Reviews and Problems with Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team
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Cartoon violence galore, but no blood; for hardcore fans.
Common Sense Media
2 April 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team , a game based on the Dragon Ball Z anime series, is a fighting game. All of the game modes involve some form of brawling, from the standard story mode to the game’s “fight for a long as you can” survival mode. The fights do serve as a means for the game’s good guys to triumph over evil. There is no blood, just over-the-top fighting moves involving fisticuffs and magic.
Excerpt: Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team is a good attempt to bring something new to a long-running fighting series that has more or less become stagnant over the past few releases. Unfortunately, the push to have a Tenkaichi game on the PSP doesn't seem to have been the best idea. On one hand, Tenkaichi Tag Team looks really good, especially when you are right up next to your opponent in fights.
Excerpt: Here's a riddle to get us started. Question: How many Dragon Ball Z characters does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Give up? Answer: Just one, but it takes him nine episodes. Ha ha. Anyway, the Dragon Ball franchise's popularity affords it at least one new game per year, often more than that, and the latest in the long line is Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team for Sony's PSP.
Review: Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team (Sony PSP)
10 February 2011
Summary: Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team might have a shiny new gimmick, but it is still the same old song and dance as every other DBZ fighter in the past decade. If you like those games, you’ll like this. If you didn’t, the tag mechanics aren’t going to do anything to change your mind. Either way, don’t expect anything the game does to blow your mind. This is easily a thumbs in the middle kind of game.
Conclusion: If all you're looking for is a huge head count and exciting two-on-two action, then Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team is the game for you. Unfortunately I require more depth and substance to my fighting game, which is why I'm disappointed by this great looking (and comprehensive) PSP offering!
Conclusion: Tenkaichi is an alright game but nothing really new is added to what they have released in the past. 70 fighters are great but the game is so repetitive (even with the other additions) you won’t even bother to finish the campaign unless you’re a true DBZ fan. The story is just a retelling of every single DBZ game. Skip this unless you need a Dragon Ball Z fix.
Excerpt: Seriously, are they even trying anymore? In yet another retelling of the Dragonball Z saga, DBZ Tenkaichi Tag Team shows the gang from the arrival of Raditz and the discovery of Goku's alien origins through to the saga of Majin Buu. You take control of the appropriate characters along the way - most of the time being Goku and Vegeta - and defeating the big, strong bad guys in battles of increasing difficulty and skill. Okay, I made that last part up.
Pros: Able to “customize” characters, Graphics look all right on PSP, ...but only in free play, Voice-acting cuts out, Boring, shallow fights, Worst. Storytelling. EVER.