Dragon Ball Z
Budokai 3

Format: PS2

3 296580 802708
Age Restrictions: 12+
19 November 2004

Pulverise opponents with the Saiyan overdrive fighting system, including: teleportation counter - recreate the lightening speed of
Dragon Ball Z (DBZ); teleportation tornado combo - pinball opponents in the air; dragon rush attack - experience explosive, cinematic new attack moves; bukujutsu flight mode - go airborne at any time in the game. Unlock up to 40 bonus characters from DBZ, DBZ movies, and Dragon Ball GT. Customise your DBZ warriors and build the ultimate fighter. Post and retrieve character profiles from the Internet...

If you've played, and enjoyed the previous games in this series, Budokai 3 will be a very welcome addition to your collection. This release improves dramatically on the other games in the franchise. In fact, it's difficult to find fault with this release.

Atari have been very generous to DBZ fans, having released quite a few games based on the popular animated series. This time around, those nice Atari folk have finally given you the ability of flight, which allows you to zip around the game world until you meet a challenger. Once you confront one of your opponents, it's none stop fighting - in much the same way as previous games in the franchise.

With character animation that stays faithful to the TV series, this game also captures the style of the show. Add to that the fact that there are over 40 recognisable characters from the show in this game, and you will soon understand why fans of the series will want to add this to their collection.

However, if you are not a fan of the show and have never played a DBZ game in the past, you are unlikely to understand what the appeal is.

Fast, furious, colourful and great fun - just what DBZ fans deserve.

Nick Smithson

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