.
The amount of gameplay is plenty even for advanced gamers, as there are between 30 and 40 playable chracters, all with unique story endings and also once arcade mode is completed players can once again look forward to other modes of playing such as survival, time attack and team battle, and also a secret bowling mode which is great fun at times!
The difficulty setting also allows a variety of abilities to play, with easy being suitable for new players and for advanced players an ultra hard game setting is really challenging, as I know from experience.
One small criticism I have of the game is lack of a storyline, such as Tekken 4, whose storyline actually had me gripped. Despite this I would say it is a great game, good gameplay, good graphics, good lifespan. Four and a half *s
Tekken Tag Tournament is a fighting game from Namco, this is the series debut on the PlayStation 2 and it has been available since the system was launched.
Tekken Tag Tournament
Once you load up the game you will be treated to an incredible CG movie which Namco are famed for and the elaborate CG work is wonderful to watch. Once you have enjoyed that you will be taken to the games menu screen. This hasn't changed much over the years and if you have played any previous Tekken games you will feel right at home. The modes you can select from are, Arcade, VS Battle,Team Battle, Time Attack, Survival, 1 on 1, 1 on 1 VS, Practice, Theatre, Gallery and Options. A slightly annoying thing here is that if you don't choose your option in around 3 seconds the game will load a demo fight, as it is a direct port of the arcade game.
The fighting mechanics are very Tekken, each character has his or her own unique move set which you will have to learn, basic moves like your standard punch and kick are mapped to the same button for every character but to truly succeed at Tekken you will have to master combo moves which involve multiple button presses and these are unique to each character, the game is Tekken Tag Tournament so naturally the focus is on Tag team battles, because you now have two players you can call upon your other player at any time with a tap of the shoulder button and out he comes, some players even have Tag moves where both characters will attack at the same time. Tag battles make the fights more strategic as if you player is hurt you can call him back and use the other, the player not on screen will slowly regenerate health so he can be useable once again after a short period of time.
Your first stop in Tekken Tag will be the arcade mode; this is your basic story mode. Here you will be able to choose from your roster of Tekken characters, at first not all will be available to you and you will have to complete the arcade mode to unlock new ones. In this mode you will have to beat a few fighters and then finally face off against the boss to complete the game, if you happen to lose a fight you don't have to go back to the start. You can simply continue your fight by pressing start, in the arcades you would have to insert more money at this point! Upon completion you will be rewarded with a new character to play as and a gorgeous CG ending movie. This mode will take you possibly half an hour to beat but with over 30 characters to play as you will have to beat it multiple times to fully complete the game.
In the mode VS battle you can battle against a friend, to do this you must have a second controller. You can pick from your roster of unlocked characters and if your friend is not as good as you, you can give him a handicap so he has more health, to slightly even the playing field!
Team Battle is another great mode but you can play against either a friend or the computer. You can choose your ideal team which can consist of up to 8 players. If your opponent isn't so good and you want a challenge you can select a smaller team or even a single character if you are really a Tekken master! The fights take place are 2 vs 2 brawls, when one of either players character is knocked out he will be out, unable to fight again. When all a players characters are defeated they have lost.
Time attack is your standard Arcade time attack mode; you will rush through the games arcade mode as fast as you can, once you have completed your run you will get placed on the game leader board, which is displayed in the Record section. Survival is also an arcade fighter mode and you must beat as many rounds as you can without dying, at the end of each round you get a small health boost but you have to be really exceptional at the game to get far in Survival mode!
The 1 on 1 mode is for Tekken traditionalists, here you will fight through the games story mode but through a traditional 1 on 1 fighting mode, I really enjoy the new Tag tournament rules so I haven't really played this mode much, the 1 on 1 VS mode is the same as VS Battle but again you have one on one fights as opposed to the Tag fights. It's nice they left it in but unless I really want some traditional Tekken fighting I usually play the regular Tag mode.
