Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi Blog

Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi Blog

Review author Kevin

Kevin says...

The next game I got my hands on is the new installment in the Dragonball Z: Tenkaichi series, Ultimate Tenkaichi.

From this gameplay demo only two modes were displayed "Battle mode" and "Great Ape (Vegeta)" battle mode is your standard one on one fighter where you fight to win 1 round. This was an early build I played so it only featured a maximum of 9 characters with a slot for 1 extra character.

Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi

The characters to choose from were Son Goku, Super Saya-jin Son Goku, Android #18, Future Trunks, Freiza, Vegeta, Cell, Super Saya-jin Broly and a Saibaman.

With Great Ape (Vegeta) mode you take the role of son Goku fighting against Vegeta in his Great Ape (Oozaru) form it takes the core gameplay from battle but also adds in QTEs (Quick Time Events). Which sorta breaks the flow of the gameplay a bit.

Ultimate Tenkaichi has similar core mechanics to the original Tenkaichi games but instead of having a free roaming environment your constrained to two battle modes "Melee Battle" and "Ki Battles" with "Melee Battles" it's your up close and personal fisty cuff action with your two main attack buttons that lead to small damage combos that can lead to a cinematic battle where QTEs to change the direction of where you battering the opponent.

Overall I've found this installment rather lack luster compared to the older generation of Dragonball fighting games like Ultimate Battle 22 and the Budokai series. This game isn't really up my alley as a fighting game fanatic, but it'll be better for casual play rather than tournament level, definately a really bad poverty fighter.

Review writer Vaughn

Vaughn says..

Dragon Ball Z is one of those incredible phenomena. Its following is absolutely massive and it churned out over 60 individual games across various formats over the last twenty years, with 15 of those being in the Budokai or Tenkaichi cannon. Ultimate Tenkaichi is the latest entry into the series and is another fantastic fighting game to enjoy.

Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi

In the demo the limited character roster of 9 characters hinted at an incredibly wide spreading Dragonball Z game; being able to play as Goku, Super Saiyan Goku, Vegeta, Android 18, Frieza, Cell (in Perfect form), Trunks, Broly and even a Saiberman you can really see that it stretches across a lot of the Sagas. In the hands on there were two different modes to play, one being a standard one on one fight, and the other was a fight against a massive enemy (in this case a Giant Ape Vegeta) which appeared to be an excerpt from the single player campaign mode.

Fights themselves play out wonderfully smooth and feel very much like those seen in the anime. Combat switches between hectic ranged combat, where volleys of Kame-hame-ha and energy balls pummel away at you and destroy the scenery around you, and the frantic crashing of limbs and fists in the up close and personal melee bouts when you become close to one another on the battlefield. Surprisingly health bars don seem to exist in this brawler, instead health is displayed via a HP counter system and each attack shows how much damage it does. It seems like an odd system but it also works wonderfully well, although currently every player seems to have the same health. Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi screenshot Of course the visuals play a really important role when it comes to creating a game based on an anime, and Namco Bandai haven disappointed here at all. Characters look exactly like their anime counterparts and the game plays exactly like an interactive episode, its fantastically smooth and a real visual treat for the eyes. The big fight mode takes place on a level with huge vista behind Vegeta and again it looks exactly like a backdrop from the early episodes found in the Saiyan Saga.

Still in development at the moment, and being tightened up for its release in October, Dragonball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi is shaping up to be a great fighting game that is staying faithful to its anime and manga origins.

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