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Take this! New Dragon Ball Z footage

Take this! Take this! My playthrough of the upcoming Dragon Ball Z game didn't really have sound, and maybe that was a good thing. No matter how fun the game may end up being, the repetitive voiceovers in this new gameplay video will certainly irritate anyone. Watch the video, and tell me: don't you want to punch Trunks in the face?

PSP Fanboy Theatre: Volume 9

PSP Fanboy offers the latest and greatest movie and game trailers, formatted for the PSP in this new weekly feature. Check it out every Saturday. PSP owners can download files wirelessly via

Instructions: Save all movie and thumbnail files to MP_ROOT/101ANV01/. Requires firmware 2.00 or above. Do NOT place in "VIDEO" folder. Firmware 2.80 or above do not need to download thumbnails.

This is Living (PS3 Blu-Ray advertisement)
Download MP4 (10.6MB) | Download THM

The following videos are featured after the break: Black Sheep, Paprika, Calling All Cars [PS3], Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai: Another Road [PSP]

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NYCC: Hands-on with Dragon Ball Z

New York Comic Con had a great deal of games based on anime franchises. But, they were all on the DS. The one game that I had to play was the upcoming PSP Dragon Ball Z game. I got a chance to talk to some representatives from Atari and I had a blast. As you can see in the embedded video above, the graphics are quite smooth, and the presentation is quite sleek. The "Another Road" mode offers an original story for DBZ fans to appreciate. Load times? Minimal. The controls were incredibly accessible, creating for fast, fun battles.

The game looks to be quite ideal for on-the-go play. I wonder if it'll feature enough depth to satisfy hardcore gamers. Also, with my relative lack of inexperience with DBZ games, I have to admit, I'm not exactly sure how much Another Road expands upon the franchise. Can it feel fresh, considering how it's Atari's 26th DBZ game? We'll find more closer to its March 20th release.

New York Comic Con to feature playable PSP titles

Do you want to get your hands on Godzilla: Unleashed? Or how about the PSP-exclusive brawler, Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai: Another Road? Well, New York Comic Con will be the place to be. It's happening February 23-25 at the Jacob Javitz Center in NYC, and it's where you, the general gaming public, will be able to play these games for the very first time.

Tickets to the convention are quickly selling out. One day admission is $30. Of course, if you can't make it, don't worry--I'll be there, sure to give you the latest hands-on impressions and coverage from the show floor.

[Via Gamespot]

Saturday PSP Background Explosion

It's Saturday PSP Backgrounds Live! Want to be a background whore like me, but don't want to put in the effort? That's why I'm here every Saturday to give PSP Fanboy readers new backgrounds. This week we have a background about super powered aliens, one that features a savior of men and another that takes the lives of men. And one of them is our first fan made background! You know you want one of these on your PSP!

Backgrounds after the jump ...

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Shin Budokai: Another Road might be the best DBZ yet

Atari loves releasing Dragon Ball Z games. Year after year, another fighter appears in the DBZ universe, and while they tend not to be awful, they're not all too memorable either. Shin Budokai: Another Road is the latest addition to the DBZ fighter genre, and if IGN's glowing preview is to be believed, it looks to be a heck of a lot better than the original Shin Budokai.

The controls appear to have been improved upon greatly, and the story mode should be a treat for DBZ fans: it's a "what if" storyline that chronicles an alternate path the story would've taken if Trunks had risen to power differently.

IGN also has some new videos of the game in action. Otaku can prepare to get their blond wigs out on March 20th.

New Dragon Ball screens emerge

Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai: Another Road was just announced last week, but screens have already come out. The Magic Box just put some screens up and the game is looking quite similar to the last PSP DBZ title. You don't have to believe me though, view the screens for yourself! Just remember, looks aren't everything.

Screens after the jump ...

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New Dragon Ball Z game announced

It looks like our previous story about a new DBZ game on the way was right. IGN is reporting that Dragon Ball Z fans can look forward to another installment in the Shin Budokai series. Atari's Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai: Another Road will add more than 50 new fighting skill and ultimate attacks, a new storyline that deals with Future Trunks and his fight agains Majin Buu. The title will have available characters from all of the Dragon Ball anime worlds. The title is due out in March.

I bought the first Dragon Ball Z game on the PSP and had quite a bit of fun with it. I didn't care for the plot though, so hopefully the plot is improved in this sequel. Either way, the DBZ games remain some of the best anime fighters on the market. Are there any readers that are excited like me about Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai: Another Road?

EA Replay 2 & more DBZ on the way?

The Magic Box is reporting that Gamestop listed EA Replay 2 and Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai Another Road coming out soon for PSP. The EA Replay 2 had a release date of February 19th for $29.99, but when I checked the Gamestop site the listing was no longer there. The release for Dragon Ball Z is listed as March 20th for $39.99 and that page is still up.

While Gamestop often lists incorrect release dates for games, they don't typically list games that don't end up eventually hitting store shelves. So there's a good chance PSP owners will get more time with EA and Goku soon. Until then, we'll just have to wait for someone to collect all the Dragon Balls and wish these games into existence.

Avatar: The Last Airbender bends its way onto the PSP

Avatar: The Last Airbender bends its way onto the PSPWhat would the PSP be without cartoon-based games like Spongebob and Dragon Ball Z? While many of these games don't appeal to older games like most of us here, they do bring in a very important demographic and help to usher in the next generation of gamers.

Having said that, another one of these toon games is making its way onto the PSP in the form of THQ's Avatar: The Last Airbender on Oct. 10.

In the game, players will take control of Aang, Katara, Haru and Sokka, and will have the ability to customize bending powers to master the four elements of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. From what it looks like so far, there may not be any multi-player function, which may lead to many young boy's shedding tears and getting beaten up at school.

[Via FSC Publishing]

Metareview - Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai

If there's one thing we know, it's that Dragon Ball Z fans are a rabid bunch of zealots, always ready and willing to defend their precious franchise like a bear protects her cubs. They won't have to do much to fight for the honor of Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, however, mostly because they'll probably be the only one's who'll jump at the chance to pick this game up. The consensus is that it's a simple, decent fighter with pretty cell-shaded graphics and basic fight mechanics. This is all good, but it also essentially means that unless you're a really, really big fan of the series, the lack of depth in the game won't be able to hold your attention for long. Hardcore DBZ fanboys, on the other hand, might not be able to keep themselves from making sweet, sweet love to the UMD box wrapping.
  • GameSpot (7.5 / 10) - "Despite its rather paltry set of features...Shin Budokai is still a solid 3D fighter, thanks to some great visuals and action that's easy to pick up and play. Those looking for a hardcore, highly technical fighter aren't going to find what they need here, but DBZ fans are sure to eat it up."
  • GameDaily (3.5 / 5) - "...I'm a little surprised to find that the handheld edition, Shin Budokai, holds up rather well. The game is a bit simple in terms of its fighting action...but the modes will keep you plenty busy."
  • IGN (7.0 / 10) - "Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai is a very simplistic fighter with a 'so bad it's good' storyline wrapped in an extremely portable package. It's not great by any means, but hardcore DBZ fans will find a whole lot to like here."

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