Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai 2
Another Dragon Ball game has scored its way
on the PlayStation Portable that is based on the highly popular Japanese
cartoon series which first started in 1986 and once again contains all
the characters and locales from this great anime series.
Fulfills the most
thrilling aspects of DBZ combat, including (and especially),
counter-attacks, super high-speed bouts, flight, and Ki (energy)
character has differentiuated moves and fighting styles
Exciting heroes and
villains from DBZ, DBGT, and Dragon Ball movies
player mode that allows fans to relive the best Dragon Ball Z and GT
However in Dragon Ball
Z: Shin Budokai 2 we are presented with an alternate story line where
the greatest fighter of all time are dead and even the legendary Goku is
dead. The only one left to defend the Earth now is Trunks who goes
back time to bring his friends forward into the future. Classic Dragon
Ball story telling.
In its essence, Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai 2 is a fairly basic fighter
which has a couple of gameplay modes that include arcade, time attack
and a multiplayer ad-hoc mode. The most interesting one though, is the
Story mode which sends Trunks to a variety of different landscapes where
you must defend cities from the enemy fighters.
Apart from Trunks, you can select a couple of unlocked fighters to aid
you. Although you don't play as them, they can help by weakening the
enemy. While you float around above the map until you come into contact
with a fighter and then it is go time! Once you have defeated an enemy
you can regain your health and repair the city by floating over it.
mission can be replayed from the select screen. You can also choose your
path from there as well. As well as the main mission there are normally
a couple of side missions, like defeat Krillin with out losing any
The combat in Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai 2 is very simple, yet quite
satisfying. You have Hard and Light basic attacks and then energy
blasts. You can also charge up your Ki to let out more devastating
attacks. Moves are all simple to pull off, with some really tasty combos
to be seen! It is basically a 2D fighter, but you can move around each
other in 3D and even up into the air!
After each fight you are given the chance to collect a Dragon Ball Card.
These little beauties can be combined with your character to improve his
stats. You can also give them to other unlocked characters to boost them
for each mission. Fights are graded depending on how much health you
have left and how stylish you were. Points means money. You can buy more
cards with this money!
The graphics are colourful with a nice cartoon feel to them. The moves
and combos, especially the energy blasts, look amazing! Match that with
a great soundtrack and some cheesy sound effects and you have a good
looking and sounding Dragon Ball title.
In conclusion, Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai 2 is an interesting fighter
that works well on the PSP and is definitely recommended to fans of the
series or for those that are looking for a sturdy yet interesting
fighter. Maybe not for the older gamer but definitely a nice fun fighter
nicely suited to the younger player.