Metascore
49

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 32
  2. Negative: 15 out of 32
  1. Oct 13, 2012
    40
    Thanks to Kinect you can take over all of your favorite characters. But nonetheless this is an uninspired and disappointing first person-brawler.
  2. Oct 11, 2012
    44
    Dragon Ball Z for the Kinect is just a mess.
  3. Oct 26, 2012
    31
    Whether it's a good Kinect game, a good fighting game or a scratch for your Dragonball Z itch that you are looking for, none can be found here. Unfortunately a combination of unrealistic ideas and lazy game design have made Dragonball Z for Kinect a must miss title for both fans and newcomers alike.
  4. Oct 21, 2012
    45
    DBZ for Kinect is just what you'd expect: a half-realized game for a half-realized piece of hardware.
  5. Oct 17, 2012
    40
    DBZ Kinect is a novelty wrapped in repetition. A small child in your household might have a lot of fun, if he or she can properly use the Kinect. While many of Namco's Dragon Ball games feature ever expanding rosters, knock-down, drag-out fights, and really pretty, animé-inspired graphics, DBZ Kinect is a totally passable affair, even for (lapsed or otherwise) diehard fans.
  6. Oct 15, 2012
    40
    What could have been a kid's dream come true is far too limited both in terms of gameplay and content to succeed. The younger gamers will be able to get some fun with it, but that's it.
  7. Oct 9, 2012
    45
    Fans will no doubt appreciate the exclusive episode of the Dragon Ball anime included with the game, which is nicely presented in HD. But that's hardly enough to make up for the sheer mind-numbing repetitiveness of the game.
  8. Oct 22, 2012
    40
    Dragon Ball Z for Kinect is more a curiosity than a game, and even then one specifically aimed at DBZ fans. The one-two punch of nostalgia and novelty is appealing for a while, but thanks in large part to shoddy motion controls, later rounds will leave you waiting for a haymaker that just never comes.
  9. Oct 19, 2012
    47
    The battles are often tiresome, not only because of the activity level associated with the controls, but because fights tend to drag on with rock-paper-scissors type counter attacks, blocks, and deflections. While you can unlock over 50 characters, all of the fighters control the same, and the first-person perspective means you can't even see them in action. Considering the lack of new content and spotty controls, Dragon Ball Z for Kinect ultimately puts the "sigh" in Super Saiyan.
  10. Oct 26, 2012
    33
    I much prefer the more traditional fighting experiences offered by games like the Budokai series than this mess of a game, and highly urge you to avoid this one regardless of how big a fan of Dragon Ball Z you might be.
  11. Oct 4, 2012
    40
    Goku doesn't fight like this. Abrupt, imprecise and all those adjectives typical of Kinect games, but now without multiplayer and with few fighters. It has lost the seven balls.
  12. Oct 23, 2012
    40
    The graphics look good, and the anime structure is loyal, but the gameplay just fails to keep up on any end. Drunken anime lunatics and kids are sure to love this, but everyone else should proceed with caution. You'll be going "Kamehame-HUH?!" in no time, assured.
  13. Oct 4, 2012
    45
    Probably the worst videogame in Dragon Ball franchise.
  14. Oct 4, 2012
    45
    A very poor game, only recommendable for kids who love the series and would love to throw some punches and kicks while playing as the characters they watch on TV. A video game that would not live up to the expectations set by Kinect or Dragon Ball Z.
  15. Oct 25, 2012
    45
    Dragon Ball Z for Kinect falls flat, so fans of the anime would be better served with the HD releases of Dragon Ball Z Budokai 1 & 3, which are coming in a few weeks.
User Score
1.9

Overwhelming dislike- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 9 out of 13
  1. Oct 11, 2012
    2
    Awful game! The only good on Dragon Ball Z for Kinect are the graphics and the story mode. But the rest is a disaster, the Kinect answer is terrible, the gameplay is really weird and all the game is very boring. Dragon Ball Z for Kinect can sounds like a good idea, but when you play the final ressult, you can have a big deception. Full Review »
  2. Oct 10, 2012
    1
    How to successfully destroy a game? One word.... Kinect! Let's be serious Kinect doesn't have many good or even games so I smell a disaster in gaming world when any games created for Kinect comes out. Also design is bad, gameplay is dull and it makes Microsoft kicks another franchise into nuts and totally destroy it with a crappy game. 1/10 Full Review »
  3. Oct 13, 2012
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Some games are at their best when they don't exist. The idea of a controller free dragon ball z game is way ahead of its time. We dont have the technology to 100% implement free movement. Full Review »