Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. It's worth a look if you're wanting a good game; it's a must buy if you're a fan of the genre or series.
  2. 85
    Attack of the Saiyans is the truest game to the DBZ Anime I have ever seen. Not only it is true, but it is really good as an RPG.
  3. What it is, though, is about as good a Dragon Ball Z game as anyone's going to make. [Dec 2009, p.87]
  4. Clearly one of the best translations to a game from Akira Toriyama's classic manga that we've seen.
  5. Attack of the Saiyans is not necessarily just for hardcore DBZ fans. If you're into Japanese RPGs, and if you don't mind a slow, tedious beginning (and seriously, the first ninety minutes are very weak), then Attack of the Saiyans can be an extremely charming, loud, and violent fairy tale.
  6. Straying from the mold, Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans is a solid adaptation of the high flying, explosive action for the RPG genre. While it's not a perfect game by any means, it's quite possibly the best Dragon Ball Z game to date.
  7. 75
    Overall, I found Attack of the Saiyans to be a short but admirable attempt at bringing structure and story-driven action to the series in its video game adaptations.
  8. The last installment of Dragon Ball in the portable market is a notorious RPG game of classic style... maybe too classic for the times.
  9. It's going to be tough for me to recommend AotS to anyone who isn't a die-hard Dragonball fan. Not because the game isn't good and enjoyable for fans and non-fans alike, as it is; no, I can't give this one my stamp of approval because it's 2009 and I'm flatly refusing to endorse any RPG that continues to cling to the random battle system.
  10. If you are a huge fan of Dragon Ball and equal parts JRPG fan, you can’t go wrong with this game. It’s a competent JRPG and offers a ton of portable role playing content. That said, if you aren’t already a fan, this is one game you can safely avoid.
  11. 71
    Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans isn't the most impressive of RPG's, but the high pace and visual style of the battles makes up for what it lacks. This typical RPG with a Dragon Ball coating will probably appeal most to the fans of the series.
  12. 71
    Though it's not perfect, it should give fans what they're looking for as it follows along with the Vegeta Saga from the show. The battle system is simple and functional, and its combination attacks and active guards keep the action interesting.
  13. If anything, this game serves as the perfect introduction to the Dragon Ball Z universe so those who always wanted to jump on the Goku bandwagon will find a lot to like about this game.
  14. Fun but old-fashioned role-playing in the Dragon Ball universe. [Winter 2009, p.86]
  15. 70
    It isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, and its choice of storyline from the series makes a sequel unavoidable, but at last a worthy RPG featuring Akira Toriyama's magnum opus has been created.
  16. We can recommend Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans to both Dragon Ball-fans and RPG-enthusiasts. The story is well told, the turn-based fighting system is top notch and the ability to customize your characters on many levels is a great addition. You do however need to take the slow pace of the game and a vast amount of text for granted, because the game never powers up to its true potential.
  17. An old-fashioned game, maybe too old. Nothing wrong here, but neither anything new or particularly exciting, especially if compared to the rest of DS RPG.
  18. The bottom line is that it's a pretty fun little game - especially if you're a fan of the series. However, if you're over 12, don't expect much challenge of out this one.
  19. 58
    Not exactly what fans would call "Super Saiyan," but certainly good enough.
  20. Despite the complaints, Attack of the Saiyans is still a decent RPG adventure, particularly for those who are new to the genre and could use a good entry point. But for fans of both Dragon Ball Z and RPGs in general, there are many other titles on both fronts that are more worthy of their time.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jan 15, 2013
    9
    I liked this game because Dragon Ball Z is new in this style of game and the result was good.
    The characters are very interesting: Goku,
    I liked this game because Dragon Ball Z is new in this style of game and the result was good.
    The characters are very interesting: Goku, Yamcha, Krilin!!! also Ten, Piccolo and Gohan
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  2. Sep 16, 2013
    9
    Oh my God this game is amazing!!!! This is one of the best DBZ games that I've ever played and the fact that it's an RPG and still a greatOh my God this game is amazing!!!! This is one of the best DBZ games that I've ever played and the fact that it's an RPG and still a great game shows how great it is. The fighting animations are great as well as all the team combo's that you can create with all the characters. One negative part of the game is that it only takes place to the fight with Vegeta, but there are many side missions to keep you busy. Especially the fight against Broly who is cheap as hell!!! If you want a great game for only $25 bucks or just borrow it from a friend because this is a game that any DBZ fan has to play. Full Review »
  3. Feb 18, 2013
    7
    A very impressive, addicting, and fun Rpg, set in the saiyan saga of Dragon Ball Z. This game was done very well, and is reminiscent of theA very impressive, addicting, and fun Rpg, set in the saiyan saga of Dragon Ball Z. This game was done very well, and is reminiscent of the Dragon Ball Z rpgs on the super nintendo. The battle system, and leveling up, as well as the story progressions, and giving characters like tien and yamcha more backstory within the story, and just the overall execution was done really well. awesome music and great graphics, as well ofcourse amazing gameplay, this is an awesome rpg that i definitely recomend Full Review »