Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
|a game by||Spike Co|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||7.8/10, based on 3 reviews, 2 reviews are shown|
|User Rating:||7.4/10 - 18 votes|
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|See also:||Download Fighting Games, Dragon Ball Games, DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi Series|
Back in 2011 when Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi was released it was the greatest Dragon Ball Z game that I had ever played! It had all the flash and style of the show and it may sound crazy, but back then this was one of my games of the year for 2011! Of course, a decade has passed (as of writing) since that game was released and Dragon Ball Fighterz completely changed the game in terms of what we expect in a DBZ fighting game.
Waiting For The Directors Cut!
In Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi, you get to play through the entire Dragon Ball Z saga. This is awesome and something many other games have done, but for me it never gets old. The thing is, some of the story is told to you via cut scenes which look fantastic. Other parts (actually the majority of it!) is told through walls of text that slow very slowly! It is like they ran out of time to make cut scenes for the whole story.
Finding The Dragon Balls
If that is not enough, Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi has a second mode for you to play through as well. In this mode, you get to create your own character and you play through a brand-new original story that sees you needing to find all of the Dragon Balls in order to save the world. It is pretty basic, but at the time I thought this was awesome and it was something new to the series.
Dragon Ball Z HD
I feel like I am saying “at the time of release” or something else like that a lot in this review! However, I feel that is the best way to describe it. Back in 2011 no other Dragon Ball Z game that came before it looked as good as this. It does make people say that Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi is more style over substance (and they are right to be fair) however, fans of the show will love how faithful this game is to the show. The characters look great, the animation is amazing and the flash and style of the fighting captures the look of the show pretty much perfectly. They even have voice acting from the actual show which helps add to the authenticity of it all.
Shallow, But Fun
Look, I enjoy this game, but I will admit right now that this is a very, very shallow fighting game. All of the characters despite their moves looking different play pretty much the same. There are parts of the fights that are pretty much a game of chance and even when you do fight a boss, it is a very simple pattern that you have to figure out.
Yes, this is one of the simplest fighting games I have played, but that does not mean it is not a great deal of fun. Style over substance is the best way to describe this game, but style can sometimes be fun too!
I know if you played a game like Dragon Ball Fighterz before you played this that it would probably not be that great. However, I had a great time with Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi when it was released, and even now, playing this after many years for this review I had a fun time with this. It captures the look and feel of the Dragon Ball Z show very well and even though it is very basic, it can still be fun.
- The game looks just like the show
- I liked how flashy and over the top the fights could be
- It gives you two game modes to play through
- The new original story was fun
- This game requires pretty much no skill or learning at all!
- The story has way too much text in it
Download Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
Events alternate in the fickle world of Dragon Ball, only the best fighters the player can control in a fighting game - Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi - can fight back the enemies. Use the full force of the greatest heroes of Earth and the universe to forcibly evict the villains from the peaceful green planet.
Three modes - three games in one
Huge bosses, transformations into Great Apes, animations, and the destruction of space that should have been from the devastating attacks of all the heroes and villains - all this awaits you in the thrilling fighting game Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. Enjoy three game modes:
- Story Mode
- Hero Mode
- Tournament mode
Take part in some of the most recognizable battles of the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z universe. Start with Bardock battling Freesa and journey through the history of generations of anime and manga protagonists. In story mode, there is no option to choose which character to play as in battles. Instead, the game gives you an active character who cleaves the skies over the location, searching for enemies, skill pods, and achievements.
Hero Mode completely flips the plot of the anime and manga. For the first time in a Dragon Ball fighting game, there is an extensive character creation editor. Within the editor, you can edit hair color, eye color, skin tone, and even fighting style. Unfortunately, there can only be one race to create a character, the Saiyan. Explore the world with your own character and create your own story in the world of Dragon Ball.
Tournament mode awaits all those who are tired of canon battles and making history. Tournament mode is the equivalent of Mortal Combat's tower mode. The winner will only be the one who defeats even the winners. The tournament starts with sixteen players and ends with only one winner. There are no scenarios here, you either win or you die.
It's worth noting the realistic and destructible arena. In story and hero mode, attacks by enemies and allies can leave huge craters behind. In tournament mode this system doesn't disappear, but it doesn't look as epic as in the other two modes. Experience the joy of victory and the bitterness of defeat in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi.
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Dragon Ball Series
- Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z
- Kame Paradise 2
- Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku
- Dragon Ball Z Budokai
- Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2
- Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors
- Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit
- Dragon Ball Z
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse
- Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World
- Dragon Ball Raging Blast
- Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension