Harada Tweets: Why Eliza Won’t Appear in Tekken Tag 2

Posted in DLC, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, Tekken, Tekken Revolution, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on December 25th, 2013 by thelonegamer


Eliza’s indeed a treat- only for TKR players, sadly.

If you’re a Tekken player, you probably know about Eliza the Vampire Girl- the first ‘all-new’, all-original character to suddenly appear in the series for a long, long time (Nope, Jaycee doesn’t really count). She debuted about a week or so ago in the Free-to-Pay )(heh) Tekken Revolution, and if you’re particularly good or diligent at playing the game, you can unlock her once you gather the specified number of ‘Blood Seals’. But if you’re thinking to wait for her to appear as an additional character for the already-existing but sadly abandoned Tekken Tag Tournament 2, you may be very disappointed.
Tekken Producer Katsuhiro Harada recently tweeted (on Twit Longer) a pretty lengthy list of reasons why she won’t appear in TTT2, in response to a fan’s question. Here’s his answer:

Why not? (TKR = TEKKEN Revolution, TTT2 = TEKKEN TAG 2).

Reason(1) – Because she was elected by the vote campaign of TKR. TKR player has her preference.

Reason(2) – The engine of TKR differs from the engine of TTT2. Making her appear in TTT2 = requires budget and time (development cost).

Reason(3) – I said “I do not paid DLC (character, arts, stages) for TTT2″ before TTT2 release. If we developed “Eliza for TTT2″, the problem of cost will occur.

Reason(4) – Your parents dislike “Paid DLC”. You guys dislike “Company profits”. In addition. The base system of “Paid Character DLC” is not contained in TTT2.

Reason(5) – First of all, there was no request from TTT2 player about her.

Reason(6) – Eliza says: “I do not want to work gratuitously”.

Reason(7) – The development team cannot understand the language which she speaks.

Reason(8) – Japanese people are not knowledgeable about a vampire’s culture, We cannot do distinction of Succubus and a vampire.

Reason(9) – Almost all Japanese get drunk at an end of the year.

Reason(10) – We Japanese people eat Kentucky fried chicken on Christmas. Yes, we don’t know what is Christmas.

Reason(11) – In Japan, it is only the women who give chocolates to men on Valentine’s Day. Yes, we don’t know who is Valentine.

Reason(12) – Almost all Japanese think “We can live in Germany. Because, a lots of beer and sausages are there”.

Reason(13) – Japanese people will “mechanize” anything. There is a vending machine anywhere(over 5,300,000 machines). We have Real Gundam and 30% of Japanese people is already Robocop or Terminator or Miku Hatsune.

Reason(14) – If you drop a wallet in Japan, the Wallet and money will return to you. However, only an “umbrella” does not come back.

Reason(15) – Almost all Japanese can’t do “Ninja”. But if we drink alcohol, We will transform “Super Saiyan” like Dragonball.

That’s why. That’s all.

Now I’m pretty sure Harada is very proficient in writing English, even if he can’t speak it, so I don’t think there’s much loss in translation. I think there are equal parts of real reasoning, humor, drunken weirdness and snark in the reply, and a fair bit of bitterness towards the fiasco that was TTT2. Sadly, players or the gaming public didn’t support Tekken Tag 2 as much as NB needed, so it has been left in the lurch. I’d much be more inclined to wait for Eliza to appear in a newer Tekken than hope for Harada to have her added to TTT2.

Namco-Bandai has yet to announce a new fighter, but we can all expect that Tekken X Streetfighter is still coming, and the inevitable Tekken 7. Will they still arrive on PS3 or on PS4? I suspect both. Hoping they come sooner rather than later, but at this point, even just the possibiity of them coming or the confirmation would be most welcome. But hey, the New Year is coming, and who knows- the future is full of possibilities. For now, enjoy this funny list for what it is, take a grain of salt and just get the joke as well as sober up in the reality. Merry Christmas!

Musing About Tekken Revolution and the Next Canon Tekken

Posted in Arcade, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Tekken, Tekken Revolution, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken X Streetfighter on December 10th, 2013 by thelonegamer

Ah, Tekken. It’s been so freakin’ long since the last good one- in my book, that was Tekken 6. That was the last time I was excited and addicted to playing this fighter- in arcades and on my PS3, trying to master Bound combos, unlocking customizations and dressing up my fighters as silly or as sexy as I could (as could be allowed by the customizations, that is).

