A very good entry to the series...at first, then the boredom kicks in....
battlfrnt2006 wrote this review on .
Gameplay - The gameplay is somewhat unchanged from the past two games, but still has little quirks that deepen the Tenkaichi experience. One of these new features is that the game no longer requires you to lock-on to your opponent at the beginning of the battle, you stay automatically locked on throughout the fight. This is a good enhancement, but really changes the way your manuever your character around the arena. You now rely more upon charged dashes instead of just tapping the X button to get back to your opponent. The game's AI has also gotten much smarter. Now, I'm not the best person at the game, but the AI difficulty on Easy feels like Average or Hard in BT2, which is a good thing. This keeps the fights fresh and entertaining, making the gameplay easily one of the best parts of the game.
Graphics - The graphics of BT3 are a step up from what they were in BT2, with beautifully rendered cel-shaded characters and life-like arenas. The Blast attacks have also been greatly improved upon in the graphics department, giving them much, much more of a cinematic feel all while keeping you in the fight. But once you've played as a majority of the characters these moves seem less and less impressive, leading to boredom only about 15 hrs or so of playing the game.
Sound - As usual, the folks down at FUNimation have lent their voices along with the original Japanese voices as well. One problem I had with the voice-overs is that the actors really sounded bored with their characters and didn't provide much effort in their emotions and such.
Replay Value - BT3 is really weak when it comes to replay value in the single-player department. Although the AI has improved since BT2, fights still don't seem to change from a spammed Ki attack here to a short flurry of melee there. Multiplayer is the only mode that really bears the weight of the replay value of this game, but since I only have 1 friend who still likes DBZ, well, multiplayer isn't used very often by me. This game really could've benefited on the PS2 with an online network or something....
Overall, BT3, while a good game, isn't anything more than what BT2 should've been from the beginning. But if you have to decide between the two, go with BT3 because of it's massive selection of characters, enhanced graphics, and tweaked gameplay.