Monday, September 12, 2016

Soundtrack September: TTT2

Game: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (2011-2012)
Platforms: Arcade, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U
Composers: Tōyama Akitaka, Sano Nobuyoshi, et al

The Tekken series has a musical legacy appropriate for its history, with an audio identity that evolves with each installment of the series. What began in the 90s with cheesy techno tracks has developed with each game and reached its technical and creative peak in Tekken Tag Tounament 2. Six composers contributed to the original arcade version, with several others joining the console port project.

TTT2 has the distinction of being the first game in the franchise since Tekken 2 (1995) whose music grabbed my attention. You'll find a solid character select groove, a number of memorable stage themes and – my personal favorite – "Your Sunset," the West Coast funk anthem that accompanies the customization mode, not present in the arcade version. TTT2 also pays homage to Tekken 2 with its ending theme.

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