Dragon Ball Z: Budokai (Nintendo Gamecube, 2003)
|Perhaps the most popular Japanese television series in the United States, Dragon Ball Z hits the Nintendo GameCube in this 3D brawler. Just as in the anime TV show, fighting is the focus of this PS2 game. The main Story mode allows players to battle through crucial moments from theDragon Ball Z Saiyan, Namekian, and Andriod sagas, through to the Cell Games, learning new skills and upgrading their characters along the way. Other modes allow players to enter customized battles with their improved characters, to edit their characters' acquired skills, and to go head-to-head against other human-controlled fighters.
The game features seven different modes of play in all (one for each Dragon Ball), but some of the later modes must be unlocked. Nearly two dozen characters from the television series are playable in the game, each with as many as 60 combo moves. Goku, Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Frieza, Krillin -- all the major players are featured. Designed to please the countless avid fans of the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z animated shows, the game's character voices are also accurate, provided by the original FUNimation actors from the series.
Critics gave the Nintendo GameCube version an average score of 66% on the review aggregator GameRankings, and an average score of 65 out of 100 on Metacritic. Many critics complained about its simple interface and the fact that combos weren't worth the payoff. However, more complex combos were possible due to an oversight in the move canceling feature but were rarely known at the time. These oversights were turned into an important part of the system in the later games and were what high level play tended to revolve around.
|Game||Dragon Ball Z: Budokai|
|Number of Players||1 or 2|
|ESRB Rating||T - Teen|
|ESRB Descriptor||Animated Blood, Mild Violence, Violence|
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|Game Series||Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Series|
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