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  • Summary: Get ready, because evil isn't taking a break. Play as super hero or ultra villain in Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, the first-ever Dragon Ball Z game available for the PSP. In Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, you'll experience intense wireless multiplayer battles featuring the most thrilling aspects of DBZ combat, including melee and ranged attacks, counter-attacks, super high-speed bouts, and flight. Are you ready? Features high-speed wireless multiplayer battles featuring the universe's most powerful fighters; 18 playable characters, including prize fighter Pikkon; Revamped version of the acclaimed "Saiyan Overdrive" fighting system; In-game transformations to more powerful forms; All-new stage based on the Janemba movie; Seven game modes, including compelling story mode. [Atari] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. The game isn’t half as technical as, say, Capcom’s Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max, but where SFA3 was complex, DBZ is just more accessible.
  2. Cartoon kick-punching to make your hair stand on end with pleasure. [July 2006, p.61]
  3. Though it's missing some of the stylish action that helped make Budokai 3 so exceptional, Shin Budokai still stands as a fun and accessible 3D fighter.
  4. Shin Budokai is miles better than Budokai 1 and 2. It still suffers a bit from being too simplistic, but still features much more depth than DBZ B1 and B2.
  5. Simple and satisfying combat with a control system that's well mapped to handheld - the only drawback is that it's shallow like a garden pond in August. [June 2006, p.86]
  6. 70
    Despite its lack of an online versus mode, Shin Budokai is a solid fighting game, even giving other PSP fighters -- namely Capcom's "Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX" and "Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower" -- a run for their money.
  7. Dragonball Z: Shin Budokai is as soft a beat-‘em-up as you’re likely to find and, worse still, one that offers nothing more than the previous games, aside from the fact that it’s on a portable console. [May 2006, p.130]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. JoseR.
    Apr 22, 2006
    Thsi game is incredible. The story mode could have been longer but i wasnt expecting much for the first DBZ PSp game!
  2. Maximus
    Mar 13, 2006
    This a gorgrous game it has all the style of the DBZ games and it is so easy to play and enjoy perfect for a portable device the only thing I have against is the story based on the janemba movie because we don't have characters such as goku seiyan IV. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Mar 22, 2007
    This game brings us the Budokai 3 experience on a Portable, but it is a watered down version. Dragon Road mode is Arcade mode with just some bits of Dragonball Z storline, there is no overworld, and no Wi-Fi play. But it is fast paced and sure to keep fans interested for a long while. Expand
  4. KyleT
    Feb 5, 2008
    What would be a poor console fighter is bumped up to average only by virtue of it's portability. It's Dragonball Z. It's on PSP. It's one of only two games that can say that so far. Expand
  5. Feb 17, 2012
    Bad game!!!!!!