Dragon Ball Z: For Kinect

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Dragon Ball Z: For Kinect
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This game is so easy, even Yamcha could beat it!
Genre: Fighting
Platforms: Xbox 360
Release Date: EU: October 2, 2012
NA: October 9, 2012
Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
Franchise: Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball Z: For Kinect is a Dragon Ball game for the Xbox 360 which utilizes the Kinect, allowing the player to control whatever character they are playing as using their own motion.


During battles, the player retains control only over limited movement and dodging techniques. Returned by spectacular camera movements in an anime style, the fighting system requires the player to carry their body with every movement and every shot so that the character executes them on the screen. It results in a true fusion of "breathtaking cinematics and immersive gameplay".

There are two modes in this game; the Story Mode allows the player to follow the Dragon Ball Z storyline from a first-person perspective for the first time on a console. It covers the main battles of the Saiyan Saga (including the battle against Great Ape Vegeta), the Frieza Saga, the Cell Saga and the Majin Buu Saga, while the Score Attack challenges the player to overcome successive duels for the highest score possible. The player chooses the character they want to fight the same opponents as in the Story Mode.

Why It Sucks

  1. Less than 3 hours in terms of total length. 
  2. Virtually no difference between the 50+ characters aside from "stats".
  3. There is a very limited variety in what you can do during battles. As a result, it quickly becomes repetitive after about 10 minutes.
  4. Most of the graphics and gameplay are recycled from Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. The only difference is that it uses the notoriously slippery Kinect controls.
  5. With no game modes aside from fighting, no varieties in combat, and virtually no difference between the characters, DBZ for Kinect is essentially a glorified $30 minigame.
  6. The only boss on this game is Great Ape Vegeta, this boss is easy, just quick time events or QTE to learn your body to avoid damage you.
  7. False Advertising: Goten appears on the box art, yet he's nowhere to be seen in the game except for when he's fused with Trunks as Gotenks.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The game comes with the OVA special, Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock, which is a decent treat for Dragon Ball fans and the only reason why anyone would even consider picking it up. It's only in Japanese with English subtitles, though.
  2. Using a code on the back of the game cover and scanning it in one of the main menu buttons will get you advantage or power-up.
  3. You can doing like Super Saiyan with cardboard hair.


The game has been given mostly negative reviews from gaming critics. Angry Joe not only gave a Final Verdict of 2/10 ("Epic Fail") but also considers it as his own worst game of 2012.



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