Metascore
48

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 9 out of 17
  1. It doesn’t over promise nor does it under deliver. You won’t be disappointed even with the annoyances and objectionable ways you have to obtain certain things. It’s Dragon Ball Z the way you remember it and the way you love it.
  2. If you are a fan of Dragon Ball, there’s no way around Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World, furthermore, it will be the last Dragon Ball game for the good old PlayStation 2. On the whole the game is very entertaining and you can’t make a mistake if you get it, … right now!
  3. Fighting fans with next-gen systems already have their DBZ game along with plenty of other fighters out and coming soon enough that looking back for this game should not be something that you’re considering.
  4. Although proclaiming an unlimited world and a great cast of characters, Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World isn't much less the best PlayStation 2 videogame in the series. It's a good try to imitate the Burst Limit's combat style, but it hasn't after all the biggest kamehameha of the Sony's black beast.
  5. The only enjoyment you’ll find in Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World is the fact you have a wide range of characters to choose from. Otherwise, avoid DBZ: IW as it’s an uninspiring cash-in on the franchise.
  6. If we had to give Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World an award, it will probably be an award for putting almost the entire storyline of Dragon Ball Z into this game. Too bad that besides the compelling storyline the game also has its share of really bad mini-games. They are in fact so terrible that they takeaway a lot of the fun. Fans of the series will have no problem liking this game, the rest will probably find it a bit too difficult.
  7. Dragon Ball: Infinite World is a fair adaptation of Akira Toriyama's series, with tons of playable characters and different scenarios, but nothing more. The new Dragon Mission mode is not enough to justify this new entrey on the series, but still its a good game that has nothing to do with Budokai 3 or Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
  8. DBZ: Infinite World fails to live up to the standard set by previous DBZ games on the PS2.
  9. A disappointment, plain and simple. The gameplay is so erratic and the AI is so obscenely challenging that you’ll likely become irritated in record time, and the old technical palette has finally outworn its welcome.
  10. If the lame "fetch" quests don't bore you, the ridiculously bad mini-games will. Buy one of the earlier releases (for half the price, if not cheaper) and leave this World behind.
  11. Infinite World could only be advised to those who have never played Dragon Ball ever before because this version is a bit of all the others and yet it is none of them. It is sad to get to a time like this and watch these series going down like this and not moving forward in any way in any of its versions. Deep down Infinite World is a game without any individual identity at all – the resources are always the same and this formula is very worn-out.
  12. I was really disappointed with Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World, and I already wasn't expecting much from it. Sure, the roster is impressive, and it definitely covers some unique characters, but playing the game feels more like a chore and less like the fun fighter it should be.
  13. 40
    Even with improved graphics and a large character roster, Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World ends the DBZ series on PS2 with a bust instead of a bang.
  14. 35
    The sound's repetitive, the graphics are shoddy, and the gameplay isn't fun. Do not play Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World.
  15. Stay away from Infinite World at all costs.
  16. Download the tunes and skip everything else.
  17. There’s very little reason to pick up Dragonball Z: Infinite World. Even Dragonball fans will likely find that the only allure is the fighting, but if that’s the case, they’re better off popping back in Budokai 3 or anything that doesn’t force them to do side-chores.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 1, 2013
    7
    this game is is good but it had all things that were good in the past game it's not as good as the older games but this game does have the better graphics but dragonball z budokai tenkaichi 2 is still the best this game does not come close to the story line of dragonball z budokai tenkaichi 2 Full Review »
  2. Oct 14, 2012
    10
    Infinite world is the successor to the highly-acclaimed Budokai 3, frankly I don't understand why this game gets a lower metacritic rating than Budokai 3 as generally across the board it has improved on its predecessors.

    Gameplay

    As far as gameplay goes this game is far superior to its predecessors. With the introduction of the aura burst, to replace the hyper mode seen in Budokai 3, a new level of gameplay has been added, providing new combo options and another approach option to the characters. As already mentioned aura burst is the replacement of the hyper mode. Dimps was right to do this as hyper mode was a mechanic that was pretty useless. All it provided to the player was stun resistance, the ability to use a ultimate and it just ate away at your ki until you either did a dragon dash or ran out of ki leaving you vulnerable for a short period of time.

    Of course while hyper mode was active your opponent could only avoid, use hyper mode themselves or fire off specials as they would lose out in hand to hand combat which leaves the combat a bit lacklustre. Aura burst is very different in comparison as it gives the player a dash-esque mechanic which drains a small portion of the players ki. It may also be used in combination with the punch, kick or ki blast to launch modified versions of each which provide extra stun for linking combos. This game also removes the dragon rush mechanic used in the previous games, a great decision by Dimps as a fighting game should never have mechanics which rely on the luck of an individual.

    I am however disappointed about the fact that beam struggles have been removed from the game, that isn\'t to say that the mechanic didn\'t need to be changed however. The beam struggle mechanic could have been improved by allowing both players to use up 1 or 2 ki bars to increase the power of their beams through inputting the same command for the attack(e.g. >E for Kamehameha), as opposed to mashing the buttons. This would be a great addition to the ki-centred metagame which has been slowly established by the other 3 games.

    In terms of balance this game is also an improvement on Budokai 3, the characters have been tweaked here and there so they all have a much greater balance of advantages and disadvantages. However, do not think that because the balancing in this game is an improvement that all the characters are completely balanced. There are still a few of them that could be further buffed or nerfed to make the game more balanced.

    The capsule system for custom characters was also much improved in this game, I myself found it very annoying that characters like Goku in Budokai 3 had 50% of their capsule slots taken up by just their transformations alone. Though I can understand the reasoning as characters with more tansformations have higher damage scaling so it was clearly implemented to address characters who have little to no transformations.

    Graphics

    In comparison to Budokai 3 the graphics haven't seen any improvement. As far a I can tell there seems to be no improvement whatsoever but I may be wrong about this. Some aura\'s however have seen a little tune up and slight changes to probably conform more with the Anime.

    Sound

    Great soundtracks throughout the game unfortunately most of them were done by Kenji Yamamoto who no too recently was done for copyright infringement on many soundtracks/songs due to their overbearing similarity with other songs out there in the world. Which is very much a shame since the Capsule Corp soundtrack was by far my favourite track which I used to leave my console on in the background just to listen to.

    Story Mode

    Unfortunately I didn't enjoy the story mode in this game too much, in comparison to Budokai 3 I found it to be a step down. Though the story mode hasn't been as good since the Budokai 1. What I will say is that I very much enjoyed the side games as they were a step away from the fighting which was a nice breather. It kind of reminded me of the bonus level in street fighter where you must destroy the car or the barrel jumping you must do.

    Verdict

    I am giving this game a 10/10, while there are still issues with the game Dimps was right on the mark in where they were taking this series of games at this time, Shin Budokai 1 + 2 are also proof of this. They were clearly making improvements in the gameplays depth and the balance of the roster which are really what any fighting game should focus on.
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