• 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
  1. The only thing holding it back from a full 10 is the lack of online play.
  2. 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.
  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.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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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