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  • Summary: Combining action, fighting and light role-playing game elements, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 sends players into a rich story mode that spans the entire Dragon Ball, DBZ, and Dragon Ball GT series. The game takes the acrobatic and intense 3D flying and fighting dynamic made popular inCombining action, fighting and light role-playing game elements, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 sends players into a rich story mode that spans the entire Dragon Ball, DBZ, and Dragon Ball GT series. The game takes the acrobatic and intense 3D flying and fighting dynamic made popular in the first game and takes it to a new level with over 100 playable characters, 15 vast and vibrant 3D destructible environments, and nine different game modes, including intense single and multiplayer battles. Team up with Z-Warriors to complete exciting missions, ripped right from the TV show (the player can play with two warriors while in battle, and can switch warriors during the battle). Over 100 DBZ warriors, including many that have never been seen in previous DBZ games. Improved camera system, explosive environmental damage, and in-game transformations. The complete DBZ mythology, from Dragon Ball To Dragon Ball GT. Post customizable character codes to the Internet. [Atari] Expand
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. 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.
  3. If you don't mind your fighting games on the simpler side you will find a lot to enjoy.
  4. The fighting engine is unconventional, but the difficulty is better balanced this time, and eases you in slower.
  5. In short, it's pretty much everything you’d expect from Dragon Ball Z, only good.
  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. The problem is that it's just too easy. [Jan 2007, p.83]

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  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Jan 29, 2014
    10
    The budokai and the tenkaichi series made my childhood alongside with the anime they are based one. One of the greatest fighting games, if youThe 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! Expand
  2. DayshawnR.
    Nov 25, 2006
    10
    Better than all the DBZ games i played!
  3. JohnnyM.
    Jun 30, 2007
    10
    This is the single greatest fighting game I have ever played ever. I found myself playing it for hours without end...its was just awesome.
  4. Zach
    Nov 19, 2006
    9
    Easily the best of all the DBZ games. Before this I thought Budokai 3 was the top, but could have been better...Tenkaichi was ok but no Easily the best of all the DBZ games. Before this I thought Budokai 3 was the top, but could have been better...Tenkaichi was ok but no transformations which took away alot. This one brings back the transformations in game and does it in style, it's very easy to choose exactly which form you want, be your character saijan, cell, frieza, etc. The whole fighting system has been reworked and isn't nearly as clunky as before. Combos are a breeze to pull off, specials are better and add alot of strategy to a fight. Character selection is insane, I haven't seen a single character left out from any of the sagas. The story mode is the same, I'm only at the begining of the cell saga and am 30% complete. It even covers the dbz movies such as the tree of might, deadzone, cooler...it's really got it all! My only gripe is the AI, not that it's bad. Sometimes it will decide to do the same move over and over again which is iritating, and other times the computer will just decide it isnt going to let you win and utterly annihilate you. Nothing bad with the game, the difficulty can just be a bit outragous at times. If you are a DBZ fan and wish the games could be better, this is the one to buy. Expand
  5. Nov 8, 2013
    9
    This is an excellent game. It has the basic necessities of any DBZ game. Graphics, controls, characters, and camera control. I love the storyThis 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. Expand
  6. Feb 6, 2011
    9
    Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is one of the best fighters out there, and one of the best Dragon Ball Z games, with a INCREDIBLY largeDragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is one of the best fighters out there, and one of the best Dragon Ball Z games, with a INCREDIBLY large amount of playable characters, awesome controls, awesome graphics, and amazing sound, an awesome story mode, and highly replayable tournament modes, and great versus modes, this game is a must play for fighter and Dragon Ball Z fans. Collapse
  7. 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 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

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