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53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
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  1. Jan 28, 2014
    70
    If you are more concerned about recreating the spectacle of Dragon Ball Z than playing a refined game, you will have a good time here. Battle of Z values style over substance, but for an anime about super humans fighting super aliens while flying through the air, maybe it is the appropriate direction.
  2. Feb 5, 2014
    66
    With its relatively simple combat system, useless AI teammates, and horrifically unbalanced multiplayer, Battle of Z is a game only diehards should spend any significant time with.
  3. Mar 31, 2014
    60
    It's probably the most bland and repetitive DBZ game of this generation, with its only saving grace being the immense roster of characters.
  4. Feb 19, 2014
    60
    It isn't the best title in the series, but it certainly isn't the worst, and if you're looking to play a fighting game that tries something new, rent Battle of Z before committing to the purchase.
  5. Feb 14, 2014
    60
    Battle of Z had a lot of potential, but like so many DBZ games before it, it fails to capture the opportunity. The unnecessary amount of grinding required to progress through a story we’ve seen a dozen times before overshadows the decent combat.
  6. Feb 10, 2014
    60
    It’s nice that Namco Bandai has opted to get a company to do a twist on the standard fighting action, and fans will no doubt enjoy what’s on offer here, but with a lot of depth ripped out of the game, it becomes a title that’s has the creativity, but is nothing more than a bundle of shallow fun.
  7. Jan 29, 2014
    60
    Battle of Z suffers from bad cameras and sometimes muddled gameplay, but it is still a nice brawling game... that really needs to be played online if you want to enjoy it.
  8. Apr 17, 2014
    59
    A forgettable title in Dragon Ball series, with some good ideas poorly executed. Here's hoping that the next chapters in the series will bring a needed revamp in quality.
  9. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Mar 26, 2014
    50
    Still feels as shallow and monotonous as ever. [Apr 2014, p.89]
  10. Mar 19, 2014
    50
    If you’re a huge fan of the iconic anime looking for even more fighting action -- and you have friends who are willing to fork out the cash to join you online -- there is some enjoyment to be had. For everyone else, aside from the increased multiplayer, you've already played this before.
  11. 50
    However you play, the button-mashing combat proves crushingly simplistic and repetitive, and moving around the stages is awkward and disorienting, with a dizzying camera that makes Battle of Z a pretty ideal motion-sickness simulator.
  12. Jan 30, 2014
    50
    A disappointing evolution of the Budokai Tenkaichi template, which despite some interesting ideas seems intent on making itself as shallow and simplistic as possible.
  13. Jan 24, 2014
    50
    A poor show for the last Dragon Ball of this generation. Visually lacking, extremely simple on its mechanics, poor on its fanservice and without local multiplayer modes. Its online team battles could be interesting, but the game didn't need to be that flat.
  14. Mar 12, 2014
    40
    It's a confused, overly chaotic mission-based action game that tries to recreate the team-based camaraderie oft seen in its source material, but more often than not falls flat on its face.
  15. Feb 5, 2014
    35
    Time is flying and Dragon Ball videogames are sinking into mediocrity. Battle of Z may be one of the worst episodes of the saga. It's hard to say though if the lack of experience at Artdink studios was the main problem, or if it comes from their will to make something different. Nice try, but the result is awful. You just can't make a Dragon Ball game and forget about the offline multiplayer! And even if you can overcome that, you'll land in an atrocious cocktail of blurry colors and unintelligible action. Your one and only solution : don't buy it.
  16. Feb 12, 2014
    30
    In the end, Battle of Z is a disappointment.
  17. Feb 10, 2014
    30
    Ultimately, Battle of Z offers Dragon Ball Z fans more of the same: another chance at seeing their favorite characters pummel each other. However, without a real fighting engine to support the game, hardcore fans haven't just played this before, they've probably already played something better.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  1. Feb 27, 2014
    0
    WORST DRAGON BALL Z GAME EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! how can this game blow this much.........the controls suck and are horrible, the game sucksWORST DRAGON BALL Z GAME EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! how can this game blow this much.........the controls suck and are horrible, the game sucks the only thing that they got right is the story. I mean did they build designed over a drunken weekend. this game is not just the worst dragon ball z game I have ever played but it has to be the worst game I HAVE EVER PLAYED. hands down. I don't write this because I am one of they people that do this all the time but I just want this never to happened Full Review »
  2. Feb 11, 2014
    0
    Worst dragon ball z game I have ever played can't do a super kamehameha or just a normal one no matter how many times I read the controlWorst dragon ball z game I have ever played can't do a super kamehameha or just a normal one no matter how many times I read the control worst one so far how you don't make another one like this coz it is shocking how it was made very disappointed Full Review »
  3. May 22, 2014
    5
    Seriously? A card game of DBZ, still waiting for budokai tenkaichi 3 HD remake, it's not terrible, i'm disappointed, Let's be fair, 5/10,Seriously? A card game of DBZ, still waiting for budokai tenkaichi 3 HD remake, it's not terrible, i'm disappointed, Let's be fair, 5/10, because it's a good game, but not for DBZ. Full Review »