If you are new to Tekken you will probably get destroyed by even stage 1 opponents! If this is so head to the Tekken Practice mode, here you can pick a team of two characters that you want to master. Here you can fight against anyone you choose and have them do whatever you want, stand still, crouch or even let another player control him if two people want to practice at once. In practice mode you cannot die so feel free to attempt any move you want, if you go to the combo list the game will even show you what the move should look like, so when you've done it correctly you know you have.
In theatre mode you can view all the ending movies you have collected by completing the Arcade mode, there are upto four variations on the ending cinematic per character, which gives you multiple reasons to go through the game. You can also view the games intro movies. If you are a fan of the music you will be pleased to know that you can listen to the games music here. The Gallery mode is for viewing screens you have captured during fights. The Options mode is where you will set basic game options such as, time limit, round limit, difficulty and view your records.
Graphics & Sound
Tekken Tag Tournament was the best looking game at the launch of the PlayStation 2 and even holds up well today, the character models are very detailed and the animations are very clean and never jerky. Once you beat a fight the camera pans around your opponent replaying the move that defeated them which is really fun to watch and very satisfying! The stages you fight on are varied, from military bases and temples to tropical islands, there is always something going on in the background too like in the military base there is a helicopter flying around, in the temple there is a man sweeping the floor and on the islands there are a group of tribes people drumming away! The CG movies are also excellent rivalling the master CG work of Square Enix. There are many CG sequences to collect which is good. The sound is your basic fighting noises, grunts and shrieks as your characters battle as well as agonizing gasps of pain, wonderful! There is also some fast paced arcade music that plays in the background to keep you fighting at your best.
Price & Conclusion
Tekken Tag Tournament was the best PlayStation 2 launch game and a good Tekken game, it has a large roster of characters to collect, great graphics, brilliant CG movie sequences, solid fighting mechanics which will keep you coming back for ages, here I am playing it 8 years after its launch and it's still great! Like all the best games it has gone Platinum so the most you will fork out for your own copy is £19.99, not bad but if you dig around the used bin at Game you will probably find it for a lot less. I just had a look on amazon and you can get it brand new from the marketplace for £4.75, a bargain by anyones standards! Overall this is a great fighting game and if you are a fan of the genre why haven't you got a copy, go and get one now! 5/5
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Rating: ELSPA 11
Price: £19.99 PLATINUM (£4.75 Amazon marketplace)
Here's the first ever Tekken game to the Playstation2 and it comes with a new concept to the popular 3D fighting series. Enter Tekken Tag Tournament! The big draw here is you can now pick a parther after you select a character and when the fight starts you can have the option to tag in and out during a fight. This Tekken not only has vastly improved graphics and all new music but TTT also has most of the characters from Tekken 1, 2, and 3 are included in this exclusive PS2 fighting game.
Like in the critically acclaimed Tekken 3, the controls are ultra smooth and with a bit of practice you'll be flipping and flying like crazy. The game does seem a little slower because of the game's sharper looks especially compared to the quick 60 frames per second of Tekken 3 but you get use to it.
TTT is full of game modes like Arcade where you simply beat the game, see a real time ending (and one CG ending), a tradiational Vs. mode, old school one on one battles (but no endings here), a practice to learn the many counters, throws, and combos. Pair play modes actually welcomes 3 or 4 player fights but you still have to tag in and out to fight so you can forget about any brutal multiply player action like in Super Smash Bros. Namco was also kind enough to ditch that stupid Tekken Force game and throw in a cool Bowling game instead. Sure a bowling game may seem out of place in this tournament brawler but the game is a lot of fun and it sure beats dropping more cash for another title, eh?
Tekken has always been a fan favorite and this side game doesn't disappoint. The new tag in and out is kinda limited though because you can not do too many new special tag team moves, just more multi-hit combos, but it's still a fun fighting game that's a great show piece for the PS2's new graphic engine over the past Playstation games. Triple T is a safe, sure fire way for hot arcade action and some may actually prefer the larger amount of characters to the Tekken 4's limited cast?
