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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 Review

The most ludicrously named beat 'em up ever is back...

Flying, spiky-haired ninjas with super strength and lasers - that's a one-stop recipe for a sweet videogame for sure.

The Dragon Ball games have always been pretty good, not because they pack in tons of characters from the cartoon, but because of all the anime-based fighting games out there, this series really does capture the spirit of the source material.

Perfect Ten(kaichi)

Nutty, over-exaggerated fighting moves, screen-filling plasma blasts and supersonic combos that batter fighters hundreds of feet through the air all sum up the chaos of this game. There's over 150 playable fighters in here, and they slam each other around with all the speed and crazy ferocity of the cartoons, in huge, open fighting arenas.

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The best thing about the third game is the more refined control system. The Nunchuk controls movement, with C and Z buttons making flying characters raise and drop altitude. A is your basic melee attack and B fires lasers. But the gestures are the best bit.

Every self-respecting gamer should have at some point in their lives thrust both hands forward and shouted "HADOUKEN!" like Ryu from Street Fighter, and that's exactly how you perform a Laser Of Death (our unofficial name for it). Okay, you don't need to shout, just move your hands, but why not shout anyway?

All of the game's special moves are performed with mocking motion gestures, combined with holding a particular direction on the D-pad. It's a brilliant feature - that is if you can actually remember them all, which isn't easy. But then, difficulty is a general issue with the game. It looks like a cartoon, but it's one

of the hardest fighting games we've ever played. Enemies shoot around like bullets and will slap the snot out of all but the most hardened fighters.

Still, with so many characters to choose from, online fighting and a host of tournament modes, there are hours of fighting to be had, and fans will be in their element here.

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  1. sonicfanboy Thursday 14th Feb 2008 at 10:17

    They are NOT ninjas. There is only 1 ninja in dragonball and he can't fly or playable in this game :x

    They also DON'T shoot lasers IT'S "KI" or "energy" (as it is known in the US and UK) :evil:

    Your just making fun of Dragon Ball :evil:

  2. nintydom Thursday 14th Feb 2008 at 10:29

    They are NOT ninjas. There is only 1 ninja in dragonball and he can't fly or playable in this game :x

    Who's the ninja?
    Anyway I'll be getting this tomorrow and if it's half as good as Sparking Neo it will be immense.

  3. sonicfanboy Thursday 14th Feb 2008 at 10:46

    They are NOT ninjas. There is only 1 ninja in dragonball and he can't fly or playable in this game :x

    Who's the ninja?
    Anyway I'll be getting this tomorrow and if it's half as good as Sparking Neo it will be immense.

    His name is Ninja Murasaki or "The Messenger of Death" in the US mangas, he is first seen in Dragon Ball issue 57 (Japan) or number 5 in the US and UK Dragon Ball manga books. He is a member of the red ribbon army, but unlike a real ninja he is stupid and weak.

  4. YCshinobi Thursday 14th Feb 2008 at 10:52

    They are NOT ninjas. There is only 1 ninja in dragonball and he can't fly or playable in this game :x

    Who's the ninja?
    Anyway I'll be getting this tomorrow and if it's half as good as Sparking Neo it will be immense.

    His name is Ninja Murasaki or "The Messenger of Death" in the US mangas, he is first seen in Dragon Ball issue 57 (Japan) or number 5 in the US and UK Dragon Ball manga books. He is a member of the red ribbon army, but unlike a real ninja he is stupid and weak.

    I remember him, he tried to use multiple versions of himself to trick Goku, right?

  5. Kazoo Thursday 14th Feb 2008 at 10:54

    This game looks the same as the others.

  6. sonicfanboy Thursday 14th Feb 2008 at 11:03

    They are NOT ninjas. There is only 1 ninja in dragonball and he can't fly or playable in this game :x

    Who's the ninja?
    Anyway I'll be getting this tomorrow and if it's half as good as Sparking Neo it will be immense.

    His name is Ninja Murasaki or "The Messenger of Death" in the US mangas, he is first seen in Dragon Ball issue 57 (Japan) or number 5 in the US and UK Dragon Ball manga books. He is a member of the red ribbon army, but unlike a real ninja he is stupid and weak.

    I remember him, he tried to use multiple versions of himself to trick Goku, right?

