Review by shenmue1000
"Once again not another good DBZ game"
Dragonball Z, maybe the most popular anime of all time. Created in Japan like most anime and sooner or later like everything else that gets popular gets turned into a videogame. This is game is not really overall better than the first game. The problems that plague the first game are still abundant in this game. You may hear people say that this is Dragonball Z games done justice but it is not. This game may please the Dragonball Z fans but however may not please the fighting game fans like me.
First flaw this game does not follow the story of the cartoon. Me being a fan was hoping to play through this great story it has. The first game at least did that right. The story mode is simple a.k.a Dragon Mode; in this game collect the Dragonballs. However how the events unfold it is unlike the magna or the anime. Example at the beginning of the game Nappa and Raditz didn’t show up with each other. Further more Raditz showed up to recruit Goku not to collect Dragonballs for Frieza. They do however have all your favorite moves from the series in this game. Like Goku’s signature moves and the ability to go Super Sayian.
The look of this game reflects the anime so perfect. It all looks and moves just like the cartoon. This helps the game out a lot. The game uses cel-shading type graphics. If compared right next to the TV show it would look almost identical to it. Levels are destructible and the levels are however a little bland. The levels are straight from the show such as the hyperbolic time chamber and Kami’s lookout. Fans of the show will instantly recognize the levels. They are reproduced very well.
Controls + Gameplay:
Controls are mapped out alright. There is buttons for kick, punch, block, and energy blast. Controls are responsive. I hate how the moves are done. This game has all your favorite Dragon Ball Z characters such as Goku, Trunks, Vegeta and my personal favorite Majin Buu. You must buy your moves and set them before a match. This to me makes no sense. There really is not point to master a game if you can not make your own combos or decide how much of a move you want to do. You have to buy your moves and combos in this game. You earn money by entering tournament mode and winning the grand championship. I however hate how the story mode is done in this game. You move around on a game board completing objectives and you have to fight people who don’t belong in that timeline of the series. Some of the computer players got to be beat multiple times in order for them to be eliminated from the board. This makes feel like they did this to add replay value to the game. Also the game’s default difficulty is easy so that’s saying this game is direct more to a younger audience than a grown up one. Saying that I had to bump it up to normal to start off because I refuse to play any game any lower than normal. And it did offer a little bit of a challenge once you bought your moves however it became easier. Other modes include basic training mode and a capsule buying mode. Capsule buying mode is where you buy your moves, characters, extra levels, and did I mention moves. Why do you have to buy moves other quality fighting games gives you all the moves at the beginning I understand they want you to customize your character but once everyone figures out an unstoppable combo It WILL be abused.
The voices you hear are from the actors from the hit TV show. You hear them all in there glory. You’ll hear the characters say there moves like in the show and when they talk in the game like before matches and during Dragon Mode. There is also the sounds of people hitting and building crashing down when people are knocked into them. Then it has your typical fighting game sounds such as chops and stuff like that.
The sound is actually pretty decent and is one of the things that save the game from a lower score. Some games that have a license don’t even try as hard with the voiceovers and sounds like they did. They don’t put voices in or they just use some random voice.
This game in my opinion is not replay able. After being bored with the story mode and seeing stuff that happen in the game not happen in the anime I wanted to watch the anime and just have fun. Moving around the board is not fun you move then fight or grab an item. The fighting is a drag and is not recommended for fighting game fans like myself. Fans however will find this game entertaining and will enjoy unlocking the moves that should be unlocked from the beginning and the extra characters so they can play as there favorite. They would enjoy fighting as there characters.
-Based on the Dragon Ball Z license
-Great visuals and Sounds
- Fans of the series will like the selection of characters
-Based on a license that never had a successful title
- Doesn’t follow the story
- Buying moves
-The combat system
Fans of the series will only like this game. I been playing games for over 13 years and I love fighting games. However this is a simplified fighting game and WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BUY MOVES???
I just don’t like it and I’m a DBZ fan. Once again another DBZ game that is a let down.
4 out of 10
Reviewer's Score: 4/10 | Originally Posted: 02/01/04
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