Great game and a fresh, new concept.
Tekken Tag Tournament was a great, standalone game with no official ties to the main series in terms of story.
In Tag Tournament, you battle it out in one on one battles, or with the newly introduced tag battles. You can choose up to two characters and swap them out in a battle whenever you want. The other character can then heal a little bit of their health. This new mechanic is interesting and challenging, mainly because of the fact that you lose the battle if one of your characters reached zero HP. You can have a fully capable fighter left; you still lose. This mechanic requires strategy and knowing when to switch in time. If the timer runs out, the team with the most health left wins the match.
Tekken Tag Tournament features the classic arcade game mode, in which you battle through a series of opponents and then beat the boss. In this case, this is Unknown, some sort of dark witch which mimics the fighting style of other characters, much like Mokujin. The only difference is that she can change fighting styles throughout the battle itself, rather than every new round.
You can also play the one on one mode and the team battle, in which you apply the tag team mechanic, but this time, a character that is defeated, does not lose the match instantly. Instead, the remaining character fights the battle on his/her own until the next fight, in which the character is replaced by the next in line. Just like the original team battle mode, you choose eight characters from the start.
You also got a new mini game, Tekken Bowl. This is just bowling with Tekken characters, in which each of them got some sort of special mechanic and handling to throw the ball. It is fun when played the first time, but it gets a little repetitive and dull fast.
Because Tekken Tag Tournament act as a compilation of the first three games, almost every character ever featured so far, are playable in this game. They need to be unlocked first by beating the arcade mode with all the starting characters.
The graphics look nice and follow the same format as Tekken 3. They are however, just a little more polished and fluent when talking animations. The backgrounds are all nicely detailed and especially the end stage with Unknown looks fantastic.
The sound and music are almost the same as Tekken 3 and is nothing special anymore. I have to say that I did not like the music that much. It is a little blend and does nothing to enhance the experience.
The controls follow the same combos and schemes as Tekken 3 and feel responsive. The switching of characters goes fluently, and the feeling of control is just great when fighting.
The battles are intense and the adding of all the characters from the previous games, gives this game a complete feeling. It is a very good standalone title, just for the fun of playing Tekken.
My only issue with the game remained Eddy Gordo and his alter ego Tiger Jackson. Their low ground move sets are still too overpowered and breaks the game a little bit when using the infinite low feet spin combo.
In the end, I loved Tekken Tag Tournament. It is well rounded, offers a lot of characters with hours of play for unlocking them all and the new tag mechanics are greatly implemented and work perfectly.
Definitely recommend this game.
Hay que ver lo que significo el avance tecnológico que mostro este Tekken al compararlo con el de maquinas de Arcade, Vaya recuerdo que no podía creer que una consola de videojuegos pudiera hacer eso. este tekken reúne a casi todos los personajes de las anteriores entregas en una pelea en equipos para poder luchar contra la terrible jefa Unknown, todos los personajes tienen ending interesantes, ataques únicos, y el increíble tekken bowl para echar unas partidas de boliche. el ultimo gran tekken en esceniarios infinitos sin paredes. se podría decir que es el mejor tekken de la PS2 (con respetos al genial tekken 5), pero queda un poco detrás del brutal Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution. Excelente juegazo este tekken
Having grown up playing fighting games in arcades (Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat II, etc.), this was a gem when first I played it. The balance in this game is what really sets it apart. The characters really do provide a whole spectrum of fighting styles to where there is a character for virtually every play style. Where the combat itself shines is in how this game integrates combos, throws, and reversals to ensure that every usable character has their respective place in the match. The tag aspect adds the potential element of co-op or 4-player vs. mode that only increases the already excellent experience that the base fighting game offers. Simply put, this is fighting game perfection, and for its time I would be hard pressed to find any that could do it all even as well as this game...there is a reason that its impact is enough to warrant me writing this review some 16 years after its release!
Nov 18, 2010
This is definatly a step up to the arcade version and quite possible my faviroute Tekken game in the series so far. Tekken Tag Tournament is the first instalment of the "Tag" series and brings back previous characters from the earlier Tekken games. The graphics have certainly boosted up a notch from the PS1 and Arcade versions, some of the stages are fantastic - pyramid temples, colosseum's and dojos.
Solid fighting mechanics and nice introduction into tag-team fighting. Great selection of character. However it really doesn't feel like it has much else to offer. Little to no extra features. No real story mode. This game felt more like it belonged in an arcade than on a console.
A good idea, but it just felt a bit unfinished. It felt more like an expansion than an actual game of its own.