• 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
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  1. AceGamez
    90
    The only thing holding it back from a full 10 is the lack of online play.
  2. 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.
  3. A streamlined, fairly standard fighter that’s accessible, yet still very fun to play.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. 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.
  8. It’s a little more technical than Budokai, but nowhere near as technical as the hype would lead you to believe.
  9. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    80
    A robust fighting experience. [Sept 2006, p.81]
  10. Get your arcade sticks out, kids, this one's for real.
  11. 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.
  12. Overall Super Dragon Ball Z would be [better] described as "slightly different" than "new and improved."
  13. Super DragonBall Z makes the most out of a sometimes overworked genre and will provide some hours of good old-fashioned fighting action.
  14. Games Master UK
    75
    Another quality slice of DBZ action, but a bit short on options for super-completists. [Sept 2006, p.75]
  15. 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]

Awards & Rankings

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#49 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 8 out of 23
  1. 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 »
  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. Full Review »
  3. 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 veryBy 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 »