|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Namco Bandai||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Atari||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 4, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The graphics in Dragon Ball: Origins are very good, and the animated cutscenes are of especially high quality. The game's animation is also very good and is true to the series' unique style. Characters have the series' trademark big-headed "chibi" style to them, and environments from the anime translate well to the game. One very interesting facet of Dragon Ball: Origins is that uses both screens to display levels and cutscenes. While the separator in the middle does create some awkward proportions and lines (especially when it runs right through someone's face) the system works well overall.
The sound in this title is fairly good and features some pleasant original tunes for each level. There is also some sparse voice acting during a few of the longer dialogue scenes. However, the voice acting is so infrequent that it sounds a little awkward when it is triggered, and the sound clips generally consist of an "OK!" or "Let's Go!" which was probably sampled from one of the anime voice tracks. Even though the voiceover is a little bit on the annoying side, the sound on the whole isn't bad, and there are some decent sound effects in addition to the background music.
Dragon Ball: Origins is definitely a fun title to play through, and even though "Z" or "GT" fans might find the tone of the game a little different from what they're used to, I am grateful that the game stayed true to its source material. It packs plenty of adult humor, action, and martial arts into a nice little package, and though it is the first game of its kind to be based on the original Dragon Ball series and has nothing in common with the multitude of Dragonball Z-inspired brawlers of the past few years, it really succeeds on its own. Dragon Ball: Origins is a treat for both diehard fans that have been with the series for the past twenty years as well as those who are only casual fans of the series. No matter which category you fall into, you'll definitely want to check out this blast from the past!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor