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  • Summary: The time has come to go beyond the Dragon Ball Z sagas and experience the full force of the most powerful fighters in the universe. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 will challenge players like no other DBZ game before. Begin with an all-new single player "Dragon World" that opens the story to new match-ups, surprising character appearances, and missions that will amaze. You can also battle your friends in multiplayer "VS." and "Tournament" modes. If your will and skill prevail, you will come face-to-face with Buu, the most lethal of all DBZ villains. Do you have what it takes not only to survive, but to dominate? [Atari] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Worlds above what the first game was, with the greatly improved graphics (beautiful Cel-Shaded graphics)and game modes.
  2. 8 / 8 / 8 / 7 - 31 silver [Vol 791; 13 Feb 2004]
  3. Light years better than the original game that was released last year. The controls are much better, the visuals are very similar to TV show, and it is an overall improvement.
  4. Improves on the original in almost every respect, from an enhanced presentation to superior controls and a broader set of skills. However, the fighting mechanics are still a little simple and the ability system is too restrictive, which makes the game feel rather shallow.
  5. 61
    A step backwards from the previous title. There were fewer voice-overs, a worse story (if that was ever possible), and a more limited fighting system.
  6. Doesn't stray terribly far from the formula, to both its credit and detriment.
  7. Takes the shallow one-on-one fighting action of its predecessor and repackages it with essentially no noteworthy enhancements to the fighting engine or visuals... Disappointing. [Dec 2003, p.82]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 41
  2. Negative: 6 out of 41
  1. NightmareVegetaKingVegeta
    Aug 3, 2005
    10
    This game is so good, but the first one was more interesting, the best thing that added in this part B2 is the new characters. So That would be great to have this one also in your collection of DBZ Games Fun.......I give 10 Because I love DBZ. Expand
  2. JamesR.
    Dec 18, 2003
    10
    This game is GREAT! Way better than the last one, and you can do more stuff. The story may be off but so what the game kicks ass!
  3. Person
    Dec 4, 2003
    10
    This game will be the best.
  4. AtteK.
    Jan 2, 2004
    10
    An awesome nation building game set in the 19th - early 20th century and by a company with an outstanding support and patching record.
  5. Mar 7, 2011
    9
    This was a huge improvement over the first one, with more characters and special moves, great graphics and sound, great controls, and a fantastic story mode and multiplayer and tournament modes, cool ways to customize your character and fantastic environments to fight in, make this a game that's easy to learn but difficult to master, add high re-play value, and you've got yourself a fighter that will keep you entertained for many hours still today. Expand
  6. SamW.
    Dec 10, 2003
    8
    It's really amazing, no comment. Graphically, I was impressed. I had nothing to say. I can't believe how great this was. But, here comes some defaults in the game. Some characters were done in a rush, actually 2 : teen gohan, and future Trunks (not really, he is well done, but not as budokai 1). The second desapointement comes in the sounds. I was desapointed when I saw that the sounds were in american, even in the european version, while the japaneese were better. Teen gohan's voice was the worst as his voice is older than his age. Even if we don't understand japaneese, in budokai 1, there were subtitles in the FMV sequences. The third desapointement, which is more a personal opinion, because many people don't really pay attention, is the abscence of the Story mode, which impressed me a lot in Budokai 1, althought there is a dragon mode that goes throught the story, we regret the abscence of the story mode. Althought this doesn't allow the game to get a good 16/20 as a rate, because of its marvelous investigations. Expand
  7. BillM.
    Dec 2, 2003
    0
    Stay away at all costs.

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