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
  1. A Dragon Ball Z fan’s dream come true. The game boasts a incredibly large roster of fighters hearkening from every obscure movie and saga in the series.
  2. An epic anime beat-em-up unlike anything else currently on the market. Although the controls are slightly tricky at first, this is a game with so much depth and character that I can't help but recommend it to everyone.
  3. This should be the template for translating fighting games to the Wii, while it is modeled around DBZ's strange combat with a few tweaks, there is a lot of potential.
  4. 90
    The game provides an astonishing amount of playability, unique player interface, and covers nearly all of the 20 odd years of the Dragon Ball Saga. This game is a definite buy for both Wii gamers and DBZ fans alike. [Dec. 2006, p.113]
  5. This is without a doubt the most fun DBZ game ever. Not only is it the only DBZ game that really recaptures the feel of the anime, but it is fun to play for DBZ fans and non-fans alike. The Wii controls are amazing when you get past the rough learning curve.
  6. Though it might seem that the game is meant only for people who are fans of the series, in both digital and literary form, it's apparent that the fighting itself really appeals to anyone who likes a good, fast-paced battle filled with spectacular moves and speed.
  7. Loads to do, tons of moves, great action and numerous characters to play with. This is a vast game that has plenty of Dragon Ball Z characters and plots for the fans. [Mar 2007, p.82]
  8. 83
    One of the most entertaining and fierce anime fighters around. This is every DBZ fan’s wet dream.
  9. This game is so solid that it will almost definitely convert a few more gamers into DBZ fans.
  10. If you haven't purchased the game yet, this is the version to get – with motion controls and Classic Controller support, BT2 on Wii gives you the best of both worlds.
  11. It's a labour of love for fans of the anime and, as such, is about as hardcore an intro to the DBZ universe as you could imagine. Underneath the layers of story there's a spectacular fighter. [Feb 2007, p.60]
  12. Atari spices up the celebrated DBZ franchise with this fluid free-form fighter, and complemented by the Wii's wacky controllers.
  13. 80
    In the end, all of the assets of the game add up to be a fun if slightly repetitive game.
  14. 80
    Despite the learning curve, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is a worthy purchase. Even if you can't find people to play in the two-player modes, the story mode has enough action-packed content to soak up the entire DBZ legacy, and to keep you busy for a long, long time.
  15. This isn’t the greatest fighter you’re ever going to play, but you don’t need to be a hardcore Dragon Ball nerd to enjoy what’s on offer thanks to the active Wii controls. Plus there’s something almost cathartic about sending your buddy flying through a mountain using nothing but a well-placed combo.
  16. The combat system, while seemingly simple on the outside, is actually pretty deep.
  17. The game is complicated and unwieldy with the Wii Remote, but manageable on either the Classic or Gamecube controllers.
  18. An exhaustive DBZ bonanza, with state of the art (but nutjob hard) controls. [Mar 2007, p.80]
  19. After you wave the Wii remote and nunchuk to unleash Goku's Spirit Bomb attack, I guarantee you won't want to go back to hitting a simple button combination. [jan. 2007, p.112]
  20. 75
    A great game. You have all the hallmarks that should be there. You even have a wealth of options and content to fill out the package.
  21. A capable fighter, but a great Dragon Ball Z game.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. With higher production values and some online play, it could’ve easily become a great party game.
  25. Budokai Tenkaichi 2 provides an authentic Dragonball Z experience fordie-hard fans, and a decent at best fighting game for the rest of us.
  26. 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]
  27. Burdened by clumsy controls and predictable artificial intelligence, Tenkaichi 2 is a game that can be loved only by forgiving DBZ fans.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.

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