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  • Summary: From the producer of the acclaimed Street Fighter II game comes Super DBZ, a new, highly intense DBZ fighting experience unlike any other Dragon Ball Z game. Super DBZ features an all new DBZ fighting system plus intense combos for super damage. With multiple unique special attacks and fighting styles for all 18 characters, Super DBZ gives players a more hard-core 3D fighting experience in the air or on the ground, complete with enough super-fast combination moves and dynamic battle scenes to satisfy any DBZ buff. [Atari] Expand
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  1. The only thing holding it back from a full 10 is the lack of online play.
  2. The game's developer has made fighting, not story, the main focus, so you're going to be spending most of your time beating up your opponents and not scrolling through boring plot descriptions. [Sep 2006, p.84]
  3. Probably the finest DBZ fighting title in terms of pure gameplay. The game takes obvious inspiration from new and classic fighters and successfully plugs it into the DBZ formula. However, with the increased focus on technical gameplay, some of the flash found in the Budokai titles is missing.
  4. 74
    Designed to appeal to traditional fighting fans before anime nuts, its strengths lay more to the thinking player's side of things rather than the casual. Had it boasted a larger move set and perhaps a few more playable characters, then its value as a long-term tournament title might have been higher.
  5. Had it had an online feature or the split-screen action of Budokai 3, the verdict would have been different.
  6. The custom card building and use of the Dragon Balls are excellent additions, making up for the lack of modes in the game.
  7. The problem is, most games of this type offer a significant price break, something that seems to be missing from this game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. Nov 4, 2010
    8
    This game get a lot of hate for no reason whatsoever. Yes you can't zoom around the landscape or spam teleports and massive fireballs. There are plenty of other fighter games that allow you to do that.

    This is more of a technical fighting game for the universe. Noritaka Funamizu from Street Fighter 2 provided input, and you can really tell. It feels more like an SF2 EX fighting game, than a Budokai one.

    That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but certainly not for everyone.
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  2. Mar 8, 2013
    7
    By the creator of Street Fighter 2, Super Dragon Ball Z is a really great fighting game that any fight fan can enjoy, and also adds in a very addicting level up mode for fans, where you raise one of the z warriors power level the more and more you fight, unlocking new moves, and adding an rpg element that i personally believe Dragon Ball Z games benefit from greatly. Even with the awesome powerlevels and well designed fighting engine, this game doesnt have alot of variety. other than a tournament mode, and a mode more specifically for your leved up characters, where you fight with each match opponents getting stronger, and your helth doesnt replenish, other than through the bonus roulette at the end of matches (essentialy a survival mode) this game doesnt have a whole lot to offer in terms of gameplay variety. On top of that, this game only has 18 characters, which is substantially low, considering they all control very similar, and with the exception of Cyborg frieza (which wasnt in any other dbz title at the time) this game really just doesnt have hours of fun and lots of unlockables to keep you playing. Regardless of the fairly low replayability, this is a pretty decent Dragon Ball Z fighting game that, while hated by alot of people, I find does what it does just fine, give the arcade super dragon ball z experience at home. no more, no less. Expand

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