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Dragon Ball: Raging Blast
Video Game Generation
26 February 2011
Summary: Dragon Ball: Raging Blast
is no doubt the best entry into the series so far, despite its technical shortcomings and frustrating issues. I enjoyed playing it far more than previous games in the series, and for that I believe it deserves to be lauded as such. Pick it up if you’re a hardcore DBZ fan, though you might want to consider a more functional fighting game if that’s what your sole focus will be on.
Pros: Plenty of scenarios to choose from and battle in., Lots of characters., Fan service abounds!, Gorgeous graphics., Dub actors reprise their roles.
Cons: Massive camera issues., Controls unresponsive quite often., Can finish the main quests rather quickly.
Excerpt: GiN has looked at a lot of Dragon Ball Z titles over the years, and they all have been pretty good, especially if you happen to be a fan of the TV show. But Dragon Ball Raging Blast is probably the end all-be all of the series. Not only does it feature an excellent fighting interface that offers a lot of strategy and tactics (not something we normally find in karate fighters) but it also delves deeply into the world of Dragon Ball, dispelling some of the mystery for...
Summary: Dragon Ball Raging Blast feels like a missed opportunity. I think it’s about time we forget about the Budokai Tenkaichi series and their horrible viewpoint and camera issues and move into a format that is friendlier. As much as I loved the Dragon Battle Collection and the tons of stuff there is to do on this game, the fighting overall felt weak and uninspired and for a fighting game, well, the fighting should be the best part, not the production values.
Summary: The latest in the seemingly never-ending parade of Dragon Ball Z based fighting games, Dragon Ball Raging Blast has some nice elements to it that long-time and casual fans will love. The fighting system is a bit on the simple side, but works quite well here, and the sheer amount of play options will keep a person busy with this title for a long while.
Excerpt: Dragon Ball Z was the guiltiest of pleasures for me during high school. Every day after school, I'd come home, turn on the television, and lose myself in the exploits of Goku, Piccolo, and the rest of the crew. After a while, though, I became irrevocably jaded with the television series. I realized that it followed a very rigid template. It was 10% action, 30% exposition and 60% still shots and/or incoherent leather-lunged screaming.
Excerpt: High-flying combatants with moussed-up hair and constipated faces return for more frenzied fighting in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast. Over 100 battles are included from the anime and manga series, and with more than 70 playable characters, Raging Blast ranks as one of the most comprehensive Dragon Ball Z games to date. Is the gameplay a blast, or will it leave hardcore fans in a rage?
Excerpt: Dragon Ball Z games keep selling year after year. It's actually quite amazing when you consider that a decade ago a copy of Dragon Ball Final Bout GT would fetch for hundreds, and its rarity was only due to the fact that no one bought the game. And no one bought the game because it was awful. So at that point in the 90s, we were convinced that seeing a new Dragon Ball game on a console, let alone a good one, would likely never happen. But it did, with Budokai..
Summary: Dragon Ball: Raging Blast is the first video game in the Budokai Tenkaichi series to come to PS3/X360 and features stunning HD graphics and audio, destructible environments and enhanced character features, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast takes players far beyond the realms of the original anime series.
Conclusion: The huge assortment of characters, stories, costumes, and other aspects of Dragon Ball lore cannot hide how shallow and uninspired the fighting mechanics are. There is no depth to your actions, making it a slow-paced race to be the first person to build up your ki power, which quickly becomes monotonous.
Pros: Visuals capture the look and feel of the series, Accessible controls, Rich assortment of stories and modes.
Cons: Fighting system lacks depth and nuance, Characters all feel the same, Camera can easily lose sight of your opponent, Online is plagued by spoilsport disconnections.