Excerpt: If there is one thing the Tenkaichi series has been good about, it's been accurately duplicating the look and feel of not only the characters in the DBZ series, but also the fast-paced and high-impact fights themselves. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is no exception. While the older characters seem to have more variants in their costumes, the new characters they've introduced also look just like their anime series counterparts.
Excerpt: Gone next-gen already? Check out Justin Boot’s review of the Budokai Tenkaichi 3 on the Wii here For a generation of children, teenagers and adults who refuse to grow up alike, there was one cartoon series in which dragged us all to the television every week, without fail. Pokémon became followed religiously by young and even younger alike for it’s over the top battles, predictable storylines and Japanese charm with enough merchandise to shake a very thick stick at.
Summary: DBZ: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 delivers an extreme 3D fighting experience, improving upon last year's game with over 150 playable characters, enhanced fighting techniques, beautifully refined effects and shading techniques, making each character's effects more realistic, and over 20 battle stages.
Excerpt: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Control-Scheme. I have a confession to make. This game confuses me. Like the cartoon and manga upon which the game is based, I don’t quite get it. I feel a bit like the 80-year-old who insists on calling Transformers “Transformerbots” or calling Pokémon “Pokey Mans”. The universe of Dragon Ball Z is far beyond my ken, and like other cosmic mysteries , I can only shrug my shoulders and resign myself to being forever in the dark.
Conclusion: What Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 lacks in innovation it makes up for with quality. This is undoubtedly the best anime fighter available and subtle tweaks have made it better than its previous installments (even if only slightly). If you're a Dragon Ball fan then you owe it to yourself to experience the BT franchise and this might as well be the one you start with.