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  • Summary: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 delivers an extreme 3D fighting experience, improving upon last year's game with over 150 playable characters, enhanced fighting techniques, beautifully refined effects and shading techniques, making each character's effects more realistic, and over 20 battle stages. In addition, an improved control system for the Wii will allow players to easily mimic signature moves and execute devastating energy attacks as they are performed in the Dragon Ball Z animated series. In addition to the unprecedented number of characters and improved Wii control system, the environments have also been enhanced to feature day and night stages. The power of the moon in the night stages gives players additional ways to transform their characters and lets fans recreate some of their favorite memories from the show. [Atari] Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Despite a couple of problems, Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is definitely a must for Dragon Ball fans and 3D fighting enthusiasts.
  2. The developers of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 went above and beyond to create this game. The large cast ensemble and various game modes will have players occupied for a long time. The game only gets better since you are able to play online.
  3. Essentially its predecessor with more characters, more challenging content, minor gameplay tweaks, and better controls.
  4. What Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 lacks in innovation it makes up for with quality. This is undoubtedly the best anime fighter available and subtle tweaks have improved it over the previous installments.
  5. The problems playing online are a major let down, and, for us, prevent the game from getting an eight. Ignore that, and, somewhat surprisingly, you've got one of the Wii's most fun fighting games.
  6. Putting the controls on the remote was an admirable innovation last year but it's not so clever now. [Feb 2008, p.50]
  7. Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 does feature an impressive roster of fighters and range of options, and the fighting system works well. Plus you get to do flying. But there's nothing much new here apart from the online mode, and that's rubbish.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Oct 15, 2013
    Dragon ball z budokai tenkaichi 3 is an amazing game it combines all dbz games into one and it's fan service at its best over 150 characters and lots of game modes to choose from it's amazing Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2011
    this is the best dbz game, much better than ps3 xbox360 games, although a bit accurate lacking, the motion controls work well and feels great making final flash and kamehameha, this game is a dream come true for dbz fans, dont pay attention to bad reviews, this is the best dbz game ever alongside super butoden 2 for snes, of course its not perfect this game deserves 8/10 always. Expand
  3. Jul 10, 2011
    It's good responsive and entertaining, kind of tired with the awkward and weird fighting formula. Giving the addition to use the GC controller to it feels even more weird , is a mess and uncool. Expand
  4. May 28, 2013
    I get the sense that DBZ games have gone down in quality in the past years, seeing in how they are usually based off this series and don't try to turn away from this formula. I can say that this by far my favorite DBZ game to date, it has some fun gameplay, a lot of characters, and good music. While this game doesn't have that competitive sense that most fighting games usually should have, I say that this works well with out that. The joy of this game is really playing with others, because the gameplay is not too complicated and doesn't take much time to learn. A minor problem I have with this game is the fact that some characters are rather odd, as in why would anyone play as that character? Also there's a clear advantage for some characters compared to others. Also it's very annoying when your friend spams one of the super moves so that you don't even get a chance to land a punch. In the end, A classic game in my eyes, and I really feel bad that DBZ games can't be as good as they were. Expand
  5. Jun 24, 2011
    [THE GOOD] There is so much to this game it is breathtaking. So many characters, stages, game modes, etc... it is a DB/Z nerdgasm. The tutorial mode alone will consume over an hour of your time, which brings me to- [THE BAD] The controls for this game are mind boogling. Motion commands are neat but inconsistent, timing based moves are inconsistent, character movement can be erratic, each control scheme comes with a textbook or confusing tutorial, and [THE UGLY] certain combos are amazingly overwhelmingly awesome and broken. The computer likes to use these, but only sometimes, making for even more inconsistency and frustration. If you figure out these combos your friends will refuse to play with you. [TL;DR] Very cool game that is difficult to learn (like, you could learn how to throw real Kamehameha waves in a similar amount of time). Expand

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