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  • Summary: The fiercest fighters in the universe have come together in the spectacular 3D world of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai. Test your skills against the most powerful Dragon Ball Z heroes and the most sinister villains in five exciting play modes. You can unlock, customize, and trade devastating skills with friends to create the most powerful fighters ever. Every battle is more intense, more dangerous, and more epic than the one before. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. 75
    A game with simplistic fighting and a tedious unlocking system, but it's a polished and faithful presentation of Dragon Ball Z with a fair amount of content.
  2. If you don't lust after balls of dragons, you'll see nothing more than a mediocre fighter with a really confusing plot and characters in dire need of haircuts. [Dec 2003, p.159]
  3. Despite it’s namesake, Budokai just can’t stand up to other fighting games.
  4. It's a game that only a DBZ fan could love, but it's a proficient enough fighting game that others might like it.
  5. If the controls weren't stiff, and if the combo system wasn't so generic, I probably would have loved this game.
  6. Fans of Dragon Ball Z probably won’t care too much about some of the simpler fighting mechanics and the tedious method of unlocking all the capsules, but newcomers to the Dragon Ball Z universe will likely be left scratching their heads as to why the series is so popular.
  7. 40
    A mostly brainless fighter that manages to capture the magic and appeal of the source material.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. DevinA.
    Nov 25, 2003
    From most DBZ games i played in the past. They made the graphics, controling, and story. Budokai beats all fighting games.
  2. Jan 29, 2014
    The budokai and the tenkaichi series made my childhood alongside with the anime they are based one. One of the greatest fighting games, if you really are a dbz fan. Go get it! Expand
  3. Dec 20, 2011
    This first game i ever played of DBZ was Budokai 2 but Budokai 1 is one game that i have to remember to be.... ONE OF THE BEST DBZ GAME EVER!!!! Go get it right now if your a DBZ fan. Collapse
  4. PatriciaA.
    Nov 12, 2003
    This game is OK but it's too easy who ever came up with this game please make the next one Harder! To add on I beat it on hard mode too easy.
  5. RjIce
    Nov 28, 2003
    Its okay. But to easy. should be longer and items should be easier to get.
  6. ScottH.
    Apr 22, 2004
    Simply put this game is a discrace to all fighting games... it's too slow paced too incredibly easy and the only people who actually go out and buy it are dragonball z fans. Expand
  7. MuhammadA.
    Nov 29, 2003
    Not a good game at all!.

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