Then came Tekken Tag Tournament 2, with its noob-unfriendly complicated fighting system, maddening cutbacks to the customization, the loss of everyone’s individuality in terms of intros and win animations, the setting aside of the canon storyline from T6 (leaving us hanging with what has since happened to the Zaibatsu-G Corp War and the fate of Jin Kazama after the events in the Scenario Campaign storyline) and basically just putting Tekken at its current tenuous situation.

Yeah, you may say I’m being overly negative with TTT2- to be honest, I don’t hate the game, but it sorely disappointed me in that it could have been so much more, but the content just went off in some off directions. In any case, if the game was successful, then why has it since been abandoned by the Tekken Team after launch, with them putting all their focus since on the atrocious F2P Tekken Revolution?

I am hoping though that Tekken Revo, as much as I dislike it and have refused to get into it- is a sign of a return to classic Tekken. Classic meaning single player focused play. Yes, Harada talked before of how TTT2 changed the game landscape of the franchise and how many supposed that tag team play would remain in any future Tekken titles- but that was a different time. Tag Team play has since proven to be unpopular save to the elite players who master the complex combos. Tekken Revo was a return, a back-to-basics game… and perhaps something to prepare the public and the gamers for the next and canon Iron Fist.

When the next Tekken- ideally Tekken 7 (Tekken X SF will probably be a separate entity altogether, although I am indeed intrigued and expactant of that)- it will be a deeper, more involved Tekken Revo. Redo the graphics and elevate it to Next-Gen quality, redo the animations as Tekken 6 did for Tekken 5/DR, give everyone on the roster updated looks and return/update their individual styles, intros, win animations. Get back into the storyline and fill out the game with the requisite single player and multiplayer modes- Arcade, Story, Team Battle, Survival, Team Attack and such. Make space for a fan service mode. Give the CG endings more length AND substance this time, and not just incomprehensible or pretentious shit too- just TELL the character stories. Push the plot forward.

New characters- I say add some of the new concepts talked about recently into T7 instead of wasting them on TR. Vampire Girl? Fine. Tekken Force Lady? Sure. Ganryu Girl? Why not. Salmon? Are you goddamn crazy?

I am not sure when the next canon Tekken will arrive. I think for sure it will arrive on PS4 and XBox One, as part of the 2nd or 3rd generation of games on the systems. The Japanese devs are just playing it safe and making sure of the installed user base. But inevitably, they’ll come.

Hoping I look back on this article to see I was right on at least a couple of things. Anyway, till then, I’ll still be playing Tekken 6 on my PS3.

Tekken Tag 2: Final Round of DLC Characters Out Tonight!

Posted in DLC, Extra Costumes, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Xbox360 on November 13th, 2012 by thelonegamer


Gamers have waited a long time to get their hands on this gooey beauty…

Via the Playstation Blog, Namco Community Rep Filthie Rich has announced that the long-awaited last batch of unlockable fighters will be made available for download on PSN and XboxLive tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 13. This last wave of extra fighters includes Doctor Bosconovitch (‘Tremble before the might of science!’), Violet and Unknown. All three are returning combatants who have, since their previous appearance, been refreshed and given new moves and movesets to bring them up to speed in the new Tekken Tag Tournament.

As an added treat, the previous Preorder DLC fighters- Angel, Michelle Chang, Kunimitsu and Ancient Ogre- will also be available for download for everyone. Oh, and all of these DLC add-ons are FREE, of course!
This should set off a whole new round of fresh fighting as players finally get their hands on these much-awaited fighters.

UPDATE: Just like the previous round of DLC unlocks, all you need to do is boot up your TTT2 disc while connected to the internet, and you should see a li’l message when you start up the game saying ‘Character Unlocked’ or such. If not, try rebooting your game, or perhaps even going into the PSN store. Once you see the message, Uknown, Dr. Bosconovitch and Violet should be ready for playing. So far, for me the best of the bunch is Unknown AKA Naked Jun- she plays pretty much like Lady Kazama, but has added moves that are pretty awesome… and yes, this includes her GIANT HAND OF DOOM, even if it doesn’t cause as much damage as the Boss version. Dr. B. is… interesting, but a bit too goofy for me, but the fact that his move set is pretty unique should set him apart from the rest of the Extra Characters.

