Dragon Ball: Raging Blast Updated Hands-On

We pit Piccolo against Goku in our latest preview of this ultra-colorful fighter.

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It wouldn't be Tokyo Game Show without a truckload of Dragon Ball, so we quickly headed down to the Namco Bandai booth to spend some time with one of the most anticipated upcoming Dragon Ball games, Raging Blast. Serving as the next game in the well-received Budokai Tenkaichi series (although not in terms of story progression), the title is slated to ship with a whopping 70 playable characters, which is plenty of kamehameha in anyone's language.

What's New: The TGS build playable on the show floor features eight characters to choose from, including favorites such as Piccolo, Goku, and Vegeta. Combat takes place in a full 3D environment, with characters able to fly up in the air and down into lower areas with ease (or, in this case, by pressing the left shoulder buttons). Environments will also be destructible to a degree--one level we played in was set in a ruined city, and we giggled with glee every time one of our more powerful attacks sent our opponent crashing through walls and high walkways.

Melee attacks are mapped to one button, as are signature move attacks and ki projectiles. Mix this with the ability to quickly move in any direction--up, down, left, or right--and you get a system that's easy enough to pick up and yet feels incredibly true to the wacky, over-the-top battles the Dragon Ball series is known for. But in addition to these standard attacks, flicking the right stick in one of four directions will unleash a super-flashy super attack.

What's The Same: Dragon Ball: Raging Blast's colorful graphics are still easy on the eye and truly evoke the look and feel of the popular anime. What's best is that despite the rapid movement across large, open terrains, the in-game camera never seemed to have trouble keeping pace with the action during our fights, nor did the game engine slow down during even the flashiest of attacks.

What Impressed Us This Time: Even though we had only eight characters to play with, we enjoyed the ease with which we could pick up the game and wreak impressive-looking havoc within seconds. We also liked the small touches--such as characters visibly starting to pant and grabbing hurt appendages as battles wore on. We can only imagine the depth the full 70-character roster will bring, so stay tuned for more previews of Dragon Ball: Raging Blast soon.

Discussion

92 comments
tremor33
tremor33

The demo was pretty dope, so I might have to give this one a whirl

LegendaryEpoch
LegendaryEpoch

After playing the demo despite having only 3 characters ive gotta say that this is the first dbz game that ive enjoyed since i played the original budokai series. Im definately gonna check this one out.

Skipzilla
Skipzilla

@ Human-Pheonix This one does go all the way to the Buu Saga as far as I've seen. I've seen videos on Youtube with adult Gohan.

rubenson2oo9
rubenson2oo9

@Human-Pheonix: Why is it that when they make a DBZ game the 1st one is crapy and they make the 2nd one better or even more crapier? my answer: they do that because its business...

Human-Pheonix
Human-Pheonix

Why is it that when they make a DBZ game the 1st one is crapy and they make the 2nd one better or even more crapier? Also Why do they make a DBZ game the 1st one is always up to Cell Saga? Like look at the Budokai Series 1 was Crappy, 2 was alright but Annoying with the rotatating the anolog stick most of the time and everything. And 3 was KICK ASS. Also the 1st Budokai game was up to Cell Saga. Couldn't they make 1 DBZ game that could've go all the way to Kid Buu Saga? Don't Get me wrong I LOVE DBZ!!!!!! But they make DBZ games so bad that yu don't want to buy it. Tenkaichi 3 and Budokai 3 was AWESOME!!!! When are they going to make a DBZ game just like the anime? With Amazing Ultimates and everything?

rubenson2oo9
rubenson2oo9

This game is easy to play and easy to do different combos but... it has only 70 characters and their ultimate sucks... i hope they made the ultimate more amazing so the player can feel the real impact of this game... im little bit disappointed of this game and for what i see.. DBZ BT3 is little bit better than this... except for its graphic. And I hope they release some add-on for this game.. like adding a giant gorilla (goku) for the character list... in short.. u can add more characters if they make some additional characters from the list.

carmona96
carmona96

For u people that don't know how to charge in the demo, for the ps3 u just press the down button. and to transform, you hit L2 and a box will come up the top left corner and you see the transformation you want so u press the directional button it's on and u also press the button on the other side at the controller. (Press and hold all buttons.) It sounds difficult but it actually isn't. Once you do that the transformation is awesome. cant wait for this game to come out.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

carmona96
carmona96

The demo rocks.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vitario
Vitario

can't wait to get it. DBZ Rules .

carmona96
carmona96

I played the demo, and at first I couldn't get it at all but then I got the hand of it and it awesome!!!!!

Megasus_
Megasus_

ITS OVER NINE THOOOOUUUUSSSSAAAANNNNDDDD!!!!!!!!!

Tempest6269
Tempest6269

I knew burst limit was nothing special but this game is out of this wolrd and its gonna be so funn omgg cantt wait to try people online

brandan1515
brandan1515

looking forward to it but you guys make it sound really bad starting to rethink this one? i was dissappointed in burst limit it had a few character a story mode that lasted a few hours no customisation hardly anything to unlock and you didnt get to fly around like in budokai 3 and upgrade you character and you couldnt make goku go into super saiyan 4:( i was dissappointed i preordered it to

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

I had a look at the demo. the controls were unclear to say the least. the music was terrible.

