SONY PLAYSTATION 2 - DRAGON BALL Z BUDOKAI 2 FOR SALE.
"An informative review from me"
Yes, you read that correctly.
I did give budokai 2 a 9 out of 10. And I'm more than willing to bet
that everyone wants to know why. Well, I'll tell you why. You see, game
critic's now a days have seem to forgotten how to review a game. Reviews
are no longer based on how fun the game is. Instead, they are based on
the reviewers opinion of what the game is missing, and what it could
have done better. That right there is wrong, a reviewers job is to
explain to the readers why the game is fun or not. And that's what I am
going to do.
Lets start out with the
visuals. The most obvious improvement from the first budokai, is most
definitely its amazingly accurate visuals. It's like this, the problem
with budokai 1's graphics, was that although they were smooth and nice
looking, they just didn't make you feel like you were playing with the
dbz cartoons. What it felt like was playing with dbz action figures. The
models were of average quality, and did not give off that dragonball Z
feel. Budokai 2 is different. Not only does it feel like you are
controlling the actual characters from the show, but the cell shaded
graphics are so accurate, that you would swear you were watching it from
time to time. Now that right there is called quality. Another
noticeable improvement in the graphics is the very high quality of the
beam attacks. I can honestly say that my jaw drops on almost every
ultimate attack in the game. Each one is unique and fits it's character
perfectly. And of course I can't forget the stages. Although they are
not a gigantic leap from the first budokai, they are a big improvement.
The environments are much more interactive, and there are much more
interesting levels. All of which are featured in the show at one point
or another, with maybe the exception of one or two. In short, the
graphics are great. They perfectly represent dbz, and I love that.
sound in budokai 2 has also improved considerably since the first
budokai. My favorite part about the sound in budokai 2 is that once
again, all the original voice actors return to act as their tv
counterparts. This brings such a new level of involvement into the game.
Hearing the real voice of Vegita saying, ''Final Flash!'' and then
watching an extremely detailed yellow beam erupt from his hands is an
excitement I can't describe. Not to mention that it looks like I am
watching the show do to the fact that he looks so real. Anyway, back to
the sound. The other sound effects in the game are good, but not great.
They do represent the true style of dbz, but there just aren't enough of
them. The lack of sound effects really isn't a big deal though. Because
when you think about it, there really isn't a very wide variety of
sound effects in the show itself. And we all know that the this factor
does not make the quality of the show any worse, so why should it make
the game worse? It doesn't, and it shouldn't.
Budokai 2's gameplay is simple to start with, and may require mad
button mashing, alot of practice and effort will reward you with
superior skills. There are also many more powerful beam and special
attacks in this version, which means it's not just mostly about hand to
hand combat anymore. Of course hand to hand combat is a big part of the
game, but big explosions, cool cut sequences, and colorful beams, also
share a vital role in budokai 2's gameplay. Budokai 2 may not be as in
depth as tekken or soul calibur, but it is still just as much or more
fun than both. Why you ask? Well, like I mentioned before, colorful
beams, cool cut scenes, and big explosions are constantly appearing. And
I don't know about you, but all of those things if used the right way,
will more than likely make a game more fun to play. And that is exactly
what they do. Lets get to the new story mode replacement. Lets face it,
story mode was cool, and it was a good way to further immerse you into
the world of dbz. But, play this game, and you'll soon learn that story
mode isn't the only way you can feel like you are in the world of dbz.
The new dragon world mode is a very innovative approach to making the
dbz world come alive. It basically involves you and a few other fighters
on a board game like screen. You make ur way through the various
levels, while collecting capsules, dragonballs, characters, etc. It is,
in my opinion, a great way to go about collecting items. Cause that is
alot of what the game is about. Collecting items. There are tons and
tons of capsules that can be gained, and it may take you well over 40
hours to collect them all. This aspect gives the game great replay
value, and makes you feel like you are actually getting something done.
It also gives you something to look forward to. I for one would be
willing to go through the entire game just to get a dragonball, or a
super saiyan capsule, or a earn able character. The fusion capsules are
very cool, and there are actually 5 total fusions attainable in the
game. I will not spoil them for you though.
Well, thats about it for my review. I'm tired, and I can't think of
anything else to write. I am pretty sure I covered all the important
aspects of budokai 2, and what makes it so much fun. Know this, if you
are a dbz fan, you must buy this game. It is a must, and it cannot be
avoided. It is significantly better than the first, and it will give you
hours and hours of pure dbz joy. For those of you who are just fighting
genre fans, and are looking for a very indepth and combo filled
fighting game, than this may not be the right game for you. However,
some are incline to disagree, I myself believe that this game provides
plenty of good replay value, and a simple yet rewarding fighting system.
And like I mentioned before, the beam attacks, and super fast combos
are very cool to watch over and over again. And with such a wide
variety, you are guaranteed to have fun watching them for hours and
hours and hours. Have fun.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 16 July, 2011.