Tekken Tag Tournament Reviews (PlayStation 2)

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Solid entry in the Tekken series blancmange (80) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Still the very best of one of the best fighting series of all time Greg Mitchell (74) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Tag!! You're it! Quinton Moss (5) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Meh... M-E-H Meh (translated: BORING!!!) lord of daedra (66) 0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars

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Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
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Overall User Score (57 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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GameSpot (Apr 06, 2000)
How much you enjoy the game will directly relate to one factor: If you played so much Tekken 2 and 3 that you couldn't possibly play another match, Tekken Tag doesn't offer enough new features to draw you back in. But if you've stayed away from the Tekken series for a long time, Tekken Tag is a very warm homecoming, delivering the same solid gameplay that Tekken fans crave in large doses. Still, you won't be able to stop yourself from wondering what Namco could have done with the game if it had been designed on the PS2 (or comparable arcade hardware) from the start. Guess we'll all have to wait for Tekken 4 to find that out.
PlanetPS2 (Nov 13, 2000)
Overall, Tekken Tag Tournament is the best Tekken title ever. With 34 characters, and a lot of extra features, and with some amazing features, you can expect to spend a lot of time playing this one. But then again, it's the same old Tekken, only in compilation, and a little extra tag feature thrown in. As mentioned, it's Tekken 3.5, and doesn't add a whole lot to the Tekken franchise. Tekken Tag Tournament is amazing in its merit, but I felt that Namco could've used the PlayStation 2 better. But considering the PlayStation 2 is hard to develop for, and many problems that plagued the Japanese version are gone, Namco should be praised.
It seems like it was just yesterday when I was playing the first installment of Tekken on the brand new PlayStation. Consequently, it only feels like it’s been 15 minutes since I first played TTT on the Japanese PlayStation 2. Even though I think this is getting a little old, I can’t help but get sucked back into the classic Tekken play schemes. This version is nearly arcade perfect, and I’m glad to see Namco spent a little time cleaning up the character models, which were a little jagged around the edges in the Japanese release. With all that said, I had a lot of fun learning some new character combos– there’s a ton – and kicking some booty with Lei, my favorite character. Tekken is easily my top choice for PS2 fighting games on October 26.
GamersMark (Aug 19, 2002)
This game is just as great as Tekken 4 and has even greater graphics. If you are sick of the style of Tekken games then this game doesn't really add anything new. But you should pick it up, just for the graphics. If you want a game that features all the Tekken gang then you should check this out, it combines all the greatest aspects of the Tekken series and that makes it one of the best ps2 games to date.
PSX Extreme (Oct 26, 2000)
I wouldn't say that Tekken Tag Tournament is really a breath of fresh air, because the game doesn't really bring anything new to the series, but TTT is still an excellent fighter that deserves all the praise it can get. If you were one of the luckier people out there who nabbed a PS2 on day one, then go out and pick up a copy of Tekken Tag Tournament, especially if you are a Tekken or fighting fan, you owe it to yourself to purchase what is currently the best fighting on any console, sorry DOA2 and Soul Calibur, I like my Tekken and that's just the way it is. If you already have Tekken Tag Tournament then go pick up a PS2 Multi-tap and tap in the fun that the game offers with four players, you won't regret it.
4Players.de (Nov 30, 2000)
Für Tekken-Fans ist der neue Teil eindeutig ein Pflichtkauf, aber auch alle anderen Beat`em Up-Begeisterte sollten sich den Titel anschauen. Besonders Spieler, die oft mit mehr als zwei Leuten zocken, sollten einen Blick riskieren: Gerade die Multiplayer-Sessions heben das Spiel positiv gegenüber seinen Vorgängern ab, und machen es vermutlich zum besten Tekken, das es je gab.
Futuregamez.net (Dec 05, 2000)
As much as I love the Tekken series of games this version is a little bit of a let down. The slow pace of the game and the lack of new features from previous versions (apart from the 2 on 2 battles of course) means that this is really the old game with pretty graphics. Still the old games were among the best fighters ever so your not going to be buying a dud. Unfortunately if you own previous versions of the game it may seem all too familiar.
