Tekken Tag 2 and Tekken 6 Facial Face-Off

Character models are definitely looking good in Tekken Tag 2.

I remember when I first saw Tekken 6 in the arcade, I was blown away by the graphics- a HUGE leap then from Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection. In-game character models got a nice boost in detail and lifelike, realistic quality, further strengthening Tekken’s semi-photorealistic visual style more so than ever before. Fighters now finally looked like real people and individuals.
Well, that was about three or four years ago- the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will up the ante in terms of graphics and character models (among other things). Indeed, improved facial animations are a touted feature. While it’s still a WIP, at this point we can perhaps take a look at TTT2′s mugs (from the females, of course- since who cares about the freakin’ guys) and how they stack up to the previous face models in Tekken 6. Have the changes made since been for the better?

First off, for Asuka Kazama. Of all the Tekken ladies, Asuka got the best makeover IMO from Tekken 5 to Tekken 6, turning from an anime-ish big-eyed cartoon to more like an actual (and quite attractive and buff) young Japanese woman. I really liked her look in Tekken 6, and thankfully she looks just as good, if not better, in TTT2. Her new model seems to have more ‘makeup’ on, and the improved facial animations just add more to her appeal (such as how she pouts after she gets snubbed by Jin in their unique Victory animation). I want to see more of her in-game model though, but so far closeup looks of her are rare in the existing TTT2 footage. Still, I’m satisfied with how she looks.

She’s got a bombastic figure and the outfits to show it off, but Christie Monteiro was a bit lacking in the face department in Tekken 6. I’ve always thought her T6 face wasn’t the best it could be- her mouth was a bit too cartoony and wide, and overall she looked kinda plain. I think her TTT2 face is a definite improvement; a lot more realistic, detailed and has a pleasing, sultry appeal.

I know quite a few fans of Lili Rochefort aren’t too hot with her TTT2 face (and her strangely lower-res hair), most citing her nose as being too big in some early footage. Looking at some more recent videos, I think it’s not THAT bad- it may be just a matter of some weird effect of the lighting, but certainly Lili’s looking quite cute in the pic above. Her Tekken 6 model was excellent, but I think in TTT2 she gets a bit more emotion which is always good. Just a bit more tweaking should quiet any more complaints.

Nina Williams was sizzling in Tekken 6- in fact, I think she was a perfect rendering of the cold, ruthless beauty that she should be. Her TTT2 face seems slightly wider, but easily has the hardness down- perhaps a bit too hard. While for the most part she’s still the looker, she has some angles where she’s a bit mannish, but that should only be apparent if you actually nitpick her frame by frame. Hmm.

Ling Xiaoyu in Tekken 6 wasn’t all that for me- I think her face lacked character and that distinct ‘oomph’. It certainly didn’t capture how cute the kung-fu kitten was in her character art. I think her new and much-improved TTT2 face gives her a lot more personality and ramps up the cuteness fitting for this longtime Tekken mainstay. Which is good since as one of the main protagonists in Tekken: Blood Vengeance, she’s gonna be in the limelight a lot more.

Sorry about the other babes- I think Anna’s already had her time in the spotlight- her Tekken 6 look was also excellent, and thankfully her initially iffy TTT2 face has recently been fixed up. Alisa seems hardly changed, while Julia got a Character Transformation. As for Leo- well, I think that one’s TTT2 model reinforces the character being a male more than ever before.
Anyway, at this point I think Tekken Tag 2′s look is still being tweaked, like a lot of things in this current Work-in-progress. There are tons of finishing touches and details still to be added in, but I think even this early this game is gonna blow us all away once it arrives in arcades in late 2011 or early 2012. The next milestone for updates on this and other Tekken games looks to be this coming Comicon in July, so sit tight. More as we get it then!

7 Responses to “Tekken Tag 2 and Tekken 6 Facial Face-Off”

  1. asukakazamaNo Gravatar Says:

    You are crazy, imo. Asuka looked fine in Tekken 5[:Dark Resurection]; they ruined her looks in Tekken 6 and TTT2; She looks much better (fixed back) in Tekken Revolution!

  2. AntonioNo Gravatar Says:

    i think Lili looks WAY hotter in TTT2 .. but anyway all the ladies look good.. i mean julia chang was meehh.. but in TTT2 jaycee is SEEXXXYYYY ..dayum anyway ASUKA KAZAMA FTW ALL DAY <3

  3. thelonegamerNo Gravatar Says:

    Dude, what malls do you go to? Pretty much any major mall in Metro Manila and Cebu should have Time Zone, which should have Tekken 6 (and Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection). These games have been out for the past several years.
    As for TTT2, it’s not really ‘soon’. The game is still WIP, at latest supposedly at 80% completion. Japan gets the game in Fall 2011, which should be in the late ‘-ber’ months. Other regions may get it afterwards, as early as end 2011 or Q1 2012. It’s already been confirmed though that the Philippines will be getting the game along with Taiwan, HK (I think), Australia, etc. Thank goodness we’ve got TZ (Time Zone, not Tekken Zaibatsu… heheh).

  4. superproxyNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi! i’m a regular reader of your blogs, I have to say i’m really surprised how updated you are to the tekken franchise

    Lili’s face model isn’t that bad, she actually looks more European, which is ok, she did have that anime-ish look back at T6 so I think her new face model suits her perfectly.

    I’m really curious when you said TT2 will be out in Manila soon, I never knew that there were arcades in the country with T6 in it. can you please tell me where there’s an arcade with T6 or T5? I grew tired playing T6 in my psp T_T, or at local ps3/ slot machines :X

  5. thelonegamerNo Gravatar Says:

    Stills can only do so much, sadly. To really see how gorgeous this game is, you really have to see it in the arcade, on an HDTV monitor, moving before you. That was the way with Tekken 6 last time as well. For now though, this is the best we can do in terms of at least showing a bit of comparison. I can’t wait to see this game myself, in person.

  6. EdNo Gravatar Says:

    Nina looks way better than she did in Tekken 6. Christie looked awesome in some early TT2 footage I saw, but not so much in the pic you picked. Maybe they’ve been doing some tweaking.

  7. otherguyNo Gravatar Says:

    Great article!
    I really enjoyed how you broke down the differences between 6 and tag 2!
    I’m just excited to see the final models when the game is released for the Japanese Arcades.
    Until then keep up the good work!

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