Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
  1. Apr 13, 2014
    55
    Some good ideas are not enough to revive Dragon Ball Z. The combat system is far too simplistic and the mechanics show a lot of problems that make this game mediocre.
  2. Mar 25, 2014
    60
    A follow-up to the Dragon Ball beat them up world that will engage only those fanatical fans of the series. Otherwise, it's a dreary and straight-lined hack and slash action game that will never be more than that, even with its option to play as villains, which is attractive only at first sight.
  3. Mar 12, 2014
    40
    What ultimately sinks Battle of Z isn't the little fan nitpicks, it's just ill-conceived design as a whole. It's certainly not the worst DBZ game ever released, but if there's ever been a statement that's damning with faint praise, that would be it.
  4. Mar 10, 2014
    49
    Dragon Ball Z deserves more than this. [Apr 2014, p.78]
  5. 20
    This is by far the worst anime/ manga game I've ever played, and a real tragedy, because it manages to look appealing from start to finish, and could well have been a definitive Dragon Ball experience.
  6. Mar 10, 2014
    75
    It's just too bad the developers didn't offer even the smallest figleaf of a storyline; to anyone who isn't already desperate for the near-ultimate DBZ experience that the game offers, all of this must look like an ungodly confusing mess.
  7. Mar 9, 2014
    30
    A bland entry to an already bloated array of games, Battle of Z fails to scratch that Dragon Ball itch that its predecessors managed to hit. [Apr 2014, p.68]
  8. Mar 5, 2014
    65
    For the Dragon Ball fans only. Others won’t understand the theatrical exaggeration or will get bored by the convention and its limitations. [03/2014, p.74]
  9. Feb 24, 2014
    65
    Battle of Z may be boring, but at least it looks incredible.
  10. Feb 17, 2014
    50
    With repetitive combat, an item system that doesn’t accommodate the player’s intelligence, A.I. that can be as dumb as a bag of hammers, and small design decisions that feel like they exist to make bullet-points on the back of a box, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is a mechanically tame game that expects little from the player, and respects them just as much.
  11. Feb 12, 2014
    70
    While the whole experience is a bit heavy on the “throw more fighters into the pit," the overall game isn’t too bad.
  12. Feb 10, 2014
    74
    At its core it's a bizarre but ultimately satisfying game.
  13. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is a game like Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale. If you are a fan of DBZ and you love to play multiplayer modes, you'll like it, but casual gamers won't play for so long. Battle of Z features over 70 characters, as well as team battles against giant characters.
  14. Feb 7, 2014
    58
    If you're considering playing Battle of Z, it's probably because you're already a DBZ fan. If you also have some friends to team up with, Battle of Z can be pretty fun despite some flaws, but otherwise, I'm not sure it offers enough compelling new content that other DBZ titles haven't already provided before.
  15. Feb 5, 2014
    68
    Battle of Z may not be revolutionary, but it does offer something a little different and rather fun for the DBZ fans out there.
  16. Feb 5, 2014
    66
    If you can’t resist taking the fight to others, I recommend playing Score Battle, which places characters’ power levels into tiers and makes matches a much more balanced affair.
  17. 55
    Hardcore DBZ fans are going to love it regardless while casual fans and gamers are going to give it a big pass. Personally, while I did have some fun, the lack of offline play, the long wait times for online play, the dated graphics and repetitive game play have put me squarely in the latter.
  18. Feb 5, 2014
    30
    Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z’s team-based mechanic is what ruins nearly every bit of it.
  19. Feb 4, 2014
    30
    Repetitive missions and a lifeless fighting engine are sure to disappoint both newcomers and fans expecting to relive some of the action the series is known for.
  20. Feb 3, 2014
    50
    A sloppy amalgamation of underdeveloped combat mechanics that emphasizes collaborative multiplayer elements, but barely comprehends what makes a quality cooperative fighting game experience.
  21. Feb 3, 2014
    45
    Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is the worst game in the Dragon Ball Z franchise in a while. Too simplistic graphical style, no local multiplayer and transforming and charging your powers isn’t even mentioned. A disgrace to the great anime series.
  22. 80
    Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z packs quite the punch, offering an interesting take on the franchise lore with an extensive character line-up and a great co-op campaign.
  23. Feb 3, 2014
    70
    Those not familiar with Dragonball Z will find the story invisible, but those with a soft spot for the classic series, and a few mates with which to team up and reminisce will find something far more creative and exciting than most recent games based on the franchise.
  24. Jan 31, 2014
    50
    Playing as your favorite Saiyan is always a little fun, but it wears off quickly. You can play through several storylines from the show, but they are little more than a string of fights. All-in-all, pretty boring.
  25. Jan 28, 2014
    55
    Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z proposes an interesting idea reflected in 4 vs 4 combat. However, it is poorly executed and without the minimum attention in the balance of its game mechanics and characters. Besides, it has several camera issues, the lock-on function is not very accurate and there are few combo options, which ends up offering one of the less attractive games based on the legendary Akira Toriyama's animation.
  26. Jan 27, 2014
    54
    If Artdink wanted to offer something really new with Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, it wasn't exactly a success. Co-op fighting is something new in the saga, quite interesting... but it lacks that quality that Budokai Tenkaichi had.
  27. Jan 26, 2014
    71
    Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z is a game made only for die hard fans of the series looking for online multiplayer fights. Keep in mind that the very short missions make the game extremely well suited for PS Vita.
  28. Jan 26, 2014
    50
    A bunch of good ideas not well implemented leaves us with a game that is a step backwards in the series, and that won't offer what Dragon Ball fans deserve.
  29. Jan 24, 2014
    60
    Poor mechanics and a not so deep battle system make Battle of Z a failed attempt to recover the magic in the Dragon Ball videogame series.
  30. Jan 24, 2014
    40
    The fans should stay away from this game, unless they are prepared for a massive disappointment.
  31. Jan 23, 2014
    73
    Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is a somewhat interesting brawler which fails with some of its neatest ideas and delivers a moderate amount of fun until it becomes too much frustrating.
  32. Jan 23, 2014
    60
    Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z's combat system isn't as deep as the one from the previous Dragon Ball games. The lack of combos and variety is a huge issue for these kind of games, but the new class system is an interesting idea. If you love Dragon Ball you should look for the previous titles based on the popular Toriyama's masterpiece.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 93 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 11 out of 26
  1. Jan 30, 2014
    10
    love the game for the first time 8 characters can be on the same screen and it feel more like the actual show . the boss battle in the gamelove the game for the first time 8 characters can be on the same screen and it feel more like the actual show . the boss battle in the game are amazing and they really capture the feel of the anime series. Also they brought cool customization options like being able to change you characters color, and even tho this is a small thing it feels pretty awesome. I also like to add that co-op works fantastic. If you a fan of the dragon ball series give this game a try. Full Review »
  2. Feb 1, 2014
    10
    Great game. I think people are just saying it sucks because everyone else is. I thought it was well put together. One of the best DBZ gamesGreat game. I think people are just saying it sucks because everyone else is. I thought it was well put together. One of the best DBZ games ever made. The demo doesn't do it justice like the actual game. Some missions are really hard and that is what sets it apart unlike other DBZ games where you can win by changing a setting. In this game if your not good enough you just don't advance until you get better. Full Review »
  3. Jan 31, 2014
    10
    I really love this game! I thought that this is one of the greatest DBZ games that i have ever played. The online mode is insane! And playingI really love this game! I thought that this is one of the greatest DBZ games that i have ever played. The online mode is insane! And playing as Super Saiyan God Goku is awesome! Full Review »