Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
Tenkaichi takes the
Budokai franchise and spins it on its ear being the latest in the
Dragonball Z series. Going from the standard fighter and replacing it
with a roaming slugfest, Tenkaichi will throw some purists, however fans
of the series will be stoked to see so many DBZ characters all in the
still a fighter the 3D aspect to this title does allow for some good
variations to the game. The characters are well rendered in 3D and
although a tad pixelated at times when up close they actually look
pretty cool. Your main problem will be the camera which is a tad on the
stiff side to operate.
Bandai have taken
into account some of the problems that you can face with a roaming
fighter and by pressing down the L1 button you can lock onto your
opponents with a fair degree of ease. This will allow you to lock from
some distance away however it is only suited to heads on type attacks.
Once you circle your opponent you will lose the lock.
As some general
trivia for you fanboys out there, Bandai changed the development team
for this game to Spike (no, thatís their name, not what they do). I
think that itís been good for the series and as fans of the game weíve
been treated to a whole new look to the whole title as we follow Goku
and Co on their hunt for the elusive dragonballz.
Featuring a almost
fully destructible environment, this game looks gorgeous and has fully
come to life in the way that Spike have put it together. It feels like
some gigantic smash em up cartoon that is extremely pleasurable to watch
and take part in.
Once you get the
hang of how this game plays I think that most are going to find this to
be the best in the series. I acknowledge that there are not as many
attacks for you maniacs out there but really this game feels better than
the ones that went before it. The speed has improved and also the
general flow to the game has benefited from simplifying it all a bit.
Ultimately this is
the best game to date in the franchise and I found it highly enjoyable.
The way it presents and the actual combat system are pretty cool. The
only downside is the camera which needs a bit of attention. If you are a
fan of the series you will love it, if you are a fighting game fan then
you will most likely enjoy it a lot as well.