Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi

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a game by Spike Co
Platforms: XBox 360, Playstation 3
Editor Rating: 7.5/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.3/10 - 8 votes
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See also: Dragon Ball Games, Fighting Games, Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi Series
Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi

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!

7.5

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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • This game requires pretty much no skill or learning at all!
  • The story has way too much text in it

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XBox 360

System requirements:

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

Playstation 3

System requirements:

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

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