Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (video game)

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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, released in Japan as Dragon Ball Z: Sparking! Neo (ドラゴン ボール ゼット スパーキング! ネオ, Doragon Bōru Zetto: Supākingu! Neo), is a fighting game for the Sony PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii.

The Wii version was confirmed as being a launch title in the US for November 19, 2006 in an IGN interview with Atari[1] though some stores in the US started selling the Wii version on November 15, 2006. A recent issue of V Jump listed January 2007 as the release date for the Japanese version of the Wii release with an additional six characters and an extra stage. The game was released in Europe on March 30, 2007, but was delayed in Australia until April 5, 2007. Both the European and Australian versions have the extra features of the Japanese Wii version.

Gameplay

There are 129 playable characters in most versions of the game and 135 in the Japanese and PAL Wii versions. All characters featured in the previous game are available in this game as well. Battles can now involve up to ten characters fighting one at a time on the battle field, with one teammate coming in after the other has been knocked out or when the player wishes to switch to another fighter. This is referring to Free Battle options.

Most versions of the game have 16 large arenas (11 of which are taken from the previous Budokai Tenkaichi game). The Japanese and PAL Wii versions have 17 with the inclusion of a new space level, and 9 game modes. The game also features in game transformations, in addition to being able to choose to play in a transformed state from the start. In order to transform, you must press R3 (1 on Wii) and Left/Up/Right to select the form you want. One may also press Down + R3 (Down + 1) to revert back to their original state (Only transformations that have shown that they can be undone in the anime can do this). Fusions can be performed in-battle as well, and it is performed the same way as tag teams and transformations except that you have to press L2 (Z). Fusion can only be done in Tag battles and Free battles, and the player must have the suitable character as a Tag partner. For example, base Goku and Vegeta (second form) to form Vegito. If that fused character has a second or third form, you can press R3 + L2 + Up (Z + 1 + Up) or Right to transform into that different form. A customizer has been made to change the characters. The Dueling Mode features a 'Battle Settings' option, where you can adjust the dueling time, COM difficulty level, and set the In-Game Transformations on or off during gameplay.

The Wii version of the game features a unique control scheme using the system's remote controller. Using the motion sensing controller, players are able to control their fighters by carrying a remote/nunchuk combo and mimicking moves from the series. Players are able to choose whether they wish to use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, the Wii Classic Controller, or a GameCube controller.[1]

Dragon Adventure is the main mode of the game and covers Dragon Ball Z to Dragon Ball GT, including many of the films. The outcome of the battles in the mode changes the course of the story. In this mode, new powers, characters, and "what if"-type scenes, similar to the ones in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai, are unlocked. The player uses a character around Earth and Planet Namek looking for Dragon Balls, skill capsules, and opponents.

Another mode, Ultimate Battle Z, uses a system where the player selects a type of battle and progresses up a pillar similar to the Mortal Kombat system. Each pillar has a specific theme and condition. By beating a pillar, the player earns a score, items, and more pillars.

