Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. Dec 21, 2010
    76
    There is a lot to do and a lot to unlock - although it all boils down to different ways to frame fighting.
  2. Jan 12, 2011
    70
    Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 is a good evolution of the previous game. The main issue of Raging Blast, the ugly camera, has been solved now granting a better gameplay. If you are looking for a cool way to live the Dragon Ball main story, this is not the game for you, but if you are looking for fast and entertaining fights, this can be a good choice.
  3. Jan 2, 2011
    70
    Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 looks too similar to the first game in the series, except for small improvements in graphics and story structure. If you already played the first Raging Blast, this will look like more of the same, control problems included. But if you're a Dragon Ball fan and never played it in the past, you could easily enjoy it.
  4. Jan 19, 2011
    67
    If you're a dedicated Dragon Ball fan, look no further than Raging Blast 2 for your fanservice.
  5. Dec 21, 2010
    67
    But if I were a fan, I'd enjoy it a bit more because it does feel like an authentic, quality (relatively speaking) Dragon Ball experience.
  6. Feb 9, 2011
    65
    Playing Raging Blast 2 reminded me of all the fun from the anime series, but it also reminded me of all the shortcomings of that series as well.
  7. Dec 21, 2010
    65
    The release of this game might be proof that Dragon Ball Z is still relevant to some gamers and that Dragon Ball Z can indeed translate to being a game, but alienating audiences with inaccessible controls and content is highly irrelevant and quite unacceptable for today's standards.
  8. Jan 5, 2011
    64
    Another good title for every Dragon Ball fan out there. It's a shame that graphics do not deliver, and the combat system and control scheme are sometimes so flawed.
  9. 60
    Very little new to see here. [Feb 2011, p.97]
  10. Jan 13, 2011
    60
    Besides having a somewhat basic fighting mechanic, its big problem is a bad camera, and it is something that can not be overlooked. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast is just for fans of the series.
  11. Jan 12, 2011
    60
    It doesn't change its gameplay style towards something more deep and balanced and, ultimately, it does not add really new features. But Dragon Ball fans will enjoy it a lot, and also those who like the series and have not tried a Dragon Ball game for some time.
  12. Jan 12, 2011
    60
    Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 has a complex game structure that features a poor control scheme and a clumsycombat system. Despite being based on one of the most succesful anime over the world the game do not present an involving story (like Ultimate Ninja Storm) and is recommended only to the strongest fan of Akira Toriyama's work.
  13. Jan 12, 2011
    60
    It's almost the same than the last game in the franchise, and unfortunately it also means that Namco Bandai has not improved what wasn't working well then.
  14. Jan 11, 2011
    60
    Raging Blast 2 is just for fans. Spike doesn't change the gameplay, sometimes frustrating, and this means a poor fightihng title.
  15. Jan 7, 2011
    60
    Raging Blast 2 is not a good beat'em up on its own. It's just a good fan service, but other players should probably skip it and look elsewhere.
  16. Jan 5, 2011
    60
    Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 is a collection of ups and downs. On the plus side the core gameplay is fun and rewarding, character models look great, and there is decent online support. On the downside button mashers can destroy everyone, there's no penalty for dropping from a match, to get the most of the game you have to play through countless hours of single player, and environments are bland.
  17. 60
    The Dragon Ball series has been trying to peddle long range, multi-tiered combat for quite some time now and it never seems to pull it off. The controls and combos in Raging Blast 2 can be fiddly at the best of times and fights can become decidedly one-sided which is annoying, even when it's in your favour.
  18. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    There is so much content on the disc that it is hard not to recommend the game to DBZ fans. Sure the combat can be frustrating at times, but once you get past that this is one collection of fan service that should not be missed.
  19. Dec 21, 2010
    58
    Basically, if you can wrap your head around the complex controls, then you might get some enjoyments out of this fighter.
  20. Dec 21, 2010
    58
    Raging Blast 2 is pure fan service, a toy box that lets kids reenact fights between their favorite Dragon Ball characters. If this is what you want, great, because it's all you're getting.
