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Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast

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Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast We've seen a lot of Dragon Ball Z games over the past decade, some better than the other, but to not be harsh, most of the time, the game play mechanics and graphics improved, even if just slightly...this is not the story of Raging Blast, however.

As expected, there are a number of sagas to complete, but "complete" really isn't the right word, since you can skip certain chapters and go for the "juicy" parts. It may seem odd, but some Dragon Ball Z fans might enjoy this feature.
The survival mode is also present and winning every fight will provide you with money and other rewards. But I'm sure most players will be interested in the infamous World Tournament, a single-elimination trial, where the AI can fill in for any open human spots.

You've got a decent number of customization opt ions and you can play on-line with people in your country or internationally, set whether you want default characters, upgraded guys or even downloaded characters and more of this sort.

Though previous titles handled balance issues relatively OK, in Raging Blast, the melee sections has taken a step back for the "flashy stuff" to enter and somewhat replace it. Maybe it's because the fighting engine really took a bite out of the melee combat itself. It feels stiff and unresponsive and you might find yourself in front of an enemy wanting to attack, yet no succeeding due to the lack of the game understanding you actually WANT to do that.

The camera issues are not helping either: if you're too high or too low, you might not even see your enemy (or yourself) on screen. If that's not enough, whenever the enemy does the same move as you (like 9 out of 10 times), it ends up in a mini-game where you have to wiggle the control like a spastic monkey to see who does the most hits. And if you haven't guessed until now, the AI has the advantage of "knowing" when these mini-games take place.

In short: the fighting mechanics, poor storytelling, bad camera, and countless other problems make Raging Blast, not that worthy in the Dragon Ball Z franchise. Of course, it could have been much worst, but I'm sure fans of the anime will be slightly disappointed in this game.

by FW editor

Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast Lists
2009 video games
PlayStation 3 games
Xbox 360 games
Dragon Ball games
Versus fighting games
Video games with cel-shaded graphics

Tags: dragon ball, game, action, fight

Category: Games  - ( Games Archive)

Date Added: 18 January '10

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