Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
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  1. The best Dragon Ball Z game ever. It does almost everything right and is a nearly flawless culmination of everything that was great about every US Dragon Ball Z game since Final Bout, be it characters, gameplay or graphics.
  2. It, in fact, accomplishes roughly 95% of what it set out to do, and with style besides. If you've ever liked Dragon Ball Z, even just as a kid growing up, then this game should automatically be added to your collection.
  3. AceGamez
    90
    An epic anime beat-em-up unlike anything else currently on the market. Although the controls are slightly tricky at first, this is a game with so much depth and character that I can't help but recommend it to everyone.
  4. 83
    This one uses every button on the controller, a good deal of motion on the Wii version, and it moves at an insane speed. Still, for gamers that can get into it, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is one of the most entertaining and fierce anime fighters around. This is every DBZ fan’s wet dream.
  5. A solid and slick fighting game that beat 'em up fans and Dragon Ball z anime fanatics will love. There are a lot of small improvements (like the ability to jump into Super Saiyan mode more easily) to look forward and a ton of gameplay and extras to keep players occupied for a very long time.
  6. It may not satisfy the hardcore fighting fan or impress those who aren’t fans of DBZ, but anyone who enjoys the Dragon Ball series will find it thoroughly enjoyable.
  7. If you don't mind your fighting games on the simpler side you will find a lot to enjoy.
  8. The game was built for DBZ enthusiasts, but anyone who loves a great fighter will get into this high-flying, non-stop experience.
  9. Play Magazine
    80
    Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is the type of game that will only give you back what you're willing to put into it. [Nov. 2006, p.85]
  10. 80
    Even if you can't find people to play in the two-player modes, the story mode has enough action-packed content to soak up the entire DBZ legacy, and to keep you busy for a long, long time.
  11. 80
    The best and most substantial Dragon Ball Z experience that you're likely to get outside of watching the show.
  12. As a fighting game, it’s very flashy and somehow shallow, but fans of the cartoon will appreciate this as well as the careful use of the license.
  13. Atari finally comes good with the celebrated DBZ franchise with this high-flying, free-form fighting game. This is as close as you'll get to the frantic anime-style battles.
  14. What’s really impressive is how big of a game this is. This is bigger than any fighter in recent memory. This love note to fans will appeal to the biggest fighting game purist.
  15. An awesome variety of modes, a huge roster, customization, and the entire Dragon Ball story tied up nicely in one package add up to a title that every DBZ fan ought to have.
  16. The fighting engine is unconventional, but the difficulty is better balanced this time, and eases you in slower.
  17. Games Master UK
    78
    A veritable Dragon Ball Z encyclopedia that fans will find abolutely irresistible. [Christmas 2006, p.66]
  18. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is a fighter that will draw fighting fans to its crisp, fast, fighting action and will entertain fans of the Dragon Ball franchise.
  19. Outside of some minor quibbles with the user interface and some obscenely difficult matches, the only real snag is the fact that everything's so heavily based in the Dragon Ball Z mythos, there isn't much here for the non-fan to enjoy.
  20. In short, it's pretty much everything you’d expect from Dragon Ball Z, only good.
  21. 70
    Less Dragon-Ballsy gamers may get frustrated, but are encouraged to stick it out as well, until they get the hang of this deep -- albeit slightly convoluted -- fighting feast.
  22. PSM Magazine
    70
    Love or hate Dragon Ball, the load times in Tenkaichi 2 will have you seeing red fast. [Holiday 2006, p.82]
  23. Burdened by clumsy controls and predictable artificial intelligence, Tenkaichi 2 is a game that can be loved only by forgiving DBZ fans.
  24. It's hard to recommend this game to anyone other than the most diehard DBZ fans due to the bad camera angles, repetitive button mashing gameplay and the lack of online multiplayer. I suggest the developers start concentrating on quality over quantity.
  25. If you played the previous game in the series and liked it, then the expanded story mode as well as the number of new characters may be enough to pick up the next installment. If you have not played the original Tenkaichi or did not care for it, the sequel is most certainly not for you.
  26. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 seems to have everything going for it, but thanks to a questionable control set-up, boring stories and annoying voice acting, it’s hard to recommend this newest fighting game.
  27. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    60
    There are new modes and a better camera, but the developer seems to have accidentally flicked the switch to Extreme Difficulty. [Jan 2007, p.81]
  28. Solid fundamentals, a good selection of modes and a huge cast will no doubt make this top of the must-have list for followers of the series but unless you're ga-ga for Goku, there are definitely better, flashier and more rewarding fighting games out there.
  29. As it stands, you really only need to play each character once to check out their special moves, say “cool”, and move on. Great license, great production values, and a mediocre fighter, that pretty much sums it up.
  30. A solid fighting game with some cool looking features. But unless you’re willing to dedicate a significant chunk of your life to understanding and mastering it, you’re likely to get bored fairly quickly.
  31. PSM3 Magazine UK
    49
    The problem is that it's just too easy. [Jan 2007, p.83]

Awards & Rankings

#46 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#62 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Apr 5, 2012
    9
    DBZ BT2 conducted in 2006 with a good story mode which follows almost cartoon fashion with several that are part of the game that makes fun ofDBZ BT2 conducted in 2006 with a good story mode which follows almost cartoon fashion with several that are part of the game that makes fun of the person who plays, Spike has not really his game Ratté Full Review »
  2. Dec 3, 2016
    8
    A great DBZ game, far surpasses the all of the Budokai games in my opinion. It is well known in the DBZ community if you want to play as alotA great DBZ game, far surpasses the all of the Budokai games in my opinion. It is well known in the DBZ community if you want to play as alot of characters get Tenkaichi 3 but if you want a long and expansive story get Tenkaichi 2. The story mode is one of this games finest features, having not only all of DBZ but also all of DBGT, the movies and even alternate universe stories that have different outcomes. The only gripe I have with it are that some of the missions are kinda cheap but if you master the game mechanics you should be fine. Full Review »
  3. Jun 23, 2015
    10
    My personal favourite dbz game. It has the best story mode. Many characters too choose from and awesome graphics and gameplay. It just feelsMy personal favourite dbz game. It has the best story mode. Many characters too choose from and awesome graphics and gameplay. It just feels so good when you punch an opponent right in the face. Only bad thing the music is horrible. Full Review »