    Well they where his brothers. At fist you think he can use the 12 eyes (or splitform as funimation call it) But then you find out they are brothers :lol:

  7. YCshinobi Thursday 14th Feb 2008 at 11:09

    Oh yeah :lol: I have not seen Dragonball in a long time :oops:

    I've been waiting for this game for a long time now, but I just can't decide if I should get it tomorrow or not, I've got two options, either get this and a Wifi USB or LAN adapter to go online with, or get Metroid Prime 3 and Mario Galaxy (two games I'm also desperate to play).

  8. sonicfanboy Thursday 14th Feb 2008 at 11:13

    Oh yeah :lol: I have not seen Dragonball in a long time :oops:

    I've been waiting for this game for a long time now, but I just can't decide if I should get it tomorrow or not, I've got two options, either get this and a Wifi USB or LAN adapter to go online with, or get Metroid Prime 3 and Mario Galaxy (two games I'm also desperate to play).

    Well for video's I have seen WiFi looks soooo slow. Also people will just play as Great Ape Baby and it will be pointless....

  9. nintydom Thursday 14th Feb 2008 at 12:17

    Oh yeah :lol: I have not seen Dragonball in a long time :oops:

    I've been waiting for this game for a long time now, but I just can't decide if I should get it tomorrow or not, I've got two options, either get this and a Wifi USB or LAN adapter to go online with, or get Metroid Prime 3 and Mario Galaxy (two games I'm also desperate to play).

    MP3 and Galaxy suck (Y) xD, get this instead.

  10. Nemesis X1 Thursday 14th Feb 2008 at 12:51

    I've never bought a Dragon Ball Z game but will probably get this because of the online play and I don't have many online games at the moment.

  11. Metr01d Thursday 14th Feb 2008 at 14:32

    I've never bought a Dragon Ball Z game but will probably get this because of the online play and I don't have many online games at the moment.

    You are missing out. I have played all of the budokai games, including those before the Tenkaichi series and they are all awsome. As long as Vegeta, Frieza and Cell are in it it gets a perfect 100% in my books :D .

    I agree that people will spam great ape baby, but it is easily beatable due to the slow speed. Just like in pokemon, all the noobs use ubers and they get owned by anyone with half a brain.

    EDIT: In fact, the one you need to watch out for is SS4 Gogeta. When I am playing my friends on tenkaichi 2, I make a no ginger rule to stop his use and Bojacks.

  12. choclate-milk Thursday 14th Feb 2008 at 16:01

    I've never bought a Dragon Ball Z game but will probably get this because of the online play and I don't have many online games at the moment.

    You are missing out. I have played all of the budokai games, including those before the Tenkaichi series and they are all awsome. As long as Vegeta, Frieza and Cell are in it it gets a perfect 100% in my books :D .

    I agree that people will spam great ape baby, but it is easily beatable due to the slow speed. Just like in pokemon, all the noobs use ubers and they get owned by anyone with half a brain.

    EDIT: In fact, the one you need to watch out for is SS4 Gogeta. When I am playing my friends on tenkaichi 2, I make a no ginger rule to stop his use and Bojacks.


    If they have to use Oozaru Baby (Great Ape, to you and me) or SS4 Gogeta, then chances are they won't be very hard to beat.

  13. Lolz Thursday 14th Feb 2008 at 16:34

    This or Battalion Wars... Hmm...

  14. Anonymous Thursday 14th Feb 2008 at 18:47

    Ohsht :D It's coming out tomorrow, can't wait! My dad's gonna get it for me tomorrow while im at school :P

  15. super.james Thursday 14th Feb 2008 at 21:05

    o yea im so getting this tomoz

  16. nintendad1985 Friday 15th Feb 2008 at 13:13

    someone answer me this, if budokai tenkaitchi 2 told the story of dragonball, dragonball z, and dragonball gt....were does tenkaitchi 2 fit in? and ummm....if it retells number 2, why get it?

  17. Hexo Friday 15th Feb 2008 at 14:03

    DZ TB2 had Z, GT and movies in story mode, this has old school DB, like young Goku and Demon King Piccalos minions, looks fun to me.

  18. YCshinobi Friday 15th Feb 2008 at 14:34

    Plus BT3 tell the story in a different way to BT2, so I read, BT2 had more cutscenes etc, in BT3 you fight where a cutscene would usually take place in BT2, something like that, I have the game but I haven't played it yet.