InSoMnIaK604
InSoMnIaK604

I also played the demo on XBL, it felt really clunky and it had no flow to it, it felt like it was made for 6-10 year olds.

bergerkings
bergerkings

i played the demo on XBL.. and... i was not impressed at all! it was very glitchy and... not fluid at all... even for a demo...

skywalkerforce
skywalkerforce

I'm so stoked for this game!!! My first DBZ game was Burst Limit so I never got to enjoy the previous games that made the Budokai Tenkaichi series so awesome. I always hear from people that they are sick of DBZ games because its just so repetitive well lucky for me I haven't played all of them so this is going to be a wicked sweet game for me.

kidvenom2001
kidvenom2001

Burst Limit is nothing like a DBZ. They could have just made any other characters and slapped a different title to it. That game does not show DBZ explosive battles. No where near it. But I do agree with some people. How is this going to be better then 3. I may rent it before I buy it.

AUGIE_24
AUGIE_24

Well, I'm glad they decided to make a new game with the gameplay of the Tenkaichi series instead of making another Burst Limit. Don't get me wrong, Burst Limit's graphics looked good but the DB battles are supposed to be chaotic and over the top. To get that you need to have the fighters fly around, break each others' faces and get thrown through mountains. If you only have them in a standard one-on-one fight on the ground it just doesn't feel like DB at all. I wish I had a PS3 to play this when it comes out!

mg2s0000855f
mg2s0000855f

So basically this has pretty much the same gameplay elements as tenkaichi 3, character roster quantity of the first game, and slightly upgraded graphics to make it just worthy of a next-gen title? I think I'll pass until the next Burst Limit comes out, Dimps is far and away the best IMO in terms of presentation, and overall down-to-earth gameplay that doesn't make controlling your character's movement reminiscent of operating a tank.

Vitario
Vitario

Can't wait i will get fifa 10 soon and DBZ all time best fighting game .

ToxicBrain
ToxicBrain

Looking forward to this. Burst Limit was pretty good but had barely any characters in it and only went up to Cell stage. I'm gonna get this one when it comes out :D

evilsolidjavi
evilsolidjavi

meh...still not worth it. the day i see that they include the baby,super 17 and the shadow dragons saga s i'll buy it. i prefer budokai 3 or tenkaichi 2 (which covers dbz and almost all of gt) over this anyday. but darn i would really like a dbz rpg because they haven't made one since dbz super saiyan densetsu for the snes. so...that leaves for dbz attack of the saiyans.

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

70 characters we've all seen in other games, right?

DanteDemon92
DanteDemon92

Im sorry but DBZ's been dead for ages...they need to introduce some new ideas

mrclutch87
mrclutch87

it seems like theyll never stop making dbz games

brandan1515
brandan1515

OMG ive been waiting ages to play a good dbz on the xbox then the 360 but burst limit was pretty crappy

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

Damn it! Should've never bought Burst Limit!! Def. waiting to buy this one.

Rhastafurion
Rhastafurion

I still get these games. Still play Burst Limit, hope this is just as good or better.

Roger_Smith
Roger_Smith

DBZ still struggling to remain relevant as a video game series. It breaks my heart.

otanikun
otanikun

Meh, tired of DBZ as a whole now

nomorepain4u
nomorepain4u

does 70 characters include super saiyons

nomorepain4u
nomorepain4u

i want supersaiyon 4 goku and all the fusion characters also a bunch of people from dragonball gt

Mistrust69
Mistrust69

pretty sweet, can't wait to play.

Timbydude
Timbydude

I bought all the original Budokai games (for PS2) and then they rewarded me by just basically starting the series over again. I've played this game before; it was just called Budokai 2.

Lisandro_v22
Lisandro_v22

I didn't like any tenkaichi title, at least not as much as Budokai 3, I haven't played burst limit

Mr_Manga
Mr_Manga

God damn it another Tenkaichi game? why?? The other one they released in 08 was great. Why not just make a sequel to that?

MockStar
MockStar

looks like a fun game when combined with alcohol!

supaat
supaat

Non-DBZ fans can FO. Dont comment. 70+ chars excluding transformations duh. Must I get PS3 or X360 or wii to buy this? Oh yeah SS3 Broly aesthetics sux bigtime.

Pyrobolo
Pyrobolo

When it comes down to it DBZ:BT2 was the best, I don't know why every game since than has had about half as many characters, makes no sense.

VitamiX
VitamiX

the thing about dragon ball z games is that if you're not ALWAYS playing as recoome, you're playing it wrong.

ChibiZammy
ChibiZammy

hopefully this game wont be like the other dbz games BUDOKAI was the best

VitorHF
VitorHF

The Game shows very good graphics... and a bit of improvement on battle style... But the shame is the characters... only 70?... not enough... theres many charecters that rarely are mentioned, and sometimes imaginary characters that fans create that they could put in the game.... but even the less... i think im going to buy the game... I only wanted more chars... =P

evil_angel74
evil_angel74

Now dont get me wrong, i love DBZ games, but is it just me or does this look exactly the same as the last Tenkaichi game