As the local DBZ fanatic I feel that I must, nay, need to spread the news of the 2005 Atari lineup for the well known anime franchise that I am a slave too. So what if these games will merely only serve to shatter my hopes for good DBZ games yet again? I remain optimistic that someday a decent DBZ game will be made. Maybe, just maybe, these games will be it. So letÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Ã‚Â¢s get to them one by one and detail what Atari has planned for their big cash cow.
1. Dragon Ball Z: Sagas
Now here is an interesting one. This will be the first DBZ game to be featured on the X-box as it receives a complete console release for all three systems. It seems to be that this game will be in the action/adventure genre, which marks a change for games that have appeared on the consoles. The game itself will follow the series from the epic Saiyan Saga to the Cell Games saga, which many diehards like myself represents the best parts of the series (well ok, as long as they cut out the Garlic Jr. crapÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦). Xbox owners who happen to be DBZ fans will be thrilled as finally they seem to be getting some lovinÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Ã‚Â¢ from Atari who probably realized a three system release means more money. Sagas is scheduled for a spring release.
2. Dragon Ball GT: Transformation
And a collective groan arises from the DBZ community. ItÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Ã‚Â¢s no secret we shun the add on series that is GT. It was badly produced, poor in storyline, and merely a cash in on the success of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. Still, I suppose the possibility exists for a good game to be made from the craptastic anime. Slated for the GBA it will be an action adventure game that will solely be based on the characters and plot of GT. Sounds to me like another Legacy of Goku game, just with a different box and some new characters. We shall have to wait and see as Dragon Ball GT: Transformation will not be released until this summer.
Also announced were two more titles that have not been named as of yet. One will be a Playstation 2 release (although I expect it to hit all systems eventually) that will be another action fighter. Interestingly there is no information on what part of the DBZ universe this game will focus on as of yet. The other is another GBA release that will only focus on the second half of the Dragon Ball GT series. Perhaps this will be the sequel to Dragon Ball GT: Transformation? IÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Ã‚Â¢m not sure, although I am surprised that there was no DS news from Atari with the DBZ franchise, as they seem content to push the GBA system a bit more with two new releases.