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Ultimate Battle 22 Label

DBZ: Ultimate Battle 22

System: Sony PlayStation
Release Date: July, 1995

Game Description:
In this, the first Dragon Ball Z fighting game for a 32-bit video game system, you can fight as any one of 22 different characters from the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z television series, including Songoku, SonGohan, SonGoten, Chibi Trunks, Gotenks, Mirai Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, Tenshinhan, The Great Saiyaman, KaiOhShin, Vegeta, Zarbon, Recoom, Ginew, Freeza, Android No. 18, Android No. 16, Cell, Darbura, Majin Boo, Super Boo. With a secret code entered, you can also play as Mr. Satan, Kame-Sennin, Gogeta, SonGoku as a child, and Super Saiyan Level 3 SonGoku. That's 27 characters in all!

Game Review:
The number of characters you have to choose from in this game is unprecedented. Animation sequences precede every battle and change depending on who is fighting who. If it is a major battle from the series, such as Gotenks vs. Super Boo, then it mimics the occurance on the show. The character sprites are all cel animated by the show's actual animators. The scenery is 3-D rendered. Rather than using a line to split the screen when the characters are far a part, the characters are scaled down.

There is a tournament mode as usual, as well as a build up battle in which you can play through the game over and over, building up your chosen characters strength and then saving it to a memory card. Then you can battle it out with a buddy and his built up character.

The best thing about this game, however, is the opening animation, which shows all of the characters contained in the game. When the cheat code is entered, a special animation showing the 5 new characters is revealed.

The problem is, Ultimate Battle 22 's just not that fun to play. You can't really get very far away from your opponent, and the scaling of characters, while innovative, is less than effective. Special attacks do not stop all motion like they do in all other Dragon Ball Z games, and are not very spectacular. I really wanted to like this game, but it just falls short. It's not a terrible first generation fighting game for the PlayStation, but it's not that great, either.

Related Links:
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The Plus Side:
  • Characters drawn by animators from the TV series
  • 27 different characters to choose from
  • 3D environments
  • Great opening movie
The Negative Side:
  • Just not a very good fighting game
  • Characters only look different... they control about the same
  • Special attacks look wimpy

The title screen...sorry I don't have a better scanGotenks fighting Super BooGokenks talking smack before the fightAndroid No. 16 shooting off his fist in the opening movie

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