If you're a fan of Dragon Ball or fist-fighting anime action, then Raging Blast 2 is a must. It's a visually faithful, visceral 3D fighting game with a huge roster of characters from the far-flung reaches of Dragon Ball lore. It has its quirks, namely a not-so-intuitive control scheme and poor story mode, but the frankly insane action and terrific cel-shaded visuals help to alleviate whatever problems you may encounter. The PS3 version is only £17.95 at Zavvi.
I quite enjoyed Raging Blast 2, and you can read up on that in my review above. It's really a game for fans, not the uninitiated who don't know what a dragon ball or saiyan is. But the combat system is deep, and it is an ambitious take on the rather stale fighting genre stage. So if you're interest, ShopTo have slashed the price on Raging Blast 2 to just £22.85. That's a pretty decent price, not quite a barnstorming steal, but not bad if you're in the market for a decent fighting game and simply can't wait for Marvel Vs Capcom 3.
Whether or not you like Dragon Ball: Raging Blast II depends on your allegiance to said franchise. If, perhaps, you're coming off New Vegas and expect sharp writing and an intriguing plot, I'm afraid Raging Blast II has neither. If you're a Street Fighter, Tekken or Soul Caliber fan, looking to sate your combative urges with a complex but balanced experience, again, Raging Blast II isn't for you.
But, if like me, you're a fan of the Dragon Ball universe, it's cast of vegetable-named characters, its constant resupply of impossibly powerful villians, and its were-apes and instant blond hairdos, then you're in luck. Raging Blast II is a true Dragon Ball experience, and if you can ignore its shortcomings, it's quite a fun and often hilarious diversion.
Raging Blast II comes loaded with the anime 'Plan to Eradicate the Super-Saiyans', which should fill you in on what Dragon Ball is all about. The game itself isn't very interested in a story. With the 'Galaxy Mode', you pick a character from the 90-strong roster, and advance through a series of tiered stages, with each successful bout unlocking the next opponent.
However, while Raging Blast II lacks a compelling, or even watchable, storyline, it has successfully carried the anime characters into the interactive realm. Each character, from fan-favourite Goku, all the way to obscure villians like Meta-Cooler, looks, sounds and feels the part. You can perform a string of hand-to-hand attacks, flurries of blows and kicks which send your opponent flying across the destructible stages, and can also pull off powerful ki-based attacks, like Goku's trademark Ka-Me-Ha-Me-Hah.Click here to read the rest of Felix's review...