Don't get me wrong: I have loved the Dragon Ball universe for a long time. It amazes me, though, how much it still persists. If you've ever watched the cartoon DBZ series or anything else, typically it is five minutes of story with 15 minutes of watching people grunt and scream. One thing you have to admit is that it would make an awesome fighting game.
Namco Bandai agrees and is making another one, this time called Dragon Ball: Raging Blast
. PS3 owners and Xbox Live Gold members get access to the demo today; silver Xbox Live members (froobs) can try it out next week. If you want to pre-order the game, you'll get special content that includes multiple customized versions of many of the most popular characters (including my favorite, Piccolo). You'll also get the Super Saiyan 3 Broly from the get-go, every one else will have to play through multiple hours of gameplay to unlock him.
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast
drops on November 10th on the two consoles so try it out now to decide if the pre-order is worth it for you.
NAMCO BANDAI GAMES ANNOUNCES DEMO AND PRE-ORDER CAMPAIGN FOR DRAGON BALL®: RAGING BLAST
Playable Demo Provides a Sneak Peek at Exciting Versus Mode Action and Pre-Order Bonus Offers Exclusive Downloadable Content for Retail Game
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (Oct. 22, 2009) – Leading video games developer and publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., announced today details for a playable demo and downloadable content for Dragon Ball®: Raging Blast for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. For fans that can’t wait to try out the epic battles of Dragon Ball Z, a playable demo is now available for download on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for Xbox 360 and PlayStation®Network. Xbox LIVE Gold members have access starting today and Xbox LIVE Silver members can access the demo on Oct. 29. As a pre-order exclusive from participating retailers in the U.S. and Canada, customers will receive a code to access downloadable content to enhance their experience with the final retail game.
Fans can get a taste of the fast and powerful fighting style of the popular Dragon Ball Z in the downloadable demo. Goku, Raditz and Piccolo are available for high-speed, intense battles in one of the game’s large-scale, 3D battlefields in a sampling of the Versus Mode. Players can use epic signature Dragon Ball Z moves which are delivered faithfully with devastating results.
Exclusively available by pre-ordering the game, the “Raging Blast Special Pack” for Dragon Ball: Raging Blast will include multiple customized versions of popular characters Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Piccolo, Trunks and Gotenks, each with different powered-up abilities. As an added bonus, Super Saiyan 3 Broly, normally unlocked only after many hours of play, will be immediately available when redeeming the code. In addition to the pre-order exclusive pack, additional packs featuring different content will be available for download periodically after the game’s release.
Developed by acclaimed game studio SPIKE, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast culls more than 70 characters, including transformations, from the Dragon Ball Z tome to battle against each other throughout pivotal moments in the Dragon Ball Z series. Dragon Ball Z aficionados will be able to relive epic battles as their favorite heroes and villains from the series and also experience alternate “what if” moments that have not been seen in the original anime and manga series.
Featuring the series’ trademark combat battle style, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast will deliver a host of exciting gameplay features, including powerful and customizable attacks, stunning HD graphics, and online versus and tournament modes. New interactive and massively destructible environments lend an enhanced layer of intensity to the battle as characters can now take immense damage from being smashed into mountains, buildings and debris during heated battles. On top of classic signature moves, characters also benefit from a new “Super Rising” move which allows players to quickly fly upwards throughout large-scale battle stages, adding a new layer of strategy and tactics to the melee. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast is set to deliver more explosive fighting action than ever seen before!
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast is rated “T” for teen audiences by the ESRB and will launch on November 10, 2009 with an MSRP of $59.99. For more information about the game, please visit http://dragonball.namco.com.
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