Gaming Anniversaries August 21- Dragon Ball GT Final Bout

Released August 21, 1997- Dragon Ball GT Final Bout

Dragon Ball GT Final Bout blasted into the Japanese market on this day in 97′. For the Sony PlayStation

Another fighting game for the Dragon Ball franchise, Final Bout is another one of the less fun ones, unfortunately. However, as a kid, I played the crap out of it.

Final Bout allows the player to choose from one of 17 playable characters, some of the which must be unlocked through battles. After the player has completed all of the matches, new characters will emerge. Additionally, Super Saiyan 4 Goku requires a special code to be entered at the start screen to be unlockable. The game culminates with a very easy boss battle at the end between the player character and Super Baby Vegeta.

The game has the distinct honor of being the first game in the TOSE Fighting Game series, being fully rendered in 3D and containing the first ever FMV scene featuring characters from the series at the start menu.

The gameplay is fairly basic and much like other games in Dragon Ball fighting game series. However, its music and visuals add a lot to it. Meaning the game isn’t all bad. It was also a very rare game back in 1997, selling often for about $300 after its Japanese release. This all changed when Atari and Infogrames re-published the game in North America and Europe in 2002 and 2004.

Final Bout will be the last Dragon Ball console game until 2002. When the Budokai series made its debut.

Honestly, I’ve been really hard on this game in the past. It is, however, one of the simplest fighting games I have ever played, requiring very little in terms of skill from the player. What it lacks in gameplay, it makes up for in charm, but that doesn’t often keep players going.

The game didn’t jive well with critics. Receiving generally low review scores.

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