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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
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Overall User Score (6 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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Game Chronicles (Nov 26, 2006)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is the best Dragon Ball Z game ever. It does almost everything right and is a nearly flawless culmination of everything that was great about every US Dragon Ball Z game since Final Bout, be it characters, gameplay or graphics. The little errors can most certainly be overlooked when the complete package is as good as this one is. Any Dragon Ball Z game after this will merely be adding insignificant things because the perfect formula was been found with Budokai Tenkaichi 2.
Worth Playing (Nov 19, 2006)
Even with these low-level complications, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is a well-done product with few flaws. It, in fact, accomplishes roughly 95% of what it set out to do, and with style besides. If you've ever liked Dragon Ball Z, even just as a kid growing up, then this game should automatically be added to your collection. If you like fighting games, this is a good one to pick up that deviates from the norm. With a huge single-player fighting experience and an engine that's tons of fun for duelists and spectators alike, everyone should at least give this title a shot.
AceGamez (Dec 02, 2006)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is an epic anime beat-em-up unlike anything else currently on the market. Although the controls are slightly tricky at first, this is a game with so much depth and character that I can't help but recommend it to everyone. If you're a newcomer to the series then approach with caution, as this is a game that is steeped in Dragon Ball Z lore. However, if you are willing to immerse yourself in the experience, the undoubted quality and charm will more than likely win you over. For anyone who would call themselves a fan of the series, this is simply a must have, as it is by far and away the closest thing yet to a definitive Dragon Ball Z videogame.
Game Vortex (Nov 27, 2006)
If you have been following the Budokai games from the beginning and haven't tired of fighting pretty much the same battles over and over again (just with slightly different mechanics) just to see how they handled the new characters for that game (in this case we have ones like Kid Goku, Bojak, Broly, Hirudegarn and a few others), then Tenkaichi 2 is definitely a good game for you. If you've followed the series in the past, but feel it's started to grow a little stale, then rent it first, or pick up Super Dragon Ball Z (a much more arcadey game).
Gaming Target (May 30, 2007)
For those who have been keeping score, I was miserably let down by the less-than-spectacular Wii version, but I have to say, the PS2 version takes all of the Wii’s control problems and at least makes them a moot point. Sure, the controls are still hard to get used to, but the game is definitely much more readily available to play, and with all the extras that are available, any fan would be crazy to pass up this massive DBZ game.
IGN (Nov 21, 2006)
The new five-on-five tag battles are a blast as well, sending epic battles upwards of five minutes long at times (longer if you’re still new at the game), while the training mode alone can take up to an hour to truly master. Simply put, this game is absolutely stuffed with content, and if you dig Dragon Ball it’s a no-brainer. The sheer speed and complexity of the controls may turn some people off, but the general combat will eventually come down to two buttons, making the game amazingly easy to learn, but nearly impossible to fully master. This one uses every button on the controller, a good deal of motion on the Wii version, and it moves at an insane speed. Still, for gamers that can get into it, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is one of the most entertaining and fierce anime fighters around. This is every DBZ fan’s wet dream.
With a plethora of unlockables, multiplayer that is great for a group of friends, fantastic visuals, and a great amount of replay value, DragonBall Tenkaichi 2 is one of the most entertaining fighting games on the PS2. This final entry in the series is notably the last for the PS2, and like some other PS2 franchises, it is helping the system go out with a bang. If you are a newcomer to the DragonBall universe, Tenkaichi 2 is a great way to get up to speed and become a full on fanboy. If you are already a fanboy, there is honestly no reason NOT to pick up Tenkaichi 2. It is the game we wanted since the original Budokai.
Game Shark (Nov 29, 2006)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is a solid and slick fighting game that beat 'em up fans and Dragon Ball Z anime fanatics will love. There are a lot of small improvements (like the ability to jump into Super Saiyan mode more easily) to look forward and a ton of gameplay and extras to keep players occupied for a very long time. Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is easily the most complete and robust DBZ title to date, and though it doesn't go too far out of its way to innovate, it is nonetheless a complete fighting game experience.
Lawrence (Nov 21, 2006)
Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is a game that will appeal mostly to fans of Dragon Ball Z, with its huge cast and expansive story. However, anyone looking for a fun, easy-to-learn fighter would do good to check this out as well. It might not be as technical as Tekken or Virtua Fighter, but its fast-paced fighting engine is still a lot of fun.
UOL Jogos (Dec 01, 2006)
"Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2" é o sonho de todo fã do desenho, pois traz imenso conteúdo, especialmente no modo de história, uma galeria enorme de personagem e, principalmente, uma experiência de luta que é muito similar às maluquices do original. O mecanismo é bem elaborado, mas complexo, e, como a ação é rápida, a curva de aprendizado é mais íngreme. Quem gosta do desenho vai aproveitar muito mais, mas o game tem qualidade suficiente para atrair mesmo quem nunca ouviu falar de saiyajins e namekkuseijins, desde que não seja um jogador completamente casual.
Meristation (Nov 09, 2006)
Aunque no se ha hablado tanto de él como de su antecesor, Tenkaichi 2 ha llegado a España por la puerta grande. Aporta todo lo que una secuela necesita aportar, y además, sorprende incorporando nuevos elementos. Por fin, Dragon Ball en estado puro.
80 (Oct 27, 2006)
En conservant une bonne partie de ce qui avait fait le succès du premier volet, ce deuxième Tenkaichi ne pouvait que faire mieux que son prédécesseur en apportant encore plus de richesse dans le gameplay et en offrant un contenu garantissant une durée de vie incroyable. Le résultat est à la hauteur de nos espérances, même si nous sommes lésés par rapport à la version japonaise qui proposait les musiques de la série.
Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is any DBZ fan’s dream game. With nearly any DBZ character that a fan could ask for, a deeper fighting game, a long (if shallow) story mode, an improved Z Battle mode, better graphics, and an overall improved game, there isn’t much to complain about. Fans of DBZ and anime and even fighting games should go and get their Super Saiyan on as soon as they can.
ActionTrip (Nov 20, 2006)
I had a lot of fun with this game, and that's the important thing. The fighting engine is unconventional, but the difficulty is better balanced this time, and eases you in slower. It's too bad that it's the same stories again, just repackaged, but DBZ fans should give it a look, others might want to rent first.
GameLemon (Jan 22, 2007)
So, if you're a fan of Dragon Ball Z, you have to own this game. It's the law*. Don't worry, though, you'll totally dig it. If, however, you're more into [um, real - ed.] fighting games like Dark Stalkers or Dead or Alive, you probably shouldn't spend your money. Instead, send it to me, so I can finance my campaign to become Weehawken, New Jersey Municipal Water and Sewage Department Director. With me in charge, we'll get that lumpy water problem cleared up right quick!
Softpedia (Jun 10, 2007)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 could be the best fighting game ever created, if it wasn't for its flaws and pretty repetitive combos. Although there's a wide variety of things a character can do, all the attacks look the same and long-lasting battles can prove to be a disadvantage in the long run. Not to mention those aching fingers after two or three fights, but this can only make a player stronger. However, the many characters, the original storyline and the fact that you'll have a lot of leveling up to do, can make this title your favorite game, if you're a Dragon Ball Z fan and expect a fighting game to deliver more than pure violence and eye candy.
GameSpy (Nov 22, 2006)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is far from gaming excellence, but it does manage to deliver some solid fun, if not a lot of fan service. Covering the entirety of the DBZ series, this game is certainly something that will appeal to most fans, but for those who are just looking for a good fighter, there are better choices. It doesn't really improve too much on last year's DBZ entry, making it an easy pass if you've already played it, but if you're a fan of the series, Tenkaichi 2 may be what you're looking for.
Video Game Talk (Nov 27, 2006)
I personally can't say it about the anime but there is a lot to love about Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2. The simplistic gameplay may boil down to little more than button mashing at times but once the action kicks in you won't care. The battles are fast and furious through highly destructible and open environments. A roster of over 120 characters plus the ability to upgrade each one and create your own means that you could be playing for hours and still not use everybody. The modes are also deeper than most anime fighting games so if you have found yourself going sour on the genre you definitely owe it to yourself to check this one out. It's easy to see why Atari has been pumping out installments to this series; it's simply one of the best anime games around.
Gamekult (Oct 27, 2006)
Aucun doute, Dragon Ball Z : Budokai Tenkaichi 2 est une valeur sûre pour tout fan de DBZ. Même s'il se contente de reprendre l'ossature de son prédécesseur, le jeu de Spike collera une nouvelle fois une bonne baffe à ses acquéreurs avec une réalisation au top (si l'on excepte les temps de chargement pénibles) et un gameplay autorisant des combats toujours plus spectaculaires, à défaut d'être très techniques. Les experts trouveront tout de même suffisamment de richesse au système de jeu pour progresser, et les nombreux modes proposés couplés à la centaine de personnages jouables assureront à l'ensemble une durée de vie plus que convenable. Un bilan largement positif donc, pour un titre qui risque une nouvelle fois de remporter de nombreux suffrages auprès du grand public.
GameSpot (Dec 05, 2006)
Save for the different control schemes and some marginally improved graphics on the Wii, there's not much difference between the two versions of Tenkaichi 2, and neither is easy to recommend. Those who were able to wade through the problems of the original will find a lot of content to play around with here, but this is a game that is simply not suitable for anyone else.
60 (Dec 06, 2006)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 has a lot of gameplay potential, tons of unlockable characters, and a variety of play modes. It also is submerged in the sometimes-confusing depths that is the Dragon Ball Z license, which makes the make-or-break choice solely dependent on your enjoyment (or lack thereof) of the anime. To sum it up, if you’re a DBZ buff, you’ll probably love this game. If you’re not, this game will steer very clear of changing your mind.
60 (UK) (Jan 26, 2007)
Solid fundamentals, a good selection of modes and a huge cast will no doubt make this top of the must-have list for followers of the series but unless you're ga-ga for Goku, there are definitely better, flashier and more rewarding fighting games out there.
Defunct Games (Dec 26, 2006)
The box promises that Budokai Tenkaichi 2 offers sixty hours of game play that fills in the Dragon Ball Z mythology, unfortunately most gamers will grow bored of the game long before they see the sixty hour mark. Throughout the course of this fighting game there are glimpses of potential, but somehow it is all wasted with shallow controls and boring game play. Dragon Ball Z fanatics will no doubt get a kick out of seeing so many of their favorite characters in one game, it's just a shame that Spike wasn't able to create a more compelling reason to bring them together.
55 (Jul, 2009)
I should warn everyone, though, that this game is EVIL. After playing it, my brain insisted, nay, DEMANDED that I watch the entire Dragon Ball Z series from start to finish. All 296 episodes, with over 200 minutes of explosive action and 800 minutes of filler. And now I have become ensnared in the magical world of Gohan/Videl fanfic, with over 40 of those stories getting put on my summer reading list. So now I no longer have time to do anything productive, and it is all this game's fault. Consider yourself warned.
40 (Feb 27, 2007)
Ultimately Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2 will only be enjoyed by fans of the series from which it draws its characters and story. The fighting is too shallow for fighting game enthusiasts to get wrapped up in, and the controls are too sloppy for anybody to have a good time with the Wii remote. If you do pick this title up, make sure it's either the PS2 version or that there's a Classic Controller available to you on the Wii.