“Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World” is a fighting game based on the popular anime and manga series “Dragon Ball Z.” Developed by Dimps and published by Atari, the game was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2008. Infinite World combines elements from various Dragon Ball Z games, featuring a blend of traditional fighting mechanics, exploration, and mini-games.
- Combat System: Infinite World retains the fast-paced, 3D fighting mechanics seen in previous Dragon Ball Z games. Players engage in one-on-one battles with a variety of characters from the series, each possessing their unique set of moves and special techniques. The game incorporates the use of energy blasts, melee attacks, and powerful signature moves like the Kamehameha.
- Dragon Adventure Mode: The game features a story mode called Dragon Adventure, which allows players to relive key events from the Dragon Ball Z series. Players can explore the Dragon Ball universe, interact with characters, and participate in battles that closely follow the narrative of the anime.
- Tournament Mode: Infinite World includes a tournament mode where players can compete in various tournaments, including the World Martial Arts Tournament, to test their skills against AI opponents or friends.
- Mini-Games: The game includes several mini-games that break away from traditional fighting. These activities, such as racing on the Flying Nimbus or playing a version of volleyball with energy blasts, provide a change of pace and add variety to the gameplay.
Infinite World boasts a roster of characters spanning the Dragon Ball Z series, including iconic heroes like Goku, Vegeta, and Gohan, as well as formidable villains such as Frieza, Cell, and Majin Buu. The characters come with their unique abilities and transformations.
Graphics and Presentation:
While not groundbreaking, the game features graphics that capture the essence of the Dragon Ball Z anime. Character models are faithful to their animated counterparts, and the visual effects during intense battles add to the overall spectacle.
Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World received mixed to average reviews from critics. While praised for its solid fighting mechanics and faithful representation of the Dragon Ball Z universe, some critics pointed out the lack of significant innovation compared to previous Dragon Ball Z games on the PlayStation 2. The inclusion of mini-games was seen as a refreshing addition, but the overall package was considered somewhat derivative.
Infinite World is one of the last Dragon Ball Z games released for the PlayStation 2, as the series transitioned to newer platforms. Despite its mixed reception, it remains a part of the Dragon Ball Z gaming legacy and serves as a title enjoyed by fans of the series who appreciate the chance to relive iconic moments through interactive gameplay.