DragonBall: Raging Blast 2 Review

Developer(s):

Spike

Publisher(s):

Bandai

Console(s):

PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Release Date:

November 2, 2010

Player(s)

Single, local (1-2), Online (1-16)

Genre:    

Versus Fighting

Rating:

T (Animated Violence)

-Marcus Lawrence

The warriors from the Dragonball Z universe are back for some cosmic action

Dragonball Z is a word that resonates with my childhood. Sure there was Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh but then came along Dragonball Z and every day after school, my face was glued to the TV. So when games like Raging Blast and Burst Limit hit shelves, I can’t help that I want to have them. Raging Blast 2 is the third game in the series to come out for a current-gen console. Just like the first, this title adapts the same style that made Tenkaichi so popular.

However, unlike most of the other games before it, there is no story mode to be had here. Instead of a story, Raging Blast 2 focuses more on the battles themselves. This bothered me a little because as much as I enjoy the fights, I also enjoy seeing how the fights start off and end; even though I know exactly what happens. Exclusively to Raging Blast 2 is the re-edited Dragonball Z OVA called Dragonball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans. This 30 minute movie has never been released in the states before and also includes a new, never before seen villain named Hatchiyack.

You know the saying “If it isn’t broke, don’t try to fix it?” Well the developers certainly took that to heart with this game. Raging Blast 2 is a splitting image of its predecessor with only a few minor details. One of the new features is the Raging Soul system which enables characters to tap into their ultimate powers; making them stronger and faster. The original Raging Blast had up to 43 different characters to choose from. The roster has expanded in this title by bringing in 23 new characters, making it a total of 66 playable characters. Galaxy mode is the so-called story mode of Raging Blast 2 but really all you’re doing is fighting random characters until you get to the boss fight. Once the boss is beaten, players are rewarded with a dragonball and if you collect all 7 of them, Shenron will grant your wish. These “wishes” come in the form of new moves and items.

Once players beat galaxy mode, there is another major mode to complete known as battle zone. For this mode, each boss is separated into individual zones and the player must take down the opponents leading up to the boss. For each fight won, the player is rewarded with various items and art illustrations. Surprisingly, the online community is still alive and seems to be doing well. I never had a real hard time finding a match but be warned; most of the players are really good. Since there are plenty of other fighting games better than this, only the truly hardcore fans of Raging Blast 2 are still around. My favorite way to play online is to do the team battles because it gave me the choice of picking up to five different characters. A much needed change from the constant 1-on-1 battles.

As always, the staple world tournament and cell games are back allowing up to 16 players or CPUs to duke it out. If a friend happens to come over, the battle section is where you can see which of you is the best Z-Warrior or super villain. The tutorial and training modes are available for when you need to brush up on your skills or to learn a new technique. Oh and for those hardcore Dragonball Z fans out there, the character encyclopedia is for you. Here is where you can find profiles on all characters and even see who their voice actors are.

Pros:

  • Over 60 characters to choose from
  • Gameplay is still as flashy and fun
  • The graphics make it look just like the anime

Cons:

  • Lack of story mode
  • Some of the objectives in battle are ridiculous
  • It can get boring after playing for awhile

Raging Blast 2 would be best for those hardcore fans that love every installment of a Dragonball Z game. For $29.99, that’s not expensive at all. Everyone else should just rent this or borrow it from someone else. It’s not a bad game but just doesn’t offer anything new to the table and gets bland fast.

Verdict: 60%

Dragonball: Raging Blast 2- Ultimate Gohan vs. SSJ2 Goku, Vegeta, Gohan

Marcus reviewed the second Raging Blast game for the Xbox 360. Would you agree with his verdict or do you believe it deserved something else?