Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 - PlayStation

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Viewed: 2D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Beat 'Em Up
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Bandai Soft. Co.: Toei
Publishers: Bandai (US/JP)
Infogrames (GB)
Released: 4 Oct 2002 (GB)
Unknown (US/JP)
Ratings: 11+
Accessories: Memory Card


Dragonball's cult status guarantees Ultimate Battle 22 a degree of success, even though this particular game originated on PlayStation in 1996. Massive in Japan, it won't storm the charts in the UK, but some Eurogamers have been waiting a long time for this game. The wait is now over, so let battle commence.

The best way to approach Ultimate Battle 22 is to go for the Build Up option. From the characters on offer, choose the one that you want to improve, and let the fighting begin. The character you train in Build Up mode can now fight with their new skills against a friend with a memory card containing his or her 'built up' character's data.

The more you fight, the more your character learns. Not only will their attack strength and defence improve, but also their resistance and fight techniques. You will gain all the experience you need to make your character the most powerful fighter of all. There are some nifty moves common to all characters in Ultimate Battle 22: along with the run, jumps and attacks, you also get to levitate - handy when avoiding those pesky energy balls.

There are many special moves exclusive to certain characters. The mohawked, pointy-eared freak that is Kaiohshin can block an attack with his Immobilizator(!) and deal some damage with his Quadruple God Kick; Likum can 'delete' his opponent, C16 might give you the hard stare with his Laser Eyes attack, and do we really need to explain Super Trunks' Burning Jet?

With 22 characters to choose from, Dragonball Z Ultimate Battle 22 will provide many hours of fun, especially against a friend with a memory card full of fighting attitude.

As a footnote, make sure you check out the biographies of the fighters in the game's booklet - hugely entertaining reading!