|Platforms||Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 2 (as part of Tekken 5's Arcade History mode), PlayStation Network|
|Arcade System||Namco System 11|
- Also see the Tekken 2 Category.
Development and Release
Tekken 2 is the second game in the Tekken series. All of the characters from Tekken returned (with the exception of Jack, who is replaced by Jack-2 in this game). Eight new characters were added to the character roster (including Jack-2). The game features 25 playable characters. Released in arcades in 1995, and was released for the PlayStation in 1996 worldwide. Aside from winning rave reviews from the critics, it was the number one arcade game in America for 24 straight weeks and sold 3,000,000 copies worldwide on the PlayStation console. It had opening day sales of 250,000, which was a record at the time.
Upgrades and Ports
Tekken 2's port to the PlayStation is considered to be vastly superior in content to its arcade counterpart. Aside from unique CGI endings for every character, it featured numerous modes such as Survival, Time Attack, Team Battle, and a Practice Mode. It also contained remixed music, like the port of the first game.
A port of the arcade version of the game was included in the 2005 release of Tekken 5 on the PlayStation 2 along with Tekken and Tekken 3 as part of the games "arcade history" mode and to commemorate the games tenth anniversary. The PlayStation 2 version of Tekken 5 features the arcade version of Tekken 2 (Ver. B) as a playable bonus.
Tekken 2 is available for PlayStation 3 users to download onto the PSP. However, multiplayer options have been removed. As of system upgrade 1.70, Tekken 2 can now also be downloaded onto and played on the PlayStation 3 and on Zeebo.
The game was also released for mobile phones in 2007
Tekken 2 was well received, with a current 93% rating at Game Rankings. Electronic Gaming Monthly awarded it Best Arcade Game of 1995. GameSpot, which gave the game 9.2 out of 10, praised the game's graphics and fluid character movement. IGN, which rated the game 9 out of 10, also praised the game's graphics and light sourcing. Tekken 2 placed 59th on Game Informer's "Top 100 Games of All Time" in 2001
In 1997, PSM named the PlayStation port of Tekken 2 one of the "Top 25 PlayStation Games of All Time" at number three, describing it as "better than the arcade version" in many regards due to added features, and "one of the best fighting games ever".
A worldwide martial arts tournament was nearing its finale. A large purse of prize money which was to be awarded to the fighter who could defeat Heihachi Mishima in the final round provided incentive for warriors from all over the globe.
Financed and sponsored by the giant financial groups, the Mishima Zaibatsu, the first Tekken tournament began with eight fighters, all of whom had emerged victorious in death matches held all over the world, all motivated by different motives, all possessing the skill and power to crumble mountains.
Many battles were fought. But only one lone warrior emerged with the right to challenge Heihachi Mishima for the title of King of the Iron Fists. This warrior was Kazuya, Heihachi's cold blooded son. Bearing the scar given to him by Heihachi, he enters into vicious combat with his father on the same field where Heihachi last struck down his own son and dropped him into a trench at age five.
After a grueling battle which raged on for hours, Kazuya emerged victorious by utilizing the skills which had been passed down from generation to generation of the Mishima clan.
As Heihachi's broken body lay on the ground, Kazuya dropped to his knees and slowly lifted his father into his arms. Walked slowly to the edge of the same cliff where his father had left him to die, stared out over the landscape of all that was now his, and let go of his father's body. As Heihachi's body plummeted, Kazuya's smile gleamed in the sunlight...
One year has passed. The Mishima Zaibatsu under Kazuya's leadership has become even more powerful with its tendrils reaching to all corners of the world. Soon after his father's apparent death, Kazuya disappears into the shadows. However, rumors of his immense power, and a dark side, slowly begin to spread throughout the world.
Exactly two years after the end of the first Tekken, a message is relayed from the Mishima Zaibatsu fortress to news agencies all over the world announcing a second tournament with a prize a thousand times that of the first.
So begins the tournament...
The gameplay in Tekken 2 is much like its predecessor, with a few additions. It continues to use 2D backgrounds in its stages, features an infinite playing field, and uses a fighting system that utilizes four buttons: left punch, right punch, left kick, and right kick. Distinct additions included attack reversals for some characters, back throws, throw escapes, "auto-guard" where a player's character can block most frontal attacks whilst standing still (high and mid attacks only) or crouching (low attacks only), and a sidestep unique to one character (Kazuya Mishima). Tackles also were modified to inflict damage when running from a greater distance. Each time the game is beaten with a different character in arcade mode a new character will appear for you to play.
