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  • Summary: Everything before it was just training. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi combines fighting and flying in wide open, destructible 3D environments. In the air, on the ground or under water, DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi gives players the ability to battle with unprecedented power and freedom.Everything before it was just training. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi combines fighting and flying in wide open, destructible 3D environments. In the air, on the ground or under water, DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi gives players the ability to battle with unprecedented power and freedom. Experience the intensity of DBZ fighting in an all-new way by combining melee combat, energy attacks and 3D flight with fully interactive recreation of the Dragon Ball universe. With its intense battles, high-speed flight and deep storyline, DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi offers players a "superhero" experience of epic proportions - it's the DBZ game fans have been waiting for. [Atari] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Not only surpasses the Budokai series up to now, but shows us some new and great additions.
  2. I really liked how the developers of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi went “outside the box” when creating this game and didn’t stick to the formula that the other Budokai set up.
  3. Features a staggering amount of features despite the shortcomings of the gameplay.
  4. A wonderfully fun and addicting experience, offering tons of characters, modes, and everything else you could want in an anime-based video game. Just as its television forefather, this game has the makings for something great.
  5. What Dragon Ball Z: Sparkling ends up as is a good game for the millions of Dragon Ball fans out there even though it doesn’t have the general appeal of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3.
  6. Tenkaichi is a genuine attempt at capturing the Dragon Ball essence, but in the end the complex, clunky gameplay and lack of previously offered features prevents the unlocking of any true potential.
  7. 40
    Although Tenkaichi does offer genuine enjoyment, if only briefly, it comes as small consolation for the relative merits of recent prequels, and while eager young gamers will be enthused, those looking for a more brain-busting and evolutionary experience shouldn’t expect too much.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. HadiN.
    Oct 30, 2005
    10
    This game is the best of all other dbz games.
  2. LindseyW.
    Nov 14, 2005
    10
    I wish I had two more hands to give this game four thumbs up. Before I played it i kind of worried about the camera angles but I was able to I wish I had two more hands to give this game four thumbs up. Before I played it i kind of worried about the camera angles but I was able to adjust to them very easy. I must say the same about the controls, they grew on me. In the next one I would like to be able to customize clothing and accessories like wrist bands, shoes, armor, scouters and other things from the cartoon. Also how about some team battles like two on two, maybe that can get worked in somehow or two on one battles. Also what about more destruction to the ground when thrown in to it. If it all gets destroyed then it becomes an air battle. Expand
  3. James
    Nov 20, 2005
    10
    This is totally awesome. I love how you have the freedom of flight, larger arenas, and less cinematic time for moves. It is awesome how the This is totally awesome. I love how you have the freedom of flight, larger arenas, and less cinematic time for moves. It is awesome how the map is more 3D and destructible than all the other previous games. BEST GAME EVER! Expand
  4. Kite
    Oct 23, 2005
    9
    This is really awesome game. Good graphics and good controls. lots of characterers and story mode is quite large. Only bad things in game is This is really awesome game. Good graphics and good controls. lots of characterers and story mode is quite large. Only bad things in game is that there is no more transformations during a fight and some moves is totally powerless. That's why i can't give 10 to this game, but overally this is the best dbz budokai that is made. Expand
  5. SumDood
    Nov 30, 2005
    8
    Pretty good game.(Although i like the first on the best)! this game captures the world of dbz like none other. Definetly a good RENTAL!
  6. WilliamW.
    Sep 29, 2006
    7
    This is a fairly solid DBZ game. You could make a fair argument for this or Budokai 3 being the best DBZ game out. What makes Budokai This is a fairly solid DBZ game. You could make a fair argument for this or Budokai 3 being the best DBZ game out. What makes Budokai Tenkaichi better than Budokai 3 are slightly better graphics, 3D environment and more characters. Budokai Tenkaichi does lack a couple of features that were missed, like in-battle transformation and fusion. I will admit that this game is somewhat too simple and basic, when it comes to gameplay, but it's not something that I'll lose any sleep over. Budokai Tenkaichi 2 will more than likely bring back some of the elements from Budokai 3...making it definitely the best DBZ game ever. Expand
  7. Nov 8, 2013
    3
    Bad game..very bad game. I mean..if you want a good DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi game then play the 2nd one. The characters are just...wow. IBad game..very bad game. I mean..if you want a good DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi game then play the 2nd one. The characters are just...wow. I mean...seriously...they look like Minecraft blobs on crack. The gameplay and story alike are just wow. It's good...but not that perfect. The camera sucks, the controls are easy to maneuver and the best this game can do is give you a good Character Introduction mode. All in all...this game sucks. Expand

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