Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (Platinum)

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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (Platinum)


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"Best Tenkaichi in terms of fighting mechanics and extras"
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The fighting mechanics and the bus load of characters (over 100) makes this one of the best, if not the best dbz fighting game ever. However unlike Tenkaichi 2, there is no world map which makes it more “tricky” to gather dragonballs which now grant you access to some special characters and items (Future Gohan is one).

In Tenkaichi 3 storymode, you play through the story of the Dragonball series as you battle (no real cutscenes), which in some respects is quite cool and a bit more immersive than just skipping through cutscenes (however I also like cutscenes). The fighting mechanics have been greatly improved from the last Tenkaichi, which had everyone have a generic set of crushing and teleport crush (vanishing attacks) moves. The last Tenkaichi was also slower during battles and didn't quite feel like an authentic dbz game.

However the speed in battles in Tenkaichi 3 is great, where highspeed movement is really highspeed (not the slow teleporting that was present in Tenkaichi 2) and you also have a greater ability to counter (in highspeed of course) instead of just superblocking. Also the annoying emphasis on blocking has been diluted in favour of autocounters (which initiates a highspeed counter sequence). The beam struggles have also been improved and you are not going to be beaten 80% of the time by the cpu.

Other features include giant ape transformations during night time stages (where the moon is out), day, midday and night stages (giving a bit more realism to the battles that were fought in the anime), ultimate battle (a fight simulator where you can have battles with a mixture of opponents) among others.

Overall this is a great fighting game that I would recommend people to play if they like Dragonball or fighting games in general.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 combines the lightning fast action that made the game’s two predecessors so successful to deliver the ultimate DBZ fighting game. Published by NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe SAS and distributed in Europe by Atari, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is scheduled for release in autumn 2007.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 delivers an extreme 3D fighting experience, reaching new heights of DBZ thrills and excitement with over 150 playable characters, enhanced fighting techniques, beautifully refined effects and shading techniques, making each character's effects more realistic, and over 20 battle stages. Amongst the wealth of brand new features are more than ten types of AI balancing for opponents, a new Dragon History mode that lets fans select favourite battle scenes, and a new Battle Replay mode that lets players save and replay their greatest battles.

The PlayStation 2 version of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 will be the last instalment of Dragon Ball Z on the platform and combines everything that made the earlier games so incredible into one ultimate DBZ fighting package.

For the Wii game, an improved control system lets players mimic signature moves even more easily to execute devastating energy attacks straight from the Dragon Ball Z animated series. The two player mode on both platforms lets friends engage in fierce head-to-head battling.

In addition to the unprecedented number of characters and improved gameplay, the environments have also been enhanced to feature day and night stages, The power of the moon in the night stages gives players additional ways to transform their characters and letting fans recreate some of their favorite memories from the show.

  • Over 40 hours of gameplay through 10 different game modes recreating the complete Dragon Ball world!
  • 90 unique characters with over 150 forms, including many new ones from DB, DBZ, DB GT and DB movies!
  • Over 20 unique battle stages, each with their own particular specificities affecting battles!
  • Follow the original anime flow through seamless battles with impressive scenes thanks to the [Dramatic Z Engine]!
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December 5th, 2008
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