Dragonball Z – Buyū Retsuden is a 2D fighting game made for the Sega Megadrive that, oddly enough, not only had a Japan release, but a French release that only went to a few countries titled Dragon Ball Z: L’appel Du Destin. This game doesn’t follow the story that strongly and is far more focused on the fighting itself. If we were to give it a real timeline though, it takes place mid-Frieza saga and ends with the Cell Saga. There’s a fine character selection to choose from. It’s not very large, but for what it’s worth they chose characters that are relatively important to the series. You have the typical Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Trunks, Frieza, Android 18, and Perfect Cell, but we also get Captain Ginyu and Recoome as well, so it’s a nice mix of characters. The fighting engine is similar to that of the Super Budoten games on the Super Famicom, but I tend to lean more towards this release than the Super Famicom games. The fighting system isn’t perfect, but it could be a lot worse. Characters can battle in the air or on the ground based on the push of a button, however no matter where you are the characters move pretty much exactly the same so it doesn’t really feel that much different anyway. Unfortunately, like most early Dragonball games, there isn’t an English translation to be found through legal means, and if you find a translation through emulation, it probably won’t be that good. There are, however, better fighting games within the Dragonball franchise, which is why this game only hits at number 7.
Dragonball Z – Supersonic Warriors 2 is all around a better Dragonball game than both Buyū Retsuden. Supersonic Warriors 2 is a fighting game on the Nintendo DS that has you fighting in one on one or team battles and focuses mainly on air battles. The character selection of this game is very well done. You have a lot more characters to choose from in this game than you did in early fighting games and even in the game’s prequel. Not only is there a decent roster to choose from, but the characters you choose to play as all have some importance to the story in some form or another. You can even play as Cooler and Broly from the movies, as well as assign helper characters who do nothing but attack an enemy for you or heal you. During gameplay you can switch characters out using your stylus on the bottom screen. Choosing helper characters works in the same way. This is a great fighting game for on the go or even just to sit down and play with for a few hours. Unfortunately, a this game can only get you so far, and once you’ve done everything there isn’t much of a reason to pick this game up, which is why it only gets the number 6 position.
Dragonball Z – Hyper Dimension for the Super Famicom is a pretty decent fighting game that reminds me of a Fatal Fury 2 clone. The game primarily focuses on ground based fighting, but characters can jump into the background to attack opponents which is nothing new to anyone who has played a Fatal Fury game. Also, much akin to Fatal Fury 2 and Special characters have Desperation Moves, which are super moves that characters can do to cause a lot of damage when they are low on health. This game has a basic overview on the three main villains of DBZ, which are Frieza, Cell, and Majin Buu. Much like Buyū Retsuden, roster is pretty good. The roster focuses a little more on the Buu Saga than the other sagas however as all of the heroes are as they were by the end of the series, and the only real things of note dealing with previous sagas is that both Frieza and Cell are on the roster. While Supersonic Warriors 2 was an all around better Dragonball game than Buyū Retsuden, Hyper Dimension is an all around better fighting game. If it weren’t for the fact that this is a Dragonball Z game, it could probably stand on its own as a good all around fighting game. That being said, this game has a “what you see is what you get” attitude since there is no unlockable content to really speak of, leaving this game at the number 5 position.
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