Go beyond the Dragonball Z Saga and experience the full
force of the most powerful fighters in the universe. Don't
just watch the cartoon - live it!...
latest Dragonball Z game from Atari, Budokai 2,
is not your run-of-the-mill beat 'em up offering. To start
with the game designers have paid a lot of attention to detail
so that fans of the animated series will be able to identify
with the characters immediately. This is not some poorly conceived
crappy merchandise spin-off - the game developers have gone
to great lengths to make this as close to the series as possible.
game includes 34 of the toughest, most seasoned Dragonball
Z fighters, and 8 highly destructive arenas. Playing in
Dragon Mode (which is the main story mode) players can join
forces with a team of AI-controlled Z Fighters on a quest
to capture all seven Dragon Balls. New to Budokai 2
is the mighty villain Buu, and the ability to absorb enemies
and perform Fusion (i.e. merge two characters, just as in
the show) to create even stronger fighters.
reaction to this game is bound to be: "Great! Yet another
beat 'em up game." But where Budokai 2 differs
is in the way the battles are presented. More strategy is
required on the part of the player in order to outsmart the
bad guys. In some respects it's a little like Pokemon
- in that the battles are not the most important aspect. You
need to plot your way carefully and avoiding a fight can be
just as beneficial as rushing headlong into one.
the graphics look fairly authentic for a Manga-style conversion,
this also means that it has a very flat 2D feel to it. But,
at the end of the day, Budokai 2 is really only likely
to appeal to those who are Dragonball Z fans - which
is somewhat of a shame as there is more to this game than
meets the eye.
above average game that warrants a closer look before you
decide it's not your cup of tea.
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