Dragon Ball Z for Kinect


By: Joel Lauterbach    On: Xbox 360
Published: Wednesday 17 Oct 2012 5:30 PM
 
 
 
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Dragon Ball Z was one of the bigger anime franchises from the 90s. If you don’t remember the show, it was easily identifiable by it’s characters, forever straining and groaning as they powered up their attacks - often for episodes at a time (or so it seemed).

If you didn’t love Dragon Ball Z, often you’d be in the Pokemon camp instead. I’ll be honest, I was in the Pokemon camp. So I was very surprised to pick up Dragon Ball Z for Kinect and find a game that was curiously entertaining, and rather a blast with a group of friends.

In Dragon Ball Z for Kinect, you take on the role one of several good guys from the popular TV series, depending on the battle. The story mode is where the game really focuses, allowing you to play through the entire Dragon Ball Z saga, from A - Z. It follows the TV series closely, but the game focuses on the battles and skips from one to the next. Once you’ve completed the primary story, you can repeat any of the battles from the single player story mode, and each of the battles is uniquely different.

What is great, though, is that a lot of the flavour text is present, with the characteristic groaning and hilarious comments from the villains all included. Fans of the series will love this stuff and, as an added bonus, if you need to rest from your battles, the game includes an episode of the anime called “Episodes of Bardock”, which is pretty entertaining.

As far as mechanics go, Dragon Ball Z for Kinect is primarily played from the first person perspective. The only time the game pulls out of it is during particular action scenes or storyline sequences that connect the various battles.

Dragon Ball Z for Kinect does a great job of helping you learn the necessary moves, thanks to a solid and relatively pain-free tutorial. Overall, the Kinect interface is up there with the best, with most moves registering well and with very little going unnoticed. You can punch, kick, uppercut, or fire powerful shots; with a small amount of practice it was all relatively straightforward.

You primarily need to choose from a range of moves in various scenes, with some battles needing to be finished on some kind of a powermove, such as Kamehameha. You can move backward or forward to further mix things up, or jump to really gain some distance on your opponent. The moves available are shown on the right of the screen, and while this may seem forced, or overly guided, it works well, and encourages you to do a range of attacks - rather than becoming overly focused on simple punches and kicks.

Graphically the game looks great with some excellent animations, and a true Dragon Ball Z look and feel. It really makes the time spent powering up worthwhile when you plant a massive crater in the earth, unleashing your powerful Kamehameha attack.

The greatest criticism is the difficulty, which feels too easy. You can increase it, but nonetheless it is a real shame that the developers didn’t put in any kind of multiplayer mode or something to really boost the challenge. Despite that, the game makes is great for a group to sit around, watch, play and enjoy - even if only one player can play at a time.

Dragon Ball Z for Kinect also includes the ability to scan in QR codes. A few titles have done this in the past, such as Viva Pinata, but with little success. In Dragon Ball Z the codes theoretically allow you to unlock special characters and power-ups. Unfortunately, just how and where these codes might be found wasn’t shared (or even if these will make it to New Zealand).

Overall, Dragon Ball Z for Kinect proved to be surprisingly impressive. Graphically it really pulls off the anime to video game jump, and the gameplay matches well by allowing you to play through the original storyline.

As you primarily focus on one battle to the next, a bit more value could have been added by a solid multiplayer mode, or even allowing more players to play at once on the Kinect. But for fans of the series, or for those with younger children in the house, Dragon Ball Z will no doubt provide a number of hours of solid entertainment.

For those older gamers, there’s something in this for them as well, given the Dragon Ball Z feel and style remains well intact. Just remember that, given this is a Kinect game, stretching and pacing yourself are truly important, lest you pull a muscle...


The Score

Dragon Ball Z for Kinect
"Start powering up your Kamehameha!"
7.0
Good
Rating: PG   Difficulty: Easy   Learning Curve: 15 Min

 

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XSpike
On Wednesday 17 Oct 2012 8:07 PM Posted by XSpike
Can't believe you gave this game a 7.0, I doubt this game is good, it could be avg which would be 5.0. But a good DBZ game? Not even close.
 
 
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KatalystaKaos
On Wednesday 17 Oct 2012 9:08 PM Posted by KatalystaKaos NZGamer.com VIP
17 October 2012, 08:07 PM Reply to XSpike
Can't believe you gave this game a 7.0, I doubt this game is good, it could be avg which would be 5.0. But a good DBZ game? Not even close.
5.0 Based on what? Personal Experience with the game or a believed perception from what you've read?
 
