Tekken 6 (PSP)
Fighting 24 November 2009
Another installment in a series of popular fighting games and the first one to be released on platforms other than PlayStation. The plot has its roots in the events of Tekken 5. Jin Kazama is the new antagonist here - the great-grandson of Jinpachi Mishima, who took control over Mishima Zaibatsu. G Corporation led by his father is the only thing standing in his way to obtain the absolute power. Soon, the sixth edition of King of Iron Fist Tournament is announced. Tekken 6 offers over forty playable fighters, including nearly all of the characters from Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection and eight new ones. Each fighter has their own style based on real world martial arts and requiring the player to employ different tactics. Among the innovations, the players will find the ability to block aerial attacks and the Rage System, allowing the players to prevent their fighter from losing. Battles take place on three-dimensional arenas with destructible elements.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 (PSP)
Fighting 11 May 2010
The third full-fledged installment in a series of popular fighting games available exclusively for PlayStation Portable. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 is the first installment to be based on the events depicted in the second season of the original anime series. The story encompassed by the game goes on until the encounter with members of the Akatsuki organization, offering two separate types of stages - the classic duels labelled as Battle, and challenges belonging to the Action category, requiring the player to run away from various dangers. As usual, the game features a wide set of characters making use of various attacks and special techniques, as well as different items, such as shurikens or poisonous bombs. Fighting takes place in two layers - the foreground and the background, with the player being able to switch between them freely. What is new in this installment, is the introduction of the local multiplayer mode for up to 4 players. In the Master Road mode, the player can invite two friends in order to play the game as a team.
Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team (PSP)
Fighting 19 October 2010
A fighting game developed by Bandai Namco. The action is set in the Dragon Ball universe created by Akira Toriyama. For the first time in the history of the franchise, the players can take part in two-member team (the eponymous Tag Team) fights. It applies to both multiplayer, where up to four fighters can compete, and the story campaign for solo players (in this case, the opposing team is controlled by the AI). The plot of Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team draws inspiration from the Dragon Ball Z TV series, letting us face such iconic villains as Cell or Freezer. The game also features additional modes, including Dragon Walker Mode in which we participate in a series of subsequent fights. The title is characterized by high-quality graphics that are strongly inspired by the works of the legendary Japanese cartoonist.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact (PSP)
Fighting 27 September 2011
Another installment in the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series developed by Cyberconnect 2 and Bandai Namco, specifically for the PlayStation Portable handhelds. Based on the popular manga series by Masashi Kishimoto, the game follows the adventure of the titular ninja that gets thrown into the midst of incredible events once a great war breaks out. The plot encompasses most of the episodes belonging to the original TV series. The game offers over 20 characters the fans of the franchise are familiar with - those differ in their skills, which can be additionally developed as the player progresses. The game features several different modes, such as Story Battle (the story mode), Versus Battle (1 on 1 duel against the AI or another player) or Tag Battle, which is a cooperation-based variant (for two players). All of this is complemented by cel-shaded graphics typical for this franchise. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact introduces new camera angles to the in-game boss fights.
Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai (PSP)
Fighting 07 March 2006
A fighting game created by Dimps Corporation, specifically for users of PlayStation Portable. Shin Budokai was based on the classic manga series by Akira Toriyama. The experience focuses on spectacular encounters set in various scenery, such as open-air ground, the Budokai arena or the planet Namek. Dragon Road is the main game mode and the plot was inspired by the animated movie Fusion Reborn - the player has to face the evil Janemba. Furthermore, the game offers the Survival Mode, which requires the player to last in fight against several opponents; or Time Attack - here, one has to deal with the adversaries within a specified period of time. Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai features 18 characters from the animated series, such as Goku, Vegeta or Trunks. Each of the in-game characters has their own unique fighting style and an ability to transform, which allows them to make use of more powerful attacks and abilities. In terms of the high-quality visuals present, those remain faithful to the art style Toriyama has been popular for.
Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road (PSP)
Fighting 20 March 2007
Another installment in a series of fighting games developed by Dimps Corporation specifically for PlayStation Portable. The game was based on the popular manga series by Akira Toriyama. A story mode is the core of the game, focusing on Trunks - the son of Vegeta and Bulma. Shin Budokai - Another World offers six game modes and the player can assume control of one of 18 characters from the animated series, including such fighters as Goku, Piccolo, Broly or Buu. The gameplay formula is based on spectacular duels requiring the player to make use of different attacks and abilities. Each of the in-game characters can transform, obtaining an alternative form, as well as gaining access to new, more powerful abilities, such as the iconic Kamehameha. Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another World offers high-quality 3D visuals that remain faithful to the art style Toriyama has been popular for.
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes (PSP)
Fighting 28 August 2007
A side installment in the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja franchise based on popular manga series; the game was created by Cyberconnect 2, specifically for owners of the PlayStation Portable hand-helds. Despite the game belonging to the main branch of this franchise, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes features some significant differences. Among them, the largest novelty is the opportunity to fight in teams of three - this applies both to solo experience and the multiplayer mode which utilizes Wi-Fi. The game features eight interactive arenas and 20 playable fighters defined by their various abilities, special attacks and fighting styles. Completing subsequent missions, the player can develop their character's skills and unlock new ones. In doing so, one can upgrade particular types of punches, throws or parries. Doing this is also rewarded with different power-ups that are useful in action.
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2 - The Phantom Fortress (PSP)
Fighting 24 June 2008
A sequel of the PSP spin-off of the Naruto fighting game series, based on the popular manga and anime series by Masashi Kishimoto. The game was developed by Japanese studio Cyberconnect2, and it follows the adventures of the teenage ninja, who has the spirit of the Fox Demon sealed within him. Compared to its predecessor, the gameplay hasn't changed much, and you can fight either alone or in teams of three, the members of which you can choose from twenty available characters. In combat, you can use shurikens, standard and strengthened attacks, and special jutsu (techniques), which use up the chakra energy. The biggest novelty in Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress is the Mugenjo mode, in which you climb a hundred-story tower and complete challenges on each floor.
Dragon Ball Evolution (PSP)
Fighting 19 March 2009
A fighting game created by Dimps Corporation, based on the movie of the same title. Both products use the license of a very popular manga created by Akira Toriyama. The players assume the role of Goku, who is tasked with finding the legendary Dragon Balls to save humanity from the evil plans of its longtime adversary – Piccolo. Dragon Ball Evolution contains a Story Mode, where subsequent encounters are separated by numerous cut-scenes, Arcade Mode that involves continuous duels, and Mission Mode – a special mode that gives the player a number of various challenges. The game features characters that appeared in the feature film, starting with Goku, Bulma, Chi Chi, and ending with Oozaru, Roshi, and the aforementioned Piccolo. The production is a very loose adaptation of the manga series, with the animated characters exchanged with their movie version played by the actors. As a result, the game sports rather average visuals.