Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai PSP

Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
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  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. 80
    Though the single player experience could have been longer, it still provides many hours of enjoyment; especially of you're on a mission to get the best score in every fight.
  3. Games Master UK
    78
    Cartoon kick-punching to make your hair stand on end with pleasure. [July 2006, p.61]
  4. There are lots of modes and unlockables which will razzle and dazzles newbies and less sophisticated gamers but the hardcores will be advised to look elsewhere for their combat thrills.
  5. 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.
  6. PSM Magazine
    75
    While the story mode isn't spectacular and the game can feel a bit too basic at times, the fact remains that DBZ: Shin Budokai is a solid 3D fighting game that both fans and non-fans of the series can enjoy. [Jun 2006, p.84]
  7. PSM2 Magazine UK
    71
    It's not perfect, but the stylish visuals and hardcore fights are worth the cash. And thanks to the simple button layout, you'll find this satisfyingly accessible from the off. [May 2006, p.78]
  8. 70
    A very simplistic fighter with a "so bad it's good" storyline wrapped in an extremely portable package. It's not great by any means, but hardcore DBZ fans will find a whole lot to like here.
  9. Shin Budokai works itself on the road to redemption, thanks to gameplay that refuses to complicate itself and a presentation that's pure DBZ all the way.
  10. After all, when you can fly up to an opponent and gut-blast him with a lightning bolt of sheer psychic power ... that makes up for a lot.
  11. 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.
  12. This is a flashy and technically sound beat-'em-up and its drawbacks are largely overshadowed by what is the strongest interpretation of the Dragon Ball Z anime in years.
  13. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    Graphically, Shin Budokai is bright, colorful, and smooth in its cel-shaded wrappings. Fans will find the 18 characters and varied environments every bit DBZ-authentic. [Jun 2006, p.102]
  14. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    70
    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]
  15. AceGamez
    70
    An extremely fast-paced, easily accessible fighting game that any Dragon Ball Z fans will get a real kick out of playing.
  16. 70
    Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai provides good fan service, keeps the core, fun gameplay intact and manages to be one of the better fighters on the PSP.
  17. 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.
  18. If you aren’t a Dragon Ball Z fanatic, then you’re pretty much looking at a very average beat ‘em up with some pretty graphical effects and a few aerial manoeuvres. If you are a fan, then I have a feeling that this will fill a portable gap, but certainly not for long. Badly flawed in places, but not a terrible way to pass the time.
  19. The control system suffers somewhat from the PSP’s limitations, and the less said about the awful soundtrack the better, but these failings do not detract too much from a fun addition to an ever- increasing series. Just keep the sound turned down.
  20. PSP is blessed with quality fighting games at the mo', leaving Dragon Ball Z somewhat in a no man's land between average and great.
  21. games(TM)
    40
    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]

Awards & Rankings

#51 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2006
#2 Most Shared PSP Game of 2006
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Feb 17, 2012
    0
    Bad game!!!!!!
  2. KyleT
    Feb 5, 2008
    6
    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 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. Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Mar 22, 2007
    8
    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 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. Full Review »