E3 06: Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi 2 Preshow Hands-On

The sequel to last year's Tenkaichi will have 100 playable characters as well as story and tournament modes.

The original Dragon Ball Z Tenkaichi saw tremendous commercial success, selling more than a million units in Europe and North America. Following up on that is, of course, a sequel, Tenkaichi 2 for the PlayStation 2. As a fighting game, Tenkaichi 2 aims squarely for a mainstream audience with its focus on presentation. As you jump, punch, shoot, and slam your enemies, there will be frequent pauses for you to admire the special graphics effects. This style of presentation gives the game a more epic look and feel, similar to the style that's made the anime series so popular worldwide. Environmental damage and the ability to transform your fighter into a larger version are features that will also accentuate the visuals and gameplay.

Tenkaichi 2 will feature an exhaustive list of 100 playable characters. You'll be able to choose your favorites like Goku, Vegeta, and Buu, as well as more obscure characters as you make your way through the extensive story mode. The plot will span much of the franchise's lore, from Saiyan Saga all the way to the end of the Dragon Ball Z GT movies.

We had a chance to get hands-on with the PS2 version of the game at a pre-E3 press event, and we tried out the head-to-head mode. Unlike many fighting games that simply show both players on the same screen, Tenkaichi 2 offers a unique split-screen mode, with the screen split vertically down the middle. While this seemed to limit our lateral vision, the player character was still in full view. Also, this view allowed for more vision above and below. Being able to see higher or lower is important because of the ability of all the characters to jump high into the air. We were able to play on a desolate canyons/badlands map, one of the 16 different battlefields that will be offered in the game. This particular map didn't show off any of the interactive environment, but it was definitely large and wide open, with a few mesas that you could use to maneuver around and hide behind to foil ranged attacks. We noticed that the characters we played as had a good number of combos and special attacks. But since the characters have relatively large life bars, the fights in Tenkaichi 2 seemed to take longer than in a typical fighting game.

Aside from head-to-head and story modes, there will also be a tournament mode in the game. Dragon Ball Z Tenkaichi 2 is slated to ship in October or November of this year for both the Nintendo Wii and the PS2. Stay tuned to GameSpot for more details on the game as they become available.

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11 comments
deathstar2233
deathstar2233

I SO WANT THIS GAME!!!!!! MUST RESERVE NOW!!!

serge2634
serge2634

If you want to know more about it since i've seen exclusive interviews on youtube i know quite a bit about the gameplay and other stuff

Gogeta64
Gogeta64

COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

guilmanezo
guilmanezo

its going to be a great game they combine the so far best dbz games and only put the best fetures of each like they should have done in tenkaichi 1

mejustjustin
mejustjustin

I hope they keep where you can't transform :P I'd like to see characters like Garlic Jr., Spice Boyz, Cooler's ultra squadron, Lord Slug and his click, maybe Cui, all of the Tree of might's click, um, hmm, what else.. maybe Android 14 and 15. Um... maybe where you can 2-2 in one lvl, that'd be totally awsome :D

Gokas1
Gokas1

Oh My God!This game rules.This Game Rules My LIFEEE.Im gonna buy this game first day they release.150 characters.Can enyoune belyeve.I looooovvvveeee This Game. DBZ:Budokai Tenkaichi 2

killyou44
killyou44

I've always had a soft spot for dbz games so I am going to be keeping my eye on this on.

sasuke_21
sasuke_21

They better not allow u 2 b super saiyan straight away like in tenkaichi 1. And they better not include all of goku's form (super saiyan 1,2,3 and 4) as seperate characters. Otherwise budokai 3 is still heaps better.

NewYrkGiantsFan
NewYrkGiantsFan

wow!!!! this game is going to be great!!! I can't wait to get it. the story is going to be the best of any of the past story modes. And im glad that they put back that u can transform, in tenkaichi 1 u couldn't and i hated that. And sooo many characters u can choose from, its going to be great, and they put back the three life bars. This is going to be 1st on my x-mas list. =)