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  • Summary: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 delivers an extreme 3D fighting experience, improving upon last year's game with over 150 playable characters, enhanced fighting techniques, beautifully refined effects and shading techniques, making each character's effects more realistic, and over 20Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 delivers an extreme 3D fighting experience, improving upon last year's game with over 150 playable characters, enhanced fighting techniques, beautifully refined effects and shading techniques, making each character's effects more realistic, and over 20 battle stages. In addition, an improved control system for the Wii will allow players to easily mimic signature moves and execute devastating energy attacks as they are performed in the Dragon Ball Z animated series. [Atari] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. The PS2 may have thrown out its last classic titles with Okami and God of War II, but for those waiting to make the next gen leap then you could do a lot worse for yourself in the mean time than picking this up.
  2. For 50 bucks, Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is a surprisingly good game. The colorful landscapes, differently played characters, and multiple settings and choices make the title enjoyable.
  3. 80
    When looking at the core gameplay, and ignoring the titles before it, BT3 is a fast, fun, and amazingly deep experience for fans of the award-winning anime.
  4. When it comes down to it, Budokai Tenkaichi 3 continues the series’ tradition of creating true-to-the-anime experiences.
  5. 70
    If you've played any of the previous Tenkaichi titles, you know exactly what to expect here -- a relatively shallow button-masher that does a darn fine job of letting you relive the Dragon Ball experience. Those looking for anything else will be disappointed, but if you just want another excuse to beat up Frieza, this game will suit you perfectly.
  6. 70
    If you own a Wii, I recommend you hold out and wait for that version, which features an interesting alternate control scheme and full online play.
  7. I can respect Funimation’s attempt to change many staid fighting game conventions throughout their Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi series, but in the process, the controls have become almost impossible to learn.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 72
  2. Negative: 2 out of 72
  1. Jul 10, 2012
    10
    The best dragon ball z game ever made period. i wish they doing this as a hd collection for the 360. hopefully in the future.The best dragon ball z game ever made period. i wish they doing this as a hd collection for the 360. hopefully in the future. .............................................. Expand
  2. Feb 8, 2012
    10
    I'm actually writing this review is a response to another review I just saw about this game the annoyed me a great deal. This game is great.I'm actually writing this review is a response to another review I just saw about this game the annoyed me a great deal. This game is great. It's as simple as that. The Tenkaichi series is quite possibly the great of all DBZ games and Tenkaichi 3 is the best of the series. Although Tenkaichi 2 comes in as the a close second but the third comes out ahead due to balance. First and foremost I want to say that none of the Tenkaichi games are very well balanced, NONE! However, in Tenkaichi 2 some characters had attacks that were mind-numbingly powerful(Great Ape Baby's Throw), rushing attacks took ZERO ki if they didn't connect and the customization setup was a true game-breaker(Halo for starters cut down energy needed for all attacks in half with no real consequences). Also, everyone has been given their own unique combo set this time around instead of having the generic setup as the other games did and some character have had their move-set changed to avoid having redundant attacks and to keep their techniques more in line to the attacks they actually performed in the anime. So anyone who played Tenkaichi 2 before laying their hands on this will realize that its a bit more difficult to play since you can no longer mash your opponents into oblivion. It actually takes some skill this time around and any DBZ fan should at least have the patience to play this game and realize it's not worth giving a "0" rating. Expand
  3. dragonballfantopqualitygamer
    May 21, 2009
    10
    The best dragonball game ever, despite minor flaws in graphics engine.Improved control system (although its a little difficult at theThe best dragonball game ever, despite minor flaws in graphics engine.Improved control system (although its a little difficult at the beginning).The best recreation of the fights that we saw on TV series. Highly addictive and enjoyable.

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  4. 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
  5. Sep 1, 2020
    9
    A great game for any DBZ fan. The gameplay being the high point, it's sure to give you that adrenaline filled hype that you come to expectA great game for any DBZ fan. The gameplay being the high point, it's sure to give you that adrenaline filled hype that you come to expect from Dragon Ball games. Lots of signature moves and endless variety of characters, including characters that were from different canons and timelines. The story accurately retells the story across most of the Dragon Ball series, including some "What If" scenarios, but the cutscenes are pre-rendered, and can be stale to watch at times. If you're just looking for some good ole' Dragon Ball rumbling, this is for you. Power up to Super Saiyan, and fight on! Expand
  6. Apr 14, 2015
    9
    This game is truly amazing! This game has many things to offer . It has very good graphics for a ps2 game
  7. Oct 26, 2019
    1
    Dragon Ball Z : Budokai Tenkaichi 3 Es un juego muy desbalanceado , puediendo un personaje ser miles de veces mas fuertes que otros , ademasDragon Ball Z : Budokai Tenkaichi 3 Es un juego muy desbalanceado , puediendo un personaje ser miles de veces mas fuertes que otros , ademas de que aprenderse los controles suele ser una gran tortura Expand

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