Tekken Tag Tournament overall rating: 81/100
For 1 to 4 players
(Ryan Genno) 2007
Namco returns with it's new fighting game-TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT
The controls are pretty much the same as Tekken 3. Two buttons to punch (Triangle and Square) and two buttons to kick (X and Circle). And theres a button to switch to your partner (R1). You shouldn't struggle with them. It is quite useful having two people because if you are weak you can get your partner in to help and if you pick a certain partnership you can do powerful tag moves.
The graphics look much more stunning than Tekken 3 as T3 was on PS1 and graphics don't look as good as PS2. The fighters look amazing like real people.
There is plenty to do in Tekken Tag. You can try to complete arcade mode with all the fighters, you can try and survive in survival mode or play Tekken Bowling when you've unlocked it which is really fun when playing 2 player mode. There is still no storymode which is kind of a bummer as it would have looked good on PS2. And no new fighting moves have been added since T3 but these things don't ruin the game.
If you like Tekken or any fighting game you'll adore Tekken Tag Tournament.
The Tekken series has had a lot of success on the PSone and Ps2. This game was actually a launch title for the PS2. For those that don't know, the Tekken series is a series of fighting games made by Namco. It's slow paced, and with no weapons, there's a vast array of characters. On easy mode you'll be able to button mash your way through to unlocking all of the characters, though on harder mode you will need to master characters movesets and use a vary array of them to take down your opponent.
Tekken Tag changes things because instead of one character, you have 2, and can tag each character in or out whenever you want, provided you are not grounded. It's a decent change to the series and one I haven't seen a fighting game do before. If nothing else, it makes this fighting game unique to the others out there.
As usual you get the arcade mode where you pick your characters and have to battle against other characters. There are 8 stages and you can choose yourself how difficult you want the game to be, how many rounds you must beat your opponents at, and the time limit of each round. The aim is to beat your opponents to either KO them before the end of the round (knock them out), or knock their health lower than you have yours.
There are other, more challenging modes like Team Battle (beat as many characters as you can with 4 of your characters), Time Attack (no pausing, just timed battles to see how long you can last). There is also Survival Mode, which is similar to Time Attack. These modes are certainly more challenging than the arcade mode and should theoretically provide you with a lot more you do. However, that isn't the case because there are no advantages to doing these modes. In arcade mode you unlock characters, though in these modes you unlock very little. Though they are good, there really needs to be more incentive to get good and last as long as you can.
Also available is a bowling mini game, a one vs one (classic Tekken) and 2 player mode. 2 player mode of course is always fun, because it is when you have your friends round that beat em up games really shine. It is when you are against human opponents that you will be most competitive.
There are a lot of characters in the game, though you start out with a lot (20). As said above, it would be better if you could unlock different characters in different modes so you start out with fewer characters. It would certainly make the game last longer. The characters, overall are good though. Unfortunately Gon is missing from Tekken 3 though you will find a good range of characters here including Nina, Jin, Paul and Yoshimitsu. As with previous fighting games, this one is easy to pick up but hard to master as each character has a large amount of moves, all which have varying difficulty to both pull off, or even to just remember the right combination of buttons.
With so many characters you will easily find your favourites.
The fighting is a little slow paced and if you've played some faster paced games like soul Calibur it may take getting used to but the slow pace lets you know exactly what you are doing. It is still challenging though ,regardless of the slower pace.
My Overall Opinion.
I love the game. Since it was a launch title, you can not expect the graphics to be good-and they are certainly nothing to scream about but I do still think that they are good enough for it not to bother you when you are playing. In fact, I would go to the extent to say that they are pretty good in the cut scenes. I don't see them often though because I do not think that the storyline is deep enough for me to have to watch them-it certainly isn't for gamers that that require a movie like storyline. It has not weapons and if you really are looking for a fast fighting game I would recommend Soul Calibur. What it does offer though is a reasonably good graphiced fighting game with some excellent (and appalling) characters for you to mess about with. I do also think that there are some pretty good modes for you to try out and although unlocking the characters (and therefore completing the game as far as I am concerned) is easy, it is a game you will sway in and out of because you can pick it up and fight straight away. I picked up the game last week (from my cupboard) after not playing it for a year and remembered all of the best combos that would get me a victory in the iron fist tournament. The music is pretty fitting (good-no RnB) and the multiplayer will keep you occupied giving the game a reasonable lifespan.
