Namco Bandai invited GGUK to their offices to try out a couple of their titles coming out this autumn.
The first game I tried out was â€˜Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2â€™ developed by Spike, which is the sequel to the 2009 game, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast. Iâ€™ve never played any of the Dragon Ball games before, so I was a little uncertain what to expect. Basically itâ€™s a fighting game in which you control one of around 90 playable characters, each with their very own unique signature moves and features. Each battle unfolds on one of 14 battlefields, including four new ones not found in the last game. The game is a standard fighting game with a variety of Saiyan powers added in. Players engage in hand to hand combat involving fast paced and hard hitting action. Each environment has a certain amount of destructible scenery; you can throw and smash your opponents into large rocks causing massive craters in the earth using your unique super powers. Players can command loads of super attacks and even learn to harness the power of the new ‘Raging Soul’ system, which further increases their characters combat abilities to a higher level. Pursuit Attacks allows players to initiate attack combo strings with a string of devastating strikes throughout the environment.
During battle, the combat scenes are played out in slow motion at the time of impact, which does a good job of letting the player absorb the damage and destruction of battle. The camera work is well done, allowing the player to easily follow both competitors on the screen. For the fans of the Dragon Ball series, the story mode has been slightly expanded allowing the player to immerse themselves in familiar battle scenes from the popular anime.
I played through around 10 of the characters. Each of them had their very own moves and youâ€™ve got to be pretty clued up about how each of those characters move and learn their special attacks. Each battle flows quite fluidly and has an easy to get into format. The animation and characters are more detailed and include additional unlockable characters. Players can play through the all new ‘Galaxy’ mode to clear a selection of battles, or face off against another player in either the offline ‘Versus’ mode or one of the online modes – such as ‘World Tournament’ where the player can battle to be ranked a top player in the world. The game also features original Japanese voices and you can switch between them at any point. Included in the bonus content is over 300 still images from the anime for players to cast their eyes over. Online play allows up to 16 players and Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 will feature a brand new 30 minute episode of the Dragon Ball anime on the game. This fast paced, hard hitting battle game will be released on the 5th November 2010 on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
I also got the chance to check out Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, which is the sequel to Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm, developed by CyberConnect2. Our famous ninja Naruto makes his way into the Naurto world in this free roaming action adventure. Players can choose to play the story out through the eyes of Naruto, Kakashi or Sakura, each working through a different storyline and different fights, offering players a different experience with each character. Each stage of the game has incredible environments and exciting HD graphics, with real time animation added into battles for full effect.
Players wander Hidden Leaf Village, interacting with various characters from the Naruto world. Hidden Leaf Village is the largest and most powerful of all Hidden Shinobi Villages and you can tell this as soon as you start wandering around, itâ€™s so vast. Players will be given special objectives to complete and battle it out on the training fields with Kakashi Sensei. There are 18 interactive and destructible battle stages with dramatic boss battles to contend with and players will be able to learn a selection of special techniques, allowing them to relive the legendary battles of the Naruto world. Fans of the anime series can enjoy the team special techniques and terrible awakening modes.
With more than 40 playable characters to choose from, itâ€™s easy to see why Naruto fans may choose this game. Game play modes included are free battle, 1P versus COM, 1P Versus 2P and Com versus Com. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 is due out this autumn on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.