Does this game give the DBZ franchise its well deserved justice!
jenrard wrote this review on .
First...I am not the biggest fighting gamer fan in the world. I will get them from time to time as something to pass a few days time or whatever. Second...I am not the biggest Dragon Ball Z fan in the world. I know what it is and I have seen dragonball, dragonball z and Gt, but the dragonball z series was the best. Now, this might prompt someone to ask, "Why would you buy this game then?" It's pretty simple, I always liked this fighting series. I find it better than tekken and other fighting game, because u can move very quickly in this game, teleport, there are some really cool special moves. You don't see alot of fighting games with big stages and can break through things.
Good: There are allot of DBZ character's and the length of the story is long.
Bad: Sometimes it's hard to move with the controller. When playing multiplayer mode the game gets really slow. Let's move on to the review itself now, and start it out with something on the presentation of the game. The game is put together extremely well. I really like the menu system. It's easy to navigate and the Wii remote works well for selecting items. The story mode seems to be pretty good as well, as it appears to cover almost every episode of DBZ to date. This game could serve as a fairly good thing to go through if you were looking to get into DBZ and didn't know an awful lot about the lore of the series, but the Dragonball GT series still needs allot of character' s.
Gameplay: Now let's talk about the gameplay. This is what the Wii is all about, right?? "Budokai Tenkaichi" doesn't disappoint. Most of the fighting games I've played in the past have been able to be beaten by only having a firm grasp on one button. Although "Budokai Tenkaichi 2" has only a few buttons that actually control the fighter, the addition of the motion controls with the Wii remote and nuncuck are fresh and fun. Basically, you use the nunchuck and remote in combination to complete quite a few different things in the game. The nunchuck is used for dashing and flying in an absolutely wonderful way. You simply push the nunchuck down to make your character dash whichever direction you want. You hold down the "C" button and then slightly move the nunchuck up or down to make your character fly up or down. These moves are all easily done and feel actually pretty natural with the nunchuck once you get the hang of them. The Wii remote is used mainly for keeping a cursor onscreen or moving the cursor offscreen. However, where the Wii remote is utilized wonderfully is in the use of special attacks. The characters all have different special ranged attacks, and the two different motion sensing controls of the Wii are used to pull these moves off. For example, in order to pull off Kid Gohan's special move, you wave the nunchuck side to side twice and then push the Wii remote forward. This causes the character to pull off his most powerful special attack. The feel of pulling it off is so much more fulfilling than simply pressing a combination of buttons. The controls of this game on the Wii are simply amazing. It really makes you feel more like you're doing the actual fighting than any fighting game I've ever played...and that fact alone will cause me to keep this game for longer than any fighting game I've ever had. The controls of the game can overshadow some of the other gameplay elements. The other part of the gameplay that I think really needs to be noted is the environments. They are large and full of different obstacles and interactive items. You can power dash and destroy many of the objects in the levels, and on the other hand you can pound your oppenent into some of these objects which will also cause them to be destroyed. The large levels with the huge amount of interaction is a great addition to the already great controls, and makes the gameplay in "Budokai Tenkaichi 2" superb on almost every level. Graphics: Now, let's talk about the graphics in the game. Many Wii games are seeming to be on the "bad" side when it comes to graphics. This could be because the Wii simply doesn't have the horsepower to put together great graphics, or it could be because developers are rushing their efforts. Either way, "Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2" has really great graphics.
Sound: Next we'll talk about the sound. The voice over acting is superb. It sounds JUST LIKE the anime, in both style and substance. Like I've said, I'm not a huge DBZ fan, but I am fairly certain that all of these voice overs are done by the actual voice actors from the show. There would appear to be tons and TONS of voice overs in the game. The voice acting is some of the better acting that I've heard in a game in a while. The soundtracks are also pretty good. Last but not least are the sound effects. They are also fairly well done. The sound effects of the punches and kicks are fairly generic, but I believe most fighting games "contact effects" are fairly generic, so I can't really fault this game for that. The sound effects for the different ranged attacks all sound pretty good to me. If you are a Dragonball fan or like fighting games you should buy it. If not than rent it.