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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 andFrom 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. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 90
    The gameplay is where Super DBZ truly shines. From the first time you load up and play Super DBZ, you'll notice the game religiously pays homage to the Akira Toriyama Dragon Ball universe.
  2. PSM Magazine
    85
    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. It may start out as a fighter without much depth but if players are willing to take the time to level up characters and acquire new abilities, the game is a lot of fun.
  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 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. Jan 27, 2018
    10
    It's a shame this game wasn't popular, it is the best DBZ fighting of it's time overlooked because of it's small roster, limited game modes,It's a shame this game wasn't popular, it is the best DBZ fighting of it's time overlooked because of it's small roster, limited game modes, and difficulty to master with it's steep learning curve.

    Super DBZ is an attempt at a legitimate fighting game with some quirky aspects, like creating character cards and leveling up your fighters card with unique special moves and skill traits. I thought it was an interesting mechanic to me, for others this might not be as appealing and some players may be down right confused.

    Dragon Ball fans praise DBZ Budokai and Tenkaichi for the robust roster and insane super moves and how easy it is to just pick up and play, but what Super DBZ has is depth, an intricate combo system, and wide variety of characters with different character archetypes. Where the Budokai and Tenkaichi games fall off for me is that all characters play the same. You hit the same buttons for every character to do similar things and there is no difference in play style. Super DBZ has the grappler character Android 16, who wants to put fear into the opponent and try to open them up for a grab or a heavy string of strong hits into a super. They have zoners like Krillin who controls the area around him to make his opponent to approach from a bad angle to try and make an opening.

    Super DBZ has a ton of variety, and once you get past the skill wall you start to feel accomplished, you have a better understanding of the game, it's that feeling that gives the player the drive to play fighting games.

    PROS:
    +Tight Controls
    +Deep Complex Combat
    +Unique Skill Tree
    +Fun and Dynamic Combo System
    +Amazing Art Direction
    +Great Soundtrack

    Neutral:
    ≠Character Cards can be confusing
    ≠Game is technical and can be hard to understand for new players

    CONS:
    -Not a lot of single player modes
    -No in game tutorial

    In the end Super DBZ was a hidden gem overlooked and shadowed by the success of DBZ Budokai/Tenkaichi. It is an underrated classic and I still come back and play it with my friends with my friends since I discovered it back in 2014. I'd say to give it a shot if you're a DBZ fan or if you are a fighting game fan in general.

    Verdict:
    10/10

    P.S. Check out Super DBZ tournament videos on youtube to see what the game is all about.
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  2. Oct 7, 2015
    10
    No the best dragon ball z game, BUT is the best 2D FIGHTING dragon ball z game, fast and powerfull combos and each character feels different.No the best dragon ball z game, BUT is the best 2D FIGHTING dragon ball z game, fast and powerfull combos and each character feels different. I know that Budokai 3 has more characters, but they feel the same and the system of Dragon Rush is... Lame. Expand
  3. MikeL.
    Jul 20, 2006
    9
    I got this game yesterday, and it is completely awesome. The fighting is as fun and fast paced as you would want in a Dragonball Z game, and I got this game yesterday, and it is completely awesome. The fighting is as fun and fast paced as you would want in a Dragonball Z game, and there is enough depth to keep "hardcore" fighting gamers interested for a long while, learning their characters and tweaking strategies. The only thing that might kill the balance of the game is that you can pump up your fighters, but that's one of the main fun things to do in the game, and you can always play the vanilla version of any character to keep the playing field even. Expand
  4. AshokS.
    Jul 28, 2006
    7
    cool game.. fun 2 play.. 1 of d best these days when all d new games r dull!.. make more better games 4 gods sake.
  5. IsaacM.
    Nov 19, 2007
    4
    Old school fighting that really isn't that good does nothing to replicate the dragon ball world DBZ Budokai 3 was the pinnacle and the Old school fighting that really isn't that good does nothing to replicate the dragon ball world DBZ Budokai 3 was the pinnacle and the most faithful of fighting engines to the anime, this is a major step backwards the creators should hang their heads in shame Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Jul 28, 2006
    3
    I think this was a big step backwards from tenkaichi. It is not nearly as fun. The move are really wierd. The graphics are worse, and the I think this was a big step backwards from tenkaichi. It is not nearly as fun. The move are really wierd. The graphics are worse, and the over all gameplay sux. Expand
  7. MatheusJ.
    Sep 8, 2006
    0
    Man its bad. It is just like sagas I like Budokai 3 and Tenkaichi because it has a lot of characters and new sagas I didn't like it Man its bad. It is just like sagas I like Budokai 3 and Tenkaichi because it has a lot of characters and new sagas I didn't like it because it only goes to cell saga and it dosent have new characters because it only has one character that the budokais dont have cyborg frieza man it is bad i would like if it had all the characters from all the budokais and tenkaichi and even more new characters but wait the supreme game with all supreme characters is coming beware for the perferct ever DBZ game ever made wait for DRAGONBALL Z TENKAICHI 2 THE SUPREME GAME IS COMING Expand

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