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  • Summary: Everything before it was just training. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi combines fighting and flying in wide open, destructible 3D environments. In the air, on the ground or under water, DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi gives players the ability to battle with unprecedented power and freedom.Everything before it was just training. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi combines fighting and flying in wide open, destructible 3D environments. In the air, on the ground or under water, DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi gives players the ability to battle with unprecedented power and freedom. Experience the intensity of DBZ fighting in an all-new way by combining melee combat, energy attacks and 3D flight with fully interactive recreation of the Dragon Ball universe. With its intense battles, high-speed flight and deep storyline, DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi offers players a "superhero" experience of epic proportions - it's the DBZ game fans have been waiting for. [Atari] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Not only surpasses the Budokai series up to now, but shows us some new and great additions.
  2. I really liked how the developers of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi went “outside the box” when creating this game and didn’t stick to the formula that the other Budokai set up.
  3. Features a staggering amount of features despite the shortcomings of the gameplay.
  4. The programmers used music from the anime and TV series but it’s a shame that some tunes didn’t make it in. The addition of English and Japanese voiceovers makes the experience great for the fans.
  5. It has little in common with previous Budokai games, but there's still enough here to keep DBZ fans entertained.
  6. Tenkaichi is a genuine attempt at capturing the Dragon Ball essence, but in the end the complex, clunky gameplay and lack of previously offered features prevents the unlocking of any true potential.
  7. So the single player game is boring and the multiplayer is mundane and bland. What is left to enjoy about Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi then? Not much at all I'm afraid.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. HadiN.
    Oct 30, 2005
    10
    This game is the best of all other dbz games.
  2. LindseyW.
    Nov 14, 2005
    10
    I wish I had two more hands to give this game four thumbs up. Before I played it i kind of worried about the camera angles but I was able to I wish I had two more hands to give this game four thumbs up. Before I played it i kind of worried about the camera angles but I was able to adjust to them very easy. I must say the same about the controls, they grew on me. In the next one I would like to be able to customize clothing and accessories like wrist bands, shoes, armor, scouters and other things from the cartoon. Also how about some team battles like two on two, maybe that can get worked in somehow or two on one battles. Also what about more destruction to the ground when thrown in to it. If it all gets destroyed then it becomes an air battle. Expand
  3. James
    Nov 20, 2005
    10
    This is totally awesome. I love how you have the freedom of flight, larger arenas, and less cinematic time for moves. It is awesome how the This is totally awesome. I love how you have the freedom of flight, larger arenas, and less cinematic time for moves. It is awesome how the map is more 3D and destructible than all the other previous games. BEST GAME EVER! Expand
  4. Youdon'twanttoknow
    Aug 6, 2006
    9
    Altough i am a fan of the Dragonball series i was a bit disappointed with somethings in the first games. There was the small enviroment, how Altough i am a fan of the Dragonball series i was a bit disappointed with somethings in the first games. There was the small enviroment, how hard it was to break something and the very annoying problem with the power up system (you would lose energy more rapidly the higher up the power up list you got and so when you reached the top one you had a very limited ammount of time left). Altough i found myself missing the power ups the rest of the game got me hooked and this has easily become my best game if not my best PS2 game. I love playing with my friends wich pick up the controller and so "No, no. Dont worry I'll figure out the buttons myself" and then watch as every last attack they make fails to hit me until they finally admit to needing help. Or those that have playe the game alot and we have a long battle over who is best. The only reason i'm going to give this game a 9 is because of the fact that you can't power up and because you can pick some of the weakest guys in teh series and easily kick the toughest ones ass. Expand
  5. SumDood
    Nov 30, 2005
    8
    Pretty good game.(Although i like the first on the best)! this game captures the world of dbz like none other. Definetly a good RENTAL!
  6. WilliamW.
    Sep 29, 2006
    7
    This is a fairly solid DBZ game. You could make a fair argument for this or Budokai 3 being the best DBZ game out. What makes Budokai This is a fairly solid DBZ game. You could make a fair argument for this or Budokai 3 being the best DBZ game out. What makes Budokai Tenkaichi better than Budokai 3 are slightly better graphics, 3D environment and more characters. Budokai Tenkaichi does lack a couple of features that were missed, like in-battle transformation and fusion. I will admit that this game is somewhat too simple and basic, when it comes to gameplay, but it's not something that I'll lose any sleep over. Budokai Tenkaichi 2 will more than likely bring back some of the elements from Budokai 3...making it definitely the best DBZ game ever. Expand
  7. Nov 8, 2013
    3
    Bad game..very bad game. I mean..if you want a good DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi game then play the 2nd one. The characters are just...wow. IBad game..very bad game. I mean..if you want a good DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi game then play the 2nd one. The characters are just...wow. I mean...seriously...they look like Minecraft blobs on crack. The gameplay and story alike are just wow. It's good...but not that perfect. The camera sucks, the controls are easy to maneuver and the best this game can do is give you a good Character Introduction mode. All in all...this game sucks. Expand

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