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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
  1. SejadA.
    Dec 14, 2004
    10
    I thought the game was so cool and budokai 3 is crazy!! so keep them coming.
  2. DavidC.
    Dec 26, 2004
    10
    This game is so good and I could play it all day long. The game is as good as Metroid Prime 2 and better than Halo 2!!!!
  3. JonD.
    Feb 7, 2005
    9
    It was the best dbz game ever.
  4. WesleyC.
    May 28, 2005
    9
    It'ss kind of boring but the only part that is boring is doing dragon world over and over for breakthroughs.
  5. F-enzo
    Feb 21, 2005
    2
    Dreadful game with completely unresponsive controls. A crime.
  6. EmilyS.
    Aug 23, 2005
    1
    Really disappointing. I used to be obsessed with Dragon Ball Z and I was so exited when I rented this game. I expected a great fighting game with endless fun, but it was anything but that! It's boring and the controls are really confusing. Stay away from this one, everybody... Collapse
  7. AB
    Jan 21, 2005
    0
    Come on, David C. As good as Metroid Prime 2? Absurd. This game isn't even as good as the horrific show. It's almost as good as a migrane, but since it isn't an excuse to stay home from work it's not. This is one of the most atrocious and barbaric games ever. The controls are ridiculous and repetitive. The graphics are horrendous. The sound consists of nothing more than the screams of the stupid characters (I know it has to feel bad to be in a game this appaling, but do they really have to scream that loud?). And the story is terrible. This game has no redeeming qualities at all. Just like the show, it's painful to watch. But it's deadly to play. Expand