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Dragon Ball Sparking Zero controls will include classic Budokai Tenkaichi layout

The latest Dragon Ball Sparking Zero news confirms a classic Budokai Tenkaichi control scheme will be included.
Dragon Ball Sparking Zero controls will include classic Budokai Tenkaichi layout
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We're still a few months out from the Dragon Ball Sparking Zero release date, but each week offers new reveals and glimpses at exactly how some of the game's mechanics will work. While players are definitely expecting something in line with the Budokai Tenkaichi experience, we've now got confirmation about the control scheme which could excite veterans of the series. If you continued to play Budokai Tenkaichi 3 in recent years, you'll be able to take most of that muscle memory into Dragon Ball Sparking Zero.

Dragon Ball Sparking Zero controls will include Budokai Tenkaichi classic option


Considering the day Dragon Ball Sparking Zero drops will be a full 17 years after the original Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 release date, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they're changing things up. The last installment of this franchise was only available on PlayStation 2 and Wii, and it would be an understatement to say that controllers and game development has changed quite a bit over the years.

Not only do new controller have extra capabilities that weren't anywhere near possible back in that era, but certain control styles have shifted as preferences among players became more clear. However, anyone who has continued to fire up their four-generation old console to play Budokai Tenkaichi 3 can at least count on a similar playstyle according to the recently released Sparking Zero Beginner's Guide.


The classic control scheme option will have several changes, but the most notable will be for anyone who loves rapidly spinning an analog stick. Of course, the risk here is that these moves tend to beat your controller to death and could break the analog stick or create drift over time. Still, there's something satisfying about the frantic rotation.

For those using standard controls in the new game, that rapid rotation will instead be repleaced by a timed pressing of the analog stick button. Most players will likely be better off staying with the standard control scheme, as the years of development led to some intentional changes which should improve the experience all around. If you just have to go old school, Dragon Ball Sparking Zero will have you covered.