A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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