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'Dragon Ball Z: Budokai' (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Thomas on Dec. 4, 2002 @ 4:17 p.m. PST

Achieving an incredible convergence between one of the leading anime and television properties ever created and the interactive entertainment world, Infogrames, Inc. today announced that it has shipped Dragon Ball Z: Budokai for the PS2. Already heralded for its authenticity, depth and excitement, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai is hitting store shelves in time for the holiday season.
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai spans from the Saiyan Saga through Cell Games and allows players to experience the fantastic confrontations that define the Dragon Ball Z universe. Choose from five heart-pounding fighting modes, including Story Mode, where players reenact some of the most exciting fighting scenes from the animated series, and Tournament Mode, where players can face off to crown a single Dragon Ball Z fighting champion.

A true parallel to the television series, which was the top rated show among all U.S. cable TV programs for boys 9-14, tweens 9-14 and men 12-24 during this season's launch lineup, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai puts players in some of the show's most intense battles and heightens the star quality of the game via the inclusion of the actual voice actors from the show. To date, the Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z & Dragon Ball GT franchises have generated more than three billion dollars in related merchandising and over 500 animated TV episodes.

"Never before has there been a Dragon Ball Z game that is as true to the property as Dragon Ball Z: Budokai," said Paul Rinde, senior vice president of Infogrames. "The effort and attention to detail will be a huge payoff for fans as Dragon Ball Z: Budokai truly recreates the epic storyline of the Dragon Ball Z series in the interactive realm."

Chris Sabat, the Voice Director of Dragon Ball Z and the voice of Vegeta, Piccolo, and Yamcha, added, "To be able to actually step inside the DBZ universe, controlling your favorite character's moves, his attacks, in his voice, is a completely surreal experience. The battle/duel section of the game is worth the price of the game itself."

Featuring 23 of the most famous Dragon Ball Z heroes and villains in full 3D, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai spans 29 levels, and features over 60 different combo moves per character, including some of their infamous signature attacks from the animated series.

Developed by Dimps, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai is currently available for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system at a suggested retail price of $49.99 and rated "T" for Teen. For more information on this title, please visit the official web site.

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