VicioJuegos.com (Mar 26, 2004)
Con el precio actual de ambos juegos, la decisión entre uno u otro, o frente a DOA 2, VF 4 y Soul Calibur II dependerá del tipo de lucha que prefieras, como conocedor en profundidad de todos estos títulos, tengo que decir, que salvo por la "lentitud" inherente a los 50 hz, este título es muy recomendable, y seguro que no decepcionará a nadie, personalmente prefiero la cuarta entrega, pero eso ya es una valoración subjetiva.
IGN (Oct 23, 2000)
If you're looking for the best 3D fighting game on a console, you should go get Soul Calibur for your Sega Dreamcast. But, the chances are that you don't really care what the best fighting game around and are only looking for more Tekken. If this is the case, then look no further than Namco's Tekken Tag Tournament for PlayStation 2, as this game is arguably the best version of Tekken available anywhere. It has more characters, more moves, four-player tag battle, and more secrets than you'll find in any other fighting game in the world. If you're looking for revolutionary new features or gameplay, you're not going to find it here.
Video Games (Nov, 2000)
O.k., Namco hat die Charaktere und Stages in Sachen Modellierung und Animation auf Hochglanz poliert, die Kamera noch feiner eingestellt, die deutsche Version mit Anti Aliasing ausgestattet und mit Bowling erneut ein witziges Bonus-Spielchen eingestreut, doch die Perfektion und den Mehrwert eines Soul Calibur aus eigenem Hause konnten die Japaner nicht erreichen. Dazu gibt’s zu wenig neue Moves, sind alle Kämpfer schon bekannt und so etwas länger Motivierendes wie ein World Tour Modus ist nicht mit von der Partie. Der zusätzliche Speicher der PS2 wird vordergründig für das durchaus reizvolle Tag-Feature genutzt, das jedoch keinen großen Programmieraufwand bedeutete. Nicht, dass wir jetzt behaupten wollen, Tekken TT wäre mau - keinesfalls, es macht vor allem zu zweit viel Spaß; ihr müsst euch jedoch im Klaren sein, nur einen Remix der PS-Trilogie im PS2-Look zu bekommen.
Mega Fun (Nov, 2000)
Tekken Tag Tournament ist wirklich ein Knaller. Allerdings nur für diejenigen, die sich zuvor noch an keine anderen Teil dieser Serie sattgespielt haben. Mit den gleichen Moves und einem minimal überarbeiteten Gameplay lockt dieses Beat 'em Up keinen Freak hinter den Ofen vor. Da hilft auch kein kurzweiliger Bowling-Modus, den zumindest ich interessanter fand als das restliche Game. Optisch hingegen ist dieses Spiel der Oberhammer. Filigrane Texturen und detaillierte Kämpfer machen das Game zu einem Augenschmaus. Durch die PAL-Anpassung ist der Prügler aber leider etwas langsamer ausgefallen.
I may have played too much of the other Tekkens for my own good, but the long-running Tekken campaign is starting to get a tad monotonous. Improving the graphics and adding the tag aspect are great perks indeed, but some bigger alterations are needed to truly hold my interest. Tekken Tag is a classy looking Tekken 3 with four combatants instead of two. That’s about it.
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 20, 2000)
En bref, Tekken Tag est bien le fils de son père. S'il reste pas moins une valeur sûre dans le monde de la baston 3D de par ses adeptes et sa finalisation, Tekken Tag n'arrive clairement pas à surclasser Soul Calibur ou Dead Or Alive 2 sur le même support.
Meristation (Nov 24, 2000)
Señoras, señores estamos ante una obra maestra del mundo de los videojuegos. Tekken Tag Tournament reúne todos los elementos que un usuario tradicional de los juegos de lucha pediría a un beat'em de PS2. Un apartado gráfico muy potente, una plantilla de personajes tremenda, modos de juegos variados, divertidos y para varios jugadores y una banda sonora de calidad.
Level 7 (May 03, 2001)
Ett mycket bra fighingspel som är ett av de bästa spelen hittills (våren 2001) till stationen och ett givet köp om du gillar beat'em up.
