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Scheduled release date:

November 10th, 2009

Publisher:

Namco Bandai

Developer:

Spike

Number Of Players:

1-2 (2 Online)

Genre:

Genre

Dragon Ball Z games have had no problem finding themselves in the hands of countless gamers ever since they've been brought back six years ago. Since then we've seen countless DBZ iterations and spin-offs launch on nearly every available mainstream console over the course of time. Last June we got Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, which was a pretty solid game and captured the essence of the cartoons very well, with the Saiyan and Cell Games arc. Now, comes Dragon Ball: Raging Blast as the follow up to Burst Limit.

Instead of three story arcs/sagas, Raging Blast encompasses the most pivotal and well known moments from the entire DB series, by boasting over 100 battles! On top of that, the game also features alternate outcomes that were, obviously, never included in the series. Now, you as you might expect, with over 100 battles, that must mean the game features a vast roster of fighters to cover all of these epic bouts that span the entire series. Over 70 playable characters will be made available to you, many of which are capable of transforming into their enhanced forms, making this the largest DB game to date.

10 interactive environments can be brought down to pieces as you unleash your powers on your opponents, slamming them into, or even through mountains, buildings, and much more. Raging Blast will offer you more freedom than Burst Limit did during its fights, further helping to really blur the line between the cartoon and the game.

Team battles will allow gamers to fight with the help of another fighter that they can switch to immediately or call on for help, much like the Capcom "Vs." games. Moreover, fighters can be equipped with customized Super Attacks in order to match the gamers preferences and style. In addition to that, all new Super Rising attacks will be featured, as well. And unlockable content will include new items and abilities.

Multiplayer will include offline and online modes, one of which is an online World Tournament mode. Some single-player modes will include Dragon Battle Collection and Super Battle Trial, in addition to a Dojo mode for training purposes.

Lastly, expect to see visuals that are even sharper than last year's game, as the screenshots speak for themselves. Look for Raging Blast to arrive November 10th.

9/13/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (31 posts)

frylock25
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 5:49:11 PM
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i really enjoy DBZ but havent played one of the games in a while, havent watched the show in longer. i still enjoy it. the games started to get to rehashed with new ideas that werent very good replacing the original ideas that were great. i will look into this game when it is around but will probably be passed up with to many killer games comin out

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ThugNificent101
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 5:56:03 PM
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Hm, i was actually thinking of looking this game up... thanks for the preview, sounds interesting.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 6:09:56 PM
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Man I remembered when they first announced it, they had no screens or anything really. and then bam a few months later it's close to release, and I was like "Holy Crap!" LOL I found out like..a few days ago thnx to gamespot or something because they had a demo for it somewhere..like pax or something, but anywayz, I can't wait. Tenkaichi was my favorite of the ps2 series.

How much info do you have on the game Arnold? Because I want to know more about the 70 playable characters. Are they just mixing words around and saying that Goku is a different character than SS1 Goku? Or that each one of the 70 is a different character with the ability to transform also?

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johnld
Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 2:06:53 AM

thats how it usually is, there this much characters but they just count each transformation as one character. I bought each dragonball game 2 for ps1 (final bout, ultimate battle, and legends), ps2 (even sagas), and ps3(burst limit), and its starting to get pretty old now. I love dragonball z but unless they get a game that defines the series like how arkham asylum did for batman, then i'll pass on this.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 6:15:49 PM
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I love DBZ

I just wish they'd stop milking it like that...

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frylock25
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 6:24:29 PM

dude its activision.... they only know how to milk games. oddly enough they now feel like EA used to feel.

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frylock25
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 6:48:44 PM

my fault not activison was thinkin of the other article, namco-bandi...
though the activision comment is still true.

DBZ has been through a few different companys though hasnt it...

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godsman
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 6:57:29 PM
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I think you guys should really rate the previews. Like give it a score based on the hype, presentations, demos etc. Then compare with the actual review score. There is sometimes a disappointment when games don't meet expectations.

Anyway this game looks great, but it's disappointing to keep seeing more and more of these fighting games, that are merely upgrades in graphics of the existing games that were beat to death already.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 7:59:07 PM

We absolutely cannot do that. We cannot apply any numerical value to something that is incomplete or we have no even played. The public simply relies waaay too much on numbers and may pass off a good game early on just because the demo was bad or the hype is minimal, which would hurt the industry.

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johnld
Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 2:10:16 AM

I agree, demoes and previews shouldnt make your decision for you. I know i bought some games that even had below average review scores and i loved it. When i tried the valkyria chronicles demo, i thought this game wasnt for me, although in a more pissed of approach. But i picked up the game and loved it. I dont know why i bought it but im glad i did, kindda like how cod4 was an impulse buy for me.

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LowKey
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 7:34:52 PM
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They Should mixt the gameplay of Budokai 2 with the Customization of 3. I'm sorry to burst your bubbles but the Tenkaichis sucked, but even more so Burst limit was horrible. Firstly It barely covered the storyline of DBZ, they added stupid little cut scenes that diddn't really coenside. The only cool thing about Burst Limit was the Bardock story with a twist, That I'll admit was immensly satisfying to my long asked question of "What if" But like I said they really need to go back to the way that they made budokai 2 and 3, I was unbeatable in the "tapping" department for Budokai 2 when two energy beams collided. although there was a buddy of mine I could never win against, he could never out tap me. no one could.