Playable characters

Returning characters
New characters

Voice cast

Character Japanese dub FUNimation dub
Goku Masako Nozawa Sean Schemmel
Vegeta Ryo Horikawa Christopher R. Sabat
Piccolo Toshio Furukawa Christopher R. Sabat
Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Sonny Strait
Yamcha Tōru Furuya Christopher R. Sabat
Tien Hirotaka Suzuoki John Burgmeier
Chaozu Hiroko Emori Monika Antonelli
Kid Gohan Masako Nozawa Stephanie Nadolny
Teen Gohan Masako Nozawa Stephanie Nadolny
Gohan Masako Nozawa Kyle Hebert
Great Saiyaman Masako Nozawa Kyle Hebert
Trunks Takeshi Kusao Eric Vale
Kid Trunks Takeshi Kusao Laura Bailey
Goten Masako Nozawa Kara Edwards
Gotenks Masako Nozawa
Takeshi Kusao
Kara Edwards
Laura Bailey
Kara Edwards
Vegetto Masako Nozawa
Ryo Horikawa
Sean Schemmel
Christopher Sabat
Gogeta Masako Nozawa
Ryo Horikawa
Sean Schemmel
Christopher R. Sabat
Raditz Shigeru Chiba Justin Cook
Nappa Shōzō Iizuka Phil Parsons
Saibaman Tōru Furuya John Burgmeier
Zarbon Shō Hayami Christopher R. Sabat
Dodoria Yukitoshi Hori Chris Forbis
Kewie Kōji Totani Bill Townsley
Captain Ginyu Hideyuki Hori Brice Armstrong
Recoome Kenji Utsumi Christopher R. Sabat
Butta Yukimasa Kishino Christopher R. Sabat
Jheese Kazumi Tanaka Christopher R. Sabat
Ghurd Kōzō Shioya Bill Townsley
Frieza Ryūsei Nakao Linda Young
No. 13 Moriya Endō Chuck Huber
No. 16 Hikaru Midorikawa Jeremy Inman
No. 17 Shigeru Nakahara Chuck Huber
No. 18 Miki Itō Meredith McCoy
No. 19 Yukitoshi Hori Phillip Wilburn
Dr. Gero Kōji Yada Kent Williams
Cell Norio Wakamoto Dameon Clarke (credited as Dartanian Nickleback)
Cell Jr. Hirotaka Suzuoki Justin Cook
Dabura Ryūzaburō Ōtomo Rick Robertson
Fat Boo Kōzō Shioya Josh Martin
Evil Boo Kōzō Shioya Josh Martin
Super Boo Kōzō Shioya Justin Cook
Kid Boo Kōzō Shioya Josh Martin
Hercule Daisuke Gōri Chris Rager
Videl Yūko Minaguchi Kara Edwards
Shin Yūji Mitsuya Kent Williams
Kibito Kai Yūji Mitsuya Kent Williams
Bardock Masako Nozawa Sonny Strait
Garlic Jr. Shigeru Chiba Chuck Huber
Turles Masako Nozawa Chris Patton
Slug Yūsaku Yara Brice Armstrong
Cooler Ryūsei Nakao Andrew Chandler
Salza Shō Hayami Michael Marco
Broly Bin Shimada Vic Mignogna
Bojack Tesshō Genda Bob Carter
Zangya Tomoko Maruo Colleen Clinkenbeard
Pikkon Hikaru Midorikawa Kyle Hebert
Janemba Tesshō Genda Jim Foronda
Super Janemba Tesshō Genda Kent Williams
Tapion Hiro Yūki Jason Liebrecht
Hirudegarn Shin Aomori Robert McCollum
Pan Yūko Minaguchi Elise Baughman
Gill Shinobu Satouchi Sonny Strait
Oob Atsushi Kisaichi Sean Michael Teague
Vegeta Baby Yusuke Numata Mike McFarland
Super No. 17 Shigeru Nakahara Chuck Huber
Syn Shen Long/Omega Shen Long Hidekatsu Shibata Bob Carter/Christopher R. Sabat
Great Ape Yasuhiko Kawazu Shane Ray
Goku (Kid) Masako Nozawa Stephanie Nadolny
Master Roshi Hiroshi Masuoka Mike McFarland
Grandpa Son Gohan Osamu Saka Christopher R. Sabat
Yajirobe Mayumi Tanaka Mike McFarland
Tao Pai Pai Chikao Ōtsuka Kent Williams
Emperor Pilaf Shigeru Chiba Chuck Huber
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Tiffany Vollmer
Bulla Hiromi Tsuru Brina Palencia
Mister Popo Toku Nishio Christopher R. Sabat
Old Kaioshin Reizō Nomoto Kent Williams
Babidi Jōji Yanami Duncan Brannan
Chichi Naoko Watanabe Cynthia Cranz
Puar Naoko Watanabe Monika Antonelli
Korin Naoki Tatsuta Christopher R. Sabat
Kaio Jōji Yanami Sean Schemmel
Uranai Baba Mayumi Tanaka Linda Young
Shenron Kenji Utsumi Christopher R. Sabat
Porunga Junpei Takiguchi Christopher R. Sabat
Narrator Jōji Yanami Kyle Hebert

Reception

Reviews and awards
Publication Score
PS2 version
VG Resource Center 7.5 of 10[2]
IGN 8.3 of 10[3]
1UP 8 of 10[4]
Yahoo! Games 3.5 of 5[5]
GameZone 8.1 of 10[6]
Gamespot 6.5 of 10[7]
Wii version
IGN 8.3 of 10[8]
Game Trailers 8 of 10[9]
Review compilations (PS2 Version)
Game Rankings 76.3% (based on 40 reviews)[10]
Metacritic 78% (based on 16 reviews)[11]
Review compilations (Wii Version)
Game Rankings 72.9% (based on 32 reviews)[12]
Metacritic 76% (based on 7 reviews)[13]

