Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 14 out of 16
Buy On
  1. It's not a great game when compared to other fighting titles on the portable console, but it's decent and can provide a bit of fun.
  2. GamePro
    50
    If you're a Dragon Ball enthusiast or a fighting fan in general, Evolution is at least worth a rental. [Apr 2009, p.81]
  3. Bad graphic, bad gameplay, bad music; this game is the ordinary low-quality tie-in. Evolution is a totally poor bet 'em up. Just don't buy it.
  4. This PSP fighter's limited roster, flat presentation, and dim-witted AI result in a wholly uninteresting combat experience.
  5. Dragon Ball: Evolution is probably a terrible movie, but I can say with all certainty that it is a terrible game. Poor graphics, a non-existent soundtrack, long loading times, and sparse play value make this title one that you should definitely skip.
  6. If you are a huge DBZ fan, wait for this one's price to drop before getting it; if you aren't stay far, far away from this one.
  7. Devolving the long-running series in stunning fashion, Dragon Ball Evolution provides neither satisfying fighting nor appealing visuals.
  8. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    30
    Utterly unneeded. [May 2009, p.85]
  9. That feeling of cheap, lazy design resonates throughout Dragonball: Evolution, a game that ultimately seems more concerned with how often it displays the faces of the film's cast rather than creating legitimate use for them.
  10. A very short, mindless fighter with boring multiplayer and not even a minute of replay value.
  11. 20
    In all, Dragon Ball: Evolution offers zero redemption for its hefty $40 price tag. Stick with the anime and forget this thing even exists.
  12. Hold this up as one of the worst examples of rushed, pointless licensed efforts out there. Just don't play it.
  13. 20
    Dragonball Evolution is a disaster burned onto a UMD.
  14. If there ever was a game to be pointed to and laughed at, it would be this one.
  15. Dragonball Evolution is the antichrist of the latest era of videogames. An incredibly bad fighting game that use the name of the cult classic anime/manga from Akira Toriyama in the worst way we've seen in a long time.
  16. One of the worst movie tie-ins ever, which considering the competition is quite the achievement.

Awards & Rankings

#23 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2009
#39 Most Shared PSP Game of 2009
User Score
0.9

Overwhelming dislike- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. StewartM
    Apr 20, 2009
    1
    As a DB fan I was disgusted with the efforts made in this game. I have seen the film, which left me colder than the arctic, but I thought As a DB fan I was disgusted with the efforts made in this game. I have seen the film, which left me colder than the arctic, but I thought maybe the game will be good. How wrong i was, lacks any substance at all and focuses more on the fact that they are telling a story that never existed in the original Manga or Anime. And I like the touch at the beginning saying "Based on the original Manga" rly? where? Full Review »
  2. Mar 2, 2015
    10
    This game was great. It alone, has accomplished phenomenal feats. It stopped the holocaust and killed Hitler. It killed Stalin. It preventedThis game was great. It alone, has accomplished phenomenal feats. It stopped the holocaust and killed Hitler. It killed Stalin. It prevented World War 3. It almost stopped 9/11. It tore down the Berlin Wall. It put a man on the moon. It approved the Louisiana Purchase. It built the great pyramids. It killed Osama Bin Laden. It has preformed far more tasks that make graduating from Harvard look like getting accepted into pre school. This game takes games like, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Last of Us, The original Mario Bros., Skyrim and basically the ENTIRE Nintendo franchise and takes a nice, hot and steamy dump all over them. 10/10 just enough water, would dragon ball: Evolution again. Buy this game Full Review »
  3. Nov 18, 2013
    0
    RUINED MY CHILDHOOD!!!!
    A DRAGON BALL EVOLUTION THE GAME?!
    They had the BALLS...to do A dragon ball...evolution game?!!! NO!!! NO!!! i
    RUINED MY CHILDHOOD!!!!
    A DRAGON BALL EVOLUTION THE GAME?!
    They had the BALLS...to do
    A dragon ball...evolution game?!!!
    NO!!!
    NO!!!
    i hate you bandai! i
    though you were a good company
    DRAGON BALL EVOLUTION SUCK!!!!
    Full Review »