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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Gets an HD Collection

I’m a fan of fighting games. Always have been, and the type is not exclusive. Sure, plenty of people are already well-aware of the fact that I’m a bit of a Street Fighter fan (in case you missed it I went on a year-long training spree to try and qualify for EVO). But that doesn’t mean that it’s the only fighter that I’m familiar with. My affliction for fighters actually digs deep and branches wide, some of my favorites being the crazier Japanese titles based off anime series… which is why Nam-Bam’s announcement today is one of my favorite pieces of news in quite some time.

Why so excited? Well, for a long time I’ve told anyone that would list than Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 is one of the greatest fighting games ever created. It hosts one of the most expansive fighting game rosters of all time, and provides opportunities for cinematic combat that, to this day, are unrivaled in their scope and spectacle. There really is nothing quite like going scorched earth on the arena beneath your opponent with a massive charge attack after beating them at a ‘rock-paper-scissors’ type mechanic three times in a row.

Budokai HD Selection Screen

If you’re not familiar with the Budokai sub-set of Dragon Ball games it’s a 3D fighter that (mostly) takes place on the 2D plane. Characters can shift side-to-side but the primary motion is forwards and backwards, with a bit of flight coming into the mix on occasion. While there is plenty of melee combat with your basic set of kicks, punches, and all manner of combos that spring from there, what makes the games truly unique is in the ability to launch massive ki-based attacks that can destroy planets, or ‘evolve’ your character multiple times throughout the round (becoming a super saiyan, or using various transformations).

Cell in Budokai HD

It’s a game serious I’m insanely passionate about, and continue to pull out to show off to friends whenever I have opportunity; even though of late the franchise has been declining in my eyes. For those that never had the opportunity to play Budokai Namco Bandai is releasing an HD set for the PS3 and Xbox 360 this Winter which will include Budokai 1 and 3.

Why no 2? Your guess is as good as mine… The press release for the game has for some reason neglected to mention, even though Budokai 2 was a solid part of the franchise, and the first fighting game to include QTEs. 

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