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- Track 1 Tekken 2 Attract Movie Soundtrack 0:21
- Track 2 Fighter Select 0:43
- Track 3 Michelle Chang - Spirited Female Warrior 2:08
- Track 4 Yoshimitsu - Bionic Space Ninja 2:07
- Track 5 King - Beast Priest 2:31
- Track 6 Lei Wulong - Super Police 2:23
- Track 7 Nina Williams - Silent Assassin 2:17
- Track 8 Marshall Law - Legend of Dragon Reborn 1:57
- Track 9 Paul Phoenix - Hot Blooded Warrior 2:10
- Track 10 Jack2 - Super Killing Weapon 3:09
- Track 11 Jun Kazama - Ecological Fighter 2:35
- Track 12 Baek Doo San - Killing Hawk 1:59
- Track 13 Heihachi Mishima - King of the Iron Fist 2:34
- Track 14 Middle Boss 2:23
- Track 15 Kazuya Mishima - Devil Kazuya 2:17
- Track 16 Ending BGM 1:22
- Track 17 Sound FX Box 0:48
Morning Fields, England
Serene Forest, Japan
The Great Wall, China
New York, USA
Church Sanctuary, Mexico
Arizona Desert, USA
Hong Kong Rooftops, Hong Kong
Szechwan Fields, China
Cambodian Wetlands, Cambodia
Taj Mahal, India
Korean Temple, South Korea
Launch Pad, USA
London Ruins, England
Nowhere Desert, USA
Kyoto at Sunset, Japan
Grand Canyon, USA
- Popular landmarks can be seen in some stages, for example - A destroyed (or partially buried) Big Ben can be seen in Prototype Jack's stage and Stonehenge is visible in Jun Kazama's stage.
- Special close up images of the final two bosses (Kazuya Mishima and Devil) can be seen as the background of the pre-fight loading screen. This would later be used again in Tekken 6, showing Kazuya's son Jin Kazama and Azazel before their respective fights.
- The final part of the intro in which the screen shows Heihachi's head and then moves up towards the sky eventually showing the game's logo would later be mimicked in Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection.
- This is the only game in the series where the arcade intro has the option of remixed music.
- All characters from the previous game return in Tekken 2, with the exception of Jack who was replaced with Jack-2.
- In Heihachi's ending in which he throws his son into the volcano, Kazuya is clearly seen wearing his purple tuxedo. In Tekken 4, this scene is repeated only Kazuya is now instead wearing his white pants.
- In Practice Mode, if the player's character is left standing idle for a few moments, a thought bubble will appear above their head with either Pac-Man or the Pac-Man ghosts inside. If the player leaves Practice Mode paused for a long time, a countdown will start and the game will eventually return to the title screen.
- Once all 25 characters are unlocked, the logo on the title screen will change to the face of Kazuya.
- The arcade version states 23 characters are selectable, as it doesn't distinguish Alex and Angel as separate characters. Angel is also referred to as Devil on the arcade version.
- On the arcade version of Tekken 2, the announcer does not say 'Devil' or 'Angel' when either character is selected.
- Kazuya's boss outfit is not selectable on the arcade version.
- The Japanese PlayStation version has a Theater Mode, something the rest of the world wouldn't see until Tekken 3.
- If a memory card with completed Tekken 2 data inserted and the Tekken 3 disc inserted (with theatre mode unlocked) the ending animations for Tekken 2 can be viewed. This also works for the original Tekken.
- The word "replay" now flashes.
- If a character is selected when holding the select button, he/she will become much larger and have a high-pitched voice. The size change can be done twice, however it doesn't affect the character's physical size or reach despite their appearance. For example, Yoshimitsu's sword still has the same range even though it is much larger. To disable the cheat, the battle must be lost and a different costume or character must be selected.
- If a character is selected when holding both Select and Up, he/she will have the above effects, and also bounce high when juggled. A sound is heard upon loading the stage if this cheat is enabled.
- If L1 and L2 are held before the first stage, the game will enter a first person wireframe mode, similar to Nintendo's Punch-Out!!.
- In the records area, positions beyond the number 20 are displayed erroneously as 21th, 22th and 23th. This was fixed when Namco released the Western versions of Tekken 3 (the Japanese PSX version of Tekken 3 still displays 21th).
- In Tekken 5's Arcade History version, Heihachi's KO sound is not played when he is defeated. Instead, one of his attacking sounds is heard.
- On the arcade version, when defeating an opponent with Heihachi's Neck Breaker, Heihachi will not say anything when the opponent's neck cracks. The sound does play in the replay however.
