|System: Xbox 360, PS3|
|Pub: Namco Bandai|
|Release: October 25, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Cartoon Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Language|
But if you've seen the DBZ story far too many times, Ultimate Tenkaichi gives you the chance to create your own. You basically get to create your own DBZ character, which then travels throughout the DBZ world, leveling up, learning new techniques, and saving the world. It actually feels more like an RPG than a fighting game, as you tweak your health, power, speed, and so on in a quest to become the strongest fighter out there.
Unfortunately, this mode has its flaws. Other than hairstyle and skin color, you don't have a whole lot of options when it comes to creating your characters. You earn your clothing as you play, and every face looks like the same generic Akira Toriyama-drawn face. In fact, you can't even make a female fighter. (I was dying to make my own version of Android 18.) It also takes forever to grind up your stats, and your special abilities are really just alternate versions of the special attacks other characters have. In the end, all this matters very little considering everyone pretty much fights the same, but it also reduces that personal touch of truly creating a character of your own. Once you successfully create a character, you can take him online and use him in vs. modes, but without a lot of grinding, your character will be less powerful than most of the stock characters.
In the end, the entire game can be described as fun but flawed. While the anime cutscenes are awesome, the story is more often told through extremely slow moving walls of text. While the characters all have their original voice actors (or very similar voice actors in the case of some of the villains), the music is very generic. While the battles have lots of satisfying quick time events and cutscenes, the load times in the game are absolutely criminal. In fact, I'd say the load times are the biggest flaw in the game by far. I have literally booted up the game to play a single match, and, out of sheer boredom, turned it off before the match loaded.
So that's my final verdict on the game: it's a fun cinematic experience with several flaws, but if you are a DBZ fan, you might as well check it out.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
CCC Contributing Writer