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Monday, June 2, 2014

Favorite Tunes #90: Sparking! Ka-me-ha-me-HA!

If you've read this blog for a while, then you know I'm a Dragon Ball Z fan. If you didn't well, you do now. If was kinda tough come up with a sub title for this one, but then I thought, why not go with a reference to one of the most famous anime intros ever, Cha-La-Head-Cha-La? Anyhoo, enjoy not only some DBZ tunes, but some DB music as well, of the game variety.

Nimbus Theme - Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure (GBA)

Before the Z portion, the later half of Dragon Ball, there was, well Dragon Ball. There tend to be more DBZ games than just DB games, but if you want an above average DB game, you really ought to check out Advanced Adventure. The gameplay is of 2D action/beat 'em up fare and it spans nearly all of the original DB series, concluding at the defeat of the first Demon King Piccolo. There are some rock tunes in Advanced Adventure, but much of the music still fits the tone of early DB series.

The Siege of Muscle Tower - Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo (Wii)

Revenge of King Piccolo is an action game with beat 'em elements similar to Advanced Adventure. The big difference is, Revenge of King Piccolo anywhere near as good. Having said that, the game did give us a noteworthy soundtrack, with this piece being my personal standout.

Battle Theme #4: Challengers - Dragon Ball Z: Budokai (PS2, GCN)

Originally released on the PS2 in 2002 and later ported to the GCN in 2003, DBZ: Budokai was the first DBZ game released outside of Japan that could be considered good. Oh sure, it was no Soul Calibur or Street Fighter Alpha 3, but fans looking for a decent DBZ title could do a lot worse. The abridged story mode reenacted the the Saiyan Saga all the way through the Cell Saga and was a nice way for newbies to catch up on the story. Budokai also features a solid rock/techo soundtrack, even if some songs are blatant rip offs of existing music. I can never get enough of Challengers.

Mission: Make a New Legend - Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 (PS2)

Budokai 3, the last of the original Budokai series improved upon the first games in so many aspects that it arguably be considered the definitive DBZ gaming experience. All the characters from the first two games are present along with new fighters like movie and TV special baddies such as Cooler and Broly. The teleportation counter system managed to recreate the lightning fast speed from the anime. On top of that, the soundtrack was a rocking good time.

Kami's Lookout - Super Dragon Ball Z (PS2)

This is one of the more polarizing DBZ games. It certainly isn't a bad DBZ game by any means. On the contrary, it's a slick fighter with a well rounded selection of characters. It's probably more of a fighting game than a DBZ game and therein lies it's dividing nature. There are Super Saiyan transformations and flight but compared to the Budokai games, both of those features are extremely limited There's also a much smaller cast to choose from than the Budokai games, topping out at 18 fighters. Still, Super DBZ remains one of my favorite DBZ titles so it gets my highest recommendation. The music is far less rock based than the Budokai games but  that really isn't a bad thing. There's still plenty of high energy tracks as but if you're looking for something a bit more serene, you cannot beat Kami's Lookout.

Final Decisive Battle - Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit (PS3, 360)

I haven't played any of the HD DBZ titles, so I can't speak much for Burst Limit, gameplay wise. What I can tell you is that Burst Limit looks stunning and does a masterful job of recreating some of DBZ's most memorable moments, such as Goku's transformation into a Super Saiyan. This is the piece of music that plays as Super Saiyan Goku tears Freeza a new one.

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