User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 47
  2. Negative: 5 out of 47

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  1. Oct 15, 2013
    9
    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
  2. May 28, 2013
    7
    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
  3. Nov 8, 2011
    8
    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.
  4. Jul 10, 2011
    7
    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.
  5. Jun 24, 2011
    6
    [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). Collapse
  6. Jun 24, 2011
    0
    [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). Collapse
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. While not original, Tenkaichi 3 is a must-buy for hardcore Dragon Ball fanatics.
  2. 80
    When looking at the core gameplay, and ignoring the titles before it, BT3 is a fast, fun, and amazingly deep experience for fans of the award-winning anime.
  3. 70
    If you've played any of the previous Tenkaichi titles, you know exactly what to expect here -- a relatively shallow button-masher that does a darn fine job of letting you relive the Dragon Ball experience.