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johnld
Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 2:14:39 AM

i like how the first budokai game had button combinations for attacks. Now all you need to do is keep mashing the square button. it looks cool but the fighting is pretty dumbed down. I like how they had street fighter like movements for Super Dragonball z, maybe if they worked on it a lot more, it could rival street fighter, im just wishing here. I think there was also a time where you could give signature moves to other characters by capsules, although this maybe from a dream because i cant remember.

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Charger7302
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 8:06:25 PM
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Yes!!! finally I can use Goten on my Next Gen console. I have been waiting for a DBZ game since tenkaichi 3. I'm sure burst limit was good but since it didn't include the majin buu sega, I skipped it. I can't wait to kick a$$ with Goten online.

It may just be me but how come they never included a grown up goten? I hated that the game always included trunks young and grown but not goten. I know it won't include the GT saga, but hopefully they manage to put him in.

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johnld
Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 2:17:17 AM

I think its because goten wasnt really a fighter when he grew up. I mean he was supposed to go with goku and pan to look for dragonballs but i think he bailed, and trunks went. I do want to use those little goku and vegeta (their great.....I dont know how far... grandson) from the legend of goku movie.

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LowKey
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 8:13:07 PM
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Thats exactly why they never included a grown up Goten, because he was in GT, Teen Trunks was in DBZ because he came bak from the future. Although that doesn't answer why teen Goten wasn't in Budokai 3.... hmmm a mystery.

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johnld
Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 2:19:21 AM

teen trunks was in GT, the one who came back from the future is...not much of a reach....called future trunks. If i remember correctly, they had teen trunks and future trunks in one of the games.

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Juanalf
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 8:38:43 PM
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If this is the continuation of the Tenkaichi series then I am sold no matter how the reviews turn out,If it's part of the Budokai series then I am going to have to skip it.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 9:30:30 PM

Agreed, I liked the 3D fighting wwaaayyy more than the 2.5D I can't stand being locked in place with someone when you're using characters like DBZ where your moves are to just spam beams and other things, lol, it's not realistic (in the dbz world)

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SILVERAMMO
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 10:31:48 PM

i agree with u i dont like the side to side fighting i prefer the openess of tenkaichi

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LowKey
Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 8:12:05 AM

Are you kidding me? Really? you really think that? last time I checked budokai 2 and 3 were 3d even still who cares, 2D fighters were the best, waaaay better 3D fighters, when a fighter goes 3D the pace slows waaaay down. but Budokai 2 and 3 were able to keep the pace way up through the transition to 3D, Tenkaichi was horrible, the battle system was terrible, there were no cool features and it was the same dreary thing over and over for all 3 for the PS2 and the PSP. If you ask me, you guys need to check yourselves.

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Juanalf
Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 12:31:21 PM

I guess we can both agree that both Tenkaichi and budokai have it's own loyal fans.I personally though budokai was too sluggish, it almost felt like fighting in slow motion.That type of format is good for games like street fighter but you need to be able to fight around freely DBZ.I am not saying Tenkaichi was perfect but you did have lots of space to fight in.Hopefully this game can have the best of both worlds.

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Jawknee
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 9:52:56 PM
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Hope it's better then Burst Limit. The game looked pretty, that's it. they havent topped Budokia Tenchaichi 3.

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fatelementality
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 10:16:28 PM

Yeah, T3 has been the best out of the bunch so far. The control inputs for Burst limit seemed to lag (plus I don't like my DBZ games on a 2D plane). I did have BL for the 360 though, so that might have had something to do with the way it controlled. The PS controller is MUCH better for fighting games. The only reason I got it for 360 was for the custom sountracks (I have all of the DBZ music) Infinite worlds was actually pretty good and I still haven't finished it, but I'll be getting Raging Blast for the PS3 regardless of custom soundtracks. I'd rather have playability.

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Jawknee
Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 12:46:56 AM

BL is like a bigger version of the PSP titles. I own T3 on the Wii so the controls are awesome on that.

let the Thumbing down begin!!!

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firehahahahaha
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 10:12:45 PM
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I don't care for the Tenkaichi series at all. I've always preferred the original Budokai series, and really enjoyed the action present in Burst Limit. It was just too short :(. I'll probably pass on Raging Blast...

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SILVERAMMO
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 10:30:47 PM
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wow why they have to relaese this nov. 10 was gonna get it but im getting mw2 ima prob get it later

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Naga
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 @ 5:21:44 PM

DB: Raging Blast will have a longer lifespan than Campin on Duty if the online is stable!!

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mustang750r
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 11:08:28 PM
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*appears from darkness* could this be the DBZ game foretold by tom from accounting? my word, i've just jizzed my pants. *slips back into darkness*

lol i can't wait for this. finally a DBZ game that might be more fun than Budokai 3. good work Atari... oh wait, my bad, good work NB? i thought Atar... but now Nam... my head hurts.

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LowKey
Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 8:13:02 AM

I doubt there will ever be a DBZ game more fun than budokai 3.

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Naga
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 @ 5:22:24 PM

Tenkaichi 2?!

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Lenoxseer
Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 2:43:37 AM
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Hmm... cool. I think I'll get this on day one. Could care less for MW2. MW2 is just a sequel to a mediocre game, nothing special.

If this game is anything like Budokai Tenkaichi 3, then it's a winner.

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