New York Comic-Con: Dragonball: Evolution Hands-On

Namco had its upcoming PSP fighter based on the new Dragonball movie, Dragonball Evolution playable in its booth at New York Comic-Con. The game is being developed by Dimps, the studio that's been cranking on the DBZ fighters since the PlayStation 2, and feels a lot like those fighters. The...

Namco had its upcoming PSP fighter based on the new Dragonball movie, Dragonball Evolution playable in its booth at New York Comic-Con. The game is being developed by Dimps, the studio that's been cranking on the DBZ fighters since the PlayStation 2, and feels a lot like those fighters. The unsettling aspect of the game is that the roster of fighters is patterned after the movie cast, so fans should prepare themselves for Goku to look more Canadian than he ever has. But once you get over the shock of Canadian Goku and Chow Yun-Fat (who plays Goku's mentor, Master Roshi) fighting, the game's got a solid feel to it. Dimps has changed the fighting system up a bit and scaled back the over the top attacks and flying. You'll still be able to do fast combos with punches and kicks, but some ki powered attacks, like Goku's kamehameha, will be more like the super moves in Street Fighter. You'll still be able to add some extra kick to your combos by hitting the ki button but you'll just trigger special melee attacks. This may sound a little straightforward but there's still some craziness to be had in battle with ki attacks. For example, Bulma drops motorcycles on you. While that's not quite the same as flying up in the air and unleashing a globe shattering fireball, at least it's something.

The work in progress game in the booth let us poke around menus and see the different game modes set to be included which should offer a decent amount of stuff to do. The arcade mode is a straightforward run through the roster with some light story sequences peppered through it. The story mode mirrors the movie's story and has you playing as different characters in each fight. The mission mode lays out character specific challenges for the members of the roster. The training mode will let you practice combos against a customizable computer opponent. Finally the game is set to feature an online battle mode, although it sounds like its local ad hoc and not proper online via infrastructure mode on the PSP but we'll doublecheck that next week.

If you can gloss over the movie tie-in Dragonball Evolution feels like another solid DBZ fighter from Dimps. The action is responsive, the fighting system is solid, and there's a decent helping of modes to try. The graphics don't look as sharp since the fighters are modeled after actual people and the stages are based on locations in the film. We reckon this one's going to be a tough sell even to die hard fans considering the reaction the movie's been getting, but at least the combat's solid. Have a look at the game in motion to see for yourself.

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megafitch
megafitch

this looks very much like an un-cel shaded version of the budokai series, i can't see that as a bad thing to be honest.

FusionRain
FusionRain

Spoiler yeah the movie was horrible but this game is solid it's out in jap so i got it (most people with a psp and half a brain to do with it should know how) not saying it beats shin budokai or anything like that it's just like a dumbed down version with little characters that i can list here (not going to) a arcade length stary mode and every one sept goku and picollo have this street fighter four cut scene type specials witch are fun to watch (sept grandpa gohans) it's of the movie and nothing els so that what u will get

silverstone_911
silverstone_911

maybe the movie was a total failure but the game might take the best out of it it also looks like the ps2 dragon ball z budokai 3 which is in my opinion the best in the series

Neogenic
Neogenic

Can you say "Bargain bin game"?!

Alexath
Alexath

HAHAHAHAHHHHA! The movie will be a real bad thing (cuz i'm polite) ... this game will be a bad thing...wouldn't have been better think to this movie...ahahahh! and then the game...really bad.....

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

News everyone!!! The budget for this film was over $100 million dollars, guess what, they've only made $18 million dollars off it!!! HA! take that hollywood!!! I hope you've learnt your lesson!

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

The movie is a disgrace, thanks to Hollywood making terrible adaptations, making a game about a crappy movie is not okay. The fact that its in real 3D instead of cel-shaded makes it even worse. The game will be better than the movie, but i'm making sure none of money goes to those hollywood ba.sta.rds.

THEGoD1
THEGoD1

the movie looks like garbage i will never see it but the game looks somewhat better...not that i will buy it

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

Chances are, it'll be better than the movie it's based on. Of course, that's not saying a whole lot...

Dark_Dragoon15
Dark_Dragoon15

OMG that new dragon ball movie sucked so much. It should be thought of as a comedy, because it is funny how bad hollywood changed the Dragon Ball story. Everything is wrong. This game looks like a bad idea, no real dragon ball fan will want to buy it.

Xilver_83
Xilver_83

not really like the live action... especially the character design and the storyline is a piece of crap... making cg movie would be better than a live action

nunieboy
nunieboy

I personally believe that the movie will not be as good as the original. there was another dragonball z movie prior to this one and it was another live one and it had the same characters, well i dnt really know i havent seen this one, but i promise there was another real life movie before this and gohan was named gohan because of his grandpa =D

Geney
Geney

I think the movie was a total failure.. they didnt even follow any part of the manga.. which is a great insult to the entire series.. let alone making a game for it... why cant any hollywood director just follow the storyline and theme..

dahaka2ooo
dahaka2ooo

the moves seem to be like the other 2 dbz psp games..

Megamanx266
Megamanx266

At first when I heard there was going to be a "live action" DBZ movie I was kindof excited... as soon as she mentioned that they were gonna have Goku (and all the other Saiyans) as normal humans (obviously not ordinary humans.. but still) I went Fook that movie!" Note to ANY producer for ANY type of entertainment.. if you EVER do an adaptation DO NOT take out the core part of the storyline that made the original what it was. And for you so-called Anime "fanboys" thinking there has never been an Anime touched by hollywood till now I have two words.... DEATH NOTE!

