We’ve come a long way as a species. Space travel, cloning,
the seedless watermelon. But there are still inventions yet to be made and questions yet
to be answered. Case in point, what would it look like if Dr. Wily had to slap a bitch? Then fart on her chest? Fortunately, for pressing matters such as
these, our species can look to Tekken. It’s Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the PlayStation
3. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite that ridiculous. I stand corrected. Clever girl…this one’s
for Muldoon! Released earlier this year, Tekken Tag Tournament
2 comes more than a decade after the original Tekken Tag Tournament, but it largely keeps
the same concept. Imagine an amalgamation of Tekken fighting and tag team wrestling…that’s
pretty much what this game is all about. Well, that and…bears motorboating. Now, you can go it alone…you rebel, you.
But this game really is about fighting as a team, and that’s reflected in its new
Tag Assault system. If you knock your opponent into the air and then make a tag before they
land, you can do a sweet tag team move. Since the roster is so massive, it’s fun to just
experiment with different combinations and see what moves you can come up with.
Of course, “fun” doesn’t always mean “easy.” That’s where the Fight Lab comes
into play. It’s like this glorified tutorial that lets you play with each fighter’s moves
and learn all the nuances. And I like the idea, but it doesn’t really teach you anything,
so it’s not very useful for the newcomers who actually need it. Joining the Fight Lab, however, is a smorgasbord
of options that’ll ensure you have no shortage of ways to play. For offline alone, there’s
an arcade mode, a versus mode, a survival mode…not to mention the multiplayer options.
You can go online or play with up to four friends locally, which is awesome. My favorite part of Tekken has always been
its sense of humor, how over-the-top its characters are. And so I think what I like most about
Tag Tournament is how you can amplify that absurdity by teaming pandas and grizzlies
or a scientist with a leather wearing dominatrix. And when you pair that with the great gameplay
and all the content…that’s what makes Tekken Tag Tournament 2 such a fun experience.