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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. In addition to the unprecedented number of characters and improved Wii control system, the environments have also been enhanced to feature day and night stages. The power of the moon in the night stages gives players additional ways to transform their characters and lets fans recreate some of their favorite memories from the show. [Atari] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Despite a couple of problems, Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is definitely a must for Dragon Ball fans and 3D fighting enthusiasts.
  2. AceGamez
    80
    It has some wonderful graphics and animation, excellent sound effects and enjoyable voices to complement the fun and endlessly playable fighting action.
  3. The developers of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 went above and beyond to create this game. The large cast ensemble and various game modes will have players occupied for a long time. The game only gets better since you are able to play online.
  4. The problems playing online are a major let down, and, for us, prevent the game from getting an eight. Ignore that, and, somewhat surprisingly, you've got one of the Wii's most fun fighting games.
  5. Think of this like a Madden game. If you are an extreme fan of the series, you are going to buy it, but if you bought the last game, it is probably not worth it. Of course, if you do not have any of the series, this is a great one to start out on.
  6. The best Dragon Ball Z game to date, and though it can be a lot of fun, it feels more like Tenkaichi 2.5 than Tenkaichi 3.
  7. Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 does feature an impressive roster of fighters and range of options, and the fighting system works well. Plus you get to do flying. But there's nothing much new here apart from the online mode, and that's rubbish.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. LiR.
    Dec 15, 2007
    10
    Don't listen to the other guy, obviously didn't play it much. First let's get this out of the way: the controls are changed Don't listen to the other guy, obviously didn't play it much. First let's get this out of the way: the controls are changed from how they handled in DBZ:BT2 in a GOOD way. More motions are used for certain things but using your powers and doing combos feels more intuitive and it tons more visceral than before. Now you actually have to hod your hands back to charge a Kamehameha and push forward to release, and the other motions are much more varied. The annoying cursor is GONE, and the game handles a lot faster, slowdown is barely ever noticeable as opposed to the previous games, animations and attacks are flashier and overall just look better. More characters are unlocked from the start but tons more can be unlocked. Story mode is a lot more interesting this time around as conversations happen as you battle and you can either follow the scripted story scenes and switch between characters or just beat em dead if you can. This mode is nice, challenging and not a boring and long series of fights where sometimes you actually had to lose. Here you sometimes even get to be the bad guy. There's a ton of new modes and options as well as a new character customization system (all characters now are pretty good on their normal setting unlike before where you needed to level them up to be decent). Training actually lets you know how to perform moves with whichever control scheme you want and even the menus adapt so that you always know how to do your moves from the incredibly detailed skills menu. Online play is the only downside at the moment as it's a bit laggy but that's mostly my own problem as my Wii's been having problems connecting properly with online. DBZ fans MUST own this game, and evne non-fans will have a blast if they take a little bit of time to adjust to the controls. Play it! Expand
  2. JeromeG.
    Jan 22, 2008
    10
    Yes the game needs improvements a couple of things that I can just list off the top of my head....but the game is real fun and the best yet Yes the game needs improvements a couple of things that I can just list off the top of my head....but the game is real fun and the best yet and I wish I could tell em everything that need to be improved I got a lot of good ideas. Expand
  3. Nov 24, 2019
    10
    Best game of dragon ball ever, a lot of character, a lot of combo, the ultimate attacks have really good animations
  4. Nov 8, 2011
    8
    this is the best dbz game, much better than ps3 xbox360 games, although a bit accurate lacking, the motion controls work well and feels greatthis is the best dbz game, much better than ps3 xbox360 games, although a bit accurate lacking, the motion controls work well and feels great making final flash and kamehameha, this game is a dream come true for dbz fans, dont pay attention to bad reviews, this is the best dbz game ever alongside super butoden 2 for snes, of course its not perfect this game deserves 8/10 always. Expand
  5. May 28, 2013
    7
    I get the sense that DBZ games have gone down in quality in the past years, seeing in how they are usually based off this series and don't tryI get the sense that DBZ games have gone down in quality in the past years, seeing in how they are usually based off this series and don't try to turn away from this formula. I can say that this by far my favorite DBZ game to date, it has some fun gameplay, a lot of characters, and good music. While this game doesn't have that competitive sense that most fighting games usually should have, I say that this works well with out that. The joy of this game is really playing with others, because the gameplay is not too complicated and doesn't take much time to learn. A minor problem I have with this game is the fact that some characters are rather odd, as in why would anyone play as that character? Also there's a clear advantage for some characters compared to others. Also it's very annoying when your friend spams one of the super moves so that you don't even get a chance to land a punch. In the end, A classic game in my eyes, and I really feel bad that DBZ games can't be as good as they were. Expand
  6. BryanM.
    Dec 5, 2007
    7
    This years Wii version is a downgrade. the controls feel less like your in the game and more like the old versions. the controls also are This years Wii version is a downgrade. the controls feel less like your in the game and more like the old versions. the controls also are very sensetive. you have to do it the same way all the time so it gets a little anoying. they dont even have a story for some of the new charaters you just get them. and from what I see you dont even fight everone in the histroy mode. This will be a great game for firends but by yourself it gets old fast. Expand
  7. DonF.
    Dec 27, 2007
    1
    Game does not work on Wii controllers. You have to use the old gamecube controllers for it to work, thus I took it back since I don't Game does not work on Wii controllers. You have to use the old gamecube controllers for it to work, thus I took it back since I don't have any old gamecube controllers. I thought is was just a problem with the game disc so I returned for a new one and it does some thing. My other Wii games all work fine with Wii controller, this one doesn't. I wouldn't recommend it unless you like to use old controllers. Expand

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