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Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team

Platform(s): PSP
Genre: Action
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Developer: Spike
Release Date: Oct. 19, 2010 (US), Oct. 22, 2010 (EU)


PSP Preview - 'Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team'

by Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen on June 16, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT

For the first time ever Dragon Ball Z fans can enter into high-impact two vs. two combat in Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team. Play solo or team up via Ad Hoc mode to tackle memorable battles in a variety of single player and multiplayer modes, including Dragon Walker, Battle 100, and Survival Mode.

Over the past decade, the Dragon Ball series has seen quite the collection of video games — at least until Dragon Ball Z Kai came out.  The latest entries stick to the older stories and cover a classic again, only better than before.

Those who have enjoyed most of the DBZ games will find a lot of comparable territory in Dragon Ball: Tenkaichi Tag Team, including the over-the-shoulder camera from the Tenkaichi series and the massive array of characters. In addition to moving on to the variations from Tenkaichi, Tenkaichi Tag Team for the PSP also throws in a serious format change by providing for two-on-two play. In spite of the name, the combat isn't tag-team. All four characters are out on the field at once, and you switch targets, similar to some of the Naruto games, to keep to the same over-the-shoulder camera.

The game also provides for some character customization. Although details weren't shown on floor, different transformations are counted in the 70 character total, though the game also goes into all-new, expanded-universe characters from Toriyama's secret universe tome.

The biggest thing that jumped out at me, though, was the appearance. The game handles smoothly and keeps the look of the series better than previous PSP entries have.

Dragon Ball fighters rarely disappoint, so Dragon Ball: Tenkaichi Tag Team for the PSP should turn out to be a worthy entry in the series.

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