Dragon Ball Z Budokai 4
Biff Pow Smack! Our
favourite animated super charged fighters are back on the PS2 with
another great title to see the PS2 gradually make its way out the door
for the PS3. The thing I love about this game is the fact that it is so
easy to get into and has such a fast paced format that most gamers will
relate to even if they are not fans of the DBZ franchise.
The cool thing simply is that you do not have to be.
There are a great many neat little attacks that are
so much a part of the anime that fans of the series will instantly
recognise some of the signature moves that you can initiate. Another
great feature that has been brought into the game is the fact that you
can teleport whilst fighting to behind your enemy to lay the smack down.
Nice stuff, though it can be countered if your opponent zaps quickly
behind you too.
Powered attacks are also featured on the game with
energy beams being hurled all over the place like rice at your best
mates wedding when you realise that things have changed forever. You can
also have energy battles when two players throw attacks of a similar
nature to each other and try to overpower each other. Itís very cool and
a battle of the fittest to see who walks away from the fight.
Animation in the game looks brilliant as well with
the onscreen characters looking just like their cartoon counterparts.
The cool thing with this style of animation also is that it does look
great on the PS2 despite the age of the console. The whole game from
character selection to the fighting itself truly made you feel like you
were a part of the cartoon.
For those of you who may be wavering about this game,
it does support more than one player so you can duke it out with a mate.
If you are new to the series for some reason I could compare the energy
of the game with that of say, Super Smash Bros. Melee. Not the style of
the game but the frenetic energy and what you can achieve whilst playing
There is not much to dislike about the title. Itís
really well put together and the graphics and soundwork are a lot of fun
using the voices of the American voice crew from the cartoon. If you are
into fighting games, I can certainly suggest giving this a shot for some
light hearted yet intense punching action. Enjoy!