Throwback Game Review - Dragonball Z Shin Budokai: Another Road

People always ask me what #Anime based games do i like and the first one that normally pops in my mind (no it isn't this one but) Dragonball Z: Budokai 3 for PS2. When they ask what about a portable game, that's when I point at this one Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai: Another Road.
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Dragonball Z Shin Budokai: Another Road
Developer: Dimps
Publisher: Atari
Platform: PSP
Release Date:  March 20th 2007
ESRB: T

Overview
“The plot of this game is a brand new story revolving around Majin Buu being released in Future Trunks' Alternate Timeline. Like most of the Dragon Ball movies, Another Road is considered a side story to the Dragon Ball series.” – Via Dragonball wikia

What is it?
Dragonball Z Shin Budokai: Another Road is a fighting game that features characters from the ultra-popular manga series Dragonball. The game plays very similar to the Budokai Series from the PS2 era but unlike the PS2 games the story in this one is not canon to the main story line.


Key Features
-          Seven game modes (including a completely new story arc following the world of Trunks on his adventures against Majin Buu)
-          24 unique playable characters (the player can choose heroes and villains from Dragon Ball Z)
-          High-speed Ad-hoc battles with the universe's most powerful fighters
-          In-game transformations to make the battle even more intense
-          An improved fighting system with over 50 new fighting skills and ultimate attacks
-          Brand new power level-system in Story Mode
-          Network Battle
-          Able to change camera angles

Pros:
·         Graphics
·         Some nostalgic tunes from the series
·         Simple Controls
·         Decent amount of characters
·         Card leveling up system is kind of cool

Cons:
·         Story is meh
·         Overworld gameplay feels forced  and not very fun
·         Cut-Scenes or lack of… (you get still pop up pictures with voice and text)
·         Only local game play


My Thoughts:
To be honest I don’t like many games on the PlayStation Portable; I was an early adopter or the console but only had a few games that caught my interest. This game happened to be one that I seemed to keep around, so I guess that says something about it. IMO it is one of the better DBZ games, it is not Dragonball Z Budokai 3 (which I consider to be the best dbz game every made), but I still like it better that the Tenkaichi series.  Two things that Dragonball Z Shin Budokai: Another road seems to do really well is Graphics and Sound/ Audio. You get a real sense of authenticity while playing the game.   


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Recommendation:
I recommend this game to anime / manga fans especially ones that love Akira Toriyama’s Dragonball. If you are playing this game strictly because you love fighting games you will probably bore of it easily due to the drawn out text / voice sequences and overworld gameplay. The simplistic controls may and lack of online (infrastructure) may also be turn off. This game is rate T for mild language and animate violence.

Graphics: 4
Sound: 4.5
Gameplay: 4
Replay: 4
Average (Game Rankings): 3.2

Overall
19.7/25
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