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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi is a fighting game based on the long-running cartoon anime series Dragon Ball Z. As with most other entries in this video game franchise, this game is comprised of little more than constant battles between characters from the anime. Players can relive intense moments from the TV series in the game's story mode, or just fight against any other character in the game, with no context or story background. While there is no blood or physical signs of damage in the battles themselves, some of the images that appear after battle include characters with bruises or bloody scars. The dialogue also contains some mild cussing. Kids playing online can play with open chat, so they may be exposed to unpredictable language and inquiries.
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What's it about?
DRAGON BALL Z: ULTIMATE TENKAICHI follows the story of the Dragon Ball Z anime series and lets players live out some of the most memorable battles from the TV show. In the story mode, players engage in battle after battle, with short cutscenes interspersed between the action. There is also a mode that allows players to compete in battles without the story or cutscenes. During the one-on-one battles, players dole out a variety of attacks, some of which include hand-to-hand kicks and sword slashes though the more powerful attacks are fantastical combination moves that use magic spells and huge bursts of color and light.
Is it any good?
A game like Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi is no doubt geared to a specific audience. For the most part, only players who have played another game in the Dragon Ball Z series, or at least some other anime-inspired fighting game, will gravitate to this title. As such, it comes off as rather frustrating that the traditional skill-based fighting controls have been replaced with a system that focuses on luck. There is no strategy to performing a melee attack, since the outcome is played out like a game of "rock, paper, scissors." While this gameplay mechanic somewhat evens the playing field and allows novice players to have a better shot at winning, it will no doubt provide some frustration to the more seasoned fighting game aficionados.
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