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
Buy On
  1. In short, it's pretty much everything you’d expect from Dragon Ball Z, only good.
  2. 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.
  3. Burdened by clumsy controls and predictable artificial intelligence, Tenkaichi 2 is a game that can be loved only by forgiving DBZ fans.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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]
  9. PSM Magazine
    70
    Love or hate Dragon Ball, the load times in Tenkaichi 2 will have you seeing red fast. [Holiday 2006, p.82]
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

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 »