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  • Summary: Go to the next level in the Dragon Ball Z saga. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 improves upon the first installment by adding an all-new single player mode, new characters and explosive attacks. Experience the new match-ups, character cameos and challenging missions in "Dragon World." Pick your favorite DBZ hero or enemy and take on a friend in "Vs." and "Tournament" modes. If you're really good, you will soon come face-to-face with Buu, the most lethal DBZ villain. Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. A totally accessible fighter. Almost anyone can get the hang of it in a few minutes, but that doesn't mean it's easy.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. DragonBall Z: Budokai 2 isn't really a fighting game, well it is, it's just not a good one.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 3 out of 7