Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Common Sense Media says

Feature-rich fighting contest is violent, with mild blood.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

As with other games in this series, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is a fighting game, pure and simple. As such, it doesn't have any positive messages as it simply pits fighters against one another to see who is stronger.

Positive role models

There are more than 50 characters in this fighting game -- not one protagonist -- and because all of them use violence, they're not positive role models. Plus, many of the women are dressed very suggestively or are partially nude.

Ease of play

It's a tough game, and as with most fighters, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 takes some getting used to -- especially to master the game. But those who enjoy these kinds of fighting games should be able to pick it up with patience and practice. The tutorials aren't the best, though, as they don't brief you on each character's abilities.

Violence

The game is quite violent. It is a fighting game, after all. Unlike games like the Street Fighter series where there is no blood, this game has some mild blood (in some cutscenes, too). But there is no gore like Mortal Kombat games. Players use mostly melee-based punches, kicks, and weapons, plus some sci-fi like attacks (such as laser blasts). Most opponents are human but there are some animal and supernatural creatures, too.

Sex

Along with female fighters who are in revealing poses during cutscene movie sequences, there are sexy pole dancers or women shown in the shower and covering breasts. There's also a red-light district seen in a short cutscene (including a neon sign that says "Sexy Cats"), and one of male fighter has been arrested for voyeurism.

Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Similar to games like the Street Fighter series, characters can use "drunken" fighting moves, where they sway as if inebriated. Some attacks also have a reference to alcohol, including Wine Opener and Tequila Sunrise.

Privacy & safety

Serious privacy and safety concerns: The game can be played online and with full speech support. Therefore, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers can talk freely, unsupervised, even if they're strangers. As a result, this might be of some concern for parents since players can hear inappropriate language and may be asked personal questions.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is a fighting game with some mild blood. Players beat up on one another using melee moves (kicks, punches, and throws) as well as with weapons and supernatural attacks. It's clearly fantasy, but parent need to know this game is violent. Also, there is sexual imagery, partial nudity, and mature dialogue, along with alcohol references.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • motion
  • physics

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Collaboration

  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • motion
  • physics

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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What's it about?

The latest installment of the best-selling fighting game series, TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 features more than 50 fighters -- returning characters and all-new ones -- and as with past games in the series, lets gamers play solo or team up to take on enemy fighters in various environments. The game houses multiple solo and multiplayer modes, including 2-on-2 tag-team battle, 1-on-1 or 1-on-2 play. Fans of this game now have a host of new moves and combos, customizable fighters (and soundtrack), and high-definition graphics to explore.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Whether you're a seasoned Tekken fan or new to the franchise, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 gets it mostly right -- for a few reasons. For one, the game offers a very deep combat system that gives you complete control over your fighter's moves, combos, and acrobatics. It might be a bit intimidating at first (be sure to spend some time in the Fight Lab for training purposes) because this is not the kind of game you can "button mash" through. The game feels good, too, with tight and responsive controls. Secondly, there are many different modes to try out, offering a lot of gameplay; choose between solo or tag-team matches, offline and online play. Finally, this sequel looks great, thanks to high-def models, a variety of countries to fight in, and real-time weather effects. The only major complaint is the high difficulty level compared to other fighting games -- but this might be considered a bonus to hard-core players instead of a shortcoming. Overall, Namco Bandai has done a great job with this eagerly anticipated sequel.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether Tekken fighting games might be less of a concern for parents as it's obviously more fictional than some other fighting game series. That is, some of your opponents are animal-like or supernatural creatures, so does this make the impact of the media violence any more tolerable?

  • Why do some teens fight in real life and then post the fights online? Read our tips about Video Violence Online.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Namco Bandai
Release date:September 18, 2012
Genre:Fighting
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Sports and martial arts, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:T for Alcohol Reference, Crude Humor, Mild Blood, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence (Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byfifeinator114 March 12, 2013
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LEARNING

Tekken Title for Teens

This game is a 3d fighting game. That is the best of the tekken franchise it has no blood. And the fighting is as bad as Kung Fu Panda so I let my 7 year old brother play it to with me. This game requires skill and memory to remember all the combos. This game has great CGI. The only thing you should look out for is some sexual characters e.g the girls boobs are showing. And some scary scenes.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Kid, 8 years old March 19, 2013
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13
QUALITY
 

13+ For tekken

I'm 8 and my dad lets me play some T for teen games. Too much skimpy stuff.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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