PSM (Nov, 2000)
The lack of change in gameplay mechanics will either turn you on or off. For the absolute hardcore fans of the series, they will adore this sequel with its minor additions. Also, if you've never played a Tekken game before and you're looking for an awesome fighter, Tekken Tag is just about as good as it gets. However, for those casual fans who feel that they've played the previous games enough, it's likely that you'll tire of this one quickly. This is easily the best game of the series so far, but if you're looking for something completely new (full 3D, background interaction), you're gonna have to wait for Tekken 4.
Till de som förväntar sig något extra av Tekken Tag Tournament har jag bara ett råd att ge: håll i slantarna och låt Tekken 3 gå varmt i din PlayStation2 istället. Tekken 4 är nog inte långt borta vid horisonten.
Gamezone (Germany) (Apr 26, 2001)
Insgesamt gesehen, erscheint mit "Tekken Tag Tournament" ein Titel ohne Überraschungen. Da das Spiel abgesehen von der aufpolierten Grafik komplett auf der alten Arcade-Engine basiert, kann man keine wesentlichen Quantensprünge erwarten. Die Faszination für das ungemein dynamische Spielgefühl lebt aber auch bei der neuesten Version weiter. Schon allein die atmosphärische Umgebungsgrafik sorgt für Begeisterung. So kann man zwar nicht von einer neuen Dimension der Darstellungsqualität sprechen, jedoch vermag die wesentlich schöner anzuschauende Grafik das Flair der Kämpfe durchaus zu steigern. Deshalb werden vermutlich viele Spieler zugreifen, denn rein spielerisch muss man sich auf bewährte Kost einstellen.
Gameplanet (Sep 14, 2000)
After getting over the initial excitement of the newly arrived TTT, it's time to settle into the set rhythm of completing the game with as many different characters as possible. Now 32 characters are selectable, including personal favourite Bruce, the resident kick-boxer. Old combinations mixed with new give some surprisingly sweet results. Experimentation reveals that specific character combinations create additional attacks. This in itself is fun to try out, as old character combination attacks have changed, so that new attack patterns need to be invented. For a change of pace, Survival mode contrasts with the Arcade mode as tactics become more important -- every scrap of life is needed, for only a percentage of health is returned at the end of each round. This mode helps exercise the basics more than the others. Although style is important, as it can be used with vicious success, such things mean little in Survival mode.
Game Revolution (Oct, 2000)
The most despicable Tekken Tag faux pas is the omission of a last hit slow-motion replay. Where is it? Nowhere, that's where. This replay used to show you the last 3-4 seconds of a match, which looks really cool. In its place is a new generic feature wherein your very last winning blow is very quickly repeated twice from bad angles. This is a lot like what you see in the Bloody Roar games, but to a lesser degree. It just doesn't allow for a gloating victor to annoyingly relish in the slow-motion defeat of his opponent. Dammit!
Tekken is not a game for everybody. Die-hard fighting games have disowned it from the day it was released for it's lack of skill compared to it's counterpart, Sega's Virtua Fighter. Tekken Tag will do little (or nothing) to turn these people around, but fans of the series should be most pleased.
The Video Game Critic (Jul 10, 2004)
To be honest, although the "tag team" aspect adds a little strategy, it's not particularly enjoyable. On the bright side, Tekken Tag Tournament is easy to play, has a nice techno soundtrack, and there are virtually no load times. A move list is available from the pause menu, and Tekken's famous "character usage" records are always interesting. Despite the lack of innovation, Tag Tournament is still worthy of the Tekken name.
Gamekult (Nov 11, 2000)
Tekken Tag Tournament n'est pas la révolution graphique que l'on attendait, fait confirmé depuis la version japonaise. Mais on savait aussi que le jeu disposait d'une profondeur technique et d'une grande vitesse. Techniquement, le passage au 50Hz fait une fois de plus très mal, même si les graphismes et animations restent très convaincants. Reste un jeu assez fade qui ne séduira que les "ultras" du genre.