|System: PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Dimps||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: Apr. 7, 2009||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|
The visuals in this game continue the low-quality streak that touches basically every other facet of the game. Character models are extremely simplistic, and environments are basic at best. The entire visual makeup can be described in one word: featureless. Basically, every facet of Dragon Ball: Evolution's visuals lacks detail, color, or inspiration. It doesn't necessarily fall into the "bad" category here, but the overwhelmingly bland look certainly doesn't fall into the "good" category either.
Sound, however, is very bad. One thing that struck me as especially odd about this title was that there was absolutely no voiceover. Say what you will about movie-licensed games, but one of the hallmarks of titles based on movies is that they almost always feature voivceovers taken from the film, and considering the amount of dialogue from the movie in the game, I would have figured that slapping some of the dialog from the movie onto the game would have been a cinch.
But as it is, the characters are completely silent, and you'll just have to imagine what they sound like as you read the miles of scrolling text that comprise the plot scenes in this game. There will be some looping background music that accompanies these scenes, but this is repetitive and annoying at best.
Dragon Ball: Evolution is probably a terrible movie, but I can say with all certainty that it is a terrible game. Poor graphics, a non-existent soundtrack, long loading times, and sparse play value make this title one that you should definitely skip. This is especially so if you have played previous Dragon Ball-inspired games, or enjoyed the anime. This game has nothing in common with your fandom and, as such, should be avoided at all costs.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor