A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Hobbies: sports
Science: motion, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, strategy
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? 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
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