Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu Review


Dragon Ball Z the cartoon certainly has its share of fighting, but there are other aspects to it such as story, characters with personality, and dialog. Such is not the case with Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu though. It’s all fighting, just fighting, and not much else. And to make matters worse, the fighting aspect of the game is not that good, which leaves you with…

You can select from all of the most popular characters, but there’s not a g\significant difference between the fighters. Each has only one or two unique moves so there’s no adjustment period if you decide to play as another fighter for a while.

The fighting is pretty straightforward 2D fighter stuff. There’s not much strategy to it – this is one of those games in which it’s possible to do perfectly fine just randomly mashing buttons. The AI is not very smart or challenging, and it is easy to find one move that you can use to consistently bash your enemy into submission. Repeat the same few button presses a number of times and win another match with your opponent never catching on. Don’t be surprised if you play your way to the end of the game’s challenge mode on the first try.

The game adds a little variety to the fighting with its sky battles. Perform a high jump and you’ll fly off the top of the screen. Your opponent then has the option of jumping up to join you in the battle. Once in the sky it’s a literally a button-mashing race – the first person to hit a button fast enough to fill a power meter wins. Then the fighters drop back down to the ground and resume the main event. You can refuse to follow your opponent into the air for a sky battle, and believe me, you will not want to bother after the first time.

Playing through the game’s challenge mode will earn you points that can be used on unlockables, but there’s not much that’s really worth spending a lot of time to unlock. Without the carrot of interesting unlockables, there’s not much motivation for playing through the game’s monotonous fights over and over. Without much effort you can win every fight and make it to the end of the challenge mode every time. Where’s the fun in that.

In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 40%.  A monotonous and unimaginative fighter that can only possibly appeal to the most die-hard of Dragon Ball Z fans.