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8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 58
  2. Negative: 6 out of 58
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  1. Mar 26, 2012
    4
    As a stagnating franchise and as an unimportant " new " episode to the video game family, Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is completely stupid still, the sequel is a nice part worth having, but not this .
  2. Oct 28, 2011
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Many important people are missing bad game, we play very confused persons barriers invisible LMIT that much gameplay, then, and very repetitive, then the story mode and long enough but ugly Expand
  3. jamesJ
    Jun 2, 2009
    3
    Makes no effort in maturing the franchise. the game insists on giving every menu option a needless dragonball theme to it, and ends up explaining in detail every menu option through annoying unskippable voice overs. even when the name of the option is extremely self explanatory there's a voice over explaining exactly what "duel" means. the character select screen divides the numerous Makes no effort in maturing the franchise. the game insists on giving every menu option a needless dragonball theme to it, and ends up explaining in detail every menu option through annoying unskippable voice overs. even when the name of the option is extremely self explanatory there's a voice over explaining exactly what "duel" means. the character select screen divides the numerous characters into different unspecified groups you have to cycle through, and some of the main character's transformed states end up being in an entirely different group and locked off from the original characters in game transformation ability. some of the character's alternate costumes are lacking in originality(compared to their default costume) and whats worse is that the game simply labels the different costumes by number requiring the player to guess, memorize, or look up online, if he wants to select a specific costume. the ability to "customize" characters rarely exceeds boosting individual attributes of the character, like speed or health. furthermore the large list of items used to modify these attributes offer no useful explanation as to what the attributes actually effect. The menu dosn't categorize the items sufficiently, leaving the player to scroll through endless lists searching for a specific item. AI is extremely bland and uncooperative to the fact that someone might want to have fun. An example of this is when you're hidden from view and the opponent is facing away from you it magically knows to teleport out of the way of an attack that's impossible to see coming. what's worse is even afterwords the opponent still sits there looking around like nothing just happened. the franchise famous "power struggles" are degraded into an overly simplistic minigame of who can move the analog sticks around faster, the highest difficulty will make it nearly impossible to attack an opponant head on due to the near certainty of the AI winning the power struggle. worst of all is the implementation of giant characters. special attacks can either be energy based(balls or beams of energy shot at the opponent) or rush based(the character collides with the opponent and hits them a few times). Giant characters are automatically immune to almost all rush attacks leaving some characters, which rely solely on rush attacks, seriously handicapped. this problem is made worse in that several characters can't make giants recoil with standard attacks and thus are completely open to being pounded on with little to no defense against it. Expand

Awards & Rankings

#50 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#53 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
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
  1. 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]
  2. 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.
  3. The game was built for DBZ enthusiasts, but anyone who loves a great fighter will get into this high-flying, non-stop experience.