Fighter fa­nat­ics’ wait is over

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

THIS leg­endry iron- fist fran­chise has re­mained alive and kick­ing, quite lit­er­ally, for more than a decade.

It re­turned to promi­nence last year with the hit Street Fighter X Tekken, which fol­lowed a vir­tual avalanche of ti­tles seek­ing to over­throw the se­ries’ more ac­ces­si­ble com­peti­tors.

The Tekken lore has a ton of charis­matic char­ac­ters that fans have been itch­ing to see make a come­back. Tekken Tag Tour­na­ment 2 digs deep into the fran­chise’s his­tory and pulls out ev­ery­one from the al­ter­nate skins, to the boss un­locks, and the joke char­ac­ters from ev­ery coin- op­er­ated ar­cade and con­sole re­lease in the se­ries over the past 15 years.

Nearly 60 fight­ers span­ning ev­ery game are thrown to­gether for this ul­ti­mate tag- team match- up.

Ca­sual gamers, I re­gret to in­form you that this game is not for you. This, I’m afraid, is aimed at hard­core ar­cade fighter fa­nat­ics.

The new tag com­bos us­ing two fight­ers fits right in, al­though you can still go it solo if you feel like mas­ter­ing the spe­cial moves of a sin­gle char­ac­ter.

You can even cre­ate a cus­tomised ro­bot fighter that uses moves from any of the char­ac­ters you’ve beaten in the story- driven tu­to­rial mode.

Pro­gres­sively un­lock­ing new equip­ment and weapons forms a key strat­egy, and equip­ping your fight­ers with new and in­ter­est­ing gear is re­ward­ing and en­ter­tain­ing.

Fans can ex­pect to learn the con­trols down pat. Even­tu­ally.

If you’re not pre­pared to ded­i­cate some se­ri­ous prac­tice how­ever, you’re go­ing to be­come very fa­mil­iar with the term, You Lose.

Jump into the on­line match- mak­ing lobby and you’ll dis­cover it’s pop­u­lated by the mighty war­lords from the high court of Tekken, a dig­i­tal realm de­signed for only the truly com­mit­ted.

Tekken Tag Tour­na­ment 2 doesn’t rev­o­lu­tionise the fight­ing genre like it did all those years ago, though I’m sure fans will be just fine with that be­cause there is still am­ple con­tent to un­lock.

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