Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z Review
With so many Dragon Ball Z games across multiple consoles over the years, what makes Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z so different?
The controls are different because of the new gameplay, which may getting used to. Able to fly just about anywhere gave more freedom because it showed how much bigger the levels are compared to other DBZ games. However, there was boundaries that prevented further exploration. The 4 vs 4 played smoothly with 8 characters on the screen, which was fun due to the new combat system. This isn't your traditional DBZ game but it did its best to bring something new and fresh to the table.
The stage graphics looked about the same from the other Dragon Ball Z games for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, but with more detail and more texture. However, the graphics looked really well-suited for the latest DBZ game. The opening for the game showed great cell-shaded style that has an updated look and feels modern.
As with any previous Dragon Ball Z games, the sound effects, some of the returning voices, and the music come from the anime. These can be heard during gameplay and new sound effects were heard during the menu screen. There's not much more to add to this game because it has been heard and been used before.
Its nice to have a roster of +70 Dragon Ball Z character to choose from, which makes many combinations for the 4 vs 4 battles. The teams can range from a team made up of Kid Buu, Perfect Cell, Full Power Freiza, and Raditz. Another team can consist of SS3 Gotenks, Super Vegito, SS3 Goku, and the Super Saiyan God can be a force to be reckoned in the right hands of a player who knows what he or she is doing. Its too bad that Super Gogeta from the DBZ movie, Fusion Reborn, isn't in the roster. SS4 Goku and SS4 Vegeta aren't in this game because they are from the Dragon Ball GT (DB GT universe). The Super Saiyan God hasn't' been seen in any previous DBZ games and able to play as him was pretty cool. The Battle Royale mode added more challenges because it can be anyone's game. The online feature added more challenges because any challenger from around the world could be a better or worse opponent.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z Characters (Japanese)
The card system is a new feature in the game that added more gameplay and adds to the customization. There is no offline multiplayer mode, which is a staple for any DBZ game. Adding to the character roster, there could of been more DBZ characters from the anime and the movies too. With the new battle system and camera angles, it may have been a difficult choice for the developers to leave that out and offer the online experience. Without the offline multiplayer 1 vs 1 or 2 vs 2 mode had moved away from the traditional DBZ game.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is a typical DBZ game with new gameplay features that brings just about the closest thing to the anime. The price of the game is pretty steep for a game that may not bring the worth of a couple of hours for for a $59.99 price point. Fans of the anime will have their own opinions about the game because the fans knows what's best from an anime to a video game adaptation. This game will be a debate among the fans and non-DBZ fans about if this game is better or worse then previous DBZ games.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is available for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.