Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 Playtest: Revenge Of The Sphere Grid

By Spencer . November 1, 2010 . 10:18pm

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Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 retells the story of Dragon Ball Z with a giant, multi-character connecting, sphere grid. Namco Bandai calls it Galaxy Mode and that’s what you’re going to play to unlock the bulk of Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 characters.


Galaxy Mode drops cutscenes that setup the story and goes straight to fights. It’s more arcade-like than the single player mode of other Dragon Ball games. Diehard fans don’t have to watch Piccolo shoot Goku and Raditz with his special beam cannon for the 9000th time. On the other hand, casual Dragon Ball fans may be scratching their heads wondering who some of the 100 characters in the game are. Each fighter has their own path to follow with preset fights ranging in difficulty from easy to ultimate. As the difficulty level increases, computer controlled enemies get stat boosts or you have to fight multiple opponents with only one character. Galaxy Mode, compared to the other Dragon Ball games, covers more characters. You can play through missions as villains like Turles and lesser characters like Saibaman. Winning fights can unlock missions on another character’s galaxy grid and character customization items. Other modes like the world tournament, quick battles, a tutorial (set in Galaxy Mode) and online play from Raging Blast return in the sequel.



Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 uses the same rush & smash combo system from Raging Blast too. Every character has the same basic set of combos. Square (on PS3) throws out a string of punches and kicks. Break the chain with triangle for a smash attack. Depending on when you press triangle, you can turn an enemy around, hit them with a flurry of fists or make them stagger for a second. The circle button is reserved for character specific attacks. You can still send enemies flying across the battlefield with a well-timed charge attack, but recovery is a bit different since you mash buttons instead of spinning the analog stick. The stick spinning motion comes into play when two special moves beam attacks clash. Specials are still the most damaging moves in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2. Battles usually come down to ki fights, but the newly introduced Raging Soul system changes that a bit.


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The Raging Soul system makes melee attacks more useful. To activate it you need to max out your ki meter and high tension gauge, usually done by charging. Once both bars are full hitting a button switches you into Raging Soul mode (plus changes the music to the opening theme song) where hand-to-hand attacks chain easier and deal more damage. If an enemy runs away you can teleport to them to keep pressure on. Raging Soul combos can be evaded by swaying and vanishing so this isn’t a super mode. The downside about Raging Soul is you cannot use any super or ultimate moves while its active. Also, you lose all of your ki afterwards. It feels like Spike developed this system to give players a choice between pummeling an enemy with energy blasts or just plain pummeling them.


Spike also fixed the camera issues that plagued the first game and gave the world a CG coat of paint. While a working camera is nice (and should’ve been in Raging Blast in the first place), Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 is more like a Raging Blast roster update with Ultimate Gohan as a highlight.



OK, a roster update with a mini-anime movie to watch. A remake of Dragon Ball: The Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans is included on every game disc. Flip over to the museum to watch it with Japanese voice acting and English subtitles. The animation has a bout with Goku, Future Trunks, Vegeta, Turles, Cooler, and even Frieza in a fight. Hatchiyack is the main villain and after watching the OVA you unlock him for use in the game.


How much you’re going to enjoy this or not comes down to how much you liked Dragon Ball: Raging Blast (or not). Aside from a working camera, the mechanics are the same, but the character lineup is different.

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  • joesz

    then which one should be bought? this or naruto ninja strom 2? my budget is bad momentarily,so I can only choose one.

    • kupomogli

      Which prequel do you own? If you already own Raging Blast then buy Naruto Ninja Storm 2. I’ve never played the original Naruto Ninja Storm, but I’d assume if you own that, then buy Raging Blast 2.If you own Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and don’t plan to play online multiplayer on Raging Blast 2 then stick with BT3, it’s altogether the better game.

      • joesz

        I own the prequel to raging blast 2.well I guess I will be buying ninja storm 2.
        Thanks for this btw

        And yes bt3 is the best in the whole franchise!

      • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

        How is BT3 better than this? This is basically the HD version with fixed camera problems and without all the clone characters that no one played as

    • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja: Storm 2 is the one that should be bought. Based on this reading of the playtest, Storm 2 excels on just about every level.

      • joesz

        will do! actually ninja storm 2 was in my mind since the beginning but this topic took me out from my path of righteous.

  • Well if the game goes through the entire DBZ storyline then I may consider it. It may just be the urging I need to finally get through DBZ beyond the Frieza arc (Im still shocked that they didnt end DBZ with that arc, it was so epic).

    • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

      The first one went through the entire storyline. This one will without a doubt

  • Errick

    Picking this up today just completed Storm 2 last night need some more anime fighting games

    • Guest

      Fist of the North Star comes out today. I’m getting that instead of this

    • I hope youre not one of the ones to trade in Storm 2 for Raging Blast 2! :(

      • Errick

        i wouldn’t do that i love storm 2 to much lol

  • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

    Mmmm, those screenshots look gorgeous. I’ll be picking this one up for sure. (<- Dragon Ball Otaku….)

  • GamerKT

    We all know why the cutscenes have been dropped… Those voice actors are sick of doing this, I swear. Does anyone know if they’re super-depressed about this or something? Despite getting a paycheck, it’s gotta suck.

  • shion16

    the most expensive OVA i ever bought

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