On Friday September 7th, GAME hosted our first community event - a Tekken Tag Tournament 2, er, tournament.
The event was organised by Aaron from our Social Media team who put the shout out over Facebook and Twitter to invite members of the GAME Community. And you who answered the call and travelled from far and wide to our GAME HQ to challenge members of the GAME team and see who was King of the Iron Fist!
Not only did our friends at Namco supply copies of TTT2 for the competition, but they brought some other games for everyone to try - Ni No Kuni, One Piece Pirate Warriors, and Tank! Tank! Tank! - complete with a couple of Wii U's to play it on!
A great night was had by all. The tournament was competitive but friendly, with every match ending with a handshake - and never a tantrum! The community members were really strong challengers, with only one GAME staffer making it to the semis, and the closely-fought final between Paul and Ibrahim had a 'big fight' feel, with a deserving Ibrahim going home with the crown, and some cool prizes!
There was a really positive atmosphere all round, and it was really cool to see gamers from all over chatting, gaming and having fun together. And it was great to be able to game, chat and have fun with you! In fact, here's what some of the GAME team had to say about the night...
"The Tekken event was a great way to meet other members of the community. Everyone was really relaxed, and just there to have a good time, and enjoy the games. The main focus was Tekken Tag Tournament 2, but there was plenty of discussion about all sorts of other games, and not just the others that were there to play.
I was particularly excited to try Ni No Kuni, and even though I don't think it's the kind of game that does well in a event environment (much more of a quiet-play-by-yourself game), the small part I got to try means I'll definitely be getting it for release. As for the actual tournament, I was out within the first round which was a little disappointing, but that didn't sway my interest!
The final was pretty intense, and everyone gathered round to watch, completely absorbed in the action, and I think it's fair to say that the first prize and second prize winners deserved their places! All in all, a great night and everyone got a nice little goodie bag to take home as a memoir."
Tom aka Beranmee
"Tekken is a title I hold quite close to my heart, so much so I have a Tekken tattoo! It was one of the first games that I played on my PSOne back in the day and Tekken Tag Tournament was one of the first games I played when I finally could afford a PlayStation 2, 12 years ago!
So "excited" is a word I would use leading into our Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Tournament! Building up to the Tournament I didn't get as much practice as I would have liked, but I did manage to squeeze in some Tekken time on Tekken 3D Prime Edition, using Jin, King, Hwoarang and Baek.
These four characters are my main weapons; Jin and King serve as my well balanced characters, where as Hwoarang and Baek serve as my faster characters where I can chop ad change stances to unleash a variety of attacks.
Before the tournament started, the combatants got have a quick go so that they could familiarise themselves with any new moves or tweaks to their favourite characters. I decided that Hwoarang and Baeks speed would possibly serve me better in the long run, with that in mind I decided to play the entire tournament as the Student-Master combo.
My first fight proved that the combination I had chosen was a good one. As I served my opponent with a series of fast and furious kicking combinations with some punches and throws thrown in for good measure. I would like to say that I dominated the fight, but I got as good as I gave but still came out on top.
My next fight pitted me against a great Tekken player called Hadyn, his fighters of choice were just as fast as my Hwoarang and Baek team, Marshal Law and Xiaoyu. The matches were intense and insanely close. Each match ended with remaining characters on minimal health, so the last punches or kicks were all down to the fastest finger. The last move of our fight was a lucky accident as I hit the tag and right punch button to initiate the Baek/Hwoarang tag move, leaving Marshall Law on the floor defeated.
My last fight saw me against one of my least favourite characters, Tiger, and Jun Kazama. As much as I tried to dodge and side step, I couldn't avoid those fast Capoeira kicks and bowed out of the Tournament in the Semi Finals.
The atmosphere throughout the tournament was lively and full of good cheer, at the end of each fight combatants would shake hands and congratulate each other on a good fight. Little groups clustered around screens watching fights, playing Tank Tank Tank on Wii U or just chatting with new friends.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable night and I hope it's one we'll repeat soon!"
"I've been a long time player of Tekken and over the years I have never got any better! But I still enjoy the Tekken as much as I did when I first played, and I wasn't as bad on the arcade machine so I jumped at the chance to play in the Tekken Tag 2 Tournament. My one and only opponent, Haydn, knocked me out in the first round which was disappointing but I was still proud that I didn't get smashed in straight away - I made him work for his victory! The final match was extremely intense with everyone gathered round 'oooh'-ing and 'ahhh'-ing as the fight progressed which made for a fantastic atmosphere!
The setup of the event was great and having other games to try out meant there was always something to do if you didn't want to watch the tournament fights. One of those was Ni No Kuni which, as a big Studio Ghibli fan, I was really looking forward to getting my hands on and now after a short play on it, I'll definitely be buying it at launch! It was a shame that due to a technical fault I didn't get to try out Dragonball Z Kinect though. Being able to chat to some of the people from our game community was fun too and I've picked up a few more people to follow on Twitter as a result! These type of social events are always great for bringing people with similar interests together and I love taking part in them!
I had a brilliant time and can only hope the guys who came along to compete and play had even half as much fun as I did!! I really hope this is the first of many community events for us, you'll definitely see me at the others if it is!"
All in all, the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 event was a roaring success, and we're certain it will be the first of many community events. Maybe we'll see you at the next one?