Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 8 out of 29
  1. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast manages to recreate with great fidelity Dragon Ball's anime series. The great richness of characters, modes and other contents makes it the best game in the series, absolutely suggested to all Toriyama fans, but not only: it's a good fighting game suited also for every lover of this genre.
  2. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast is the best game in the saga available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Spectacular combats and the excellent graphics make up for a less than acceptable camera. If you are a fan, you'll love it.
  3. While the game’s got plenty of flaws that will bruise the experience for the average gamer, fans will likely look past the technical issues and enjoy reliving the series again…at least long enough for the next inevitable Dragon Ball game to come along.
  4. 73
    Simply put Dragon Ball Raging Blast is a game for fans of the long running anime series. Its does its job not perfectly, but well. The game does make you feel like super saiyan at times, and then turns around and makes you feel like a green blooded Namek instead.
  5. Raging Blast has a lot going for it with 70 playable characters, lots of modes, online play, and a nice presentation. The camera and controls remain the most concerning part of the package, but for any average Dragon Ball or avid fighting fan, it's well worth a look.
  6. Everyone with a soft spot for Dragon Ball Z will embrace the video game. It's not the most complete Dragon Ball game ever, but it does feature all the big characters and storylines you'll remember of the Z universe. The camera is very sloppy and will cause quite a bit of frustration, the music is pretty annoying and last but not least: the game hardly does anything new (again!). Although Dragon Ball: Raging Blast isn't great, it still is entertaining enough to ensure many hours of fun.
  7. 68
    Dragon Ball: Raging Blast is a good fighting game. You will probably enjoy this game if you're a fan of the franchise. But otherwise, there are a lot of better fighting games available.
  8. At the end of the day, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast just isn't that good of a game. Despite the rich amount of content present, it doesn't seem to have the amount of polish and playability as Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit — or even some of the earlier entries.
  9. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast certainly feels and plays differently than your typical brawler, which is a good thing, but the dizzying camera limits its appeal to hardcore enthusiasts of the anime series instead of the general public.
  10. A predictable but satisfying game, but it doesn't bring anything new. It is not a vain attempt because it won't disappoint those looking for a high definition Budokai Tenkaichi, but it's a lost opportunity to evolve the formula making the most of this generation power.
  11. Goku is back, but he's not as powerful as in previous entries. More characters and a new bunch of game modes, but its gameplay doesn't offer any new features. It's not a bad game, but it's neither what we all expected it to be.
  12. 62
    Sure, there's lots of content, but the stories are poorly told (which alienates people who don't already know them) and the gameplay mechanics have numerous, numerous problems.
  13. Besides having a somewhat basic fighting mechanic, Raging Blast real culprit is a bad camera, and it is something that can not be overlooked. Despite this issue, I would still recommend Raging Blast to fans, and if you are curious to find out what Dragon Ball is all about, this would be a good place to start, just don’t expect miracles.
  14. Dragon Ball Raging Blast is best when viewed as a nostalgia piece. The sheer amount of Dragon Ball related material in the game is staggering, and for fans, presents a wonderful value. For the uninitiated though, the package isn’t quite as rounded.
  15. Perfect for quick blasts of fun. [Jan 2010, p.112]
  16. The huge assortment of characters, stories, costumes, and other aspects of Dragon Ball lore cannot hide how shallow and uninspired the fighting mechanics are.
  17. Sure, all the great characters are present and there are enough extras to keep fans wanting to jump into a tournament but the gameplay just falls flat to make the battles too awkward. There have been great Dragon Ball games before but, sadly, this one does not qualify.
  18. I guess what surprised me most about this game is that the controls are not as tight as they should be for a fighter. Delayed responses with an often wacky camera, is in active contrast to a game that should have those in sharp focus.
  19. There is nothing particularly hateful or lovable about Raging Blast, and that is its main problem. The new Dragon Ball is clearly made for fans, but it doesn’t work as a deep and engaging fighting game.
  20. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast has a lot of things going for it including an interesting story mode, great graphics, and a huge character roster. However, the foundation of the game - the battle system - isn't very fun, and that sinks the whole experience.
  21. While Raging Blast has a likable presentation and lots of options, the stale fighting and infuriating camera are hard to ignore.
  22. It’s a sluggish, unintuitive, stumbling mess of a fighter, with only a handful of redeeming features, none of which raise it much further from the gutter of ineptitude it resides in.
  23. Those willing to experiment and take notes will still be rewarded with powerful techniques, but outsiders will not see a reason to join in. If they’re unfamiliar with Dragon Ball, the complicated controls will only serve to validate their decision to stay away from this game. For that reason, this game is for die hard Dragon Ball fans only. And maybe not even them.
  24. 45
    There isn't anything truly innovative brought to the table and the gameplay suffers from poor design.
  25. Alienates gamers to appease the fans and ends up impressing neither party. [Jan 2010, p.75]
  26. When the camera decides to point at nothing its problems are inexcusable. [Issue#53, p.94]
  27. Do yourself a favor and stick to Street Fighter IV. [Jan 2010, p.75]
  28. Still, even with the excessive fan service employed here, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast is a far cry from a good game, or even a good Dragon Ball related game.
  29. The online mode is there as it is with nearly every fighting game to come out in the last five years and it serves its purpose just dandy. Unfortunately, the broken gameplay immediately removes any gold starz DBZ would have eared for online functionality.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Mar 15, 2014
    Unfortunately there is a lot of things holding this game back from what it could have been, but let's start with the good things first.

