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Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team

By Duane Munn, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Cartoon violence galore, but no blood; for hardcore fans.

Game PSP 2010
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Most Dragon Ball-inspired games have been lackluster at best, but Tenkaichi Tag Team is a pleasant exception to the norm. Gamers don't control two characters, as in most traditional tag games, instead they control up to four players, paired into teams of two. This fighting within the game's 3D environments creates frenetic action that serves as the best virtual recreation yet of the anime's now-legendary brawls. Seriously, it's pretty cool to throw an energy attack at an opponent half a screen away, then watch two other fighters come crashing in-and-out of view before your attack lands. The game's control scheme also helps make this the most immersive Dragon Ball fighter in recent memory. It's easy to jump right in and begin duking it out, but pulling off complex attacks requires gamers to combine different attack commands simultaneously. Figuring out which combos will yield the best results can take some practice.

Unfortunately, the story mode is packed with dense, rambling dialogue. The nuances which shed light on why characters fight are easily overlooked, since they are sandwiched between the game's in-your-face fisticuffs and pyrotechnic gameplay. However, considering that the Dragon Ball Z anime also dedicates most of its air-time to massive one-on-one battles, children may be more interested in recreating their favorite fights from the cartoon, rather than re-watching the story of Goku and his friends. Toss in over 70 playable characters, loads of unlockables, and online multiplayer battles, and Tenkaichi Tag Team scores a knockout as one of the best Dragon Ball games released.

Online interaction: Up to four players can battle it out online, against friends or total strangers, in the game's Multiplayer mode. The game does not support voice-chatting.

Game Details

  • Platform: PSP
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Namco Bandai
  • Release date: October 19, 2010
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Cartoon Violence, Mild Language
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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