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Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is a fighting game for the Playstation 2 developed by Atari. Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkachi 3 has again recreated faithfully the storyline of the different Dragonball Z Sagas from the Sayain saga where you battle against Vegeta to the Frieza saga where you face off against the galactic overlord himself to the Cell Saga where you attempt to stop Cell from reaching his perfect form to the Majin Buu saga where you attempt to defeat the evil Babidi as he attempts to revive the evil Majin Buu. The story battles in the game are now far more cinematic in experience although they have cut a few nice features in the process, notably the shows filler battles against lesser henchmen are omitted completely with each battle taking place with one of the main characters and main enemies, for example in the Sayain Saga you only face Raditz, Nappa and Vegeta when there were actually many more battles involving more of the shows cast. During the story battles they play more like an adventure game than a fighting game, usually you will not be able to defeat the character you are fighting until you have proceeded through a lengthy fight and they have reached their various heights of power and you are ready with your finishing move, so battles have a more epic yet more scripted feel though the game does give you a chance to do your own finishing attacks if you don't want to follow the script completely. Characters interact with each during the fight other a lot more now making it feel more like the show. It isn't all good news, they have completely removed the free roaming aspect of the game and there are no training fights to get you pumped up for the main brawl against the villain so the story mode is a lot shorter than in Budokai Tenkaichi 2. The fighting engine has received a few new enhancements as now you can add a burst of energy to each of your special moves to increase the speed of which you attack and the damage if you can correctly press the right buttons. You can now also blast enemies away with a burst of energy instead of just with a punch or kick. Apart from that the fighting is largely un tweaked with each character having the same basic moveset. The roster has been expanded with many new forms of characters, and some new ones too including Piano and Emperor Pilafs machine from the original Dragonball. Graphics are still very good and the voice actors do a good job with their lines, they have to do more work than on any other Dragonball Z game! If you are a fan you will enjoy being able to re live the major battles of Dragonball Z more accurately than you ever have done before.
Following on from the massively popular TV cartoon, the Dragon Ball Z franchise has taken over, producing: games, merchandise and even clothes. I would like to say this game is as good as the series, but it really isn't - think of this game as Tekken but with the ability to fly. You can play as a huge variety of characters and of course there are unlockables, generally speaking the graphics and characters are pretty good and fun to use. The cutscenes are quite retro and are very fun to watch. The gameplay is where it lets itself down however, it is very hard to adjust to the controls and the abilty to fly makes the game that extra bit hard. The actual fighting is made to follow the cartoon; you can charge up your 'Ki' which allows you to do special moves - i.e firing balls of energy. Allow it is a passable game, the fact it isn't any better than Tekken or Street fighter means it is a pointless buy unless you are a fan.
I bought this game about 5 months ago thinking i was gettin a bargain. paid £10 for it and regret every penny. This game is neither a fighting game or a role play. There is very little skill involved and if you are a button basher this is definately a game you will do well in. I had a bit of knowledge about the cartoons but it still didnt make this game any more enjoyable. I played for about an hour the first time i put it on before i realised this was as good as got. I tried again a few weeks latter with some friends and the response was awfull still havent lived it down. If you want a fighting game go for soul caliuber. This game might be ok for kids but my cousin who is ten borrowed it and i got it back the next day. On the positive the animation is good.