• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Dec 3, 2002
Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
Buy On
  1. 40
    While it does have generally high production values, nobody would give this title a second glance if it didn't have the Dragon Ball Z license attached to it.
  2. For those looking for an actual fighting game and not a license, I would suggest extreme caution because this one is quite simply for the fans.
  3. PSM Magazine
    30
    In recreating the action of the cartoon show, the developers have gone the easy route, implementing automatic special attacks rather than an effective combination system. [Jan 2003, p.42]

Awards & Rankings

9
#9 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
57
#57 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 75
  2. Negative: 10 out of 75
  1. Nov 8, 2011
    8
    Each fight in the game is harder than the one before it so hardcore gamers will like the difficulty. The fighting is fast so a lot of buttonEach fight in the game is harder than the one before it so hardcore gamers will like the difficulty. The fighting is fast so a lot of button mashing is required. It follows the Dragon Ball Z storyline very well. If you like fighting games, then you just might like this game. Full Review »
  2. Mar 7, 2011
    8
    Dragon Ball Z: Budokai is a great fighter, with a great selection of characters, and a fun story mode, but is lacking in tournament modes andDragon Ball Z: Budokai is a great fighter, with a great selection of characters, and a fun story mode, but is lacking in tournament modes and replay value, but has some pretty good multiplayer, if your a fan of the DBZ Budokai series and you want to see where it began this is a great purchase. Full Review »
  3. Feb 1, 2018
    7
    First DB-Game I played. And I had a lot of fun with it. The Tournament-Mode is the highlight.