Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
Buy On
  1. It has little in common with previous Budokai games, but there's still enough here to keep DBZ fans entertained.
  2. 70
    If you're just a casual fighting game, or more specifically, a fan of Dragon Ball Z, Budokai Tenkaichi may be exactly what you're looking for.
  3. Given its level of difficulty, and general synaesthetic terrorism, my mind and body were woefully unequipped to deal with what Bandai had unleashed on me.
  4. 60
    Tenkaichi succeeds in all the areas that DBZ fans love: brilliant, innovative graphics, a gajillion (more than 60, actually) playable characters from the beloved anime series, and (everyone together) Saiyans!
  5. 60
    The visuals hit the mark, and there’s a huge roster of fighters here, but the odd camera work and control issues don’t work in the game’s favor.
  6. Hardcore DBZ fans would be happy with the new flying skills and bigger environments to traverse, but be mindful of its basic and shallow combat system.
  7. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    60
    The gameplay is a bit awkward and quite repetitive, but no game has captured the feel of Dragon Ball Z quite like this. [Jan 2006, p.92]
  8. Tenkaichi is a genuine attempt at capturing the Dragon Ball essence, but in the end the complex, clunky gameplay and lack of previously offered features prevents the unlocking of any true potential.
  9. The game just fails to capture the energy of a true fighting game, and runs amuck of too many problems to really be considered as a purchase, unless you live DBZ and named your kid Kakarot.
  10. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    50
    Closely in tune with the spirit of the DBZ universe, which must be brilliant for some gamers, but if that means nothing to you then neither will this game. [Dec 2005, p.124]
  11. What Dragon Ball Z: Sparkling ends up as is a good game for the millions of Dragon Ball fans out there even though it doesn’t have the general appeal of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3.

Awards & Rankings

#28 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#69 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Nov 8, 2013
    3
    Bad game..very bad game. I mean..if you want a good DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi game then play the 2nd one. The characters are just...wow. IBad game..very bad game. I mean..if you want a good DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi game then play the 2nd one. The characters are just...wow. I mean...seriously...they look like Minecraft blobs on crack. The gameplay and story alike are just wow. It's good...but not that perfect. The camera sucks, the controls are easy to maneuver and the best this game can do is give you a good Character Introduction mode. All in all...this game sucks. Full Review »
  2. JarvisS.
    Oct 19, 2005
    4
    This game sucks, the camara is awkward, the characters are hard to control in the air, and you CAN'T TRANSFORM!!! Give it back to Dimps, This game sucks, the camara is awkward, the characters are hard to control in the air, and you CAN'T TRANSFORM!!! Give it back to Dimps, they new what they were doing!! Full Review »
  3. Oct 4, 2015
    8
    Lo jugué hace 8 años o mas, y me pareció bueno , lo disfrute bastante y me lo pase en enseguida . Otro punto a favor que tenía este juego eraLo jugué hace 8 años o mas, y me pareció bueno , lo disfrute bastante y me lo pase en enseguida . Otro punto a favor que tenía este juego era la campaña, muy larga y entretenída. El resto de modos tambien eran buenos, como por ejemplo derrotar a 100 enemigos, o las clasicas batallas 1 vs 1. Los gráficos estaban muy bien hechos . Hicieron un buen juego para los fans de dragon ball . Full Review »