The Real DBZ Rundown -- Page 2

Two Dragon Balls For You
Whatever the case may be, it seems apparent that both DBZ games are totally unique compared to each other. Super DBZ (PS2) will be a new DBZ game title which has been designed for the hardcore fighter crowd. The game is being developed by the creative talent behind "Street Fighter II" and will feature unheard of character balance and depth along the lines of the balanced arcade fighters of old.

Super DBZ producer Daisuke Uchiyama says, "This production concept (for Super DBZ) 'individualizes' each character and allows players to connect deeply with them, to the point where they can say, 'I am the Vegeta master!'"

Super DBZ will feature a full fledged fighting system which won't bother to bog you down with pesky cut scenes and DBZ's trademark talking head monologues. It's all about mastering your characters and whooping some butt here.

"I Am The Vegeta Master!"
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 producer Ryo Mito comments, "Super DBZ is more of a 'hardcore' fighting game. There are fewer characters, only 18, but players will have to master the unique fighting moves for each of these characters to really master the game."

While there are only 18 characters, DBZ fan boys will be happy to know they'll be able to assume the characteristics and abilities of some of their most beloved characters in the DBZ universe, including Goku, Gohan, Piccolo, Frieza, Trunks, Krillin, Chi-Chi, Cell, Androids 16, 17, and 18, Buu, Ultimate Gohan, King Piccolo, Videl, Demon Piccolo, Majin Buu, and the all new redesigned Cyborg (Mecha) Frieza, which has been redesigned by DBZ patriarch Akira Toriyama exclusively for this title. Each character will sport their trademark super abilities and promises to be a completely balanced fighter with no two characters having similar controls and handling. The game puts a heavy emphasis on players mastering their chosen martial artists.

"Kai-Oh-Ken!"
Battlefield arena stages will also walk the fine line of giving the player the feeling of a confined sandbox type environment while still maintaining the trade mark vast area environments which DBZ fans demand for fast paced action and massive juggles.

Meanwhile, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (PS2, Wii) will continue the already established DBZ franchise, which is heavily focused on allowing players to relive their favorite DBZ stories, with an insanely preposterous amount of additional content, massive immersiveness in the Akira Toriyama authored world, and a few gameplay improvements from its predecessor, including a reworked camera engine, and an even more expansive battle area, effectively doubling the size of the battlefields.

Additionally, Tenkaichi 2 will sport over 100 characters, each with a fully fleshed out move set, and story mode. The characters will be pulled from the annuals of almost every DBZ media venue, including the entire DBZ anime series, manga series, OAV (original animated videos) series, and the Dragon Ball GT series. While the character lineup is currently top secret, we have seen two new characters to the Budokai series, Lord Slug and Android 13.