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Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team (ドラゴンボール TAG VS, Doragon Boru TAG VS; lit. "Dragon Ball Tag VS") is a PlayStation Portable fighting video game based on Dragon Ball Z. It was released on September 30th for Japan, October 19th, 2010 for North America, October 22nd for Europe and sometime in October for Australia. The game features high-impact two vs. two combat. It is the third Dragon Ball Z game for the PlayStation Portable, and the fourth Dragon Ball series game for the PlayStation Portable. It was re-released in Japan on the PSP's The Best line on July 12, 2012.

Overview

Development

Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team is the first Tenkaichi game to be featured on the PSP. A demo was released on PSN on October 19th. It featured Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin, Android 19 and Dr. Gero as playable characters.

Tenkaichi Tag Team is the first Tenkaichi game that does not include characters from Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball, but it is the first Dragon Ball Z game to feature the cast of Dragon Ball Z Kai.

It is also the first Tenkaichi game to feature 1 vs 2, 2 vs 1 and 2 vs 2 battles, beside the general 1 vs 1.

Gameplay

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Goku and Gohan battle Trunks and Vegeta in a tag team battle

The gameplay is very similar to that of the Budokai Tenkaichi series. Players are able to play solo or team up via "Ad-Hoc" mode to tackle memorable battles in a variety of single player and multiplayer modes, including Dragon Walker, Battle 100, and Survival Mode. The game does team attacks. It features 70 playable and deeply customizable characters, multiple modes, and Ad-Hoc Party gameplay. The game has only English voice overs and excludes the Japanese voice overs. The English voice actors are those of Dragon Ball Z Kai instead of the FUNimation dub voice actors which have been there in all the previous Dragon Ball Z games.[4][5][6]

Game Modes

Dragon Walker

The Dragon Walker mode takes players through the entire Dragon Ball Z story arc from the Saiyan Saga to the Majin Buu Saga. This mode features classic stages similar to what is happening in the storyline at that very point, with the stages changing as the saga does. It enables the player to move into a virtually liberal environment and hover over different places on the map, allowing to do side missions, play mini-games, or directly jump into battle with the enemies by going to the location they are in.

Once the original Dragon Walker story is completed, new what-if stories are added to some adventures.

Battle 100

The Battle 100 mode tasks players to relive the most epic encounters, as well as newly created situations from the Dragon Ball world in ever increasingly difficult situations.

Key Features

  • Over 70 deeply customizable characters.
  • 10 different stages.
  • Character customization.
  • DBZ Kai voice acting.
  • Incredibly deep combo system.
  • 1 vs 1, 1 vs 2, 2 vs 1 & 2 vs 2 battles.
  • Complete Tenkaichi experience on PSP.
  • High-Impact battles.
  • Consists of Blow Exchange and Shot Exchange.
  • In-game transformations.
  • Three Super Blast moves or combat moves for all characters.
  • Dragon walker, battle 100, and survival.

Controls

BASIC CONTROLS
  • Analog Stick = Movement
  • D-pad UPFly up
  • D-pad DOWN = Fly Down
  • D-pad LEFT/RIGHT = Switch Strategy
  • Square = Basic Melee/ Rush attack
  • Circle = Guard
  • Triangle = Ki Blast
  • Cross + Analog Stick = Dash (for faster movement)
  • L-buttonGather Ki
  • R-button = Switch Target
ADVANCED CONTROLS
  • L-button + TriangleSuper Attack 1
  • L-button + Analog Stick (UP) + Triangle = Super Attack 2
  • L-button + Analog Stick (DOWN) + TriangleUltimate Attack
  • L-button + Circle = Special Technique 1
  • L-button + Cross = Energy Dash
  • L-button + Cross (x2) = Lightning Dash

Playable Characters

Available from the Start
Unlockables

Known Attacks/Moves/Abilities

Stages

Available from the Start
Unlockable

D-Items

Ability Type

Tag Type

Intellect Type

Music

Reception & Sales

Reception

The game has scored 63/100 on Metacritic, and 66.14% on GameRankings. Most reviewers criticized the game due to being too similar to previous Budokai Tenkaichi games, and the tutorial being too confusing.

The game has a user score of 8.4/10 on Metacritic, based on 5 ratings.

Sales

It has sold approximately 210,000 units worldwide[7] as of December 29, 2012.

Trivia

  • This is the only Budokai Tenkaichi game whose Demo Version can be downloaded.[8]
  • This is the first and only Tenkaichi game where characters formed by the Fusion Dance can defuse.
  • When Teen Gohan fights Goku or Krillin, he calls them Piccolo.
  • The European release of this game on October 22nd, 2010 featured two different promotional keyring figurines made by Bandai for buyers: Frieza in his final form and Super Saiyan Goku.

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