Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2

Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2
Format: Nintendo Wii
Players: 1-2
Genre: Fighting
Release Date: 30th March 2007
Ban Dai, Spike

I’m enjoying the TV series Dragon Ball Kai at the minute. Super powered martial artists flying in the sky and fighting with fists and beams, it’s very exciting and a good way to spend twenty minutes every Monday and once you get into the characters and events you want to live and breathe the universe. Dragon Ball burritos! Dragon Ball mug! Dragon Ball poster! Dragon Ball video game! And here we are with Budokai Tenkaichi 2.

This wii fighting game is very complicated. The rules aren’t complicated, you have to beat up the other player in small open arenas which you can move around in. The complications come into the controls. You can fly, shoot beams, use special moves, transform, switch in tag team matches, dash, dodge, block, side step, go higher and lower, break away from looking at an opponent and more. It is good you can do so much but you got to map these onto a pad and on the wii set up I played with I sometimes got lost and confused in what the hell I was actually pressing. It is a great system once you’ve learned it but try teaching this button and motion control mixed control scheme to a new player so you can play some vs, not going to happen in the space of five minutes, it would probably be easier to switch to a fighting game you can just allow a new player to button bash to.

Motion controls for blocking and locking into place feels unnatural and dashing doesn’t always seem to work well but the special moves are excellent uses of the controls. Holding two buttons down you can pull the controller back and forth to do a Kamehameha beam attack or put the controller above you then move down for a spirit bomb. It makes you feel like you could be pulling the awesome moves from the TV show off for a split second and it really does make the motion controls my prefered set up. Every Dragon Ball viewer has tried a Kamehameha at least once in their room.

Controls aside this is a solid fighting game with over a hundred characters to pick from and a huge single player mode which goes through the first Z saga all the way to the end of the filler series GT. It only gives you a brief idea of the story though with dialogue boxes so watching the show or reading the manga is the only way to make sense of things but it is nice to see the game has fit everything onto the disc. You may not want to play as the filler characters or a Saibaman but someone out there must do! I will admit that I was lost when facing the filler stories as the series Kai omits all that, this is for the hardcore Z fan. I do love playing as my favourite characters against well-trained friends though and the anime visuals are excellent, it feels just like the TV show at times. If only those borders in stages weren’t present so you could fight for miles without getting stuck and cornered.

Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is a thrilling fighting game which is perfect for fans of the series, the in-depth controls and techniques and huge amount of content means it isn’t a cheaply made cash in and I can finally do a Kamehameha in my room without questions from people.  Super Saiyan for a day.

8/10

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