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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. Nov 21, 2012
    75
    Even if you find yourself to be less of a Dragon Ball Z fan and more of an achievement junky with a sweet tooth for fighters, that alone should give you reason enough to give this HD collection a shot.
  3. Nov 26, 2012
    75
    The Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection is a great collection. The first games are just the starter for the exemplary main dish: Budokai 3. Everything you'd expect in a Dragon Ball game is present, without destroying the balance of the game.
  4. Nov 7, 2012
    60
    Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection is a nice package game just for those collectors or DBZ enthusiasts who want to get every game based on Akira Toriyama's franchise. The core is the same: the two original games from the PS2 with an HD upgrade and trophy/achievement support. And that's all: no online play o extra modes. Just for collectors.
  5. Games Master UK
    Dec 18, 2012
    58
    No plaudits for Namco Bandai here - they've put minimal effort into Budokai HD Collection. [Jan 2013, p.86]
  6. 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.
  7. Nov 8, 2012
    45
    We found Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection to be boring and incredibly monotonous. Dragon Ball Z used to be a great television series, an awesome franchise. But what is left is something that will most probably only appeal to twenty-something men in search of nostalgia.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 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
    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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  2. 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 GamesI 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
  3. 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,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 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. Collapse
  4. 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 theAs 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
  5. 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 ballShort 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
  6. Mar 15, 2015
    6
    Hmm, I'm not the biggest fan of this package. The games are fun but the aspect ratio is 4:3 and I just didn't enjoy these games as much as IHmm, I'm not the biggest fan of this package. The games are fun but the aspect ratio is 4:3 and I just didn't enjoy these games as much as I thought I would.
    6/10
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  7. Jan 19, 2013
    6
    Dragon Ball Z is undoubtedly one of the best anime series of all time, many games were spawned off this franchise but the most well knowDragon Ball Z is undoubtedly one of the best anime series of all time, many games were spawned off this franchise but the most well know series of games were the Budokai series. As far as the collection goes, it isn't great but its far from bad. Budokai 3 still proves itself to be one of the standout games of its generation still holding its own against many great fighting games of today. Budokai 1 however has not aged as well, it feels sloppy and slow in comparison to the great Budokai 3. The absence of Budokai 2 is also a downfall of the collection as it is named "Budokai HD collection". The one thing that did bug me though was the music, entirely new music was used instead of sticking to the original tracks. Though these songs aren't bad the take away from the nostalgic feel of the games. Overall this collection is good but feels like a quick cash grab to a franchise that is struggling to stay alive. Budokai 3 is still great but Budokai 1 feels lacking. The absence of Budokai 2 and the original music do detract from the experience but don't entirely destroy the game. Hopefully the money they make from this release can but put towards a great fighting game for the Xbox 360 and PS3. Expand

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