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January 7, 2009 - Matt Phillips
With the holiday season coming to a close, I finally had a little time to sit and play my new DS game, Dragonball Origins. I am a huge Dragonball fan; therefore, my view of the game may be different from someone who isn't familiar with the story.
I absolutely love the game. The story stays very close to the original material and includes a number of the off-color jokes and puns that are usually left out of western versions of the story. The game seems to have more time watching cinema scenes than actual game play. The puzzles are simple and the use of the touch screen for control is very intuitive. Anyone could pick up this game and play without much trouble. The graphics are great, especially during the cut scenes.
If you are familiar with Dragonball Z but not Dragonball, this game will give you a good idea of the story behind Goku, Bulma and the other DBZ characters. If you are a fan of the original anime or manga, you will be pleased at how faithful the game is to the story.
This game is by far the best Dragonball game to be released in the U.S. The Gameboy Advance Dragonball adventure game comes in a close second. It is a sidescrolling game that goes through the basic story of the entire Dragonball series. After you beat it, you can play as Krillin through the entire game. It is a much more simple interpretation of the story, but it is very fun to play. The last place goes to the game Dragon Power for the NES. This game was originally Dragonball in Japan and Europe, however, the name and some of the graphics were changed for its US release. It is interesting that they changed the game so much for the US, because the cartoon had not yet become popular here; however, the story that they changed it to still doesn't make any sense.
Unfortunately, this game probably doesn't lend well to those who don't already like Dragonball. The gameplay is geared for a younger gamer, and the game seems to take a back seat to the cinema scenes. If you like Dragonball, you'll like this game.
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