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Its easy for people today to dismiss the second in Namco's popular and long running Tekken series in the age of ultra realistic fighters and lightning fast gameplay. Tekken 2 however has stood the test of time pretty well and is still a brilliant fighting game.
Some may take one look at the jagged graphics which are more than reminiscent of the first Virtua Fighter and walk away at that point. This lack of graphical prowess however would prove to be a strong point as Tekken 2 compensated for it with frame rates that were incredibly smooth, a characterisation that leaves the game extremely playable to this day.
While the original was a by the numbers affair (an obvious response to Virtua Fighter taking the genre into the third dimension) the sequel would expand on it in every way. The CG intro and end sequences were amazing for the time and the home version boasted a wide array of modes including the now standard team battle.
The soundtrack would also prove to be amazing and is arguably yet to be superseded by the sequels. Both the arcade and arranged scores were sublime and switching between the two in between playthrough's became commonplace when Tekken 2 was spinning in my Playstation.
The fighting itself was balanced as was the roster and while the series would become synonymous with the term 'button basher', learning all the moves of your favourite character and mastering blocking was immensely satisfying. True, it wasn't perfect (it took a while to get up when knocked down and some of the CPU opponents are a little too good at blocking at times) but it was vast improvement on the first Tekken and is still worth a blast today.