Enjoy the lot! According to SD-Tekken, there just may be more Tekken Tag 2 stuff coming in the weeks ahead- will there be more content still? I’d be overjoyed for this (loving this game), but I’d also rather that Harada and his team finally move on to other things (cough cough Tekken X Streetfighter gak cough). We’ll see. For now, GET READY FOR THE NEXT BATTLE!!!

Tekken Tag 2 WiiU Edition Trailer has Power to the Nth Degree!

Posted in Extra Costumes, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, WiiU on November 7th, 2012 by thelonegamer


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Nintendo’s Tekken is Coming!

Here’s the latest PV to the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2 WiiU Edition for Japan. The lengthy spot shows off the characters, modes and features on offer, most of which appeared in the previous console versions. The Nintendo Exclusives include the Nintendo Characters’ Customizations and Costumes, the special ‘Mushroom Battle’ mode where fighters can grow giant-sized when touched by toadstools, Tekken Ball mode and the ‘Pen’ Customizations where you can draw on the characters (how will Namco prevent NSFW artworks and doodles, I wonder?) for your own unique designs.

The kit and caboodle comes as well with all the extra fighters who arrived in installments as DLC for PS3 and Xbox360 (I think) available out of the box. The fighting starts on Dec. 8 (for Japan).


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Gamesradar shows off 8 minutes of WiiU gameplay.

Not really excited about this myself, since I don’t have a WiiU, nor do I have any plans of getting one at the moment. I need a great reason to buy a new console, and nope- TTT2 isn’t it. Still, I’m happy that this fighter is coming out- if only for the simple fact that with this version finally out of the way, the Tekken Team can GET READY FOR THE NEXT BATTLE!

Tekken Tag 2 Hilarious Glitch Video

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Videogame Comedy, Xbox360 on October 29th, 2012 by thelonegamer


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Marduk… Possessed by the Spirits of Easter Island?

Just in time for Halloween, Theater10 on Youtube has posted this kinda-creepy but undoubtably hilarious video of a glitched Marduk in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Can’t really figure out how they find these things, but they did… and the world is all the better for it. I think. Enjoy the weirdness! You can find a couple more TTT2 Glitch Vids here.

The Lone Gamer’s Better-Late-than-Never Review: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (PS3)

Posted in DLC, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, Tekken, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Xbox360 on October 22nd, 2012 by thelonegamer


The Biggest Tekken yet. The Best? Maybe…

When we first heard of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, it was part of the much-vaunted ‘Fighting Festival’ of game releases in that then-awesome ‘collaboration’ between Namco-Bandai and Capcom. Tekken Tag 2 was supposed to be a celebration of all things TEKKEN- so is this a party or a pooper?

PROS
The Story So Far…
While this is Tekken TAG, which places the game outside the canon Tekken storyline, there’s no shortage of story content in Tekken Tag 2 if you consider that every single playable character has a CG ending or epilogue that you unlock via gameplay (Arcade Mode for the most part). That’s almost two hours of animation, both in the usual prerendered CG sort and several done in various animation styles- it’s like a Tekken Animated Short Film Festival! Some are silly, some are cool, some are pretty out there- but thankfully pretty much all are worth seeing at least once.

The Roster
Tekken Tag 2 features the BIGGEST roster ever in a Tekken game, and while some may be intimidated or even turned off by the huge amount of choice, I say it’s all good. With the exception of the two pairs of exact clones (ChrEddy and the Bears), new characters aren’t just palette swaps and bring their own charm to the table. It’s a tag game, so the more, the merrier.


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TTT2′s Cinematic Intro sets the stage for the action to come.

