Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3

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a game by Dimps Corporation
Platform: Playstation 2
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.3/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Dragon Ball Games, Fighting Games
Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3
Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3
Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3

Back at the time of release for Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3, there was very little outside of the series that catered to the anime fighting genre. The last two iterations of the series were met with mixed reviews and the sequel had failed to live up the success of the first. So many would have been forgiven if they thought that the third instalment would be a last-ditch effort to revive the series. Not only did it revive the series, it launched one of the most successful fighting game series into the stratosphere.

This game plays similarly to any game from the Budokai and Budokai Tenchi series. Though, if comparing to games from outside the series, this one could be compared to the of the Naruto Ultimate Ninja series or more recent titles such as Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot or Jump Force, which features a mix of all the popular characters that anime has to offer.

Champions Story

One thing that was missing from the last instalment was the anime storyline. This was replaced rather haphazardly with a board game format that didn’t fit the nature of the title at all. So for the developers to bring back a campaign that followed the plot of the anime was a no brainer. This is accompanied with other touches that make the Dragon Universe mode one of substance. Players will follow the storyline of multiple characters called Z-warriors. Plus you will be treated to RPG elements that allow you to level your character based on winning fights. If we are being critical, the storytelling is hard to follow for casual players due to most of it being told through voiceover and still images. A lot of the action is implied rather than shown. Meaning that if you are coming to this one blind, you may need a DBZ fan alongside to fill in the blanks for you.

New, refined combat

The last iterations were criticised for their lack of depth when it came to combat, so this game aims to remedy that. Although we wouldn’t say they entire succeed, there are a good amount of new additions to spice things up. You have teleportation added to this title for faster traversal, beam struggles that really add a sense of spectacle to the whole matchup.

Then there is the dragon rush manoeuvre which can be a real game-changer for returning players. This allows players to use their hyper mode status to their advantage by launching into a flurry of attacks. It’s a perfect move for when you need to finish an opponent fast. Plus, it looks stunning, giving the player a real sense of inhuman power and strength.

A smooth Polish

This series really stepped up its visuals in the second instalment with cell-shaded effects. However, Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3 manages to improve on this aesthetic. This is achieved through new dynamic camera angles, fresh animations and refined, improved environments. This is coupled with a sound and score that seems like it has been lifted straight from the anime and placed in this phenomenal fighting title. It’s a step from the developers that only scratches the surface of what they would achieve later down the line.

Harder, faster, stronger

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This game is a fantastic representation of the anime series and a brilliant fighting game in its own right. The move back to a story-driven campaign was a great decision. The addition of more smooth and complex combat really adds to the experience. The RPG elements fit with the title surprisingly well. Plus the art style and musical score once again are the highlight of the entire series. Making the player feel one with the characters, environments and movements on screen.

The downside to this one is that the story is hard to follow due to the presentation choice of still imagery. Plus the combat although improved, still lacks the complexity and balance of the top games within the fighting genre. Overall though, this is an incredible title for fans of the Dragonball anime and will even offer hours of fun for casual fans if they look past the fact that the story may pass them by at times.

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Playstation 2

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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