Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  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. 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. 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.
  10. 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]
  11. 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.
  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. 80
    The best and most substantial Dragon Ball Z experience that you're likely to get outside of watching the show.
  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. 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. In short, it's pretty much everything you’d expect from Dragon Ball Z, only good.
  20. Love or hate Dragon Ball, the load times in Tenkaichi 2 will have you seeing red fast. [Holiday 2006, p.82]
  21. 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. 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.
  23. Burdened by clumsy controls and predictable artificial intelligence, Tenkaichi 2 is a game that can be loved only by forgiving DBZ fans.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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. 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.
  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. The problem is that it's just too easy. [Jan 2007, p.83]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Apr 5, 2012
    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 of the person who plays, Spike has not really his game Ratté Full Review »
  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! Full Review »
  3. Nov 8, 2013
    This is an excellent game. It has the basic necessities of any DBZ game. Graphics, controls, characters, and camera control. I love the story mode an gameplay. It fits so well with the DBZ storyline. The graphics are indescribable. The controls are really great. The character roster is superb, along with the transformations. The camera is also great. All in all, this game is great, but the only downside is the ''CGI'' cutscenes. That made me quinch. Full Review »