Tag-rrific Gameplay
Some may say that TTT2′s gameplay is really just Tekken 6 gameplay with tag elements added- and they’re right! That is certainly enough on a gamer’s plate to chew on though since the Tag gameplay is not just some throwaway gimmick- it adds quite a lot of technique, timing and new stuff to do that will challenge both expert and casual players alike.
Yeah, the learning curve may be a bit daunting, but once you learn the basics in Fight Lab, you should be well on your way. It WILL take time to do stuff like those awesome combos you see online, but you get what you work for. Once you pull off your first Tag Assault, you’ll want to do more. DARN! Does this mean I have to change my blog title to The Tag Gamer??? Nah.
TTT2 will keep you busy with all the requisite modes- Arcade, Ghost Battle, VS, Team Battle, Time Attack, Survival, Practice and Online. Customization is there to jazz up your fighters. Once you’re properly competent head on over to the Worldwide Arena of Online Play. This is the Tekken that will be the main thing to play from here until the foreseeable future, so get training, gents!

Item Moves! LOTS of Item Moves!
Improving the element of usable items from Tekken 6, TTT2′s collection of armaments now include tons more stuff for your fighters to wield or wear, and most have their uses- from cakes you can splatter on your opponent’s face (and they stay on!) to guns that actually shoot, there seems to be no end to stuff to play with. Yeah, they often look silly, but if you want to look cool then don’t use them… you’ll be missing out on quite a bit of fun though.
The best Items in the game are the Unique Items that let you do special KOs or finishers, which take a bit of effort to find. It’s also quite nice that the directions for using items are now conveniently placed in the game when you equip an item.

ONLINE PLAY
I’ve never really been the one for Online Play, but the few times that I’ve ventured to try, the gameplay has been excellent with little to no lag. This is kinda tempered by long Waiting times in between matches, but the wait is usually worth it.


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The Bikini Bundle shows that the devs aren’t above a little fan service.

TONS OF FUN STUFF
The large amount of characters is matched by the many cool and awesome stages, the rockin’ music and stuff like Tekken Tunes (which lets you use your own music to replace the stock BGM), Fight Lab (the game’s short but fun Tutorial/Story Mode) and even just the overall look and festive feel of the game. In terms of content, this is surely the biggest Tekken ever (and as of this writing there’s still more content coming!) and it certainly feels like the best one, too!

CONS

Character Customization Conundrums
While seemingly improved from Tekken 6 due to the addition of color mixing, decal customs and more usable items, the Character Customization mode also suffers from several glaring cutbacks- it’s now less ‘customizable’ because of the lack of hand/foot customization (gloves and shoes are now lumped together with tops and bottoms), plus many outfits are just single-piece costumes you can’t edit (aside from color).

But even worse, there isn’t much variety to outfits in terms of style or feel, so most look uninteresting and generic. It almost seems like the costume designer is constraining you to his/her fashion sense. Also, the way the menus are laid out are very tedious, forcing you to go through several steps and loading times just to buy and equip an item.

BITS and BOBS
If there are any more nits I have with TTT2, they’re basically little things- like the weird, useless insta-replay and the omission of actual KO animations, the absence of the individual Character Victory Animations (the same tag win screen and intros get old really, really fast) and such. You still can’t set up a VS match with the CPU, and I just wish Character Customization followed the way they do it in Soul Calibur.

BOTTOMLINE
When Katsuhiro Harada and his team set out to produce Tekken Tag Tournament 2, they wanted a game that would be a festival of fighting, a celebration of all things TEKKEN. They certainly succeeded in what is easily the biggest, most bombastic and bursting-at-the-seams installment in the series yet. Is this the Best Tekken Ever? In execution, content and fun factor, I say… YES! What flaws there are for me are but nitpicks in the bigger scheme of things- nothing that will break the game but I hope they do address these issues in the next game.

If you’re a Tekken fan, you surely already have this… but any beat ‘em up fan MUST check this brawler out for some of the most fun and satisfying fighting action you can get in this generation. GET READY FOR THE NEXT BATTLE!!!

RATING: 4/5

Tekken Tag 2 Live-Action Short Film!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, Tekken, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, WiiU, Xbox360 on October 19th, 2012 by thelonegamer


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Fists and feet fly in this Ferocious Feature!