  21. Jan 7, 2011
    55
    Dear developers, follow DragonballZ: Budokai 3's example and try to design a game, which is able to hold a candle to the last-mentioned. This will probably increase the sales as well as the number of the fans of the series.
  22. Jan 4, 2011
    55
    Raging Blast 2 is one big déjà vu that adds virtually nothing to the first game. Not even the biggest Dragon Ball enthusiast will be impressed with this, even though this is still a decent fighting game.
  23. Dec 21, 2010
    55
    Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 has hours and hours of combat that only the most hardcore of fans are going to enjoy.
  24. Dec 21, 2010
    55
    Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 packs in more characters, modes, and options for customization than any fan should rightfully expect, despite the lack of a story mode.
  25. 55
    All in all, Raging Blast 2 aims low and hits the mark for lovers of Goku, Vegeta, and the rest, but those looking for a great fighter won't have their wish granted this time. [Jan 2011, p.73]
  26. Dec 21, 2010
    50
    Raging Blast 2's good looks and fan service can't conceal the shallow combat at its heart.
  27. Dec 21, 2010
    50
    Dragonball Raging Blast 2 packs the characters, environments and plenty of extras making it a good for fan service. Unfortunately, that's all it's good for; it seems the developer, Spike, forgot about creating a solid fighting title.
  28. Dec 21, 2010
    50
    It tries to cater to both fight fans and Dragon Ball's frighteningly devoted legion, yet fails to really hit the mark on either side.
  29. Jan 27, 2011
    49
    With bothersome controls and repetitive characters, Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast 2 falls short at a time when the franchise should be at a high point. The series needs some fundamental reworking if it's going to stand up as well as some of its predecessors, and fans, whether they got into the series during the original run or "Dragon Ball Z Kai," certainly deserve better.
  30. Jan 7, 2011
    40
    With regret I must say that Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 is not a good fighting game because of its overly complicated controls.
  31. Very faithful to the show, but massively hard work for anime and fighter fans alike. [Jan 2011, p.86]
  32. Dec 21, 2010
    40
    It's certainly a question of quantity over quality.
  33. Dec 21, 2010
    33
    It's obvious this $60 piece of fanservice was meant to sway old and new DBZ junkies into a purchase, but as the entire game feels more like an expansion pack or a cheap cash-in attempt, there's nothing here to recommend over importing some of the more polished 2-D sprite fighters or at the very least checking out Budokai on the PlayStation 2.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Nov 8, 2010
    9
    Dragonball raging blast 2 is a fighting game based on the dragonball anime series. Many peoples' main knock against this game is it's "shallow fighting system". I totally and blatantly disagree. It is such a deep fighting game that I feel that its' steep learning curve makes it appear shallow. You have so many options in this game. Ya, sure it may not be the kind of deep traditional fighters are in a way where you have to memorize strings and strings of buttons in order to pull off the best combos, but this doesn't necessarily mean it isn't deep. If one goes throught the tutorials one will learn that the fighting mechanics are in deed very very deep if you take the time to learn them and realize this isn't a traditional fighter. There are so many subtleties and options you have in fight , that I am really bothered by the fact that this game's fighting system is considered shallow especially when you take into consideration the range of movement you have compared to a traditional fighter like tekken or street fighter. It's just as deep, ujust in a different way. In order to make a fighter that shows off what a dbz character can do, certain elements are a necessity. The online is great, there are good game modes, and most importantly, the customization of characters' moves before a fight is great. Two ss1 gokus can fight each other and be totally different. The onle real negative I have to say is the story mode is kind of weak in that there are no cut scenes or anything, but they do offer quite a bit of variety in the types of fights you must do. Underrated game that I know will continue to be underrated. All in all, if you give it a chance, I fully believe you will be happy you took the time to try it out. I haven't met one person who played the game and didn't like it. Full Review »
  2. Jan 2, 2012
    10
    Fun Game................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Full Review »
  3. Nov 21, 2011
    9
    This game really takes what you expect from the DBZ universe and puts it in a game. The fighting sequences are incredible and the action is simple enough to get in on the action but advanced controls are so compelling you can really separate the men from the boys. The game is lacking GT and regular Dragonball characters but the game is still fun from the get-go. Full Review »