gamers (76%) found this review helpful
I have been a fan of DBZ since my childhood days. Playing DBZ Ultimate Tenkaichi brought me back to that time by faithfully recreating battles that occurred over the course of the series. The cel-shading is excellently done and the characters look great. My son took to this game and became instantly infatuated with the series as well. It's really cool to see media crossing generations like that.
DBZ:UT is a decent fighter with simple mechanics that anyone can pick up and play. It is designed that way I feel to help with the flow of the battles, everything happens so fast. Non-fighting sequences and quick-time events break up the pacing of the battles a bit.
I can't give a review of the online multiplayer as I haven't breached that territory yet. I can tell you that the 2 player vs mode is entertaining to play with friends and the battles can become quite heated. One downside to the fighting is that is seems almost impossible to break out of a combo once it is set into motion, leaving the other player feeling helpless while they get pummeled nonstop. It's not a game-breaking problem, it just would have been nice to be able to throw in a little more depth into the gameplay.
If anything give it a chance. You might just find yourself cross-legged on the floor, reliving the storyline of one of the best animated series ever.
I love the way the game looks and all the content available, but the gameplay is horrible. I do not like the switching between close combat and blast combat. I do not like that there are too many mini games. It is a 50-50 shot your going to get out of a combo. Why can't they make it like Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner. That game has both long and close combat using energy and hand to hand, and is very balanced, and thats an old game. I am very disappointed in this game. I wanted to unlock more, but the gameplay is so bad, I just returned it. I think the creators of any DBZ game need to reinvent it and take long time to make it, don't rush it.
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
Ok, here we go, I've been playing DBZ games pretty much since I got ps1 imports, so I've been around the block a few times. The game in general is repetitive, the basic moves are all the same for all the characters, the only difference is each ones fighting style changes the look only slightly, this gets old after a while, not to mention the character list is severly lacking all around, you can get ss4 gogeta, but not ss4 goku or vegeta, not including a lot of other favorites they left out. The super and ultimate moves are definitely awesome, probably my favorite aspect of the game, very crisp and beautiful graphics to go along with them, my only complaint here is the only way to perform ultimates is either you or your opponent need to be almost dead and you have to be lucky enough to have the proper bars to perform the move, other than that, its great. Hero mode is an awesome improvement, but it is severely lacking in almost every aspect. You can only choose whole outfits to try on which leaves you with very few options to choose from, you can only go super saiyan 1 for the entirity of this mode, no other levels are available, the training portion does unlock a vast array of moves and abilities that I feel makes up for the lack of appearance options. I will say I enjoyed playing both story and hero modes and acting out pivotal moments in DBZ history, allowing you to perform alot of the awesome moves done against DBZ enemies we all know and love. Overall this game is definitely worth a rent, but I wouldn't suggest buying it, I hope this helps anyone thinking about trying it out.