SONY PLAYSTATION 2 - DRAGON BALL Z BUDOKAI VIDEO GAME FOR SALE.
"Definately the greatest DBZ game of all time!!!"
perhaps, no, THE most exciting DBZ game out in the world today, and the
best thing is, there's enough USA copies to go around! I have heard
several good and bad things about this game, so I prayed for it to be an
outstanding game. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.
STORY - 10
VERY GOOD! It follows the DBZ storyline 100% accurately. There isn't a
lot else to say about it, but if you've seen DBZ from Radditz up until
the Cell Games, then you'll know what goes on exactly. However, if you
don't know anything about DBZ, not only will this be a readers digest
version of the first 3 sagas, but it will possibly get you interested in
watching the actual anime or reading the manga.
CONTROLS - 9
controls are very easy to control. If you have ever played DBZ:
Legends, then you'll sense a similar feel to it. The fights are made
fast paced and very exciting. Not like DBGT Final Bout. Its quick and
action packed like Legends. Like in legends, you can only move towards
or away from your opponent. there is no jumping or crouching. The only
way to start flying is if you hit your opponent up in the air, or vice
versa. The buttons you press each do a different command. One to fire a
ki blast, one to punch, one to kick, and one to block. You can also set
your controller to make the 2 non-usable buttons (L1 and L2 by default)
do something. You can make one the ''transform'' button and the other
the ''taunt'' button so you dont have to hit 3 buttons at once. Blocking
is more fun to do this time. Why? Because when a ki blast is fired at
you, you can block at the last moment to hit the ki blast away from you,
or even deflect it back at your opponent! Very cool! The only downside
is trying to perform a special attack. In Dragon Ball Final Bout, you
can perform a special move at any time, but in Budokai, you have to pull
off a special combo. When you hit your opponent with at least the last
part of your combo, the special move that is supposed to be used will be
used and if its a huge one, it cant be blocked. The combos are short
and not hard to pull off and a lot of the combos are the same for every
character. This is also the first time you can actually transform in mid
battle. Transforming requires a certain ''Ki level.'' Usually 4.
Whenever you meet the required level, you can transform at will into
another form, which raises your power and defense. Certain moves can
only occur during a certain form. When transformed, your ki slowly
decreases, but as long as you keep hitting your opponent or charging up
(which is done by holding block and tapping back twice) then your ki
level will keep rising. you can be knocked out of a form if your ki
level gets too low and you are knocked out on your back, but you can
always transform again when your ki level is raised.
GRAPHICS - 10
Simply WOW! The cell shading style of this game really helps the
characters look like their anime counterparts. They dont look at all
''blocky'' or pixelated. The Backgrounds are also very nice. In some
backgrounds, after a huge attack is performed, the background can change
to look like a wasteland. A very nice touch I must say. The looks of
the energy beams are also very nicely done. Everything is superb.
SOUND/VOICES - 8
sound is excellent. The attacks and effects all sound the way they
should be, but the problem that causes the grade to be slightly lover is
the voices. All the popular voices are there, but there are few that
seem rather different. One big one I must point out is Captain Ginyu.
Funimation did his voice, and the narrator is also the voice of Ginyu,
but why is it that his voice is different in this game? It just isn't
right. Recoom's voice seems to have changed slightly I think, but I
guess it seems different since most of us heard his other voice actor
before funimation took over. At least the other 3 members of the ginyu
force had correct funimation voices. the only problem there is that,
THEY AREN'T PLAYABLE CHARACTERS! What a rip off. The voice of Nappa from
funimation was kept, but it still doesn't sound right. Dodoria's voice
is changed obviously, but for the better. Zarbon's voice, however, is
worse. Raditz is still good. Android 19 is different, and still as
annoying as ever. Now, I must say that the biggest and most stupid
problem is...Cell's voice. Yes Cell. He does have the same voice acting
and his voice is great during the cutscenes, but during fights,
regardless what form he's in, Cell has the voice of first form Cell.
Personally, you can get used to it, but its still rather stupid. Zarbon
has the same problem. His voice doesn't change when he turns monster
form, but who wants to play as Zarbon anyway? All and all, the sounds
and voices are ok. Hopefully if a sequel is made, these problems will be
MUSIC - 9
The music in this game has both good
and bad points. Most of the songs are very good. I cant stop liking the
BGM of the Namek stage. But there are a few songs that arent as good,
but the biggest problem I see is at the beginning during the opening.
What the heck is that?! ''Rock the Dragon?!'' Why are they using THAT?!
That's not a funimation song at all. They used their own opening song,
but they put ''Rock the Dragon'' back?! I dont understand why, but it
could have been worse. The best thing though is, you can skip the whole
REPLAY VALUE - 9
I cant imagine anyone not
wanting to get back to playing this game. Its very challenging and you
can customize fighters to have the moves of your choice (as long as your
fighter can USE the moves). You can trade skills and custom fighters
with your friends and there are several extras to unlock. Its not the
LONGEST game, but it IS a fighting game so there isn't really supposed
to be a lot of length to it. The tournament mode is one of my favorites.
you'll have fun with that for a while.
Buy or Rent - DEFINITE
BUY...if you're a DBZ fan. If you're not, you probably might actually
overlook this game, but you should still play it because if you do, you
might become interested in DBZ and watch the anime.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 16 July, 2011.