Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 75
    With the addition of jumping or ducking abilities, an improved movement system, or the ability to fly independently outside of the launch attack, DBZ could definitely have potential to break through its already enormous demographic and become something even bigger.
  2. A few modest improvements have been made in porting Budokai 2 to the GameCube, but the game just feels late, and a little irrelevant.
  3. A totally accessible fighter. Almost anyone can get the hang of it in a few minutes, but that doesn't mean it's easy.
  4. 60
    This GameCube port has a few new features that the PS2 version didn't, like a few new stages and skill capsules, but you can't escape the fact that the game is already a year old.
  5. 50
    Since the controls almost never change from character to character, there's very little difference between all the fighters-you've seen one, you've seen 'em all, in other words.
  6. The main thing that it has going for it is that it recreates its franchise so faithfully that you feel as if you're completely in control of its world.
  7. Not quite a button masher, but close, DBZ: B2 is an easy-to-get-into one-on-one fighter that looks and plays much like its predecessor. [Feb 2005, p.113]
  8. DragonBall Z: Budokai 2 isn't really a fighting game, well it is, it's just not a good one.
  9. It's frustrating, to say the least, when fights are often won by whichever player was able to mash the attack buttons the fastest during a power struggle, or when a powerful attack misses because the opponent randomly guessed the proper escape button.

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