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August 1995 (TES2/VER.A)
September 29, 1995 (TES2/VER.B and TES3/VER.B)
|Mode(s)||Up to two players|
|Arcade system||Namco System 11|
Tekken 2 is the second installment in the popular Tekken fighting game series. It was first released in arcades in 1995, and later released for the PlayStation in 1996. The original arcade version of the game was released in Tekken 5 's Arcade History mode for the PlayStation 2, in 2007 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable via the PlayStation Network, and in 2009 for Zeebo via ZeeboNet. It was succeeded by the popular Tekken 3, which came in 1997.
The gameplay in Tekken 2 is much like its predecessor with a few additions. It continues to use 2D backgrounds in its stages, an infinite playing field, and a fighting system that utilises four buttons: left punch, right punch, left kick, and right kick. Distinct additions included attack reversals for some characters, back throws, chain-throws, and a sidestep unique to two characters, Kazuya Mishima and Heihachi Mishima; However, Yoshimitsu has a spinning sidestep move that lowers his health. Tackles were also modified to inflict damage when running from a greater distance. Each time the game is beaten with one of the default available characters in arcade mode, the associated sub-boss character becomes selectable.
Tekken 2 also introduced various modes that would become staples to the series. These include Survival mode, Team Battle mode and Time Attack mode. Survival mode takes the player through an endless number of matches to see how many opponent they can defeat without being defeated themselves. In addition, any health lost during a match will carry over to the next match, but the player would regain a little bit more health. Team Battle mode is a two-player mode which up to eight characters can be selected by each player. Like Survival mode, any health lost during a match will carry over to the next match, but the player will regain a little bit. Time Attack mode is similar to Arcade mode, except it is played to see how fast the player can go through it and beat records.
Two years after the events of the King of the Iron Fist Tournament, the Mishima Zaibatsu, under the leadership of Kazuya Mishima, has become even more corrupt and powerful than ever before and involved in many illegal operations. These include kidnapping, extortion and smuggling endangered animal species for illegal experiments. Kazuya is backed by the Devil, which inhabits his body and is trying to take over his mind. Meanwhile, animal rights activist and operative Jun Kazama is sent to arrest Kazuya for his experiments.
Kazuya's father, Heihachi, whom Kazuya had defeated and thrown off a cliff after the previous tournament, has climbed back up and is training himself, plotting to overthrow Kazuya. In an attempt to rid himself of Heihachi and his enemies once and for all, Kazuya announces the King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2, with a large cash prize of one trillion dollars, knowing that Heihachi would appear.
Jun Kazama eventually comes face to face with Kazuya, but rather than arresting him, she finds herself drawn to him. She later is pregnant, with Kazuya having fathered her child. Meanwhile, Heihachi arrives at the tournament, winning against the opposing fighters and eventually reaching Kazuya.
In the final round, Heihachi confronts Kazuya and they battle once again. Devil takes over Kazuya's body, resulting in Kazuya becoming a Devil creature. Despite his advantages, Kazuya is defeated by Heihachi because of the internal conflict within him (between his evil side - represented by Devil - and his good side - represented by Angel - which was brought forth after his meeting with Jun Kazama). Heihachi then takes Kazuya's body to a volcano, and drops him into it to kill him. Heihachi then escapes on a helicopter as the volcano erupts behind him, having finally taken his revenge and regaining the Mishima Zaibatsu back, with Kazuya presumably dead.
Returning characters 
- Anna Williams (unlockable, mid-boss for Nina)
- Armor King I (unlockable, mid-boss for King)
- Devil Kazuya (unlockable, final boss for all characters with the exception of himself)
- Ganryu (unlockable, mid-boss for Michelle)
- Heihachi Mishima
- Kazuya Mishima (unlockable, boss for most characters)
- King I
- Kuma I (unlockable, mid-boss for Paul)
- Kunimitsu (unlockable, mid-boss for Yoshimitsu)
- Lee Chaolan (unlockable, mid-boss for Heihachi)
- Marshall Law
- Michelle Chang
- Nina Williams
- Prototype Jack (unlockable, mid-boss for Jack-2)
- Paul Phoenix
- Wang Jinrei (unlockable, mid-boss for Jun)
New characters 
- Alex (unlockable, alternate costume for Roger)
- Angel (unlockable, alternate costume for Devil Kazuya and Devil Kazuya's final boss)
- Baek Doo San (unlockable, mid-boss for Law)
- Bruce Irvin (unlockable, mid-boss for Lei)
- Jun Kazama
- Lei Wulong
- Roger (unlockable, bonus boss for most characters, boss for Kazuya)
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.
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.
Tekken 2 was a bestseller in the UK, It was also 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.
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". Tekken 2 placed 59th on Game Informer's "Top 100 Games of All Time" in 2001.
- Zeebo Brazil - games
- "The Wait Is Over! Namco's Highly Anticipated Release of Tekken 2 Sets a New PlayStation Sales Benchmark". PR Newswire. August 27, 1996. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
- PSP port details
- PlayStation 3 port details
- Gallup UK Playstation sales chart, October 1996, published in Official UK PlayStation Magazine issue 12
- Electronic Gaming Monthly's Buyer's Guide. 1996.
- GameSpot review
- IGN review
- Staff (September 1997). "Top 25 PlayStation Games of All Time". PSM 1 (1): 34.
- Game Informer staff (August 2001). "The Top 100 Games of All Time". Game Informer. Game Informer Magazine. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
|UK number-one PlayStation game