Critical reaction has been mixed. Numerous reviews praised the game's high fighter count and detailed cel-shaded graphics, as well as the high amount of fan-service to DBZ fans. Some people, however, have taken issue with the game's complex controls. Mark Bozon at IGN said "The sheer speed and complexity of the controls may turn some people off, but the general combat will eventually come down to two buttons, making the game amazingly easy to learn, but nearly impossible to fully master." Many have said that the game is a "DBZ fan's wet dream", with VGRC.net stating "non-DBZ fighting game fans might even want to give it a spin as well." The game received the 'Best Fighting Game of the Year' award from X-Play, which is surprising since most Dragon Ball Z games are rated from mediocre to poor in their ranking system. The only notable exception is Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 which received a four out of five. This game also received a four out of five from X-Play.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Unlike its predecessor, Budokai Tenkaichi 2 refers to Bulla by her correct English name.
  • In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi, sometimes before a battle Jeice will say, "Don't play stupid with me, wanker!" The word "wanker" is cut out of Budokai Tenkaichi 2 and Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, though the letter 'w' can clearly be heard spoken after he says, "Don't play stupid with me!"
  • In the What If Saga Beautiful Treachery, in one scene the English narrator says, "Suddenly, Goku vanished. Krillin had used the Dragon Balls to teleport him back to Earth." But the text box incorrectly says, "Right after, Goku disappeared. Actually, Krillin had asked Shenron for Instant Transmission."
  • In the What If Saga Destined Rivals, Hercule fights 18 just like he does in the final round of the tournament in the anime except in this "what if" story, the tournament proceeds as planned.
  • This is the first game to include filler characters, such as Pikkon and Garlic Jr. However, both appear in films and are placed with the film characters (though Garlic Jr.'s role in the game was that of the anime).
  • Full 3D models of Fortuneteller Baba, Babidi, and Old Kai appear in Adventure Mode.
  • Though the names of all the characters are spelled right on the character selection screen, some text boxes incorrectly spell Vegito's name "Vegeto".
  • On the Wii version of the game, the case says that you can only play with the Wii Remote and the Nunchuck or the Classic Controller. In the game, you can play with the Wii Remote and the Nunchuck, the Classic Controller, or the GameCube Controller.
  • When in tournaments, Supreme Kai's and Kibitoshin's names in the text box appearing just before and after battle read "Shin", the identity he enters the 25th World Tournament under.
  • For comical relief, the Dragon Ball GT part of Adventure Mode ended with Goku as an adult deciding to have lunch and Vegeta mentioning his annoying behavior as if nothing happened.
  • If Zangya is matched with Android 18, Zangya will say, "Your man is kinda cute". In response, Android 18 calls Zangya a "skank". This was removed in Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
  • If Super Sayain 3 Gotenks is tagged out in a tag battle, he will say "Peanut-butter jelly time!" as a reference to the popular Internet meme.
  • If Zangya beats Krillin or Master Roshi, she says, "Don't cha wish your girlfriend was tough like me? Don't cha?" based on the song by the Pussycat Dolls and Busta Rhymes.
  • Early videos of the game showed health bars identical to that of the first Budokai Tenkaichi game, as well as Goku being able to transform into a Super Saiyan 4. However, the health bar was changed and SS4 Goku was made a separate character before the game's release.

References

  1. IGN interview with Atari
  2. VGRC review of DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (PS2). URL retrieved 2 December 2006.
  3. IGN review of DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (PS2). URL retrieved 2 December 2006.
  4. 1UP review of DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (PS2). URL retrieved 2 December 2006.
  5. Yahoo! Games review of DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (PS2). URL retrieved 2 December 2006.
  6. GameZone review of DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (PS2). URL retrieved 2 December 2006.
  7. Gamespot review of DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (PS2). URL retrieved 6 December 2006.
  8. IGN review of DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (Wii). URL retrieved 2 December 2006.
  9. Game Trailers review of DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (Wii). URL retrieved 15 November 2006.
  10. GameRankings.com page for DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (PS2). URL retrieved 2 December 2006.
  11. Metacritic on DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (PS2). URL accessed 2 December 2006.
  12. GameRankings.com page for DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (Wii). URL retrieved December 2 2006.
  13. Metacritic on DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (PS2). URL accessed 2 December 2006.

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