- The original arcade version of Tekken 2 (denoted as Ver.A in the test menu) has a few moves missing compared to the later versions and ports, whilst other moves have a different notation. Additionally, most throws lack sound effects of the opponent being hurt. The PlayStation version, as well as the Tekken 5 Arcade History version, are based on Tekken 2 Ver.B (with the latter retaining the Ver.B logo on the title screen).
- The most notable difference between the AI on the arcade versions is the Ver.A AI favours combos and string hits, whereas the Ver.B AI favours small pokes and blocks much more. The PlayStation version has similar AI to Ver.A, however it also differs slightly from the arcade. Three examples are: The CPU will always jump a shoulder charge on the arcade, yet on the PSX, they fall for it. The CPU will always block the first half of the Frankensteiner on the arcade, but on the PSX, they will run straight into it, getting damage for both the hit and the throw. On the arcade version, you can defeat the CPU with a Jack character or Kuma by sitting down and punching, but on the PSX, the CPU will always block it or knock you over.
- The majority of sound effects were remade on the PlayStation version, along with the announcer's voice. These sound effects were also used on the Tekken 5 Arcade History version, however the original arcade announcer remains, and custom sound effects exclusive to the PSX version are missing (e.g. extra bone cracking sounds, Kunimitsu's knife slash, Anna's KO sound). The PlayStation version makes heavy use of a reverb effect, however the effect is in the sound files themselves and is not controlled by software, unlike the arcade version.
- In the PlayStation (PAL) version's instruction book, Jun's bio references Wang with his last name incorrectly spelt 'Jinfrey' in the English, French, German, Italian and Dutch sections, and 'Junfrey' in the Spanish section.
On the PlayStation version, if only one controller is connected, the screen will say CREDIT 0 / INSERT COIN on the disconnected side. If both controllers are disconnected, the game will also display INSERT COIN on the title screen.
Unlockable Characters (Arcade)
These codes will select a hidden character, even if only the default characters are available.
- Wang Jinrei (Highlight Jun or Baek (leftmost character on screen), then press Start, Down, Right, Left, Up)
- Kuma (Hold RP at the title screen, press Start, highlight Paul, press Down, Start, Down)
- Bruce Irvin (Highlight Lei, press Start four times, Right)
- Baek Doo San (Highlight Law, press Start, Down, Start, Start, Down, Up. This will select Jun Kazama if the Baek/Jun setting is reversed in the game options)
- Prototype Jack (Highlight Jack-2, press Down, Down, hold Start and press Up, Up)
- Armor King (Highlight King, press Left, hold Start, press Left, Right, release Start, press Right)
- Anna Williams (Highlight Nina, press Left, hold Start, press Right, Left, Left, release Start)
- Kunimitsu (Hold LP at the title screen, press Start, highlight Yoshimitsu, then press Right, Start)
- Ganryu (Highlight Michelle, hold Start, press Down, Up)
- Roger (Hold LK on the title screen, then press Start, then Up, Up anywhere on the screen)
- Alex (Hold RK on the title screen, then press Start, then Up, Up anywhere on the screen)
- Kazuya Mishima (Highlight Heihachi, press Down, Up, hold Up, press Start twice, release Up, press Up again)
Note that these codes always select the 1P costume, with the exception of Alex. It is safe to release any held buttons after the character's picture appears. Note 2: In the 'Arcade History' version included with Tekken 5 (PlayStation 2), the above codes are not implemented in this port. However, all characters are selectable from the start without needing to unlock them.
Unlockable Characters (Console)
Completing Arcade Mode with different characters will unlock extra characters to play as.
- Lee Chaolan (beat Arcade mode with Heihachi)
- Wang Jinrei (beat Arcade mode with Jun)
- Kuma (beat Arcade mode with Paul)
- Bruce Irvin (beat Arcade mode with Lei)
- Baek Doo San (beat Arcade mode with Law)
- Prototype Jack (beat Arcade mode with Jack-2)
- Armor King (beat Arcade mode with King)
- Anna Williams (beat Arcade mode with Nina)
- Kunimitsu (beat Arcade mode with Yoshimitsu)
- Ganryu (beat Arcade mode with Michelle)
- Roger (on the last fight of Stage Three, beat the opponent with a great. Roger or Alex should be the opponent at Stage 4. After you defeat one of the two at Stage Four, finish Arcade mode, and Roger and Alex will be unlocked.)
- Alex (Alex is unlocked at the same time as Roger)
- Kazuya Mishima (beat Arcade mode with any sub-boss)
- Devil (beat Arcade mode with Kazuya)
- Angel (Angel is unlocked at the same time as Devil)
Additionally, Kazuya's purple boss outfit will become selectable with the Start button once all characters are unlocked.