Budokai 3 turns 20 this year

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Budokai 3 turns 20 this year

Post by 90sDBZ » Sat Jun 15, 2024 1:51 pm

Thought I'd make this topic now, as the game got its first trailer at E3 in summer 2004.

https://youtu.be/xWPH8bUpFVY?feature=shared

Its been my favourite DBZ game since it came out, I've sung its praises many times on here, and soon it'll be 20.

The hype I felt for this game was unlike anything I'd felt before, as I'd only just got internet access in summer 04, so it was my first time following an upcoming game online.

I'd played the first 2 games religiously, and everything I read and saw online for Budokai 3 indicated it would be on a whole other level. GT and movie characters, teleportation, dodging, free flight, and a story mode that let you fly around the earth. I would go online everyday after school, hoping there would be new screenshots/info.

There were all sorts of rumours going around about the roster, some of which was true and others not. There was even the infamous fake image of Golden Oozaru fighting Cooler, which looked pretty genuine at the time. Even after the game had been out for several months, the fake rumours would persist. I distinctly remember some guy on a forum swearing up and down that Baby was in the game, and could be unlocked by fulfilling certain conditions in Goku's Dragon Universe.

Speaking of Dragon Universe, I had a blast with it. Flying around the world with the plagiarised Kenji Yamamoto BGM felt incredible. Being able to unlock certain characters on a 2nd playthrough gave it replay value, and also gave the game a certain mystique.

You could unlock the likes of SS4 Goku and Broly by flying to the right areas at the right times for example. This is part of the reason why false rumours of characters like Baby and Janemba being in the game felt plausible. Like you could find them if only you could fulfill a bunch of extremely specific criteria. The internet was different back then. These days all the info on a game is readily available before it even drops, and fake rumours are quickly debunked.

Budokai 3 may not have the depth of FighterZ, nor the roster of Tenkaichi, but it is a happy medium for many people. It's easy to pick up and play, provides a fun and rich single player experience, and also has a surprising amount of depth with its cancel combo system.

Happy 20th anniversary to my favourite game in this franchise.

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Re: Budokai 3 turns 20 this year

Post by budokaifanatic007 » Mon Jun 17, 2024 9:03 pm

Well said, I remember playing Budokai 3 back in 04/05 when it first came out. With the reboot of the Sparking! series, its only a matter of time before we get a Budokai reboot or HD collection port. IMO I think Sparking Zero is a test to see if these old games if given a fresh take, will actually sell and be received well. A new Budokai could fill in the gaps that all the other Series lack.

Also for funzsies, "Budokai4.com" is registered by Bandai Namco LOL: https://whois.gandi.net/en/results?search=budokai4.com
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Post by Xeogran » Tue Jun 18, 2024 7:02 am

Happy 20th Anniversary!

There is so much to talk about when it comes to Budokai 3, it's actually insane. First of all, The Opening is still top of the top :thumbup:
So good that it's main fight (Gogeta vs Broly) made it into one of this franchise's most popular movies.

I also love the Dragon Universe atmosphere (IMO no other game {maybe other than LoG2/Buu's Fury} managed to replicate this feel that well). There's lots of hidden what-if scenarios when you go off the road, which increases this game's replayability a hundredfold.

When I found out the passwords for King Piccolo, Long Hair Trunks and Goku with Halo, inputted them and they worked, I was absolutely amazed!
An entire set of 3 new costumes out of nowhere! (Though I recall it only worked for the Collector's Edition, which was a full game compared to the initial release.)

B3 has such a lively atmosphere, great soundtrack and superb cinematic finishes. There's also so many secret storylines found inside of the game's files, ones that I gotta say aren't discussed enough. I only wish we could have gotten the Ultimate Edition of Budokai 3 with all of this implemented in the game, but oh well.

On a side note, I really like the Hoverchair Frieza model which is also hidden in the files. Back in the day I've always wanted to make it playable at any cost, and bought like 3 different Action Replay/Codebreaker/Gameshark PS2 addons for it :lol:

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Re: Budokai 3 turns 20 this year

Post by 90sDBZ » Wed Jun 19, 2024 6:18 am

budokaifanatic007 wrote: Mon Jun 17, 2024 9:03 pm Well said, I remember playing Budokai 3 back in 04/05 when it first came out. With the reboot of the Sparking! series, its only a matter of time before we get a Budokai reboot or HD collection port. IMO I think Sparking Zero is a test to see if these old games if given a fresh take, will actually sell and be received well. A new Budokai could fill in the gaps that all the other Series lack.

Also for funzsies, "Budokai4.com" is registered by Bandai Namco LOL: https://whois.gandi.net/en/results?search=budokai4.com
I really hope it happens too. For a long time the idea of a new Sparking game seemed extremely unlikely, but here we are. If that series can make a comeback after so many years, there may be hope for Budokai yet.

Even another collection would be a great start. This time they could include Budokai 2, Infinite World, and maybe even the Shin Budokai games.
Xeogran wrote: Tue Jun 18, 2024 7:02 amThere's also so many secret storylines found inside of the game's files, ones that I gotta say aren't discussed enough. I only wish we could have gotten the Ultimate Edition of Budokai 3 with all of this implemented in the game, but oh well.
Yeah I remember a few of these. There was one with SS4 Goku talking to 17, implying Super 17 was planned to be in. And there was that scrapped storyline of Kid Goku travelling to the Z era in Trunks' time machine. And another with Future Trunks encountering Broly in his timeline, and going back to warn the others about him.

The way some of the alternate story paths play out is interesting. Like when Goku ditches the Kid Buu fight to go deal with Broly instead, it makes you wonder how Vegeta handles Kid Buu.

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Re: Budokai 3 turns 20 this year

Post by FPSSJ4_Goku » Fri Jun 21, 2024 12:08 pm

As someone who was more of a Tenkaichi and Xenoverse guy - I only ever played Budokai 1, a bit of Budokai 3 on the Steam Deck, and a lot of Shin Budokai 1 - I think it's only right that we play Budokai 3 on the 20th anniversary of its release, in its honor. I play Budokai 3 on my Steam Deck since my PC's weak as hell and I don't own a PS2 or a thicc PS3, and I'll admit, it's harder than I thought it'd be! :lol:
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