Dragon Ball Z
Budokai - Tenkaichi

Format: PS2

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Age Restrictions: 12+
21 October 2005

Everything that's gone before was just training. Now you get the chance to combine fighting and flying in wide open, destructible 3D environments. In the air, on the ground or under water, the latest addition to the
Dragon Ball Z series gives players the ability to battle with unprecedented power and freedom. Experience the intensity of DBZ fighting in an all-new way by combining melee combat, energy attacks and 3D flight with fully interactive recreation of the Dragon Ball universe. With its intense battles, high-speed flight and deep storyline...

Budokai - Tenkaichi is the fourth game in the Dragon Ball Z series to hit the PS2. Fans of the franchise are in for a bit of a treat, as the graphics and gameplay have been seriously improved. Now you can battle across some beautiful 3D arenas, in the air or on the ground.

Before you start trying to kick some serious butt, it's worth getting used to the controls, courtesy of the training session. This will give you a run down on the basics, as well as letting you practice against either a still or very active computer opponent. The first time you try this, you'll be excused for spending more time with your face in the dirt. Tenkaichi is fast and furious, and will certainly punish those with slow responses.

Once into the game proper, you have the option of playing in a number of modes. There's the story mode, tournament, Vs., and a level where you are pitted against 100 opponents.

The story mode is, as you'd expect, the main game, but the mode where you have to fight 100 opponents is great fun too. In this mode you have to fight an opponent, and if you win you rise up a level and take on the next challenger. You keep on doing this until you've beaten all your opponents - if you beat them you gain a point, if they beat you, you lose points. The idea is to get to the end of the mode with as many points as possible - no easy feat.

Those that like their fix of Dragon Ball Z will love this game, the animation is slick, the graphics are great and the gameplay is spot on.

Nick Smithson

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