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Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (Wii)

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Manufacturer: Atari / Genre: Action

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      21.08.2009 00:05
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      If you're a DBZ fan with Wii, don't let the WiFi element be the driving force behind you buying it.

      Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi III

      After Budokai 3 was released I was hoping Atari would have released a new game that improved off of it, however it seems like they only release fighters in a triology and so Budokai Tenkaichi hit the shelves. I was very disappointed with the first two. Basic controls with heavy reliance on the same button was boring and redundant. It basically turned into a fighting game for DBZ fans and people who sucked at fighters in my opinion. But then the series moved onto Wii. Budokai Tenkaichi 3 seems to reverse that opinion with its incredibly interactive experience provided with the Wiimote.

      [Graphics]
      The graphics are well polished. Character models look identical to their anime counterparts and the cell shading provide for a very bright and modern day look. I miss the anime openings sequences though as this game went for a CGI one which was a little disappointed since it seemed sluggish. Scenes are totally destructible - buildings, trees, mountains, etc. You can even battle underwater.

      [Story]
      In this game, Dragon History mode will take you through the entire series, including GT battles, Dragon Ball adventures, and a What If Saga. The storyline is extremely brief and not very accurate to the anime series, luckily there's a character reference section that gives you bios on the characters and more accurate details as to their role in the series.

      The story unfolds through the battles. Characters speak to each other and after certain points you can start new events in the battle. For instance, in the battle against Nappa, you play as Tien and Chiaotzu. After a certain point, you can switch to Chaiotzu, and if you switch again, it'll activate the scene where Chaiotzu destroys himself in an failed attempt to defeat Nappa. You can also opt to not activate those events and try your best to continue fighting the enemy however usually when you do activate the scene change you get an advantage - like being able to become a super saiyan for instance.

      [Controls]
      You have the option to use the Wii Classic Controller, Wiimote, or Gamecube controller to battle in this game. I think the simplest controls are with the classic controller while the more enjoyable experience comes with the Wiimote. A lot of the moves and combos are pretty much the same most attacks focus around the same button, so timing and direction also helps in determining the damage and combos. If you want to use Goku's Spirit Bomb attack for instance, you would charge up by holding down a direction button then hold your hands up and bring them down quickly, just as Goku when he gathers energy and throws the energy blast in the anime, and your character on the screen will execute the move.

      You have more options in battle. While there are still moves that you pretty much execute then watch a whole cutscene while not having to press a button while your opponent takes a chunk of damage, you can also do a lot of things that previously seemed only available during those cutscene attacks - like fading around after a series of hits to deliver more damage.

      [Characters]
      The Tenkaichi series boasts about their huge arsenal of characters to choose from but what players may not know is that in most cases, they're just counting the same character except in different stages. Goku for instance has an early, mid, and end form which them opens up into the option of selecting him at any level of super saiyan, a fusion, or as a super saiyan fusion, and of course his SSJ4 form. So right there that's like 10 Goku's. Its the same with countless other characters - their transformed forms are counted as a character in these games (even though you can transform into them in the battles). Each has different moves, combos, and special attacks though. They even left out some characters too! But I guess they're saving that for future games just to add something like "choose from over 200 characters!" to the back of the box.

      The inaccuracies of the story also play into the characters themselves. While Atari is giving you early Goku for instance to battle Raditz, Goku is capable of using the Kaioken attack and Spirit Bomb technique, which if you've seen the anime series, are techniques he acquires after being killed in the battle with Raditz and training with King Kai.

      [Other Features]
      Some other cool features the game has are a battle simulator with RPG elements where you train then battle to level up your character, a mission event where you battle teams of characters by themes and get graded based on how well you did in the battle, various tournaments with random difficulties, a training mode to learn and practice all the moves with all 3 controller types, the ability to purchase and customize characters with equipment that boost their stats so they perform better in battle, and of course a versus mode so you can play against your friends or family at home. You can also collect dragon balls in story mode or sometimes in tournaments if you find them hidden inside buildings or other large destroyable structures in the arena. Summon the dragon allows you to unlock new characters, equipment, stages, and get money to further customize characters.

      [Online Multiplayer]
      One of the major disappointments of this game is the horrendous lag players experience if they attempt to engage in WiFi battles. Online matches really made this game appealing to me, however the lag cripples you. Sometimes the screen just freezes up, sometimes your buttons don't respond. You could be fighting someone and thinking he's really bad at the game, but the only reason you're winning is because he's got heavy lag and can't play.. so you're pretty much just beating up a defenseless character. The best way to avoid this is to either find friends nearby who have the game and exchange friend codes with them - by nearby I mean in the same state or neighboring states. Don't dare attempt to battle someone across the country or internationally. Apparently Atari and Nintendo were playing to blame game with each other but in the end players discovered that Atari was at fault for the severe lag and they don't appear to have any intention of fixing it.

