Reviews and Problems with Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team
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Review: Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team (Sony PSP)
30 May 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.
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.
Cartoon violence galore, but no blood; for hardcore fans.
Common Sense Media
7 May 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: 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.
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!
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.
Gamertell Review: Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team for PSP
21 October 2010
Excerpt: Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team has the honor of introducing a lot of new elements into a PSP Dragon Ball game. It’s the first portable Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi game for one, and has battles with up to four characters participating in each match. It also boasts the largest character roster yet, with 70 character options once they’re all unlocked. So while it does have a few quirks, there is plenty for Dragon Ball Z fans to be happy about.
Pros: Story mode covers the Dragon Ball Z storyline well, over 40 different characters, different outfits for many characters, environment can sometimes be destroyed with attacks, nice selection of special moves, can upgrade characters with points and items, ad-hoc multiplayer for 2-4 people, has loading screen mini-games, install option and there are three game modes. You can take part in battles with up to four characters.
Cons: Sporatic voice acting, battles drag on needlessly, many battles can easily be beaten with button mashing and story mode missions are occasionally tedious. It’s also quite easy to get discombobulated when fighting, since characters are always flying and zipping around the area.