  19. stephen53 Friday 15th Feb 2008 at 18:12

    Not being rube but is it for adults as well.

  20. Daxter D Friday 15th Feb 2008 at 19:19

    We cast aside the Wii controls in less than an hour and learnt the Gamecube controls very well. The Wii system quite frankly is pathetic, but with the right controller, the fighting is much improved.

  21. Lego Dragon Ball Saturday 16th Feb 2008 at 11:26

    DBZ is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D

  22. Lego Dragon Ball Saturday 16th Feb 2008 at 11:28

    We cast aside the Wii controls in less than an hour and learnt the Gamecube controls very well. The Wii system quite frankly is pathetic, but with the right controller, the fighting is much improved.


    I got it a day early and the controls for remote & nunchuk arent rubbish

  23. Lego Dragon Ball Saturday 16th Feb 2008 at 11:30

    They are NOT ninjas. There is only 1 ninja in dragonball and he can't fly or playable in this game :x

    They also DON'T shoot lasers IT'S "KI" or "energy" (as it is known in the US and UK) :evil:

    Your just making fun of Dragon Ball :evil:

    Wait theres a ninja!!!!!??????

  24. Anonymous Saturday 16th Feb 2008 at 22:02

    We cast aside the Wii controls in less than an hour and learnt the Gamecube controls very well. The Wii system quite frankly is pathetic, but with the right controller, the fighting is much improved.

    OMG! my dad got me this game yestersay while i was a school and the wii controls are BRILLIANT! Ive watched dragonball, dragonball z and dragonball gt since i was little, and played all the games and all i ever wanted was a game that made you do the actions and its finally here!
    It took me a day to get used to how much it expected you to move etc., but once ur used to it it become so easy to pull off the really big moves, so that makes the game even better. one thing, though-its really tiring; i played it for about 6 hours with my friends today and i can actually feel the burn in my arms and am shaking cause i have no energy, so this game also cuts out the need for wii sports fitness and wii fit! This game is gonna last me months, if not years! Shame im not gonna be able to get my wii online 4 about another 4 months tho...my wait is nearly ove!

  25. supersaiyan4 Sunday 17th Feb 2008 at 12:55

    i got this game last wednesday of amazon and i still havent completed it. been going at it solid though.

  26. supersaiyan4 Sunday 17th Feb 2008 at 12:57

    We cast aside the Wii controls in less than an hour and learnt the Gamecube controls very well. The Wii system quite frankly is pathetic, but with the right controller, the fighting is much improved.


    I got it a day early and the controls for remote & nunchuk arent rubbish

    try classic controller. it rocks

  27. RobertK Sunday 17th Feb 2008 at 14:34

    I got this game and to be honest the online play is crap!!!! It's so slow. So much lag that it's unreal. Ur character doesn't do wat u want him/her to do at all. On the flipside though the fighting is unreal!!! love the wii controls. The movements r just awesome

  28. Lego Dragon Ball Sunday 17th Feb 2008 at 16:33

    I have 5 to go! :D

  29. Lego Dragon Ball Sunday 17th Feb 2008 at 16:35

    We cast aside the Wii controls in less than an hour and learnt the Gamecube controls very well. The Wii system quite frankly is pathetic, but with the right controller, the fighting is much improved.


    I got it a day early and the controls for remote & nunchuk arent rubbish

    try classic controller. it rocks

    don't have a classic controller

  30. Metr01d Sunday 17th Feb 2008 at 17:32

    We cast aside the Wii controls in less than an hour and learnt the Gamecube controls very well. The Wii system quite frankly is pathetic, but with the right controller, the fighting is much improved.

    OMG! my dad got me this game yestersay while i was a school and the wii controls are BRILLIANT! Ive watched dragonball, dragonball z and dragonball gt since i was little, and played all the games and all i ever wanted was a game that made you do the actions and its finally here!
    It took me a day to get used to how much it expected you to move etc., but once ur used to it it become so easy to pull off the really big moves, so that makes the game even better. one thing, though-its really tiring; i played it for about 6 hours with my friends today and i can actually feel the burn in my arms and am shaking cause i have no energy, so this game also cuts out the need for wii sports fitness and wii fit! This game is gonna last me months, if not years! Shame im not gonna be able to get my wii online 4 about another 4 months tho...my wait is nearly ove!

    I have to agree, the wii controls take some getting used to, but after that, they are brill. It actually feels more real now that every move is exactly the same as on the show. Grapples are also win.