      [Price]
      I purchase the game for $18 at GameStop a few weeks ago. When it comes to DBZ games, I would always recommend you hold off for a few months before buying it. Every year a new DBZ game is released at an insane price. And then by the year's end, that same game drops by like $40 in value.

      [In conclusion..]
      If you're a true Dragon Ball Z fan, you'll be addicted to this game and look past its flaws just to get your DBZ fix. Wiimote controls will get you off the couch and moving a little, even breaking a sweat from time to time so you can burn off some calories and maybe even lose weight. Despite the new anime remake called Dragon Ball Kai in Japan, it doesn't appear as if any new fighting games will be out for Wii, but there are several new games on the way. So unless you have PS3 or XBOX 360, this is a must have for Wii owners who love DBZ.

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      15.07.2009 15:43
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      Good game that is great in single player mode or for playing with a mate

      Dragon Ball Z: Budakai Tenkaichi 3 is the third instalment of the Budokai Tenkaichi series which is published by Namco Bandai. Dragon Ball is a massive franchise that originated from the well known Anime series that has now got several games and a movie included into the DB franchise.

      The game includes over 90 playable characters, well over 40 hours gameplay and 10 different game modes. The game graphics are really beautiful and the game is all cel-shaded which shows of the battles and the beautiful scenery (if you bother looking!). If playing with a friend the game has dual-split screen, and for those of you you can never get the hang of pulling off the special combos and moves pressing buttons consecutively with no real rythm seems to work too.

      I was a fan of the anime before I played this and I love this game as it has everything you want in a fighter. I think if you take it seriously and try and learn all of the moves on it you will struggle as there is alot of characters but I just ended up playing the majority as Goku or Piccolo and the moves were relatively easy to remember. I believe that this game is definately the best in the series and have ended up playing this both on Wii and PS2 and the experience is only made better playing with the Wii Mote. This game will keep you going for a good while and it has lots of unlockables to keep you amuzed too.

      I wouldn't suggest this game for younger children due to the violence and nature of the game, but definately for all of those DB fans out there and also to fighter style gamers as this is definately one to add to the collection.

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        25.11.2008 18:07
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        It's a nice game, Highly recommend. Buy and enjoy

        Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is the third game of the trilogy based on one of the most popular anime in the world. With 20 different arenas, the title further expands the formula of its predecessor, significantly increasing the range of possibilities with new movements and the largest list of characters already seen, in all more than 150 fighters of the series can be chosen.
        Among other changes implemented in the title are new attacks, combos and counter-coups, as well as a refinement of the motion sensitive controls of the Wii; blows as the famous Kamehameha are made with the characteristic simulate the movement of anime under control.
        Another major new package is added to the new system that the period of phase alternating between day and night along the fight. A thrilling part is the full moon of the evening, after all, the sayajins become in giants monkeys when they are exposed to the lunar phase.

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          11.09.2008 00:05
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          Overall good game.

          Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is a very fast paced fighting game. If you like hardcore fast difficult games, you'll love Dragon Ball Z. There are alot of controls you have to remember. The controls are not very good with the Wii Remote + Nunchuck. Sometimes the dash doesn't work like you want it too. I do not recommend this to young children due to the violence and difficulty. The character's are also very unbalanced. The good thing about this game though is theres ALOT of characters, and the one player mode is very fun. The online gameplay has ALOT OF LAG so if your looking to just play online then forget it. Overall I think this is a fun game but it's very difficult. Theres a few warnings I must give.

          Warning:
          1. LOTS OF ONLINE LAG - I can't stress this enough. Don't buy if you just wanna play online.

          2. Very difficult - Not recommend to inexperianced gamers.
          3. Lots of violence - Not recommended for young children.

          4. RENT BEFORE YOU BUY - Rent this game before you buy it so your not disappointed

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            28.04.2008 15:04
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            I would go for the first one, its cheaper and essentially the same.

            Dragonball as a franchise is huge. There is an insane amout of games that have been released and it is probably the most succesful anime ever.
            This game is the evolution of your fighting game. Think back to street fighter and you imagine a very linear game that gets repetative. This game is a fighting game yes but it is immence. The fighting world is completely 3 dimensional. There are landmarks and water features. The environment are also destructable. There isntmuch more satifying than sending your opponent flying through a hill! The move sets are great aswell. There are many special moves and being able to fly and travel at super speeds really makes it a great experiance. The one thing wrong with this game is the fact that it isnt much different from its prequals. There are a few new haracters and levels but if your not a fan of thes eries this doesnt really ahve any benefit!

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