 
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PunisherNZL
On Thursday 18 Oct 2012 8:42 AM Posted by PunisherNZL
17 October 2012, 08:07 PM Reply to XSpike
Can't believe you gave this game a 7.0, I doubt this game is good, it could be avg which would be 5.0. But a good DBZ game? Not even close.
if ur trying to imply that there has never been a good dragon ball z game then shut ur mouth dragon ball z budokai tenkachi 3 on ps2 was the best dbz game ever! if they released a new game like that for ps3 ild be all over it. i dont like xbox so will have to give this 1 a miss but standing in front of ur tv dishing out kahmehamaha's who wouldnt love that?
 
 
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ZombieRawkMachine
On Thursday 18 Oct 2012 2:08 PM Posted by ZombieRawkMachine NZGamer.com VIP
18 October 2012, 08:42 AM Reply to PunisherNZL
if ur trying to imply that there has never been a good dragon ball z game then shut ur mouth dragon ball z budokai tenkachi 3 on ps2 was the best dbz game ever! if they released a new game like that for ps3 ild be all over it. i dont like xbox so will have to give this 1 a miss but standing in front of ur tv dishing out kahmehamaha's who wouldnt love that?
That game got intense during the later Buu fights.
 
 
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XSpike
On Friday 19 Oct 2012 8:26 AM Posted by XSpike
18 October 2012, 08:42 AM Reply to PunisherNZL
if ur trying to imply that there has never been a good dragon ball z game then shut ur mouth dragon ball z budokai tenkachi 3 on ps2 was the best dbz game ever! if they released a new game like that for ps3 ild be all over it. i dont like xbox so will have to give this 1 a miss but standing in front of ur tv dishing out kahmehamaha's who wouldnt love that?
I never said there wasn't any good DBZ games, I've played plenty of good DBZ. I just trying to imply how can this game be good? (doesn't mean you can't enjoy it!)

Sure I haven't played this DBZ game but - just look at it, you can easily tell its not going be as awesome as other DBZ games and so you can tell its not a 'good' game.

ratings 1 = sh*t, 5 = avg, 7 = good, 10 = awesome.
The game should probably rate under 5.0, if your avg game normally scored round 5.0 which it never does anymore..
 
 
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KatalystaKaos
On Friday 19 Oct 2012 10:03 AM Posted by KatalystaKaos NZGamer.com VIP
19 October 2012, 08:26 AM Reply to XSpike
I never said there wasn't any good DBZ games, I've played plenty of good DBZ. I just trying to imply how can this game be good? (doesn't mean you can't enjoy it!)

Sure I haven't played this DBZ game but - just look at it, you can easily tell its not going be as awesome as other DBZ games and so you can tell its not a 'good' game.

ratings 1 = sh*t, 5 = avg, 7 = good, 10 = awesome.
The game should probably rate under 5.0, if your avg game normally scored round 5.0 which it never does anymore..
Bollocks to that way of thinking
 
 
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phantom
On Friday 19 Oct 2012 12:03 PM Posted by phantom NZGamer.com VIP
19 October 2012, 10:03 AM Reply to KatalystaKaos
Bollocks to that way of thinking
Agreed. I find it's best to play a game before scoring it ;)
 
 
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ZombieRawkMachine
On Friday 19 Oct 2012 2:54 PM Posted by ZombieRawkMachine NZGamer.com VIP
19 October 2012, 08:26 AM Reply to XSpike
I never said there wasn't any good DBZ games, I've played plenty of good DBZ. I just trying to imply how can this game be good? (doesn't mean you can't enjoy it!)

Sure I haven't played this DBZ game but - just look at it, you can easily tell its not going be as awesome as other DBZ games and so you can tell its not a 'good' game.

ratings 1 = sh*t, 5 = avg, 7 = good, 10 = awesome.
The game should probably rate under 5.0, if your avg game normally scored round 5.0 which it never does anymore..
What a load of sh*t! That is like seeing a trailer for a movie and saying the movie is bad. The only way I can tell if a game is bad is if I play it. Nothing I have seen about the game indicates it is going to be flat out bad.
 
 
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mangauk
On Monday 29 Oct 2012 10:49 AM Posted by mangauk
Just heard about this on the Manga UK podcast (http://www.mangauk.com/podcasts.php) and am really looking forward to playing it.
 
 
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