    The graphics are clean and follows the sources well. There isn't really much to complain about on that front.
    + The soundtrack, while relatively small works for the game. You'll hear many of the tracks tons of times but this is the norm for any fighting game, with few exceptions, so it isn't much of a problem.

    Okay so let's move on from the good and get to the bad (That didn't take long)

    The game-play, well bad isn't the word to describe it. There is a relative amount of complexity, you do have control over the actions you do, that being said it is held down by the fact that a lot of actions are too difficult to make work well enough for it to be worth your while, as evident by the fact that button mashing can get you through a lot of the fights. On the controls they are decent enough with a couple of oddities, an example being the need to rotate the analogue stick to recover (which I've never had work), to get up, or to win a struggle or beam clash. This is a fighting game, not Mario Party, Buttons please, not waggling.

    The game can feel unfair at points too, but discounting the argument that it is emulating the difficulty of the fights in the actual source material it actually is irritating - for example you could be fighting Freiza in his final form only to have him power up, granting him 4 or 5 extra health bars (When you'll have already taken down about 5 to make him perform this, not to mention the fact that you begin with 4 in this particular fight) - therefore it can be an irritating game, making me want to throw down the controller in frustration.

    Another problem with the game is the quite frankly awful stage design - to skip ahead though this is a problem because of one thing - this game's massive flaw which essentially ruins the entire experience;

    - The camera. Christ what happened here. If it's not positioning itself in a place where you cannot see anything at all it's spinning round in circles (Seriously, it's happened a few times to me). This problem coupled with the stage design essentially ruins any fun I could have with this game. Some stages such as the Planet Namek ones (More specifically the destroyed Namek stage but it applies to the normal one too) have giant chasms which lead to the camera having a seizure. But hell, the camera messes up even when you aren't on badly made stages, if your opponent flies above or below you the camera will "attempt" to position itself in a way where you can see. Problem is it fails, plain and simple.

    - Story.
    I'm not hating on the story itself, it's fine, but it is the way it is told. This is a deal breaker if you are new to the series, never having seen the show etc. This wasn't a problem for me personally but it definitely would be for some. The story is told through short cut-scenes, which is fine, preferable really however they do not do a good job of explaining what is happening. It has the main points and it does at least have the right characters fighting each other, but it is very matter of fact. "This is happening - now this! Why? How? WhocaresAmiright?"

    One other thing which is fairly minor but important enough to bring up is the fact that it isn't entirely bug-free, one glitch which happened to me (Which caused me to lose the fight) was that my character (In this case Goku) stood still spinning in place, unable to move, attack, charge, fire ki etc, only allowing me to move again once I took a hit (Unfortunately with a Super attack, the damage done costing me the match in the end) - Another small glitch is the fact that you have to wait for the victor to be stationary for the game to end (So the game can leave you hanging for 10 seconds while the opponent charges ki for no reason) small thing, but it's a lack of polish which can lower opinions.

    So basically to summarize;
    +Great Graphics
    +Decent Soundtrack
    +Good roster, pretty much everyone significant from the shows and movies is there although the characters feel quite samey with the exception of some combos and their special moves.
    + and - Controls are fine but some oddities.
    -AWFUL camera
    -Mediocre stage design, some good, some bad
    -A few bugs, nothing game breaking.

    Basically this game is only for DBZ fans, and even then that's a push (As I said before I like the series quite a bit) and is definitely not for a general consumer. Everyone should probably just pass on this one, nothing to see here. (I've heard the sequel has a few improvements, but I am sure I won't be picking it up as apparently it suffers some similar problems, like the camera).
    Poor game for a decent show. Don't waste your money, get something better.
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  2. Dec 5, 2013
    As much as I love Dragon ball this game just did not do it for me, whilst the game in itself isn't necessarily bad, intricate fighting controls with some cool animation, in my opinion it lacks replay-ability I got rapidly bored was not driven by any sense of story and didn't feel like I was getting anything out of the game. I guess the reason I am being so harsh is because the last DBZ game I played was on gameboy advance (the legacy of goku) and it was astronomically better than this game. Can't someone please give us an rpg style open world next gen game in the Dragonball world. Full Review »