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  • Summary: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 delivers an extreme 3D fighting experience, improving upon last year's game with over 150 playable characters, enhanced fighting techniques, beautifully refined effects and shading techniques, making each character's effects more realistic, and over 20Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 delivers an extreme 3D fighting experience, improving upon last year's game with over 150 playable characters, enhanced fighting techniques, beautifully refined effects and shading techniques, making each character's effects more realistic, and over 20 battle stages. In addition, an improved control system for the Wii will allow players to easily mimic signature moves and execute devastating energy attacks as they are performed in the Dragon Ball Z animated series. [Atari] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. The PS2 may have thrown out its last classic titles with Okami and God of War II, but for those waiting to make the next gen leap then you could do a lot worse for yourself in the mean time than picking this up.
  2. For 50 bucks, Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is a surprisingly good game. The colorful landscapes, differently played characters, and multiple settings and choices make the title enjoyable.
  3. 80
    When looking at the core gameplay, and ignoring the titles before it, BT3 is a fast, fun, and amazingly deep experience for fans of the award-winning anime.
  4. When it comes down to it, Budokai Tenkaichi 3 continues the series’ tradition of creating true-to-the-anime experiences.
  5. 70
    If you've played any of the previous Tenkaichi titles, you know exactly what to expect here -- a relatively shallow button-masher that does a darn fine job of letting you relive the Dragon Ball experience. Those looking for anything else will be disappointed, but if you just want another excuse to beat up Frieza, this game will suit you perfectly.
  6. 70
    If you own a Wii, I recommend you hold out and wait for that version, which features an interesting alternate control scheme and full online play.
  7. I can respect Funimation’s attempt to change many staid fighting game conventions throughout their Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi series, but in the process, the controls have become almost impossible to learn.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Jul 10, 2012
    10
    The best dragon ball z game ever made period. i wish they doing this as a hd collection for the 360. hopefully in the future.The best dragon ball z game ever made period. i wish they doing this as a hd collection for the 360. hopefully in the future. .............................................. Expand
  2. Mar 9, 2015
    10
    Best Dragon Ball Z game ever to be made. Literally everything about this game was perfect. Imma go as far as to say that this is the bestBest Dragon Ball Z game ever to be made. Literally everything about this game was perfect. Imma go as far as to say that this is the best overall fighting game ever created, right up there with naruto ultimate ninja storm 3 Expand
  3. KristN.
    Dec 7, 2007
    10
    Simply put, a dream DBZ game. It looks perfect, the sounds are top, and the gameply is brilliant. Sure, it has it's flaws, but these are Simply put, a dream DBZ game. It looks perfect, the sounds are top, and the gameply is brilliant. Sure, it has it's flaws, but these are only minor, and easy to look past. This game rewards the longtime player (and is incredibly unforgiving to anyone unwilling to put the effort in to practice), but once you're able to hold your own against the sometimes infuriating AI, you'll be hooked. Expand
  4. ShaneSammut
    Nov 1, 2007
    10
    People say that budokai 3 has been and will be the best DBZ game to ever be released i say no. Tenkaichi 3 for dbz fans will deliver the dbzPeople say that budokai 3 has been and will be the best DBZ game to ever be released i say no. Tenkaichi 3 for dbz fans will deliver the dbz experiance your looking for!!! it's not that there is over 150 characters, its that the characters are more unique than most would think, this time round they have changed moves for the better. The fighting is more intense and defined, there is no DBZ game so far that you can get hold of better than Tenkaichi 3 Expand
  5. Sep 7, 2012
    9
    A great game made from my favorite anime the only flaw on the game is the story felt much more weaker than tenkaichi 2 did but overall this isA great game made from my favorite anime the only flaw on the game is the story felt much more weaker than tenkaichi 2 did but overall this is one of the best games on the ps2. Expand
  6. Apr 14, 2015
    9
    This game is truly amazing! This game has many things to offer . It has very good graphics for a ps2 game
  7. Feb 19, 2015
    5
    I'm usually a bit more eloquent with my writing, but simply put, this game was awful. I rented it for a day, and never bought it or played itI'm usually a bit more eloquent with my writing, but simply put, this game was awful. I rented it for a day, and never bought it or played it after that. It delivered none of the fun and the excitement that transpired playing Budokai 3 with friends and family. The controls scheme was horrible, full of meaningless and repetitive button mashing. The voice acting was really terrible, especially noticeable with super and ultimate attacks. Supers and ultimates were done poorly and gave you none of the satisfaction that the ones with Budokai 3 gave you. The disc fusion was a gimmick and the potara earings for customizing your character was no where near as good as the capsule system. The capsule system wasn't perfect either, but it was much better than the potara earing system. The soundtrack of Budokai 3 was superb. The soundtrack for Tenkaichi 3 was gutter trash. I really don't understand why some people even liked this game. They have to get their head screwed back on straight. Expand

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#2 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
#3 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007