Not the best in the DBZ series, and definately not above average when compared to todays premium fighters
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Besides the absurd roster of character variations and the same combat system, this game also faulters in the sound catagory, sure there's some memorable DBZ music, but barely, and most are dull and forgetable. The explosion effects in previous games are gone, and the sound of a Kamehameha is left to echoe. If you didn't enjoy the original's fighting style, you might as well not buy this, because besides the high detailed graphics and character models, the combat and bouts are the only thing keeping you hooked, and that's if you like it. The combat is basically mashing, you mash a button various times, then press another button in curculation. if you have enough chi or nergy, the move is carried out in frantic beat-em-up action. The problem with this is the attacks tend to get random, there's not a good variaty of attacks to execite either, and fighting just seems downright slow, sluggish, and overall rushed and random, though onscreen it looks fast and frantic.
Single player is unoriginal and seems to be a step back for the series, as the AI is even worse. Two players could be fun if you're a hardcore DBZ fan, as is your friend, but can get tiring after awhile. The thing that really makes Two players truly disastrous is, one the combat engine, but two, the split screen. As you know Budokai Tenkaichi is a series that emphasizes freedom, there's a huge map you can go soaring through, then confront the enemy and blow the place to bits. In single player, this idea is fair, but in multiplayer, it requires a split screen. Many of the characters seem like repeats as well, making the roster worse then we'de like it.
If you're a hardcore DBZ fan that had siblings that are willing to play, or friends that are interested in DBZ, this could become a blast for sometime, but if you're not too hardcore, and like a more classic fighter, then rent first. This game won't appeal to much audiences, only forgiving DBZ hardcores. This game could have been something else, if the right idea was implemented, but lone it stands as below average.
There's the verdict, and when you're finished reading this, don't bother coming after me, at this time I'm already long gone, hiding in a homely hole back in a hot warm island. Sorry to disapoint DBZ fans, but this game is a huge disapointment. Stick to the old.