I haven't mentioned too much about the tag system either-apart from you can tag whenever you want (unless an attack is being done on you and that if one character gets knocked out, the match is over. It works incredibly well because you can choose you two favourite fighters to battle with now and the tag does provide some god attacks. DO a grab attack (such as throw) whilst pressing the tag button at the same time and you can throw or flip the opponent etc. and then you automatically run off screen and when that character is on the floor, the tag comes in and your character will jump in and jump on of kick the floored character. This is a great new system that works. It is more of a novelty though so I am glad subsequent Tekken games did not have this, or it would lose its appeal. Overall it's a good game that won't last you long in single player due to the ease of unlocking characters, though will last you along time if you can find a couple of Tekken loving mates.
1 or 2 players. Multitap lets you have up to four players.
413kb minimum on PS2 memory card.
Available on Amazon for £2.50 pre owned.
It's very hard not to love this game for many reasons. You have a bounty of easy to use characters, each with their own special abilties and fighting style. In addition, the more you play and win in the Arcade mode, you can unlock more fascinating fighters, plus, you even get the use the end "boss" character. Even though the fight stages are pretty short, when you increase the difficulty level, you really get a good work out. I particularly like playing against a friend or family member, they can never seem to beat me no matter how hard they try. Adding to the action, it allows you to play pool with any given character. They only two downsides to this game is that it needs a memory card to keep all the scores and unlockables, and when a fighter gets KO's, they all fall the same way. Other than that, it's a great game.
Last summer, I got my first my taste of next-generation gaming with Tekken Tag Tornament when my sister announced she had bought a PlayStation 2 and then brought it home for the holiday. Tekken Tag Tornament (TTT) (or any other PS2 game for the moment) hasn't persuaded me to leave the comfort of my PSOne with its hundred-or-so games just yet, but as I seem to be in an ever more excusive club of PSOne supporters, the day of defection can't be far off. Sigh. Anyway, enough moaning about consoles, its time to talk tag. Tekken Tag Tornament is a continuation of the ever-popular Tekken series of 3D beat 'em ups, which first burst on to the scene in 1995, helping in the early success of the PlayStation. This, the fourth game in the series, is as always developed by Namco, the brains behind such franchises as Ridge Racer and PacMan. On paper, TTT doesn't fair particularly well. Though featuring all the characters from previous episodes in the series, there is only one new face - and even that character merely mimicks others. Worse still, they all have the same moves as before. Alarm bells are now ringing as the same old Arcade, VS, Team Battle, Time Attack and Survival modes have been copied from Tekken 3 and pasted to TTT's main menu. Tsk. Well, at this stage of the review things aren't looking great are they? So what does this game do to redeem itself so much? Well, for a PS2 launch-title it was exceptionally pretty. All the characters are fabulously realised, each lovingly crafted and distinct in their movements, mannerisms and attributes. The action is stunningly smooth and animations flow furiously without a hint of a glitch. The only slight niggle with the graphics are the backgrounds. They are good looking and feature a lot of activity, but seem to shift unconvincingly and almost out of sync with the fighters at times. This is barely noticeable though and won't hamper your enjoyment of the game in the slightest,
but it is perhaps a bit of a missed opportunity that the developers haven't allowed a less linear approach to the fights - the power of PS2 should allow you to move in and out of the screen as well as left and right. But would this have taken some of the fun away? In truth, it probably would have, and TTT gets straight down to business; no nonsense and great fun. All the frankly rubbish attempts at a 'plot' in previous versions has been completely cast aside for this as back come the dead (Jun), the missing (Baek) and downright ridiculous (Roger, the boxing Kangaroo) and the game is all the better because of it. Although Tekken in my experience has never managed to deliver the sheer satisifaction of pulling off a great move or combo like Street Fighter does, it is much easier to pick up and play. Series veterans and beginners alike