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Feb. 5, 2006
Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - PSP Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
26/5/2006AtariDimps1-2$69.95

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It's a classic DBZ battle.
It was only a couple of months ago that we reviewed Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi - by far the best game in the series to date. While that game isn't coming to the PSP, the PSP is getting a Dragon Ball Z game, and is one which will have millions of fans the world over drooling with every scrap of information - including the very exciting prospect of playing this game over Wi-fi. Well, we have that information, and the first screens of the game so sit back, and get ready to be excited.

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PSP graphics are spectacular.
While the storyline for Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai hasn't been divulged as yet you can bet your bottom dollar that the developers, which haven't been confirmed as yet, and BanDai will ensure that the game ties into the mythos of the series. In terms of the actual gameplay the game will include counter-attacks, super high-speed bouts, flight and Ki (energy) management. In single player mode players will be able to challenge some of the most evil characters ever seen in a comic-based video game, or to play as the bad guys themselves and become the most feared and powerful warrior in the universe.

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Taking the battle to the skies.
Of course there is one area where gamers will be most excited by this game, the inclusion of Wi-Fi gameplay. Cyril Voiron, Marketing Director of Atari Europe states that "Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai is a must have for all fans of the PS2 games and a perfect fit for the WiFi multiplayer capabilities of PSP. With the handheld portability of PSP, for the first time players have unparalleled opportunities for battling with friends any time and any place to become the number one DBZ fighter."

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Strike him down.
Alongside the breathtaking high-speed WiFi multiplayer combat, other features include a choice of 18 playable characters including prize fighter Pikkon, a Revamped version of the acclaimed 'Saiyan Overdrive' fighting system, the ability to perform in-game transformations to more powerful forms, an all-new stage from the Janemba movie, and a total of seven game modes including compelling story mode.

There isn't really much other information about Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai as yet, but you can bet that we will cover the game in more detail as its late May release approaches.