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  • Summary: Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World combines all the best elements of previous Dragon Ball Z games, while boasting new features such as “Dragon Missions”, new battle types and drama scenes for fans to delve deeper than ever before into the Dragon Ball Z® universe. The new “Dragon Missions” in Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World include many famous scenes from the Dragon Ball Z series never before seen in a video game. A range of missions from time attack in the “Snake Road Mission” alongside other action and racing-style missions puts players’ strategy and quick-thinking skills to the test beyond simply showing off their deadly fighting skills. But no Dragon Ball Z game would be complete without its fair share of spectacular battles. Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World uses a simplified battle system taken from the recently released next-gen Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit for thrilling hand-to-hand fighting on the ground, or flying leaps and aerial combat in the skies. Defeat your opponent by blasting damaging Ki attacks from the sky or by diving into him and launching an explosive smash attack. The game features over 40 unique characters, not counting the various character transformations which multiply the playing potential. On top of characters, fighting techniques and battle stages, Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World also includes selected drama scenes from the previous games all presented using beautifully refined effects and shading techniques. [Atari] Expand
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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  1. TimothyYoung
    Nov 19, 2008
    This game is the s**t those critics suck and don't know what a real video game when they play one. That's why i never listen to critics cause their just game freaks with no life and all they do is play games so they have to find something to do with their lives when their not playing video games so take it from me never listen to a f*****g critic Expand
  2. Oct 14, 2012
    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.
  3. MattK
    Nov 11, 2008
    Very similar to Budokai 3, so if you liked that then you might want to check this one out. It has a couple new features & character (or removed). If you liked Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 then you will like this. Collapse
  4. RobertB
    Jan 31, 2009
    Aside from the repetitive side quests, this shines in it's overall fighting, which is what the game is truly about, it's an assimilation of all that made Budokai 3 and Shin Budokai great. I'd recommend this for any DBZ fan. Expand
  5. Jan 1, 2013
    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 Expand