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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 PS2 Review
31 May 2010
Excerpt: The Dragon Ball Z: Budokai series is widely regarded as the best of a multitude of game releases, released over various generations of consoles and based on the popular anime series of the same name. But even being the best, didn’t mean it was the total and elusive fan appeaser. Many popular mainstays of the series weren’t present such as character pinball (fans will know what we’re on about) and beam struggles.
Summary: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 is the best game of the DBZ bunch so far and helps each the bad feeling that Budokai 2 brought about. There's still plenty of work to do if they want to make the game perfect but they are slowly but surely getting there. If you're a fan of Dragon Ball Z then it's probably worth a purchase, if your not rent if first and make a decision after a couple of days with it.
Excerpt: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 rehashes the DBZ storyline in another fighter, but at least this time there are hints of Dragon Ball GT like the occasional image of Pan, but not necessarily enough to warrant a whole new game. Thankfully, there are enough new elements in the fighting and story modes that this flaw can almost be overlooked. The character models don’t look much different from what we saw in DBZ: Budokai 2 , but the locations and arenas have had a major overhaul.
Excerpt: The new game has over 40 characters ranging from the DBZ sagas, movies and from DBGT, and has 5 different play modes: Dragon Universe, Dueling, Practice, World Tournament and Dragon Arena. Adding an RPG element to the game is Dragon Universe, which is the new story mode where you earn more experience and level up to gain Z points as you fight.
Excerpt: There isn't exactly a ton of competition as far as good DBZ games go, but Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 is the best DBZ game yet. New attacks have been added to shore up the questionable fighting engine of the past, and the result is a game that plays almost exactly like you are watching an episode of the show. Eric tells us all about it here.
Conclusion: I share a dark secret with quote a few other people. It is a secret that I am not proud of, but I must admit to now. Here goes... I have watched every TV episode of Dragon Ball Z in my adult life. Agh. You may now be wondering what the hell Dragon Ball Z is, or you may know of the series and think I'm a sad bastard. You may share my dark secret – I feel for you, brother.
Pros: Huge set piece moves., Huge amount of content lifted from the TV series., Loads to discover in Dragon Universe mode.
Cons: Shallow fighting system., Too much reliance on set pieces.