TheCyberDemon
TheCyberDemon

To all the people wondering, Gohan in the second video is Grandpa Gohan, and they kept him alive in the movie. Honestly I like the caucasian Goku, saiyans never looked all that asian in the show anyway.

theone332
theone332

more crap dbz games cant they make a simple shin budokai with gt characters

Rhastafurion
Rhastafurion

Honestly looks like a solid DBZ fighter, aside from the fact that it's not.

drosia
drosia

gamato game!!!!!!!!!!!!

mihirpurohit200
mihirpurohit200

HHHHHHHIIIIIIIIII HOW CAN I PLAY IN GAMESPOT PLEZEEEEEEEEE GIVE ME ANSWER

Licisproperty
Licisproperty

I personally think that Hollywood has gone too far for movie ideas because this movie as well as the game is a insult to the whole franchise. They should be stoned.

fleshtheworld
fleshtheworld

its very hard to kick with the pants goku is wearing thats why in the cartoon his pants is stuff into his shoes... whos idea was it to give goku baggy lame pants hes not a gangster hes a fighter. the gameplay looks like it may be fun though.

flawless_blade
flawless_blade

hey, they missed one major point in all of this dragon ball movie business. NO ONE LIKES THE WHITE GUY PLAYING GOKU!

regor9216
regor9216

at first i thought i was stupid cause all the characters were real but the gameplay looks cool

welshy023
welshy023

Looks pretty cool for psp. But I already have Tekken so I won't bother.

FusionRain
FusionRain

if u people take the time to read instead of watch then u would actually get a hint on what the hell is going on here the game wont look great cuz it's modeled after real people and real places in the movie even they don't think it will sell well with die hard fans

spider-manfan45
spider-manfan45

and i wanted another shin budokai........................

graneram
graneram

jajaja, harry potter games will be better than this...i dont know why to spend time and money to do that kind of game, it doesn't look like good fight game a kid can see it, even my sister says that that game is horrible...

emorej
emorej

i already though the movie would be crap but now they're making the game? what the hell is wrong with this people. This sucks. Any dragonball fan who were to watch this movie without knowing the title would never even suspect that it is dragonball by looking at the characters

jaichigo
jaichigo

everybody thinks that this is a disgrace to dragon ball, well, what did you want? They'd have to put like 30 battles to complete the piccolo saga, they'd have to ADAPT it to make the film! People said they wanted a dragon ball movie, THEY GOT IT!! They think they know sooo much about dragon ball, when they don't even know who's grandpa gohan, LAME.

L-Dot
L-Dot

When r producers gonna learn that no one needs those crappy spin off games of what we all know is going to be a ridiculously stupid movie. Its street fighter all over again but in reverse, even though there is no comparison. (Street fighter- Good game, crappy movie Dragonballz- crappy anime, terrible movie)

GerOhMyGosh
GerOhMyGosh

Lol, some of you so called fans don't even know the story like Rob387. Yeah that's his grandpa like previously stated. You know, a movie with a bunch of Japanese people on steroids would be so wrong... wouldn't you think? I'm sure the movie is being made for a more younger generation as well, so sorry that you won't be satisfied at the age of 20?

Rob387
Rob387

its grandpa gohan... not gokus son.... not master roshi.... goku names his son after his earthly grandpa gohan

Al_Elric
Al_Elric

i think they renamed Master Roshi Gohan cause thats the only way that makes an ounce of sense...

Atticus-Rhodes
Atticus-Rhodes

That's Goku! He doens't even look like goku and Blink3r is right, this game is wacked...

Xenoxion
Xenoxion

omg don't make a game of the hollywood dbz movie. This is not okay

Blink3r
Blink3r

who the hell is that cra.ppy goku fighting? it says gohan but that doesnt look like him... this db movie is so scre.wed up but WHY do they even have to make a cra.ppy game for it =(

Blink3r
Blink3r

who the hell is that crappy goku fighting? it says gohan but that doesnt look like him... this db movie is so screwed up but WHY do they even have to make a crappy game for it =(

brigader
brigader

ok..so this is trying to look like tekken...and is just an utterly raped version of budokai...with zero originality...zero compassion for the source material...and zero chance of being successful. whose with me!?!?!!! i refuse to see the movie because its as close to the source material as the movie "wanted" was, and while wanted was a good movie, you couldn't call it wanted the comic book. i hope watchmen isnt this bad.

Snakebj
Snakebj

I hope this game is cancelled

Snakebj
Snakebj

Just like "AOTS" EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!

Leon1412
Leon1412

this is so sad! why would they try to make this into a movie?! sure, it can work for resident evil or street fighter or doom, but dragon ball z? no, it wont work

Demoncannon
Demoncannon

. . . oh good lord. . . This is just Budokai Tenkaichi but with worse game graphics and terrible character list. . . i honestly sick of this now

japoniano
japoniano

You should be VERY scared when the videogame of a movie is more exciting than the movie itself...

mianro19
mianro19

total omg... the game looks great... but they totally ruined dbz... i hope they go to hell!!!! still im gonna play it.. it looks like tekken and i think its a good solid fighting game.. ill just pretend its tekken/dbz... at least that will lessen my sadness.... damn... what did dbz ever do to the producers of this movie..? they took dbz and craped all over it!