Musing About The New Tekken Tag 2 Trailer…

Heihachi’s gotten one extreme makeover.

So, have you seen the new Tekken Tag Tournament 2 trailer? Well, if not, WHY NOT? Check it out in the previous post. Anyways, I’ve been watching the spot for a bit, and it’s gotten me musing again. Here are my thoughts and speculations on this latest spot which bodes well for fighting nirvana in mid-2011…

Young Heihachi. First and pretty foremost, is the coming out from the shadows of Heihachi Mishima. But wait- What the HEI-?! It’s pretty obvious that Heihachi’s not the man he was for the past seven Tekken games. In fact, he seems to be the man he was before the first Tekken, looking as if he’s in his thirties or perhaps even twenties! His look seems to have a bit of Kazuya, a bit of Jinpachi, and he’s spoiling for a rematch to go with his rejuvenation. How did he get young again? Given though that this is Tekken Tag, this is non-canon, so perhaps this is just one of those things you just take and accept. It will be interesting to see how different he is from the Heihachi we’ve all known and loved to hate all these years. Surely he’ll be a lot more obnoxious than ever.

Young Hei’s voice actor is named Unsyo Ishizuka, who will probably take over the role from the late Daisuke Gori from now on…

During Heihachi’s sequence, we see him knock away Feng Wei, then suddenly get jumped by Miguel. Does this mean that rounds will require the defeat of both enemy opponents as opposed to just one partner being KO’ed to end the round? At least make this an option though, I say.

New Stages. If you look closely after Heihachi’s intro, there’s a huge balloon now in the original arena stage (from the first trailer) that has the name ‘Chanko Paradise’ and Ganryu’s image all over it- this is both an advertisement for the Yokozuna’s restaurant. Apparently Ganny is a Tekken Tag Tournament 2 sponsor.
There are two other stages shown in the trailer. One is a Christmas-themed snow stage… kinda like a cross between Tekken 6’s Hidden Retreat and the Manji Valley, complete with snowmen, carolers and Santa Claus statues. The Beach Resort stage shown off in one of Harada’s tweets is now shown more in full, and man, it looks perfect for poolside brawls.

Apparently the Christmas stage was just hastily-made up to show off for this holiday trailer- it might be changed or totally disappear in the final game.

Returning Characters. Some more fighters make their first appearance so far in the game, although really people- if that fighter was in Tekken 6/BR, they’ll most probably be in the roster. Baek (despite looking mortally wounded in his ending) is back, along with Hwoarang, Steve, Marduk, Lili, Xiaoyu, Miguel and Feng Wei.

Miguel is sporting an all-new outfit- a reddish Aloha shirt. Is it a new default or a customization? Hopefully we’ll see more characters (if not all) sporting totally new default outfits in the final game… it’s about time to get a change of wardrobe, guys and girls!

The Full-body Motion Blur is back. Harada has mentioned that the option to turn it on or off in the console version will return as well.

El Blaze’s sister defects from Sega.

The New Girl. Yep, there’s an actual all-new character- an as-yet unnamed female masked luchadore ala Rainbow Mika. She actually reminds me a lot of VF5’s dinky little lucha, El Blaze, with her high-flying moves and over-the-top posing. We see this sexy new challenger laying the Smacketh Down with Armor King against Marduk- A.K.’s new tag teammate? It seems that he’s tipped the scales a bit in his favor in his feud against Marduk and King. Now I’m of course hoping that Character Customization will allow us a look at this new babe’s face, but if she’s a true luchadore she’ll be like the Kings and refrain from ever really showing her mug in full. Let’s hope they make an exception with her.

Improved Graphics. I think the trailer is showing off even a little bit the improved character models- Lucha Girl is certainly looking very lively (talking about her facial animations during her closeups) and quite eye-catching (talking about everything else). The lighting in the stages give it all a more life-like feel and look. Make no mistake, this is going to be one pretty, pretty game.

Rockin’ Tunes. The music for the trailer was done by Akitaka Tohyama, one of the several musical masters working on the soundtrack of TTT2. Expect the game to sound strangely familiar but paradoxically all-new.

Stronger Floors. Notice when Marduk is slammed into the floor during his scenes with Luchadore Girl, no huge craters exploding? GREAT! I hope that they do away with the exaggerated floor break-up effects for good. There is a chance that they just haven’t implemented it yet since it’s still a bit early… crossing fingers.

This isn’t apparently our last look at TTT2 this year- Harada mentioned that he has another thing to reveal tomorrow, although he has already said that it’s not more footage (but important). Till tomorrow then! Man, it’s gonna be another excruciating wait to Summer 2011…


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