DragonBall: Raging Blast Review

Developer:

Spike

Publisher:

Namco Bandai

Console(s):

PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Release Date:

November 10, 2009

Genre:

Fighting

Rating:

T (Animated Violence)

-Marcus Lawrence

The Z-Warriors go head to toe once again in this well renowned anime fighter

DragonBall: Raging Blast is the second installment of the franchise to hit the next gen consoles besides Burst Limit. Whereas Burst Limit was like a revamped version of Budokai, Raging Blast is the updated version of Budokai Tenkaichi. If you played any of the games I just listed, then you know where this is going.

There really isn’t much of a story in this installment. Instead, Raging Blast has a mode called Dragon Battle Collection. Here is where you start at the beginning of the Saiyan saga and move through all of the other sagas until you hit the Majin Buu saga. Then you have the little side stories like the Bardock saga and the Legendary Super Saiyan saga featuring Broly. Once those are complete you get what is call the what if stories. Stories such as what would happen if Broly were to defeat all of the Z-warriors on earth or what would happen if Bardock were to see his grandsons Gohan and Goten. These stories are quite interesting and had me thinking how this would affect DragonBall Z if they were canon.

Like I said before, if you have played any of the other Tenkaichi games then you should feel right at home. If not, it’s quite simple really. The goal is to beat the opponent until the health bar hits zero. There are a ton of moves at your disposal, ranging from famous moves like Kamehameha, Destruco Disk and Final Flash to help get the job done. Combos are actually very useful in combat and you can mix them up to throw your opponent off balance. Players will need to build up Ki seeing how it’s the only way to use special moves. These special moves definitely come in handy when you need to do some serious damage. Once players beat the Dragon Battle Collection mode, there will still be plenty of modes to choose from. You got the Super Battle Trial, arcade mode, versus mode and survival mode just to name a few. With this many things to keep you occupied, there shouldn’t be any reason to become bored. As a bonus, when players meet certain circumstances, they can receive a dragonball. Once all seven are collected, players can take their reward which could come in the form of a new move or an alternate costume. Once you have used the dragonballs, they all disappear just like the show. If you want to get all the rewards, then you’ll have to find the 7 dragonballs again.

As for the online element of Raging Blast, it’s a shame to say there is none. I’m not sure if it’s because the game didn’t get the proper publicity or if people forgot about it over time but there is barely anyone on these days. When I tried to play, I only got into two matches and believe me people; I spend plenty of time looking. At least those two matches I won fair and square with my main character, Majin Vegeta.

Pros:

  • Multiple characters to choose from
  • Controls are easy to pick up and learn
  • Flashy and explosive just like the anime
  • Offers plenty of replay value

Cons:

  • There are times where the controls fail
  • Lack of story mode
  • Online community is barren

As much fun as this game truly is, the fact is that not many play online anymore. Even with all the modes this game offers, eventually you will want to play with another living person. So unless you have a friend willing to pick this up or come over and play, it would be best to leave this as a game you would rent. For the hardcore fans of Dragonball Z, it would make an excellent addition to your collection.

Verdict: 70%

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