Dragon Ball Z Budokai 4 PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 8.2
Distributor: Atari
Classification:
PG
Review Date:
July 2005
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

8.1

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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 it. 

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!






 
 



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