Well now, ain’t this a neat little treat! With what appears to be a blessing from Namco-Bandai, performance group Wild Stunts Europe has produced a live-action short film based on Tekken Tag Tournament 2. It’s pretty much just one long fight scene, but so what? The costumes are exceptional, the actors mostly looking spot-on (albeit Kazuya was looking a wee bit haggard) and the action- well, the action is pretty TEKKEN! If you’re a beat ‘em up or Tekken fan, this should be a nice use of seven or so minutes. Now, where did I put my TTT2 disc?

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 @ NYCC 2012

Posted in DLC, Extra Costumes, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, WiiU on October 18th, 2012 by thelonegamer


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Harada’s message to fans at New York Comicon.

Perhaps it kinda went under the radar (perhaps because it was mostly a WiiU thing), but Tekken Tag 2 was at the just-concluded Comicon, and Katsuhiro Harada was there to show it off. Well, there in video form- the man himself is currently traipsing around the Middle East and so for his other promotions, but he was able to record a vid for the fans at NYCC. It’s all about the WiiU version, which has PS3 and Xbox360 fanboys foaming at the mouth in envy at the inclusion of Tekken Ball. Oh, just get over it already- I’m pretty sure this minigame will arrive in other versions after it helps sell some WiiUs. For now, I’d be more excited on hearing when I can get my hands on the rest of the DLC/Unlockable fighters- I want me some Unknown action already!


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TTT2 WiiU gameplay at NYCC.

There’s more footage over at Youtuber ShinMamoruX‘s channel, so check ‘em out.

Tekken Ball is Coming Back (in TTT2 WiiU Edition)!

Posted in Extra Costumes, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, WiiU on October 12th, 2012 by thelonegamer


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Hear that? The groans from all those Tekken Ball-loving PS3 and Xbox360 owners..?

Namco-Bandai just posted the latest trailer for the WiiU version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and easily the most significant new addition is the return of Tekken Ball, that infamous minigame from Tekken 3 that quite a few Tekkenheads were asking for. Well, the mode is set to return in November with the WiiU game, and it actually looks kinda cool. Not something I’d lose sleep over, really. I did find seeing all the Tekken fighters cosplaying as Nintendo characters pretty entertaining. Methinks that Tekken Ball will eventually make it’s way to other consoles, but perhaps not too soon.

For now though, I think Tekken fans should be more or less playing with the crop of new content made available for Tekken Tag 2- I certainly am having a blast playing with Miharu. There’s still at least one crop of characters and DLC to come, so there’s some for everyone in the weeks ahead.

Tekken Tag 2 Updated to 1.02, New Characters, Fixes and Decals Added!

Posted in DLC, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on October 9th, 2012 by thelonegamer


Miharu is now available for babe-loving gamers everywhere.

As tweeted by Katsuhiro Harada for the past couple of weeks, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 got updated today. First off, a Patch 1.02 was made available, which apparently fixes some gameplay issues such as Ancient Ogre’s Infinite Combo and Kunimitsu’s Crouching Hitbox glitches (where she would be able to duck various mids). Also added was access to the Tekken Online World Arena (basically a regional common online lobby).

Also made available today were three new characters- Miharu Hirano, Slim Bob and Sebastian. Miharu is Ling Xiaoyu’s best friend and classmate (originally from Tekken 3) and previous palette swap; she shares most of Ling’s moveset but has her own unique animations and slightly altered moves. Slim Bob is a thin version of Bob Richards, and comes with altered move properties due to his reduced mass and strength. Finally, Sebastian is Lili Rochefort’s faithful butler who apparently fights with Lili’s moveset from earlier games (Lili Classic?). All three are already on-disc, but are only now unlocked for use once you connect to PSN today. Also new in the game are several stages- Russia, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Chile.

Finally, Decal Customization has been added, which is similar to the feature in Soul Calibur V. I’ve yet to check this out myself, but I’m quite intrigued.

The 1.02 Patch is small- coming in at about 32 MB. You may find yourself accessing the new characters and stages even without the actual patch (they are apparently separate packages). So far, only the PS3 version has been updated- I assume the Xbox360 version will follow very soon.

This still leaves three more characters to be unlocked at some point, which may or may not come with additional other content and tweaks. For now though, enjoy your now-even-MORE-overstuffed Tekken Tag 2! Man, I can’t wait to get home…