Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World Hands-On

We go for one last romp on the PS2 with Goku and the Dragon Ball Z cast.

The popular spiky-haired Saiyan is back in Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World, where developer Dimps--responsible for the Budokai series--has taken the best features from the last three games and combined it into Infinite World. This PlayStation 2 game is still a fighting game at its core, but it includes minigames to break up the gameplay and a cast of over 40 characters to choose from. This may be the last time we see a Dragon Ball Z game on the PlayStation 2 from Atari, and from our brief playtime with a yet-to-be-finished build at Atari's Gamers' Day in San Francisco, it seems to be coming along nicely.

It wouldn't be Dragon Ball Z without the Kamehameha.

Fans of the series should note that the story will cover all of the Dragon Ball Z storyline as well as some of Dragon Ball GT. For newcomers, this wouldn't be a bad place to start, as you can catch up with the entire Dragon Ball Z storyline with Infinite World. We sat with producer Donny Clay, who told us that the game could take anywhere from 15 to 20 hours to complete, depending on the player and how thorough you want to be.

Whether or not you liked the board game system from Budokai 2, it's back, and you have the freedom to walk around the map and hit up locations for a battle or a minigame. More areas will open up as you complete the markers on the map. The single-player campaign is called "Dragon Missions," and that's where you'll progress through the story and see scenes from the series. Different mission types are spread throughout; sometimes you'll play in a time attack mode, or sometimes you'll have to fight under certain parameters such as beating your opponent using your energy beam only.

We got a chance to play around with Goku in a few matches to see how the controls work. Infinite World will look and feel like a simplified version of Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, which was released earlier this year. Your battles aren't limited to the area that you start in, and the over-the-top special attacks are fun to watch and a blast to execute, once you've figured out how. The controls feel solid and responsive in the battles that we played, and the developer has included moves from previous games such as teleportation.

The minigames are what Dimps included for the fans, and even though the meat of the game is still in the fighting, some of the minigames we saw could be a welcome break. They weren't very involved or complicated; the ones we checked out included shooting boxes out of the sky and chasing around a monkey. We were told that there would be a variety of games to check out when it's done, so hopefully we'll get to see more of those soon.

That monkey is as slippery as a banana.
The cel-shaded graphics look great, and the original Japanese and English voice actors can be set in the options. We were told that there's also character customization similar to Budokai 2 that uses the capsule system--so by using the in-game currency zeni, you can build your characters and beef them up with special abilities. There is a training mode for beginners, plus a secret mode for players to discover.

Be sure to check back soon for more details, because Goku's final appearance on the PS2 will be in November.

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151 comments
marvel456
marvel456

the tenkaichi series was good according to me but this one isn't bad but too bad it is the last one on the ps2.

guitarhero92
guitarhero92

even though this is a bad game i like this much better than then the tenkaichi series those games are just awful

FusionRain
FusionRain

it's just a budokai 4 in which i didn't like the Tenkaichi series so i can respect this

elchango24
elchango24

I'm a dbz fan, so I think this game seems really nice; though I have to admit that this kind of games are getting repetitive because there wasn't much to improve from dbz budokai tenkaichi 3.

Chronologo
Chronologo

go get the Tenkaichi Budokai series, they have WAY better gameplay than this one

chrono73
chrono73

Lotoex maybe just buy it off amazon.com?

lotoex
lotoex

Wal-Mart still dose not have this in stock wtf lol. I want this game so bad. I got every english dragonball z game for the plastaion (even japanese version of final bout, ult battle 22 and ledgends)

hellside
hellside

Be warned, this game is very similar to the last game of the serie

Drz4tobate
Drz4tobate

Well The Best Of Budokai they say!! if it really is the game is going to be hot!!I been trying to get it since yesturday but noone has it yet.. tomorrow will be the dayy!! lol

mar130rg
mar130rg

I dunno, I want this game to be good. I hope it is...but I get the feeling it might be a little bit of a let down. But I really hope I'm wrong. Seeing as it is gonna be the last one on the PS2, I hope its gonna be fantastic.

the_caff
the_caff

this is great, the fantastic game of dbz! Did u know that u can do almost evrything that u do on naruto? I mean, when goku dies u can walk on the drangon bridge (just like u can walk on the streets in the new naruto game), its fantastic, im definitly buying it! (sorry if i wrote something wrong, im portuguese!)

man-man-man
man-man-man

wow it's the best budokai ever!! thxs

Mc_Trickz
Mc_Trickz

I can't wait much longer!!!!

