The graphics are impressive, very clear, best looking DBZ game yet. Theenergy effects are amazing! Some small touches I like is when you hitsomeone hard enough to have them slide along the ground it actually leaves a mark. You can even choose the Japanese voices if you want, which is great.
I started with Z Chronicles (story mode). Starts from the beginningof the DBZ series and ends with the Cell saga. You get to play as thebad guys sometimes to which is fun. But a lot of the story mode seemsreally repetitious. They argue and start a small fight which is theexact same animation (two different types of fight animations) everytime just a different character, except once with android 16. But comeone that’s just lazy. I haven’t watched the DBZ series in a long time,but I have seen every episode. And I don’t remember them saying “DarnYou!” so much. I wish they would have done more with the cut scenes,because if you’ve never seen the episodes you would be really lostsometimes.
One thing I did like was all the what if spins offs after you beatCell the final time. That was fun for a while. You can go back andchoose any fight from the story mode at your choosing. But honestly ..I don’t have any desire too. The story mode is just boring. The onlyfun part to watch and play is when Goku turns into a Super Saiyen forthe first time. They really got that part right, the energy you felt isperfect. You do unlock 2 bonus movies which are fun to watch but whynot include that in the actual story mode where it was supposed to be?
Now the gameplay. It’s easy to get started, controls are easy tolearn. The basic throws, transformations, and vanished moves are there.There is Super and Ultimate Attacks. A typical super attack for exampleis Goku’s Kamehameha, and if you hold the circle button the attack ismore powerful. Ultimate attacks you can only do when your Ki gauge isfull. Aura Spark attacks are fun, they launch your opponent into theair and you have a button pressing battle in mid air.
There is a new addition to this game called “Drama pieces”. You havea character jump in and hit your opponent and it also gives you healthrecovery, extra defense, etc. Depends on what you choose before battle.One thing I like to do is the heavy smash hit. It knocks the breath outof your opponent. You can see the pain on his face as the punch or kickgoes threw his body. Feels good to nail someone with that and follow upwith a quick energy attack. But be cautious not to overuse it becauseyour very open if you miss.
When your in the sky and you are pummeled back down to earth thereis no crater, which is lame I thought. Because it’s the same animationfor everyone, just throw in a crater. One thing I always wanted in aDBZ game was that the clothing gets dirty and torn apart, get bruisesand bleed a little during battle like it would in the show. Sadly notthis time.
The loading screen is dragonballs rolling around and you can controlthem and play around. Useful to pass the loading time. Which isn’t badactually.
The online multiplayer is a nice addition. You can battle anyone fromaround the world, and there are leader boards. I only played online afew times, but every opponent picked Vegeta. That is my all timefavorite character in DBZ, so I didn’t want it to be a Vegeta vs Vegetabattle. So I picked somebody else. But it plays really well, no lag. Ireally need to brush up though. You can create a room, quick join, orsearch for a room.