|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Game Republic||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Namco Bandai||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: June 22, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Dragon Ball Origins looks great and is a slight improvement over its predecessor. Cinema scenes are beautifully rendered, and character models feature plenty of detail. The only qualm I have with the cinema scenes (and I had the same issue with the originals) is the way the game uses the two screens. Instead of just having a top and bottom image that blend together, the cinema scenes deliberately leave out the space between the DSs screens. This can result in some interesting proportions, depending on which model DS you are using. On a regular DS, things look fine, but fire this game up in a DSi or DS Lite, and everyone's torsos disappear!
Though this is only a minor issue, I was really hoping it would be changed for this title, but it seems they have kept it, especially since that middle bar works so well at covering up areas that would normally need a censored bar. Luckily, the in-game visuals don't have this problem, and the top and bottom screen visuals work perfectly, sporting just the right amount of detail.
Audio in Dragon Ball: Origins 2 is good, with some inoffensive background music and some good voice work. Though the voiceover in Origins 2 is relatively sparse, it is effective and sounds a lot like the original voice work that was done for the US version of the anime (which was produced nearly a decade ago for those of you keeping track.).
Overall, I was pleased with Dragon Ball: Origins 2. Although the gameplay is nearly identical to the original Dragon Ball: Origins, it really works well in this sequel. In a franchise that has spawned dozens of fighting games with nearly identical premises, a familiar-feeling second entry doesn't seem all that terrible. While I did hope for a little more innovation in the gameplay, the new story and trademark humor have carried over well from the Red Ribbon Army Arc, which is enough to earn this title a playthrough. Dragon Ball: Origins 2 is a joy to play for both fans of the original series as well as those who have only experienced Dragon Ball characters through the "Z" series. If you consider yourself a fan of the Dragon Ball universe, Origins 2 is a title that deserves a spot on your shelf.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor