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8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
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  1. Feb 23, 2015
    10
    I had a blast with the Game personally with minimum bugs/glitches. It's Short, awesome, Fast paced, and Very Nostalgic of the Original Games that we as kids had fun with, and I'm also a Sucker for DBZ games andI love this game and I still keep coming Back to this game it just seems to have a charm that keeps me interested and looking for all the little things everywhere. If you like fastI had a blast with the Game personally with minimum bugs/glitches. It's Short, awesome, Fast paced, and Very Nostalgic of the Original Games that we as kids had fun with, and I'm also a Sucker for DBZ games andI love this game and I still keep coming Back to this game it just seems to have a charm that keeps me interested and looking for all the little things everywhere. If you like fast paced games you'll love this game. If your recently new to the franchise this is the perfect game for you if you just want to have a good time. And It's on for cheap so there is no reason not to get this game if your a DBZ fan like myself. Expand
  2. May 10, 2016
    10
    This review is for both the Ps3/Xbox 360 versions.

    Great collection. It's missing Budokai 2, but lets be honest if BK3 was the only one here it would be a great HD port and well worth it. Budokai 1 and 3 are all this game contains. WOuldn't call it much of a collection, but that shouldn't deter for what a great value this game is. Budokai 1 still stands as one of the best DBZ games
    This review is for both the Ps3/Xbox 360 versions.

    Great collection. It's missing Budokai 2, but lets be honest if BK3 was the only one here it would be a great HD port and well worth it. Budokai 1 and 3 are all this game contains. WOuldn't call it much of a collection, but that shouldn't deter for what a great value this game is.

    Budokai 1 still stands as one of the best DBZ games of all time. Only overshadowed by its prediccessor, Budokai 3. BUdokai 1 has a limited character roster, and yet you don't feel like anyone is missing from the limited roster. The character roster is striaght to the point, no filler. BUdokai 3, however has a much wider selection of characters, which isn't a bad thing at all. Not only that, it also features a much more refined movelists and character movement.

    The fights feel faster in Budokai 3, the animations feels more robust, the movement is much more fluid. The characters just pop and have a lot more detail. It's the ultimate farewell to the budokai series. It remains, in my opinion, the best DBZ game of all time. The story mode from the first game is missing, replaced by '' Dragon unniverse'' where you can play as 8 of the main characters. You have a hub and you explore the small maps, namek, and earth. You can find dragon balls, assist items, battles that'll level up your characters. You also have an RPG like leveling up systerm, where you increase your stats based on XP earned via battles.

    I highly recommend it. It's a shame good games aren't recognized and often ignored simply because the publisher didn't shower reviewers with money or paid reviews.

    I give DBZ Budokai a 10/10

    Replay value 5/5
    Artstyle 5/5
    Music/audio 5/5 ( voices both in jap and ENG)
    Controls 5/5
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  3. Nov 15, 2012
    9
    Short and sweet: This is a collection consisting of DBZ action in it's purest form. No filler, no gimmicky customization, and no odd ball gameplay mechanics trying to make it feel fresh. A collection representing the best of the Dragon Ball Z representation in the video game world. Worth buying for the fans. The only thing holding this collection this from being truly amazing and a mustShort and sweet: This is a collection consisting of DBZ action in it's purest form. No filler, no gimmicky customization, and no odd ball gameplay mechanics trying to make it feel fresh. A collection representing the best of the Dragon Ball Z representation in the video game world. Worth buying for the fans. The only thing holding this collection this from being truly amazing and a must own for fighter fans in general is the absence of Budokai 2. Expand
  4. Dec 8, 2012
    9
    Basically, it's the exact same game as the PS2 version back in the day with HD updates. If you're expecting new characters, multiplayer, and/or story expansion, you'll be disappointed. If you want to have the same fun you used to have with the original back in the day, pick it up. The only down side with the Xbox version is when you go into the Battle Mode mini game when you have to rotateBasically, it's the exact same game as the PS2 version back in the day with HD updates. If you're expecting new characters, multiplayer, and/or story expansion, you'll be disappointed. If you want to have the same fun you used to have with the original back in the day, pick it up. The only down side with the Xbox version is when you go into the Battle Mode mini game when you have to rotate the analog stick(s) to win the bout. I've found myself hitting the Xbox guide button more than a couple times, which takes you out of the combat entirely, and sometimes it's hard to jump back in. That's my only complaint. Not even upset about lack of multiplayer personally. Bottom line: Love it on the PS2 back in the day? Get it, it's still worth the cash. Expand
  5. Jun 16, 2014
    9
    Simply put, the games of this collection are what DBZ Games should be. Simple to understand, easy to pick up and hard to put down again. Each game offers a decent sized roster of fighters, all of which are recognizable characters from the dragon ball universe. The mechanics of each game are easy to understand and adapt to, especially the ones in Budokai 3 which eliminates spamming andSimply put, the games of this collection are what DBZ Games should be. Simple to understand, easy to pick up and hard to put down again. Each game offers a decent sized roster of fighters, all of which are recognizable characters from the dragon ball universe. The mechanics of each game are easy to understand and adapt to, especially the ones in Budokai 3 which eliminates spamming and severely decreases button mashing. Thanks to those tweaks, a newbie player can provide good competition to an expert or veteran player. My only gripes with this HD Collection are the fact that Budokai 2 is not part of the collection and the music has been changed. However, those two factors are not even close to turn offs, especially seeing as the music was changed due to kenji yamato (the guy responsible for the original music) was accused of plagiarism and in turn fired. Thus, the original music as removed and replaced to prevent future issues with copyright claims/ accusations of plagiarism.

    In the end, this is a game any fighting game fan will enjoy, and any DBZ fan will enjoy even more. Definitely a must-have for xbox 360.
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  6. Jan 15, 2016
    9
    As a Dragon Ball Z fan, this game is awesome. As good as the original, if not ,better. Sure, the new music is not up to the standard of the old ones but it's still good. The graphics are what stand out most though. They are BEAUTIFUL. Every character model and energy blast and stage look fantastic. And whoever says that the game isn't in wide screen, then they're half right. The cut scenesAs a Dragon Ball Z fan, this game is awesome. As good as the original, if not ,better. Sure, the new music is not up to the standard of the old ones but it's still good. The graphics are what stand out most though. They are BEAUTIFUL. Every character model and energy blast and stage look fantastic. And whoever says that the game isn't in wide screen, then they're half right. The cut scenes and menus aren't ,but the fighting itself (The best part of the game) is in widescreen. Expand
  7. Sep 4, 2016
    9
    The first Budokai game tells the story of the anime/show AMAZINGLY.
    The second one (which isn't included) is skippable and eh
    the third one has the best battle system.
    Buy this game, mate.
Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Jan 16, 2013
    55
    Anyone looking for a deep, complex brawler is best be served elsewhere, but fans looking for some Super Saiya-jin action or younger folks that just want to button-mash will find something here to like.
  2. Jan 13, 2013
    45
    Even though it was given a resolution increase, you still can't play the game widescreen, and porting the 10 year old graphics and physics engine doesn't make it better.
  3. Jan 8, 2013
    86
    If you are a fan of Budokai 3, then this might be a good way to relive those memories without getting out a PS2 and hooking it up again.