should be able to get into this within ten minutes of picking up the pad (The keys are the same as always in Tekken - with two kick and two punch buttons) and no matter how much you tell yourself you've seen it all before, you become hopelessly engrossed. Whoops! I've been ranting on about the highs and lows of the game and neglected to mention the new tag feature. Basically, you select two characters to become your tag-team, one of your characters and one of the computers may be in the arena at any one time, but should you choose, you can swap for your other character at any time with a swift tap of L1. The team that wins is the first to achieve a K.O, which means you'll constantly be swapping combatants to make sure the one with the greatest amount of remaining vitality is out there smacking the opposition. The tag-system works perfectly, it's so simple and yet adds a whole new dimension to the scraps. The real fun comes when you do a two-player co-operative whereby you and a mate take control of one character each in your team. I tell you, there has been many a row in my household whereby
one person keeps screaming to the other: 'YOU SHOULD HAVE TAGGED!!!' after defeat. For anyone completely unfamiliar with the Tekken series, here is a brief summary of the game modes: Arcade, this is the main one-player section wherby you can unlock new characters by playing through it with different people, eventually ending up with with an impressively-sized roster of nearly 40 (significantly more than Tekken 4). VS mode is the two-player bit which requires a friend, it is great fun bashing each other but doesn't have quite as much substance as Team Battle, which can be played again friend or computer, but basically allows you to make teams of up to eight characters. Time Attack is a forgettable against-the-clock effort and Survival is a decent mode which requires you to survive as many battles as possible on one life-force bar. As an added incentive and great increase to the longeivity, each character has their own mini-movie available to view at will once unlocked. These as always look lovely in all their full-motion glory but for once, it's the in-game graphics that steal the show. Who is Tekken Tag Tornament aimed at? In my opinion its pretty okay for kids as well as adults. Yes, there is enevitably a fair bit of violence due to the nature of the game, but there is no blood or swearing or indeed anything particularly distasteful here (unless you class two sisters trying to break each others arms as distasteful, what you do?) and as the controls are so responsive and simple together with the uncomplicated objective of beating up your opponent, kids should find this just as appealing. For the first time in god-knows-how-long, the soundtrack of a game feels like it has been ripped straight from an arcade machine. Jeez, if I had a surround-sound system set to 'uncomfortably loud', I'd swear I was in an arcade. Well maybe. The thing is, a few goes in an arcade doesn't cost £40. Luckily, th
e game lasts much longer than originally expected and is now avaiable on the PS2 'Platinum' range for £19.99, but I'm sure you could find it cheaper still if you look hard enough. It's fair to say that as a whole, Tekken Tag Tornament doesn't score high-marks for originality - more than half the game has been taken straight from its prequels and give a PS2 face-lift. But I honestly didn't expect to see a ten-pin bowling bonus game hidden away. Even more of a shock is that it is horribly addictive! Just like in the fights characters perform differently; some fast, some slow, some more accurate than others... there are even left and right-handers. As the camera pans into a first-person perspective when you line up a shot, you may notice the machines like Gun Jack and Yoshimitsu have green or red vision and data readouts filling the view, which is a further welcome show of innovation. You'll be playing Tekken Bowl a lot more than you initially think, and once again it is more fun when played against a friend. For a showcase of the PS2's power, TTT actually delivered little outside of it's graphics that Tekken 3 couldn't manage on the PS1. As it is only really a pseudo-sequel to fill in the long gap between Tekken's 3 and 4, it only has new endings and Tekken Bowl that will interest fans of the series. As a stand-alone game though, it is superb and still has the magic - I very much recommend this to gamers who don't own one of the earlier games, but when will the series true evolution occur? Who knows...
The console version of Tekken Tag Tournament features at least 20 fighters who have appeared throughout the Tekken series since the first arcade game debuted in December 1994.