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  • Summary: Get ready, because evil isn't taking a break. Play as super hero or ultra villain in Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, the first-ever Dragon Ball Z game available for the PSP. In Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, you'll experience intense wireless multiplayer battles featuring the most thrilling aspects of DBZ combat, including melee and ranged attacks, counter-attacks, super high-speed bouts, and flight. Are you ready? Features high-speed wireless multiplayer battles featuring the universe's most powerful fighters; 18 playable characters, including prize fighter Pikkon; Revamped version of the acclaimed "Saiyan Overdrive" fighting system; In-game transformations to more powerful forms; All-new stage based on the Janemba movie; Seven game modes, including compelling story mode. [Atari] Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. The game isn’t half as technical as, say, Capcom’s Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max, but where SFA3 was complex, DBZ is just more accessible.
  2. Cartoon kick-punching to make your hair stand on end with pleasure. [July 2006, p.61]
  3. Though it's missing some of the stylish action that helped make Budokai 3 so exceptional, Shin Budokai still stands as a fun and accessible 3D fighter.
  4. Shin Budokai is miles better than Budokai 1 and 2. It still suffers a bit from being too simplistic, but still features much more depth than DBZ B1 and B2.
  5. Simple and satisfying combat with a control system that's well mapped to handheld - the only drawback is that it's shallow like a garden pond in August. [June 2006, p.86]
  6. 70
    Despite its lack of an online versus mode, Shin Budokai is a solid fighting game, even giving other PSP fighters -- namely Capcom's "Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX" and "Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower" -- a run for their money.
  7. Dragonball Z: Shin Budokai is as soft a beat-‘em-up as you’re likely to find and, worse still, one that offers nothing more than the previous games, aside from the fact that it’s on a portable console. [May 2006, p.130]

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