Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 Wii

Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
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  1. A capable fighter, but a great Dragon Ball Z game.
  2. Even without its wealth of extras, though, Tenkaichi 2 packs in a ton of fast, visceral and inexplicably addictive fighting action. Whether you're a fan of the series or you just want to punch a few guys through buildings, new Wii owners looking to scratch a fighting-game itch will want to check this out.
  3. Any DBZ fan’s dream game. With nearly any DBZ character that a fan could ask for, a deeper fighting game, a long (if shallow) story mode, an improved Z Battle mode, better graphics, and an overall improved game, there isn’t much to complain about.
  4. Budokai Tenkaichi 2 provides an authentic Dragonball Z experience fordie-hard fans, and a decent at best fighting game for the rest of us.
  5. With higher production values and some online play, it could’ve easily become a great party game.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    68
    Nope, this 3D fighter forces you to wrap your head (and hands) around a shockingly deep control system utilizing nearly every button on the Wii-mote and Nunchuck. [Dec. 2006, p.118]
  7. Burdened by clumsy controls and predictable artificial intelligence, Tenkaichi 2 is a game that can be loved only by forgiving DBZ fans.
  8. I was disappointed with this game. While I can see that the developers put a lot of time and effort into making one of the largest most comprehensive Dragon Ball games yet, the sheer complexity of the controls work counter-productive to their intentions.
  9. The thought of the possible controls had me very excited. Although I am not a fan of Dragon Ball Z, and never have been, the Wii’s controls could have turned this game into an instant classic for anyone.
  10. 60
    If anything, the integration of posing like show characters to unleash their powers will have DBZ haters grinding their teeth louder and longer than they would for the PS2 version. Certainly, the actual fighting mechanic is just as so-so as it was there.
  11. Atari's Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 causes fatigue, thanks to its tiring and broken controls.
  12. It can provide some wacky fun, but it lacks all of the finesse of a genuine fighting game. Budokai Tenkaichi 2 relies exclusively on a mediocre combat engine and the naivety of fans who will buy it because they want to play through the Cell Saga yet again.
  13. The game does prove that a 3D fighting game can be done with the Wii's limited buttons...but only if the game is very simple with only one or two attack buttons.
  14. Spike has done a great job making a game for Dragon Ball Z fans – possibly the ultimate Dragon Ball Z game, with loads of extras and 120 playable characters – but its shallow fighting engine, extremely difficult Wii controls, and mediocre camera positioning will bar all but the most diehard fans of the series.
  15. As it stands, you really only need to play each character once to check out their special moves, say “cool”, and move on. Great license, great production values, and a mediocre fighter, that pretty much sums it up.
  16. Best bet is to buy the PS2 version of the game for your DBZ cravings and wait for the next Wii version.

Awards & Rankings

#9 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2006
#11 Most Shared Wii Game of 2006
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. BryanM.
    Nov 27, 2007
    8
    What do you mean complicated? this game is not that complicated at all! the only move that is hard is the kamama! this is a great game! this What do you mean complicated? this game is not that complicated at all! the only move that is hard is the kamama! this is a great game! this is good for both DBZ fans and none. this trully is a great game for the WII. but it comes short because it does get boring after you beat it. but hey it was worth the $40 price for it. And one more thing I have heard more anoying charater voices in the menu then this game. like Narto for the WII talk about anoying! Full Review »
  2. SamP.
    Nov 5, 2007
    8
    This game was a lot of fun while it lasted - and that was when I unlocked all the characters. It's a shame as this game lacks a This game was a lot of fun while it lasted - and that was when I unlocked all the characters. It's a shame as this game lacks a "pick-up-and-play" style that allows for multiplayer to extend it's lifespan. Still, performing a Kamehameha is never going to be any more than it is in this game. Full Review »
  3. BenjaminB.
    May 10, 2007
    7
    Great game for dbz-fans, but only for them. others will complain about annoying voice-acting in the menus, unbalanced characters and gameplay,Great game for dbz-fans, but only for them. others will complain about annoying voice-acting in the menus, unbalanced characters and gameplay, and poor graphics of the environment. nevertheless it's just a great feeling to beat the enemy so hard that he flies into the next building. Full Review »