    A word of warning though: read the manual before starting play. I assumed the controls were the same. I spent the first battle using only punches xD and wondering why I couldn't block. It was only when I tried to block a hudge barrage of blasts that I realised that was charge :lol:

    As for being tired, it doesn't take that much energy. Unless you have a beam battle every couple of seconds.

  31. TecnicolourM Monday 18th Feb 2008 at 16:46

    I would get it, but i dont want it enough to spend Ł40

  32. YCshinobi Monday 18th Feb 2008 at 17:04

    I would get it, but i dont want it enough to spend Ł40


    I got it for Ł30.

  33. rayat104 Monday 18th Feb 2008 at 20:49

    i got it two days ago it is a good game the controls are perfect and the varity of characters is amazing but one thing that lets it down is the online feature it laggs soo much that you can barly move

  34. pcatrmanc5 Monday 18th Feb 2008 at 21:07

    the games good but the online play is bad it took me ages to find someone to play with and when i did it was so slow

  35. pcatrmanc5 Tuesday 19th Feb 2008 at 16:48

    call me a freak but i finish the game on the third the it came put

  36. pcatrmanc5 Tuesday 19th Feb 2008 at 16:48

    call me a freak but i finish the game on the third the it came put

  37. pcatrmanc5 Tuesday 19th Feb 2008 at 16:49

    call me a freak but i finish the game on the third the it came put

  38. YCshinobi Tuesday 19th Feb 2008 at 18:54

    ok ok you're a freak, now quit posting the same thing over and over.

    I'm not too good at this game so I haven't gotten far, I'm still trying to get better at it.

  39. Yuna Tuesday 19th Feb 2008 at 23:05

    I got this game yesterday it's awesome fun to play but boy, it's so hard! My fingers ached after playing because I was bashing the A button so much. I like all the variety of characters. :)

  40. Lego Dragon Ball Thursday 21st Feb 2008 at 19:27

    What are peoples fave fighters?

    mines gotta be future gohan

  41. ike1994 Friday 22nd Feb 2008 at 14:37

    according to the gamestrailer website this game has loads of lag on wi-fi thats kinda dissapointin

  42. uster dog Monday 25th Feb 2008 at 19:30

    call me a freak but i finish the game on the third the it came put

    WHAT DO YOU MEAN PCATRMANC5 :?:

  43. uster dog Monday 25th Feb 2008 at 20:19

    ok so i'v been living under a rock for the past 5 years :!: but someone tell me whats DBZ all about :?: i got the game today but i'v never seen the TV show so i hope it plays as well as it sounds and looks :D should keep me happy until SSBB turns up :!: :D :!: .

  44. Anonymous Saturday 1st Mar 2008 at 20:47

    i got this game and i luv it
    it absloutly rocks :D

  45. Wiiboy99 Wednesday 12th Mar 2008 at 12:17

    i have a ps2 and i like this game alot, do you think i should get it on wii or ps2?

    EDIT: is it classic controller compatible?

  46. Dana_ava Saturday 19th Jul 2008 at 09:44

    i loved tenkaichi 2 on the wii. great story and everything. easy to get into. finished the game with ease

    tenkaichi is so damn hard. call me perthetic or w.e but i struggling in the 1st saga Dx

    god noes how people who have never played these games cope :/

    i don't get why i cnt do it tbh the other game was easy

  47. Dana_ava Sunday 24th Aug 2008 at 12:50

    ok i started playing it again and i realised i was switching the characters wrong in the nappa battle

    oops xD

    easy game tbh now i know what i doing

    xD

  48. DBZFan355 Wednesday 31st Dec 2008 at 13:54

    This is an awful game that will only appeal to people who know the Dragon Ball series inside out. It goes way too far with the characters I mean who the holy hell is Devilman? And having three different types of Goku that are all identical is just stupid! And when you play Duel mode, the music that plays is unchangeable and is so boring, repetitive, tedious and doesn't fit the scene at all. I know that firing a huge blast is supposed to make good use of the motion controls but I keep finding myself waving the Wii Remote and Nunchuck around wildly. It feels rushed, and as a game, is truly awful. 63%

  49. zapper01 Saturday 21st Nov 2009 at 10:23

    im gonna get this one day but i want revenge of king piccolo first, because i already have budokai tencaichi 2

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