Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi

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Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
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Developer(s) Spike
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai
Director(s) Satoshi Sumiya
Designer(s) Tatsuya Marutani
Artist(s) Akira Toriyama
Composer(s) Hiroshi Takaki
Series Dragon Ball
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Release date(s)
  • JP December 8, 2011 (2011-12-08)
  • NA October 25, 2011 (2011-10-25)
  • EU October 28, 2011 (2011-10-28)
Genre(s) Versus fighting
Mode(s) Single player
Multiplayer

Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, known in Japan as Dragon Ball: Ultimate Blast (ドラゴンボールアルティメットブラスト Doragon Bōru Arutimetto Burasuto?), is a game based on the manga and anime franchise Dragon Ball Z, and it is the fourth installment of the Budokai Tenkaichi series. It was developed by Spike and distributed by Namco Bandai starting in late October 2011 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gaming consoles.

The game is a 3D fighter that allows players to take control of various characters from the Dragon Ball Z franchise or created by the player to either fight against the AI, or with another player locally or online.

Development[edit]

The game was first announced under the working title Dragon Ball Game Project Age 2011 in the early May issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The announcement featured several screenshots with Son Goku and Vegeta, in both normal and Super Saiyan forms, highlighting the game's mechanics. The announcement stated that the game would feature superb visuals and would be released in Japan sometime in autumn of 2011 for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gaming consoles.[1] A few days later the North American branch of Namco Bandai released a press statement announcing that they would be releasing the game throughout North America. They also confirmed that Spike would return to work on the game.[2] The June issue of V Jump magazine showcased several screenshots of Goku and Vegeta, in his Oozaru form, demonstrating a type of timed button action mechanic. It also confirmed the return of the destructible environments mechanics from previous Budokai Tenkaichi and Raging Blast games.[3]

Hero Mode allows players to create a new character using new and existing attributes for hair, complexion, clothing, voice, and attack moves.

In the following Namco Bandai press release, it was announced that the game's official English title would be Ultimate Tenkaichi and that its release date would be October 25,[4] while its European release date was revealed to be October 28.[5] The title was chosen by fans through a survey conducted by Namco Bandai along with four other possible choices.[6] In response, Namco Bandai marketing president Carlson Choi stated their reasoning for the outreach by describing the fans as "the most passionate gamers and anime experts in the world."[4] Later in July, it was announced that the game would not only include the return of GT characters to the roster, but also include a type of character creation and customization mode.[7][8] The August 8 issue of Shonen Jump featured screenshots of the story mode, showcasing a type of free-roam mechanic similar to that found in Budokai 3 and the later Budokai Tenkaichi games, where the player could explore the entire planet from the sky and land in certain areas.[9] The following issue of V Jump revealed that the game will be released under the title of Ultimate Blast in Japan, with the release date for December 8.[10]

In early September, more details were divulged on the character creator mode referred to as "Hero Mode". The mode gives players the option of customizing a character of their choosing with a variety of existing and original outfits and hairstyles, in addition to the ability to change and adjust their color schemes.[11] The following issue of Shonen Jump revealed that Japanese release would include a new opening introduction in traditional 2D animation set to the song "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" by Hironobu Kageyama.[12]

Promotions[edit]

Preorders for the Japanese release will come with a life-sized replica of the Sūshinchū (四星球 Four Star Ball?).[10] While in Europe, preorders will come with a free capsule pen with their purchase.[5] The European version will also have a special collectors edition that will come boxed with a Son Gohan figure in Super Saiyan form dressed in his Great Saiyaman costume.[13]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 55.86%[21] (PS3)
58.12%[22] (Xbox 360)
Metacritic 58 of 100[19] (PS3)
55 of 100[20] (Xbox 360)
Review scores
Publication Score
GamePro 3/5 stars[18]
GameSpot 4 of 10[16][17]
IGN 7.5 of 10[14][15]

Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi received mixed reviews. IGN gave the game a 7.5 out of 10, praising the graphics and combat, but disliked the storytelling and the repetitive nature of the battles.[14][15] GameSpot gave the game a 4.0 out of 10, praising the graphics, but detested the game's combat system as there is no sense of originality; the boss fights due to the frustrating Quick Time Event stages; and the character creation system due to the limited amount of items given.[16][17] Destructoid gave the game a 7.5 saying "While combat can be a bit on the repetitive side, there's still that hint of satisfaction when you decimate your foe with an canyon-creating power move. There's a lot here for fans to enjoy, and while the story may be streamlined for new fans of the franchise, I can't really recommend it to anyone but the hardcore." [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dragon Ball Game Project Age 2011動レ!!!" [Dragon Ball Game Project Age 2011 Dynamic Level!!!]. Shonen Jump (in Japanese) (〒101-8050 Chiyoda, Tokyo Hitotsubashi 2-5-10: Shueisha): 19. May 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Namco Bandai Games Announces New Dragon Ball Game Project For North America, Dragon Ball Game Project Age 2011 scheduled for release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for Fall 2011.". San Francisco, California: IGN. May 11, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ 極大インパクト!!! [Maximum impact!!!]. V Jump (in Japanese) (〒101-8050 Chiyoda, Tokyo Hitotsubashi 2-5-10: Shueisha): 81. June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Rojas (June 30, 2011). "NAMCO BANDAI GAMES LAUNCHES DRAGON BALL Z® ULTIMATE TENKAICHI THIS OCTOBER". Fort Worth, Texas: Funimation. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "The fans have decided! Namco Bandai Games launches DRAGON BALL Z ULTIMATE TENKAICHI on October 28th 2011". Namco Bandai EU. June 30, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Dragon Ball Games Survey". Palo Alto, California: SurveyMonkey. May 11, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ Amanda L. Kondolojy. "Goku Comes Back for Another Round". Cheat Code Central. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ Sutton, Kye (July 14, 2011). "DragonBall Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi to feature create-a-character mode!". MCM Buzz. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ "待望のストーリーモード開放‼「DB」Age ひとっ飛び!!!" [Story mode's long-awaited release!! "DB" AGE Giant Jump!!!]. Shonen Jump (in Japanese) (〒101-8050 Chiyoda, Tokyo Hitotsubashi 2-5-10: Shueisha): 19. August 8, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "『DB』の物語をバクレッ体感!! 超時空フライアウェイ!!!" ["DB" Experience the story of Bardock!! The Super Dimension Fly Away!!!]. V Jump (in Japanese) (〒101-8050 Chiyoda, Tokyo Hitotsubashi 2-5-10: Shueisha): 135 & 136. August 2011. 
  11. ^ Sutton, Kye (September 2, 2011). "Bandai Sama comes to the rescue in Ultimate Tenkaichi’s Hero Mode!". MCM Buzz. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ キミがバトルの人公!! 超戦土アバター!!! [Kimi public who battle!! Avatar thousand times over!!!]. Shonen Jump (in Japanese) (〒101-8050 Chiyoda, Tokyo Hitotsubashi 2-5-10: Shueisha): 135. September 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ Sutton, Kye (September 2, 2011). "DragonBall Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi limited collector’s edition detailed". MCM Buzz. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b George, Richard (2011-10-25). "Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi Review - PlayStation 3 Review at IGN". IGN.com. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  15. ^ a b George, Richard (2011-10-25). "Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi Review - Xbox 360 Review at IGN". IGN.com. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  16. ^ a b Petit, Carolyn (2011-10-28). "Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi Review, Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi Xbox 360 Review - GameSpot.com". GameSpot. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  17. ^ a b Petit, Carolyn (2011-10-28). "Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi Review, Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi PS3 Review - GameSpot.com". GameSpot. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  18. ^ McKinley, Noble (2011-10-26). "Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi Review from GamePro". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  19. ^ "Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi Critic Reviews for PlayStation 3 at Metacritic.com". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  20. ^ "Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi Critic Reviews for Xbox 360 at Metacritic.com". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  21. ^ "Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi for PlayStation 3 - GameRankings". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  22. ^ "Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi for Xbox 360 - GameRankings". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  23. ^ http://www.destructoid.com/review-dragon-ball-z-ultimate-tenkaichi-215488.phtml

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