[CONSOLE] NEC PC-Engine CD Game
Dragon Ball Z - Idainaru Son Gokuu Densetsu © 1994 Bandai.
Dragon Ball Z is a fighting game based on the first Dragon Ball TV series, itself adapted from the popular comic created by Akira Toriyama. The game follows the adventures of the young and monkey-tailed Son Goku with outstanding full-screen animated cutscenes and gets the player to fight the boy's first enemies of the series, some of whom will later become his friends - Tao Pai Pai, Tienshinhan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Freeza and finally the evil Cell. However, Dragon Ball Z is not your usual fighting game and the player will need some training to get used to the interface and game mechanics. Controls are not what anyone would expect - no punching nor kicking. Instead, each fight uses a sort of 'real time/round based' recipe where most of the game's strategy is about charging up energy (by pressing both buttons at the same time) and avoiding being hit by constantly moving in the opposite direction of the opponent, or by blocking any attacks by pressing the (II) button. Then, at the right time, the player moves in and attack with the (I) button. But things are not that easy and straight forward - the up and down directions allow to switch from four different color coded action modes - Attack (Red), Accumulate Energy (Green), Blocking (Black) or Energy Blast (Blue). Finally, when the opponent has received enough damage, the player is able to unleash a special attack by combining two Kana signs. The game offers a lot more unique features but only time and patience will let non Japanese speaking players fully enjoy the rest of them.