Tekken Tag Tournament 2
It's startling to think that the original TTT was released over a decade ago now. Time certainly flies. Since then we've seen a handful of Tekken titles appear, yet with a near annual update to every similar franchise, I found my interest in button-bashing fighters waning. While yet to rediscover my early enthusiasm, I do find myself throwing TTT2 on for multiplayer fun every week or so when friends – who demand anything but football games – show up.
All familiar characters from the franchise return and the fast-paced combination action – vastly enhanced with extended tag assaults and dual character combos – is ideal for keeping the brain occupied in semi-mindless fashion. Not to say it isn't a challenge. Unless you start mastering these combos, fighting the CPU often ends in an ass-whoop but the tutorial system is a bliss to use, so no worries there. It'll be great to try out the new Mushroom Battle feature for the Wii U version soon, which sees characters grow and shrink after consuming Mario-like fungi, but as I found with fighting games on Vita, touchscreen controls are not for me when it comes to this genre.
Platforms Xbox 360, PS3,
More info Namco Bandai
Those into the more theatrical world of man hugging might like to turn attention to THQ's latest WWE. It certainly steps things up from previous wrestling games I've played and covers every possible corner of the ring, particularly when it comes to customisation options. Everyone wants to create their own badass character, and you have near-endless options here. There's also the ability to design your own stadium, crowd and entire championship with customised belts and titles. I feel like a 12 year old again, only this puts the Smackdowns of yesteryear into an impenetrable choke hold.
Fights are smooth and players can build up to OMG! Moments, which pave the way for awesome moves and finishers that utilise the environment around you. There's a suitably scripted Attitude Era story mode too which sees players take control of various famed characters throughout a two-year period. When I last enjoyed watching the sport itself, I used to take a WWF lunchbox to school and, of course, the game will never appeal to me in the same way it would a concurrent Wrestlemania fan. Still, WWE 13 is a laudable game, with plenty of replay value and a competitive online mode to boot… right in your face. ®
Platforms Xbox 360, PS3, Wii
More info THQ
Ten Xbox 360 games you may have missed
Ok, it's true that most of you will probably have not "missed" Hitman, with the overkill of advertisements recently. But it is still one of the better games out there released in the last few months.
Don't be too misled by our headline, these roundups are meant to wrap up any (good) games that we haven't managed in full multi-page reviews. There's loads of average junk around and we've missed out plenty of titles.
If we only covered small indie titles and completely unheard of console games from the last 2/3 months, I doubt we'd even have 10 (let alone 20 here) that are all rated 70% or more.
Just for the record, the new Hitman rocks! It has drained at least £30 worth of electric at home in the last week, I swear.
Expect far better from The Reg than a bunch of affiliate links to massive brand games that no one's likely to have missed. Seriously, I'm trying to avoid Hitman, which has only been out a week or so and is still doing TV ads.
Very poor show.
Popular games you will have seen and may buy through Amazon
to earn us some affiliate money on our tag rhtopten-20, in time for xmas.
Virtually all of these are sequels, what about some review of original games or do those not exist anymore ?
Our last "games you may have missed" piece back in August included Journey. Great game and it still gets played often in my household!!