Out of all of the Super Nintendo Dragonball Z games, this one has to be the greatest. The graphics for some reason just seem to pop right out at you. The fighting is also a very unique system as well. Hyper Dimension was the first and I believe only brawler in which, doing a special combination of buttons, allowed the player to smash his/her opponent to different levels of turf. Anywhere from the Martial Arts Tournament arena to the open fields, to a ruined city, or...if you'd prefer less gravity, the sky! Also, if you just always wanted to say, "I fought on Kami's Lookout," well, now you can, because even that's a playable area.
On one hand, there is nothing to unlock really, except for extra battles at the end of the game. There are also really no codes out there for this either, taking some wind out of you cheaters' sails. Sorry! On another note, Hyper Dimension was also one of the first games to introduce the 3D Attack. A character can move do the "back" of the screen avoiding any damage and then coming back to the "front" with some kind of attack. This game also brought better Desperation moves than the previos 3 Dragonball Z brawlers. On the previous Dragonball Z games, the Super Moves were all alike in the button combo. Well, not in Hyper Dimension! Here there are unique button combos for each persons Desperation.
There are several modes of play: Story Mode, Vs mode, Tournament Mode, and Practice Mode. In story mode, you dont pick a certain character and go... You go through the DragonBall Z story, doing fights as they happened in the show. E.G- Piccolo fights Frieza first, THEN Goku as a SSJ. Vs mode is where you pit yourself against a friend or a cpu. This is where you can set all sorts of nice little things...like health advantages! You can also change the BGM and how wide of a variety of field play you have. Tournament mode is where you just pick eight characters...and in a Tournament fashion, commence to beat the snot out of each other!!!
The BGM is also really great. Sorry for those of you who dont know what BGM stands for, its Background Music. Somehow, without taking music from the actual show, you get the feeling like you're actually playing an episode of DragonBall Z. The music is a very nice feature in this game. Also there are even voice overs!!!!! When Goku does a Kamehameha, he says "Kamehameha!" Though, for the other blasts, its more of a Japanese grunt of words, but its still there!
Overall, I give this game a 9 out of 10. This game has great gameplay for being about 4th in its series. You would think DragonBall Z would get boring after 4..but this one tops it off! Great gameplay, great BGM, but a point off for cost! But hey, you can avoid that if you find it on the internet and download it!!! But shh...I'm not supposed to tell you that! Great Gaming All!
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