Thursday, August 20, 2009

Games Played 07/23/2009


Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Dragon Ball Densetsu (1996)
Developer: Bandai
Platform: SegaSaturn
Purchase Date: 12/26/1996

It looks like Gohan has forgotten to do his homework again.

Bandai's split screen Dragon Ball Z games are fun and unique but after repeating that design many times over, they decided to do a complete gameplay overhaul with the release of Idainaru Dragon Ball Densetsu. This game features 2D sprites on a 3D battlefields and I remember how confusing it was to play the game when I first brought it home. The player can switch between three characters on the fly and the game is all about filling up the "Power Balance" meter located at the bottom of the screen. Each successful attack against your opponent will tip the balance in your favor and once it is filled, your character would then perform a cinematic special move towards the targeted foe. The good thing here is that the fighting is hectic and the high speed melee attacks mimic the intense battle found in the anime. The bad news is that all the characters feel generic because the game's only strategy is to rush towards your opponent and connect your attack combo to fill up the Power Balance meter quickly. The game gets repetitive very quickly and the cinematic finishers get tiresome to watch because 1) you are not performing them in real time and, 2) their excessive dramatics only yielded a small portion of damage on your enemy so they feel empty and lack the devastating impact that they should all have. The game can be fun when playing against a human opponent and there are many characters you can unlock by playing the game's story mode.

LIBRARY STATUS: 3 out of 5


Will44 said...

Man this makes me realize that I really need some Sega Saturn games. What are some cheap ones that are good?

Loner Gamer said...

Not sure about the price range but maybe you should start off with Nights: Into Dreams... but since you are shooter fan, saving up for Radiant Silvergun is not a bad idea. It will be worth the time and effort you put into getting it.