Super Dragon Ball Z is a fighting game for the Playstation 2 developed by Bandai.
The game is an arcade like game so the story mode is very basic and simply has you go through a series of fights then face off against the boss who happens to be Cell from the game. The game can take only a small amount of time to complete but you will want to play multiple times to test out all of the fighters.
The character roster is surprisingly limited especially if you have played a Budokai Tenkaichi game with only around 20 of the shows fighters available and only going up to the Cell saga. For the most part they are the usual suspects with main characters Goku, Vegeta, Krillin and Piccollo all playable but the game really gives you some interesting characters who you may not have thought to fight with such as Goku's wife Chi Chi.
The fighting mechanics are not as insane as the fast paced action of the Budokai (Tenkaichi) series with a more methodical pace of blows and combos , characters can still perform the energy attacks the show including dragon finishers which include the powerful spirit bomb attack and the super kamehameha wave. Sayain warriors even have the ability to transform into Super Sayains which allows them to dish out extra damage for a brief period.
The game does have a good experience system and as you play you will earn points and be able to use to upgrade your character as points are earned for playing any mode in the game it is good as you should be able to unlock new moves and abilities quickly.
Graphics are done more in the style of the Manga comic books and you will see small touches like text pop up on the screen when you do a particularly explosive move; honestly this is the only difference I could see as the characters look very much as they appear in the anime inspired games.
If you are after a decent fighter why not try out Super Dragonball Z.
Super Dragon Ball Z is a fighting game for the Playstation with fifteen characters to learn how to control and get the best fighting moves from.
I've quite enjoyed playing fighting games where you have to learn moves, combinations of moves (also known as combos in the game) and general strategies to be able to defeat your opponent. There is more play like that in this game, and I found the game quite easy to pick up and to start to learn the different moves.
Controlling the game so that you can start to get into it isn't that difficult, especially with the training mode. You do though need quite a lot of co-ordination as there are lots of different moves which can be performed with numerous different buttons on the controller to be pressed at the right time and in the right sequence.
You can play through the arcade version in the game, which is actually where the game comes from, the arcade machines of Japan. This has seven different opponents for you to work through, and there's a training mode if you need to practice before this. There's a two player mode which is entertaining and does add something more to the game.
There are eighteen characters in the game which you can play, each of course all with different moves, features and styles of playing. Working through each of these is quite enjoyable, and you soon decide which one is your favourite and which has the best moves. It's certainly fun for a period, although I never really managed to master a large number of the moves.
However, after playing through some of the seven opponents in the arcade mode, that's unfortunately where I started to lose interest in the game. I found controlling some of the combination moves rather difficult and clumsy, and the whole game seemed quite slow paced which made the moves all quite unappealing to watch.
The graphics in the game are OK, but I considered them to be just satisfactory rather than anything really appealing. The graphics are bright and clear, quite cartoon like, and fun enough though. The sound effects were though quite fun and these added quite a lot to the atmosphere in the game.
The game's retail price is 19.99 pounds, but at the time of writing the game was available from Amazon for the reduced price of just 9.99 pounds. If you're happier with a second hand copy, then you may be able to pick up a copy for just a few pounds from Amazon or eBay. The game is rated as 12+ so isn't suitable for younger children.
Overall this game isn't too bad, but I much preferred games such as Tekken which appeared to me to be much faster paced and with more options, characters and moves to perform. However, if you're a fan of this style of game, there's a reasonable amount of game play if you're paying just a few pounds. So, really a very average game in summary.
Learning Curve: Under 10 minutes
Through the many Dragonball Z games that have been created on multiple platforms from various game creators, through all the new and updated versions of a classic arcade fighting game, the original creators rise above it all, and release their own PS2 version of the arcade classic, known as Super Dragonball Z.
Sure, back in the day, the arcade form of Dragonball Z was great, but it was something that really didn't need to revisit us with all the superbly updated Dragonball Z games that have arrived on the console, such as Dragonball Z Budokai series and Tenkaichi series.
Super Dragonball Z offers practically nothing in the form of story, or gameplay, or anything really, it is just a game you'd pick up, and fight a handful of selected characters from the TV series. There are a handful of game modes, including Arcade, Versus, and Survival, but it really doesn't hold the attention like a Budokai or Tenkaichi would. Being a fan of the older Dragonball Z games, I really had high hopes for this game, but with its lack in, pretty much everything, it really was a major disappointment.
Gameplay - 4/10
Compared to Budokai series and Tenkaichi series, Super Dragonball Z is very limited, there are very few different moves you can do, and them looking rather shoddy at that. The game is more fun playing it with a group of friends, as you can have a laugh while playing a few rounds of fights.
Design - 7/10
Probably the best part of the game is the graphics design. Instead of the anime-esc look the other games have chosen, this has been given more of a Manga look, which seems a rather interesting style to choose. However, it isn't anything brilliant, but it is unique to how all the other Dragonball Z games have turned out to be.
Sound - 7/10
With original Japanese voices, and music from the series, it brings the standards of the game a little bit higher for those die-hard fans.
There is a handful of modes, and a handful of characters to play with, but no real depth there to keep you wanting to come back, even for the cheap price its at now, it isn't worth getting unless you're a diehard fan of the series.
Overall - 5.5/10
With the lack of gameplay, and no story, this game is really nothing special, but with the unique style of design and the original Japanese voices it brings the game up a notch to bring it to average status.