A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game is filled with violence -- just like the TV show it is based on -- and also contains suggestive sexual material that seems inappropriate for a game based on a cartoon.
Positive Role Models
The protagonists are clearly on the side of good and their motivations benevolent, but they fight and engage in violent behavior.
Ease of Play
Every action can be performed in two ways -- either with buttons or the by using the stylus on the DS's touchscreen. In almost every case, the buttons work better. Having the choice, however, should mean that everybody can find the control scheme that works best for him or her.
Violence & Scariness
This is a third-person action/fighting game in which the young hero, Goku, battles men, animals, and monsters with either bare fists and feet or a large staff. Some enemies will shoot beams or guns at him. And when Goku powers up, he can release a blast of energy at villains. When bad guys are defeated, they fall and fade away. While there is no blood shown during any of these fights -- which are reasonably tame by video game standards -- there is gushing, spurting blood in some of the storytelling cut scenes, including a man whose head spurts blood after it is bitten.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A female character, who wears a tube top and shorts throughout, makes multiple references to "perverts" and "doing something perverted." She also drops her top in front of an older male character, though she is only shown from behind while doing so. Another male character reads a magazine with a nude woman on the cover; the image is too small to show detail, but is obviously meant to be a nude woman.
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The words "hell," "damn," and "bastard" are used in the dialogue. There are also several comments about "perverts."
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Products & Purchases
This game is part of a lengthy series of games (and other merchandise) based around the Dragon Ball Z animated TV series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while Dragon Ball Origins 2 is based on a cartoon series that appeals to kids as young as 8 or 9, there are some very mature themes at play here. The game got a "T" (teen) rating for a reason. The playable action is, though violent, not much worse than what you'd find in a game with an "E10+" rating. It's the storyline and animated cut scenes and dialogue that raise the appropriate age limit here. Spurting blood and sexually suggestive scenes that have no impact on the gameplay can be found in the story sequences.
Is It Any Good?
Dragon Ball Origins 2 is one of the better Dragon Ball video games to date. There's a lot of frantic martial arts action, a nice exploration element with hidden treasure chests to search for, exciting boss battles, and a good tutorial method that allows you to learn nuanced controls as you advance through the story. It's the Dragon Ball game that many fans of the popular cartoon series have probably been waiting for -- which is ironic as this game is too violent and suggestive for the show's main fan base. The overly mature content, though, is housed entirely within the storytelling cut scenes; so what you've actually got here is an E10+ action game buried in a T-rated story.
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