Tekken Tag Tournament 2

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Feature-rich fighting contest is violent, with mild blood.

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Educational Value

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

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 & Representations

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.

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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.

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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Teen, 15 years old Written byfifeinator114 March 12, 2013

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 br... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old March 19, 2013

13+ For tekken

I'm 8 and my dad lets me play some T for teen games. Too much skimpy stuff.

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?

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

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