I just traded in several games for 56 dollars worth of store credit at gamestop. One of these games was Budokai 2, and much to my dismay I found that I didn't miss owning this game until the moment I traded it in. Needless to say it's time for a replacement.
I had planned on getting Burnout Legends for PSP with my credit, but as they were out of stock I have yet to use my credit. However, as it is I believe a 50 dollar game, I must either try and find a used copy, which may or may not make it much cheaper, or simply wait until later when I have more money, to buy a new Budokai. I am also taking into consideration that 3 being older, it would be easier to find a cheap pre-owned copy.
That said, I loved Budokai 2 to death, but always regretted cheating to unlock all the characters. Because of this I would like to play through my next installment fairly. I remember seeing screens for Budokai 3 before it came out, but frankly with Tenkaichi coming out as soon as it did, I got my information mixed up, and I am unaware of which one introduced GT Characters first. However, when I heard about Tenkaichi I was ecstatic about the free-roaming flight revamp. I find that addition to be more than necessary to capture the true feel of DBZ combat. I think the ability to move from ground to air (even fight underwater) more intuitively was exactly what the series needed. On the other side, I was excited when I heard about the sort of flying navigation required for the story mode in 3, and from what I know it is slightly changed in Tenkaichi. For the better or for the worse, I am unsure. I have heard complaints of how Tenkaichi makes each transformation of a fighter a separate character, and while I do greatly enjoy the ability to transform during a fight, I think the actual gameplay is far too fast paced to really allow you to enjoy it, as you go through several transformations in a few minutes, and I think while it DOES make sense to split each transformation into different characters, I would rather see effort made into keeping realism and stretching out matches than removing the ability altogether. I have also heard complaints about Tenkaichi being button mashing and having an awkward Ki system, which is discouraging, especially when I found the fighting and special attack system in 2 to be so fun. Though it took quite a while for me to get used to the combo system in 2, it payed off, and I believe I can stand the learning curve.
So, if any of you are fans of the Budokai series, I would love to hear your opinions. We may agree or dissagree for different reasons, but I would like a few second opinions on the matter before purchasing either.