LordDespair
LordDespair

This will be one of the best DBZ games out now.

moon200
moon200

the Tenkaichi series is good and budokai Dbz nat bad

xxnike629xx
xxnike629xx

I have high hopes for this game. It is combining all the best parts of DIMPS's DBZ games into 1 package for the PS2. Plus, it's only retailing for $29.99. To those who prefer the Tenkaichi games more...All I can say is that the Tenkaichi games were excellent, but sometimes the whole flying around the stage got annoying because the battles often turned into like who could run away quicker/dodge better and then shoot some energy blasts. I like the DIMPS made DBZ games because it's always continuous fighting.

slayer26
slayer26

Im sorry guys but the Tenkaichi series is way better than the budokai series Dbz is all about the beam attacks and the highly fast movements that is definitely not the budokai series so yea this game is gonna blow just like the one on 360 i mean honestly there are some many great characters in dbz and to only have like 40 Counting the transformations Come on already atari get your act together!!

kidgangstarr
kidgangstarr

I guess I kinda Don't understand.... Maybe Im the only 1 who thinks atari should put more time into making a story mode thats more like the show instead of making Dragonballz a game of Sorry! If any of you actually read all the Reviews GameSpot critics have also said the board game is Lame http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/action/dragonballzbudokai3/review.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=gssummary&tag=summary;read-review ^ read the review "but the slick story mode was replaced by a lame board game" A good story Mode Is what gamers should want but I guess everyone here likes board games because they probally play the card game as well right Gunit 6_^

Gunit4LFE
Gunit4LFE

I am glad it's going back to budokai fighting style I am very happy about that and i'm happy to see another DBZ game on the PS2(since the 360 one sucked so bad) and KidGanstarr I don't care what you say tankaichi sucked donkey di*k.

Kakarott367
Kakarott367

This game is gonna be sweet!!! I can't wait to get it!!!

silverman2000
silverman2000

This is going to be the last and best PS2 dbz game so for sure im getting it!!!!

sj_nehama
sj_nehama

yup, they are, and i have played them all

goatheadman1
goatheadman1

I have a question... arent all dragon ball z games the same...just a bit different

Bankai316
Bankai316

i think the game will be good. besides i don't have my b3 so i intend on buyibg this game.

Gokuburstlimit
Gokuburstlimit

it look excatly like budokuai 3 it was better if the tenkchi series joined togther to make one great game

kidgangstarr
kidgangstarr

Well it all Depends If they tell The Story threw the board game again Im gonna be sick. It sux No matter What anyone Says!!! It does. As far as the dude who dissed the Tenkaichi Series Your stupid Just like your mom 6_6 . Dragonballz + No Board Game = Good Game!!! Anyhow I hope they have a good cast of characters since there will be very few.But Im sure they added an even better board game (yeyy)So get your dice out My fellow androids and hopefully we'll roll a 7 cuz theres noway this games gonna get even close to a 10 no freakin Way!!! Board Game = Atari Doesn't Give a **** About Ratings!!!

goatheadman1
goatheadman1

the next DBZ should be an RPG or have some kind of Creaate A Charactor thing

goatheadman1
goatheadman1

Love the Games, and this one looks great and fun (Not a bg fan of the Tv shows though, but the games are my most favorite of ALL games )except for Resistance and MGS4

migs2k3
migs2k3

The tenkaichi series of DBZ are a joke to fighting games, I'm sorry but they are. I'm glad that DBZ is going back to its Budokai roots. Dimps made Budokai 3 the best DBZ PS2 game ever, so I can't tell how much better it could get since theres been like 4 years inbetween then and now. The experience Dimps has now and technology should make Infinite World, a good send off for DBZ on the PS2.

DastardlyD
DastardlyD

Minigames? Awesome! I fell off this ship after Budokai 3, when I realized I had played the game twice before. I refuse to believe this series has evolved enough over the past few years and dozen or so iterations, to warrant a purchase. They need to get like Naruto, make it bigger, like the show used to be.

mamon852
mamon852

finely game for ps2 that dont lame

BLEACHNARUTOMAD
BLEACHNARUTOMAD

Hell, I'm so getting this considering it's the last DBZ game for the PS2...

goatheadman1
goatheadman1

I dont really like DBZ because of the overly dramatic and slightly gay story but this is at the to of my Christmas list

Dragovian99
Dragovian99

infinite world; WoW! =i hope atari will make another dbz title an RPG TYPE OF DRAGONBALL !! yeah! ^^,

Dark_Pheonix01
Dark_Pheonix01

And I thought I was never going to buy another PS2 game again.

F-Gohan
F-Gohan

Hopefully this will be better than Burst Limit. Burst Limit: not worth $50 dollars. Still i can't wait for infinite world

Dbz4life12
Dbz4life12

heh, No intros yet for this game and it's only a month before it comes out in the U.S! Too bad for Japan though, they have to wait an extra month. But anyway the board game?!?!?! I frickin HATED that!! But anyway the game looks awesome and why put it down when it's gonna be an awesome game!!!! I'm DEFINETLY getting it!

drewvj
drewvj

this is going to be the best dbz game ever.when is it come out.