• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Jul 18, 2006
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
Buy On
  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. AceGamez
    90
    The only thing holding it back from a full 10 is the lack of online play.
  3. Super Dragon Ball Z takes the best elements of Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball universe and meshes them with solid fighting mechanics to deliver a one-two punch that all fighting game fans should enjoy.
  4. 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]
  5. It’s a little more technical than Budokai, but nowhere near as technical as the hype would lead you to believe.
  6. There's enough over-the-top action in Super Dragon Ball Z to make this an easy game to recommend for fans of the series, unfortunately fans of modern 3D fighting games may want to look elsewhere for their fix.
  7. 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.
  8. Get your arcade sticks out, kids, this one's for real.
  9. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    80
    A robust fighting experience. [Sept 2006, p.81]
  10. It’s repetitive, and a lot like the other Dragonball Z games out there. But if you love them, you’ll enjoy this – and if you haven’t played the series before, Super DBZ is an easy way to enter.
  11. Overall Super Dragon Ball Z would be [better] described as "slightly different" than "new and improved."
  12. Super DragonBall Z makes the most out of a sometimes overworked genre and will provide some hours of good old-fashioned fighting action.
  13. Games Master UK
    75
    Another quality slice of DBZ action, but a bit short on options for super-completists. [Sept 2006, p.75]
  14. PSM3 Magazine UK
    75
    As deep as a puddle, but a riot nonetheless. One for when the junior family members need a drubbing. [Sept 2006, p.74]
  15. A streamlined, fairly standard fighter that’s accessible, yet still very fun to play.

Awards & Rankings

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#46 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
6.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 8 out of 24
  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. ThereThis 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. 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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  3. Mar 11, 2017
    7
    Siguiendo la estela de los grandes videojuegos de lucha como street fighter, KOF o Tekken. acá tenemos un muy buen videojuego de lucha realSiguiendo la estela de los grandes videojuegos de lucha como street fighter, KOF o Tekken. acá tenemos un muy buen videojuego de lucha real basado en dragon ball z. posee 18 personajes con algunos bastante únicos como gohan adulto con la espada z o milk (chi-chi). bastante profundo en técnicas y estrategia, aca se nota la carencia de personajes claves como ten shin han, yamcha, kid bu, super bu, ginyu, zarbon, nappa, raditz, garlic jr o dabura. carencia de ending o recompensas. esto esta basado en el arcade es un dragon ball exclusivo para los amantes de los videojuegos de lucha tradicional. Full Review »