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Dragon ball Z was a big part of my childhood, I remembered watching it with my dad and completely enjoying it sure it was corny the voice actors a little lacking at times and sometimes it made no sence at all but it was everything I loved to watch, fighting, shouting, eating and explosions however I wouldn't consider myself a "fanboy" nor a hater but someone who understands it very well.
I managed to find this game rather cheap online for roughly £15 but looking at the current prices online and around the local game shops if you are interested you'd be looking closer to £20 perhaps more
Graphically speaking it has only minor improvements from the last few games with only a few differences from Burst limit etc, but the characters can sometimes look strange against the background, they themselves looking cartoonish whereas the backgrounds look more "real" it can be rather jarring when it is noticeable
The game itself is extremely simple and is heavily based on luck and timing unlike the other games ,while it makes the game seem very active and more like the anime it comes across as very rushed and unfinished, this becomes extremely repetitive and while I did manage to complete the game by the end I just wanted it out the console and on the shelf out of my way.
That being said I did finish it and while the fights were active I didn't fully notice the repetitiveness more so after the fights were done I looked back thinking "all I really did was press Square" and this is because the attacks and finishers are very well presented I even caught myself mumbling "Kamehameha" to myself once or twice.
The voice acting is as you would expect Goku voiced very well by Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat putting in overtime as basically half the cast and Gohan voiced by two people, This becomes very jarring, more so if you've watched the actual anime before, to be greeted by the voices you've known and grown fond of then to hear Gohan talk in the voice you recognize during a cut-scene then suddenly in a fight he sounds extremely feminine, this again comes across as very rushed and like they thought their audience would be to stupid to notice, I think I speak for most people when I say. "you had the actor in the studio, you recorded the fighting sounds, why not just ask her to read a couple extra lines".
Most of the Voices sound re-used so why even change that voice at all?
There are 4 modes of play, local single and multiplayer, online, the basic story mode that if you've played dragon ball z games in the past you can pretty much recite in your sleep, Saiyan, Freeza, Cell, Buu, Movies, and "what if" also a new hero mode which is rather interesting, while local and online multiplayer works as expected hero mode brings something new and unusual to the game, Customization.
The freedom to create your own character in a dragon ball Z game can sound extremely enticing to fans of the series, however most customization options aren't available to you until later in the game, which for someone just interested in the creation aspect can be a big set back, along with special and super attacks being unavailable unless you use the "trainers" which only increases the tedium.
The trainers in hero mode are used for sparring gaining new items, auras and attacks however sparring is exactly the same as a normal fight only you have to do it six times, again this becomes extremely tedious when you're being forced to do the same thing over, and over.
The game overall is random fun much like the other games up to this point it is in no way competitive nor should it be taken seriously or played by people unfamiliar with the series and while this may seem extremely negative I still continued to play it until the end and I still enjoyed myself here and there in a way most people probably wouldn't maybe it was the anime cut-scenes, Maybe it was just nostalgia but something made me like this game, and for a fan I'd recommend a rental for someone who has no idea what this game is or what Dragon ball Z is, Stay far away, stay very very far away.