Tekken 2 Download – GameFabrique
I am going to make this review short and straight to the point. Ready? This game is one of the top three games available for the Playstation and you must go buy it. It is worth every penny of the price. Thanks for coming. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, drive carefully and see you next time!
I know, that is not good enough. My job would be way too easy if that was all that I needed to write. Okay, so on a more serious note, Tekken 2 is the second game of the incredibly successful Tekken series. The original title was good, but was plagued with minor glitches here and there. Now, Namco has fixed the graphical glitches, added more characters and made the best fighting game ever.
So what is new in this game other than the graphical improvements? I’m glad you asked. First, let’s start off with new characters and new bosses. Next, let’s move over to the three new modes of gameplay (Survival, Battle and Practice). Of course, we have 23 new fighting backgrounds that are graphically pleasing to the eye. Rounding off the whole stack is the incredibly fluid animations of each fighter without ever running into any slowdown.
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For those people who have not played Tekken, let me explain the premise of the games. These games are 3D fighting titles at its best. There are a number of options that can be changed but the basic idea is the same as most fighting games. You have a life bar that depletes as you get hit by the other fighter and likewise for the opponent’s life bar as you hit him. The idea is to knock the life bar to zero and win the match. That is all there is to it.
Enough of that. Let’s talk about gameplay. The best part of the gameplay in Tekken 2 is the speed of the game. I really get annoyed with fighting games that are slow and unresponsive. When I hit the buttons or move, I want to have the character perform the move at the same time. This is apparently more difficult to program than it is to say because this is a major flaw in some other games on the market. Not Tekken 2. Every button push is instantaneous. This is a fast paced game that really pulls you into the action.
Some new characters make their video game debut in this game. Well, that is not entirely true. The first new character is Heihachi. He was in the first game but was only a boss and not selectable to play. He is now available and ready to go. The next new character is Jack-2. Once again, Jack is not really new to the scene but is just more redefined than his predecessor. A totally new character on the scene is Lei. He is a detective on the Hong Kong International police force. The final new entrant is Jun. Jun is an officer of the Wildlife protection agency. Her entrance is to stop the evil Kazuya, who is known for smuggling animals. With the new characters combined with the old, the total number of playable characters at the beginning of the game is 10. If you play the game in arcade mode and finish it with each character, their boss becomes a playable character. This brings the total number to 20, plus a few more surprises.
One thing that made the first game so good was the ease of the controls. This holds true in the second title as well. I must commend the developers for not jumping on the 40-button push sequences just to do a move. They have kept the controls simple enough that most people will be able to pull off even the coolest of moves with just two or three button pushes. What this does is give new players the ability to perform most of the special moves and the die-hard players can master the more difficult ones as they learn the game. What this amounts to is anyone can pick up a controller, be instructed of the basics and have a good time.
Along the same lines of the characters attacks, Namco has done something which may prove to be revolutionary. In the middle of each match, you can pause the game and go to a screen that shows you all of the documented moves for the character you are playing and shows the correct button locations to pull off the moves. That’s right, no more crumpled-up manual next to you on the floor. No more magazine strategy guide that lists all the moves. Nope, it is all available, on screen, with the push of a button. I think we will see this idea in more than a few upcoming titles.
As if just playing the game wasn’t good enough, Tekken 2 has added some new modes that are a blast. The first new mode is the Survival mode. In this mode, you fight to see how many opponents you can defeat before your life meter runs out. This means that your life does not rejuvenate between fights so there is no squeaking out victories only to be refreshed for the next fight. Next is the Team Battle mode. This allows you to choose the number of characters to play and you fight with each until they lose. After they lose, you move to your next character selected and continue with that character until they lose. I really enjoyed this mode as it allows you to play different characters in the same game.
The only thing that I found disappointing with the game really has nothing to do with the gameplay. I was really let down by the endings of each character. In the first game, all of the endings were entertaining and added to the story. The endings in this game are 15 second clips that almost seem like an afterthought. After working that hard at defeating the game, I wanted a better reward. Also, since the endings in the first were so good, I figured they would only be better in the second. I was let down a bit.
All I can say is wow. The graphics are so good that it is almost scary. From the almost lifelike intro to the beautiful backgrounds, the graphics are a winner. This game deserves some kind of award for the cinematics for the intro; even the endings are excellent graphically, but disappointing in content. The new fighting backdrops are all carefully drawn and perfect. The biggest problem with the first game was graphical break-up and various tweaks. Not anymore. All of those problems have been corrected, and it may be fair to say that this is the smoothest game on the market.
Tekken 2 is definitely not a disappointment. The creators could have skated by on name alone to sell this game, but really went the distance to improve on the first and release a better game. Boy, did they hit the mark. The fighting engine is awesome. The graphics are awesome. The characters’ moves are awesome. This game just plain kicks ass. Go buy it right now and you will thank me after only a few rounds.