DRAGON BALL Z: ULTIMATE TENKAICHI
(also on Xbox 360)
knew the day was going to come. Somewhere at the back of their
minds, amidst all the fighting and taunting and whatnot, it niggled.
Eventually, the dragons would want their magic knackers back...
Wow! What a twist for this latest outbreak in the Dragon Ball series
of videogames, based, of course, on the enduring anime series of the
same name. Nah, not really, we’re just crapping on as per usual.
Apologies to any diehard fans.
Speaking of diehard Dragon Ball fans, these are who this game
is for... nobody else, at all. It’s so dripping with intricate
lore from the series that anybody approaching it as a DB virgin is
going to be left scratching their heads muttering words along the
lines of, “What the fuck was that all about?”
Unless, of course, they ignore all the story bits and just go for
the combat, which comes in assorted flavours. The story mode, which
we’re surprised PETA haven’t protested, initially involves Planet
Meat, and unfolds with wonderful animated portions (yay!) and
massive slabs of slow-scrolling text (boo!). The whole story is
interspersed with fights against other characters plus the odd super-humongo-giant
boss battle here and there, which you can also get sans story with
one-on-one tussles with adversaries of your own choosing, in online or local flavours. You can also create your
own DB character and use them to do your kicking and screaming and
dodging and shooting and whatnot.
As for the fighting mechanics, it’s fairly typical stuff, despite
apparent attempts to make it look complex (hello endless training).
A reliance on quick time actions at various points is a bit on the
blah side though.
This isn’t the best fighting game out there by any means, but Dragon
Ball fans will almost certainly have a testicle.