Fighting games over the past couple of years have been quite repetitive and have had too many similarities with one another; too many combos to memorize and very poor story lines. Most fighting games only cater to their long time fans, without trying to attract a wider audience of gamers. Tekken Tag Tournament 2, on the contrary, is different to the typical fighting game. It has introduced a new feature known as the "Fight Lab" which aims to teach even the most clueless of gamers how to play a fighting game. The game becomes addictive over time, persuading gamers to master each and every character to the best of their ability. The downside of this all is that it is not quite easy to master a particular character.
The very first Tekken Tag Tournament game was launched for the PlayStation 2 about 10 years ago and introduced the fun idea of having tag partners while being involved in a fight. It is quite surprising though that Namco, the game's developer, took so long to satisfy their fan's cries for a sequel. The original game was critically acclaimed and was praised by fans of the fighting genre. This particular game has made great improvements on the tag mechanics as well as introducing the biggest roster of fighters ever seen in a Tekken game. So it is safe to say that it was worth the wait for a game of this caliber.
The use of items is a great innovation for the game, allowing for gamers to use all sorts of tools to their disposal for greater customization options. The Tekken Tunes feature is also a great innovation which allows players to listen to their own music while playing the game. The game seems very accessible, with the exception of some minor glitches occurring here and there.
This game is fun to play for absolutely anybody, whether you're a fighting game guru or just the casual gamer. Even strangers to the fighting genre will enjoy an hour or two of Tekken Tag Tournament 2. In my opinion, the Tekken series has beaten Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat as the best fighting game series to date, due to the quality of this specific game.
This game is definitely not as perfect as Tekken 3 was, but it has its great moments as well. I would go so far as to say that this is the second best Tekken game ever released to date. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will feel like a brush with death when playing on the hardest difficulty, but in the end, proves to be a very rewarding experience.