• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Nov 16, 2004
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 212 Ratings

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  • Summary: Pulverize opponents with the Saiyan Overdrive Fighting System, including: Teleportation Counter – Recreate the lightening speed of DBZ; Teleportation Tornado Combo – Pinball opponents in the air; Dragon Rush Attack – Experience explosive, cinematic new attack moves;Pulverize opponents with the Saiyan Overdrive Fighting System, including: Teleportation Counter – Recreate the lightening speed of DBZ; Teleportation Tornado Combo – Pinball opponents in the air; Dragon Rush Attack – Experience explosive, cinematic new attack moves; Bukujutsu Flight Mode – Go airborne at any time in the game. Unlock up to 40 bonus characters from Dragon Ball Z, DBZ movies, and Dragon Ball GT. Customize your DBZ warriors and build the ultimate fighter. Post and retrieve character profiles from the Internet. [Atari] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. It's a licensed game that perfectly captured the property while still being fun and accessible.
  2. It's pretty darned fun once you get used to the quirks.
  3. Simply put, if you are a Dragon Ball Z fan, or know someone who is, get this game. It’s the title they’ve been waiting for, for 10 plus years now.
  4. 80
    Even gamers who don't know Gohan from any other spiky-haired anime kid will smell what Budokai 3 is cooking.
  5. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    80
    The kind of game Dragon Ball fans can enjoy without feeling guilty. [Jan 2005, p.110]
  6. After all is said and done this is the best Budokai to date however there are still two or three major flaws preventing Budokai 3 from being a truly great game.
  7. The graphics are terrible. They tried way too hard to make the people look as they do in the animated series, but the result is that it all looks pretty flat. Even the first Budokai had more depth. People tell me that I judge the game too much by the graphics. I agree; but this isn’t right. Seriously.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 44
  2. Negative: 4 out of 44
  1. JordanT.
    May 13, 2005
    10
    This is the most beautiful game of all time!!!! Well, at least the best Dragonball Z game of all time. And screw all of you who thinks this This is the most beautiful game of all time!!!! Well, at least the best Dragonball Z game of all time. And screw all of you who thinks this game is pathetic and mediocre!!!! Expand
  2. Jan 29, 2014
    10
    The budokai and the tenkaichi series made my childhood alongside with the anime they are based one. One of the greatest fighting games, if youThe budokai and the tenkaichi series made my childhood alongside with the anime they are based one. One of the greatest fighting games, if you really are a dbz fan. Go get it! Expand
  3. Jul 5, 2012
    10
    This game was the best game for fighting ever! I love it and i've played it so much that the disk is too scratched up now lol so now I gottaThis game was the best game for fighting ever! I love it and i've played it so much that the disk is too scratched up now lol so now I gotta buy another one! =D Expand
  4. Aug 6, 2013
    9
    DBZ Budokai 3 was the first Dragon Ball fighting game I ever played, and it is amazing, Great controls, a good cast of characters, a amazingDBZ Budokai 3 was the first Dragon Ball fighting game I ever played, and it is amazing, Great controls, a good cast of characters, a amazing soundtrack, a story mode that recreates the original series very well (though Budokai 1 had a better story mode), And its just so much fun to play. I recommend it to fans of DBZ and fighting games Expand
  5. Aug 28, 2020
    8
    Fun decent game! Great fighter and unique game!

    Cool graphics and stages as well!
  6. AdamJ.
    Mar 3, 2005
    8
    This game is pretty good u shood be able to fly any time u want though also it should include more moves like tekken and could at leastThis game is pretty good u shood be able to fly any time u want though also it should include more moves like tekken and could at least include other chars that havent been on bodukai that shoud've been like jace,gouldo, ppl like other than that this game is good. Expand
  7. BillB.
    Jan 7, 2005
    1
    Looks okay, but it's not a deep game at all.

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#21 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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#9 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004