NYC COMIC CON: DragonBall Z: Battle of Z hands on

There has been many Dragon Ball Z video games but this one is a twist from the past games. I would say that the last great Dragon Ball Z video game was DBZ: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (also this game holds the world record for the most playable characters in a fighting video game) that has changed the series, but the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z turned out to be full of surprises.

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This game is the first in the series to introduce multiple characters fighting in one screen.

There are four different battle types for playable characters:

  • Fighting Type: skilled at close combat, can combo with melee attacks. Attack Type moves are Kaio-ken Attack, Dance of the Sword, Recoome Kick.
  • Ki Blast Type: skilled at long range battle, can make consecutive attacks using the GENKI Gauge. Ki Blast Type moves are Consecutive Energy Blast, Death Beam, Spirit Ball.
  • Support Type: powers such as health regeneration and support abilities. Support Type moves are Health Regain Blast, Fighting Pose.
  • Interference Type: adept at abilities that interfere with the enemy’s movements. Interference Type moves are Solar Flare, Chocolate Beam, Drain Energy.

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There is a system that allows players to modify characters using ability cards. By collecting and equipping cards, characters that might not be suited to battle can be boosted to make them more capable. Alternatively, they can be given abilities that make their natural strengths more pronounced.

I was using team Goku to go against team Cell. The controls were kind of stiff but I guess the developers will fix it around in the coming months. The animations and attention to detail is great, too, along with the tricky AI, which is very responsive to the commands and power up attacks. The playable characters can be victorious at high-speed battles on the ground and in the air. The game’s key feature is team battle action of four versus four. Teammates share a special energy meter called GENKI Gauge: this meter increases when attacking opponents and, when filled, an ultimate attack can be performed. As I said about the battle types before, it works for situations where you would like to get the upper hand on you’re opponent. When you’re allies perform the different actions, it gave me a split second to think of what to do next and how to attack the opponents by surprise. Any of the allies can decide to give or use energy from the gauge in order to perform an attack.  Playable characters can team up to perform techniques such as Synchro Rush, Meteor Chain, and Revive Soul.

Overall, this game looks great and it plays very well. I will get a copy once it releases on March 31, 2014 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PS Vita.

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Majesco Entertainment Wants to Hear the Crowd Roar With Hulk Hogan’s Main Event Available Only on Kinect for Xbox 360

Hulkamaniacs of all ages are guaranteed over-the-top fun in their living room ring

EDISON, N.J. – October 11, 2011 – Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, announced today the first full-body motion wrestling game, Hulk Hogan’s Main Event, is available now only on Kinect™ for Xbox 360®! Transform your living room into a wrestling ring and train with Hulk Hogan as he schools you on the best jaw-dropping moves and stunts to win over the crowd and defeat your opponent in spectacular style.

“Hulkamaniacs everywhere should get off the couch and rule the ring with Hulk Hogan’s Main Event, where I’m going to teach you all to perform for the crowd and compete in the ring as wrestling superstars,” said Hulk Hogan.

Wrestling icon, TNA’s IMPACT WRESTLING Superstar, and global sensation Hulk Hogan serves as your mentor and trainer helping build your wrestling personality while teaching you the art of showmanship. Entertain cheering fans with punishing combos and brutal stunts like the chair hit that will knock your opponent out of the ring. The crazier and wilder your motions, the more high-impact your wrestling performance will be!

“We are bringing the world of pro-wrestling to life with this dynamic and fun, full-body wrestling game,” said Jesse Sutton, CEO, Majesco Entertainment. “We can’t wait for Hulk fanatics to get their hands on this game and be schooled by arguably the most well-known wrestler in the world–the Hulkster!”

Additional Hulk Hogan’s Main Event features include:

Create your king of the ring by choosing from different body types, faces, hair styles, tattoos, gear and more.
Choose from nine thrilling venues including the Backyard, Uprising and Inferno stadium.
Xbox LIVE® Leaderboards showcase ‘Stunt of the Day’ and ‘All Time Best Stunts’ from players nationwide.
Multiple Gameplay Modes extend the challenge:

  • Campaign: Work your way from backyard matches to the big stage while keeping the crowd on their feet.
  • Head-to-Head: Take turns delivering punishing combos with help from a friend.
  • Quick Stunt: Practice any extreme stunt before primetime in the ring.
  • Hardcore: Fight tough-to-beat opponents under the extreme difficulty setting.
  • Tutorial: Learn basic moves and special stunts to win the match.
  • Replay Highlights: Relive your best stunts in slow motion to revel in your glory days.

Developed by Panic Button LLC and rated T for Teen, Hulk Hogan’s Main Event only on Kinect for Xbox 360 is now available for the suggested retail price of $49.99. To watch the launch trailer and find out more, please visit www.hulkhogansmainevent.com.