Improved controls in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3

By Spencer . July 19, 2007 . 3:16am

dbzbk31.jpgI wasn’t crazy about the motion controls in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2. The special move motions were simply moving the remote off screen, nothing like the demonstration videos where kids mimicked the Kamehameha motions. The other problem with it was overly complex for newcomers. Shaking the remote, pressing buttons and keeping the remote positioned at the sensor bar was overwhelming for someone who wanted try out the Wii game without a lecture.

 

For Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 the development team started from scratch and streamlined the controls. You don’t have to hold down Z + B to input blast commands for special attacks anymore. When you press and hold down a direction on the remote’s d-pad a figure pops up on the bottom left hand corner of the screen. The orange icon tells you the motion you need to make to do a special attack. Some of them should be instantly familiar to Dragon Ball Z fans like the hand motions for the Kamehameha and raising both hands in the sky to do a Spirit Bomb. Other motions include thrusting the remote forward, crossing your arms and pointing the remote to your chest.

 

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Adding in the little orange man was a brilliant idea. It allows the developers to incorporate unique motions without having to worry about training first time players. The best part is the controls felt responsive, unlike the awkward move the remote off the screen and bring it back set up that relied on the sensor bar. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 responds to the Wii’s accelerometers so you can move around when you fight. I played around with Goku first and I’m convinced Dragon Ball Z fans are going to like his remote movements. King Vegeta was next, he has the ability to turn into a giant ape and in this mode one of his supers knocks off a half of the other player’s life bar. Babidi was the last character I got to try out, he attacks with an orb.

 

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There is one more feature in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 that fans of the series are going to love. The Wii game is going to include online play through Nintendo Wi-Fi. When I was informed about this I asked about lag issues, a problem that plagues many online fighting games. Latency problems are still being ironed out and Atari didn’t mention any more details besides that they have been playing with online battles in their office. Only the Nintendo Wii version is going to have online play, a first for the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai series. The Playstation 2 release is left out of the online party, which means the Wii version is going to be the one to pick up when Atari releases Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 in November.


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  • http://retrov.wordpress.com Otaku1990

    I would have never thought that they’d add online features to the game but I’m very glad they did. The controls seem to be a lot better than in the previous installment, which is great. This will be my first Tenkaichi title. Good thing I waited.

  • Savory

    Awesome! I can’t believe they’re taking it online.
    I’m not much of a DBZ fan, but after playing BT2 on the Wii I had to buy it for the sheer fun factor. I’ve only played about half the story mode but now I’m thinking I might as well trade it in while its worth something and pick up the superior version in November.

  • http://dbzs.jp/meteor/ Aurélio

    NOT FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!! :( THE GAME ISN’T ON-LINE FOR THE PS2, I DON’T KNOW WHY…. BECAUSE THE PLAYSTATION 2 SYSTEM CAN PLAY ON-LINE GAMES….. AND I DON’T EVEN HAVE A WII…… :( :( :( :(

  • http://Porn? Eric

    This game will keep me busy for years.

    I picked up BT2 the DAY it came out, and I still play it everyday.

    This game is already superior to the previous one. I can’t wait!

  • TacoBeaver

    Aurélio its very fair that cuz u know how many things nintendo doesnt has and PS does and Sony gave insults to nintendo(the one that they copied from)examples:

    online in gc,DBZB3,DBZBT,InuYasha Feudal Combat,Yuyu Hakusho Tournament,Super DBZ,GTA(i dont like it but other people do),Banjo Kazoie 3,Naruto:Uzumaki Chronicles,Metal Gear Solid and Acid,Tekken,Soul Calibur I and III, Virtua Fighter,SingStar and I could say a lot more.

  • http://dbzs.jp/meteor/ Aurélio

    I THINK IT’S A GREAT IDEA TO HAVE IT ONLINE ON WII…. BUT WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY IS THAT SINCE DRAGON BALL Z BUDOKAI CAME OUT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR A DRAGON BALL Z ONLINE GAME FOR THE PS2…… NOT THAT I DONT LIKE NITENDO OR ANITHING…..
    ;)

  • marco

    i think they should make a trilogy of trilogies

  • http://siliconera william

    this game is going to be so awsome, it has my second favorite character in it nuava shenron

  • http://siliconera ari

    this is sweet ,androids # 17 and 18 got their old moves back and added some new ones their my favorite characters in dragonball/z/gt history

  • http://siliconera william

    scratch that comment, androids # 17 and 18 are my favorite characters

  • http://siliconera william

    dgyhj

  • sid

    the lag absolutely sucks, takes all the fun out of it, really big disapointment

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