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August 22 2009
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
30/10/2009Namco BandaiNamco BandaiSpike
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
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Dragon Ball: Raging Blast on PS3.
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Getting smashed into the wall.

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There are some nice visual effects.
Announced in May 2009 this latest Dragon Ball game is actually due out in a few short months, October 2009 to be exact. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast is actually a part of the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi but due to the franchise dropping the "Z" in Japan, and other reason the name has undergone a change for this title.

It should be pretty evident that this is a fighting game. Set across ten stages the game uses a similar fighting system to previous games in the franchise. Fighters will not even move around the 3D levels, but can also take to the skies to do battle. One thing the power of the next-gen systems has allowed is for arenas much larger then previous games with multiple areas to battle in. Indeed these areas are accessed through the new "Super Rising" moves which allows more variety in the battle stages and lets players explore new areas of the Dragon Ball universe.

Dragon Ball Raging Blast isn't just an offline game though as there will be a 16-player online "Budokai Tournament". Naturally it will also be possible to enter one-on-one battles. The online modes will even include a spectator mode so you can rate other gamers from around the globe.

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Taking the battle to the skies.
At this stage there have been quite a few characters, and variations either announced or seen in trailers and screenshots. Indeed Namco Bandai have confirmed that Dragon Ball Raging Blast will include 40-50 characters without transformations and 80 characters with transformations. In addition there will be 2-3 costumes per character. So let's get into the details...

Known characters in the game include Goku (Early) (Base), Goku (Mid) (Base, Super Saiyan), Goku (End) (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3), Vegito (Base, Super Saiyan), Kid Gohan, Teen Gohan (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2), Gohan (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Great Saiyaman), Ultimate Gohan, Goten (Base, Super Saiyan, Gotenks (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 3), Piccolo, Vegeta (Scouter) (Base), Vegeta (Base, Super Saiyan, Ascended Super Saiyan), Vegeta (End) (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Vegito (Base, Super Saiyan), Majin Vegeta, Krillin, Tien, Chiaotzu, Yamcha, Frieza (1st Form, 2nd Form, 3rd Form, Final Form, 100% Full Power), Cell (Imperfect, Semi-Perfect, Perfect, Super Perfect), Trunks (Sword) (Base, Super Saiyan), Trunks (Base, Super Saiyan, Ultra Super Saiyan), Kid Trunks (Base, Super Saiyan, Gotenks (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 3), Android 16, Android 17, Android 18, Kid Buu, Super Buu (Base, Gotenks absorbed, Gohan absorbed), Fat Buu, Raditz, Nappa, Captain Ginyu, Jeice, Burter, Recoome, and Broly (Legendary Super Saiyan).

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Another Dragon Ball: Raging Blast screen.
Graphically this isn't the best looking game, there's no question about that, but what it does do is replicate the look of the cartoons and for the very first time includes facial expressions and animations. There are some nice visual effects, and we can bet there will be some great cut-scenes as well. If there's a smooth frame rate then that's all we can really ask for.

Admittedly I've never been a part of the DragonBall phenomenon. It's not that I dislike it, I've just never checked out enough to become a fan. Still, I know there are legions of followers around the world and this latest title in the series is sure to generate quite a bit of interest. The game is currently due out in late October so fans will be able to get their fix in time for Christmas.