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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Publisher: Atari/ Namco Bandai Group
Developer: Spike
Genre: Fighting
Players: 1-2
Rated: T (Teen)
Release Date: November 19, 2006
Written By: Matthew Prunty
Screenshots: Link

Dragon Ball Z titles have been very prominent on the Playstation consoles, so when word hit the net that the Nintendo Wii was getting their hands on the Budokai Tenkaichi sequel, Nintendo fans were jumping with joy, while others were wondering how it would work. One thing is clear though, with the innovative gameplay of the Wii remote and nunchuck, the gameplay experience is sure to be unlike no other.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is the most in-depth DBZ fighter to ever grace the gaming market. With more than 70 characters, including all transformations, gamers are looking at playing with a total of 120 fighters across every series (Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT), which is a comforting change for most gamers who donítí import titles. When you think about how many special attacks and maneuvers each fighter has, we are talking about thousands of combinations and action-packed moves to drool over.

Over the past four years, Spike has been hard at work creating unique DBZ experiences. And this being the 25th title, they are looking to take things to a whole new level. DBZ: BT2 follows each series practically to the ĎTí, having more than 60 hours worth of content just within the main story mode. So gamers can expect to live out the exploits of Goku, Gohan, Vegita, Pan, Piccolo, etc. as this mode takes gamers from show-to-show. Not stopping there, there will also be a Dragon Library, which keeps a track of each character and the events they partake within. Gamers can also experience the high-paced, and multi-fighter battles within BT2 with the head-to-head battle option with up to fight fighters. You will have the ability to switch form one character to another, or even combine them together to forum legendary characters like Gogeta (Goku and Vegita), or even Super Piccolo (Piccolo and Kamisama).

But what most gamers and enthusiast want to know is how does the game play? It seems that the game is actually a direct port of the PS2 version, so gamer shouldnít expect a vast leap in graphics, considering the PS2 build was pushed to the limits of what the console could do. But when it comes to controlling your fighters, gamers can partake using the Wii-mote and nunchuck, the Gamecube controller, or the Wiiís Classic controller. For those who opt to use Nintendoís creative control setup, it wonít take you that long to catch onto to what you got to do. There will be an online cursor on the screen, which lets gamers know where the Wii-mote is pointing. The A button is used for attacking; the B button to through projectiles and the C button for taking flight. If you hold down either A or B, gamers can utilize a much stronger attack. In terms of flight, while holding down the C button, just tilt the Wii-mote up or down to take flight.

The controls seem simple, but when you get into the realm of pulling off supper attacks, the motion of the Wii-mote becomes a little frustrating. An example of this is using Goku to perform the Spirit Bomb technique. It seems simple enough, but requires more work. Goku generally is in the air when performing this technique, so if you are on the ground, you must fly up into the sky. While in the sky, you must activate the projectile button to initiate the Spirit Bomb. Once the bomb has been formed, you must pull both the Wii-mote and the nunchuck in a downward motion at the same time to throw the bomb toward the opponent. The controls overall are very solid, but this is something that must be address for gamers to enjoy the experience much better. So if this problem isnít addressed, gamers have the option to use the Wiiís Classic controller of the Gamecube controller.

The overall perspective of the game is very solid. The frame-rate is very solid, no graphical issues, and the game has a lot of content to keep gamers involved for some time to come. Aside from the minor control issue, this game is set to be a prominent title, a force to be reckoned with. So future Wii owners, get ready for the fight of your life.

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