Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Preview -- Learning Valuable Lessons via...Sushi?By Kevin Kelly - Posted Apr 20, 2012
If you came here expecting to hear anything about Tekken X Street Fighter, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Developer and creator Katsuhiro Harada told me, “We are still working on the game. But right now we are talking about Tekken Tag Tournament 2.” Which seems to mean “Hey, got any good ideas for Tekken X Street Fighter?” I kid. But hey, Street Fighter X Tekken is even coming out on the Vita soon, so the crowds are going to start to get restless.
But down to the business at hand, which is Tekken Tag Tournament 2. This game was already a hit last year in Japanese arcades, and it received an update titled “Unlimited” last month, and this is the version coming to consoles. It adds a number of new features to the franchise, including the ability to play 2 vs. 2, 1 vs. 1, or for the first time, 2 vs. 1. So if one of your buddies is continually beating you down, invite a friend over and double-up on them.
But if you play 2 vs. 1, you’ll find that the two do less damage than the one, and the one deals more damage, in an effort to keep things somewhat balanced. When they check the data on TEKKEN net, which links all of the Japanese arcade machines, they usually find that roughly 50 percent of the players choose the traditional 2 vs. 2 route, while the other 50 percent go 2 vs. 1. As far as 1 vs. 1, they didn’t mention the numbers, but why go with only one character when you can have two?
The developers are also adding a very robust “Fight Lab” to the game in order to teach newcomers how to play, rather than just offering a training level where you endlessly practice your moves. There are some fun tutorials in Fight Lab, where Harada mentioned, “We could have flying sushi or little bears coming at you, teaching you how to sidestep.” You heard it here, folks: sushi and little bears coming to TTT2.
The heart of the Fight Lab system is told through Violet, who is testing a robot opponent. He has a fully tricked out Super Combot DX (hearkening back to Tekken 4) that he takes through its paces, but he accidentally pushes delete and blows the robot to bits. Now you have to start with a much earlier combot model that looks like a buckethead, and you’ll be leveling him up and putting new equipment on him as you train. They want the deep item system for combot to appeal to experienced players, while it will teach novice fighters how to play.
The versus modes will also add Attack Combo, which allows you to launch with one character, switch to the other, and continue dealing damage to your opponent, while Tag Assault has characters onscreen at the same time to deal dual damage.
With ton of characters coming to the game, “More than you would normally think,” says Harada-san, new arenas, and the Fight Lab, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is set to deliver a Japanese arcade experience to your living room this September.