Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 Reviews (PlayStation 2)

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VicioJuegos.com (Dec 26, 2007)
Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 contiene todo lo que en su día los chicos de Spike prometieron. Combates mucho más espectaculares y dinámicos, un control mucho más depurado, un montón de nuevos personajes y escenarios y un modo historia más realista, aunque también más reducido. Desde hoy, este Dragon Ball se ha convertido en el mejor hasta la fecha, tanto por opciones como por control. Quizás todavía no estemos ante el definitivo ya que la BSO ha sido cancelada posiblemente por problemas de licencia. Aun así, es el Dragon Ball más completo y espectacular de todos los lanzados hasta ahora. Como juego de lucha, puede gustar a los amantes de este género. Eso sí, este juego está desarrollado especialmente para aquellos que les guste la obra de Toriyama, pues van alucinar con la espectacularidad de cada combate.
Meristation (Nov 02, 2007)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 es un juego excelente, brillante, emocionante y completísimo. Es el "simulador" de Bola de Dragón que llevábamos esperando desde hace años, tanto por su obsesivamente enorme plantilla de luchadores, como por sus múltiples modos, torneos y el añadido de la opción “Fusión de discos” que nos abre aún más posibilidades.
As a sendoff for the series on the PS2, I'd say this game did a pretty good job. Existing fans of the line will definitely want to pick up this very encompassing game because not only does it have pretty much everything that past versions had, but also quite a few new characters and enough new mechanics to make it worthwhile.
Thunderbolt Games (Feb 18, 2008)
As it is, Budokai Tenkaichi 3 will probably be totally ignored by all but the most hardcore DBZ fans, which is a crying shame. 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. If you’ve already made the next gen jump then you can tear out that mangled copy of God of War II from your redundant PS2 and give it one last spin. It’s well worth it.
Game Chronicles (Dec 26, 2007)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 marks not the third, but the sixth console release in what is rapidly becoming a long series of games. The question that is going to have to be asked sooner or later is: how much more is there left to milk from the Dragon Ball license? It's not that this game is bad--in fact, it is very good. It's simply that as time goes by, it will become increasingly difficult to convince gamers to shell out another wad of cash for the latest game in a series that has already told all of its stories. The ride has been fun, and many great battles have been fought in living rooms and rec halls across the nation. If Tenkaichi 3 turns out to be the swan song, the capstone to the house that Atari and DBZ built, it will be a noble end. Let's hope they don't let the series go the way of Dynasty Warriors; it would be a shame to see yet another solid franchise fade into nothingness, feebly clinging to its past.
Worth Playing (Dec 18, 2007)
For 50 bucks, Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is a surprisingly good game. For certain gamers and anime fans, this game is right down their alley, and the great deal of replay value is sure to keep them coming back for more. Don't let any misgivings toward the series mar your enjoyment, either; it did a very good job in this genre and may continue to do so in future incarnations. Talk has circulated that this will be the last Budokai Tenkaichi fighting game to exist. As the series draws to its apparent close for more expressive and emotional stories with more intriguing plots, Dragonball and its series has paved the way for developing anime fans, as well as adaptive, innovative fighting games like Super Smash Bros. Toriyama and his Dragonball series have laid a foundation of gaming for others and created something rather enjoyable despite all the flak that they've had to take.
Daily Game (Nov 27, 2007)
If there's one word to describe this game it's frenzy. You'll find plenty of fast action and the gameplay never really takes a break. The story is unoriginal but offers a complete history of the Dragon Ball Z universe. Combos are easy to master so if you're into complexity you might find the game a bit too juvenile.
IGN (Dec 11, 2007)
With such a mix of positives and negatives overall though, it’s hard to recommend Tenkaichi 3 for purchase when you could just as easily pick up BT2 for a fraction of the price, or skip a year and wait for the inevitable sequel to come along. Should online play be fixed, however, or if you’re looking for the single largest roster of fighters out there in an experience that’s astonishingly true to the anime, Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is still a great choice. A word to the wise though: There’s always another DBZ game on the way.
GameZone (Dec 21, 2007)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 continues the legacy started by this DBZ in the early days of PlayStation 2. But unlike its predecessors, BT3 does not evolve genre (or the series, for that matter). DBZ fans will enjoy it and come back to it again and again. But this is the only time the game will get away with being more of the same. Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is a “more of the same” sequel, but its still-addictive gameplay presents a problem: if you buy it, you’re out $40. But if you choose to rent it, you’ll likely spend more in the long run since the game is hard to give up.
PSX Extreme (Nov 15, 2007)
The controls are responsive and they never let the experienced fighter down. However, for some reason, they seemed to lag a bit when we were getting pummeled by a furious combo, but that could've been due to early inexperience. Once you get your head around to the somewhat original fighting style, you can really delve into the meat ‘n potatoes of the system, which appropriately rewards the diligent player. Beyond this, there really isn't too much to say. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is quite the mouthful, but it's a worthy addition to the franchise, and most importantly, it really nails its intended audience. Too many times, we were left shaking our heads in consternation, wondering how on earth our opponent got the best of us. We have to reiterate- rabid button mashers need not apply; you won't even win one round. The game isn't great, but it delivers the goods for the fans, and that's all it really needs to do.
Gamernode (Nov 28, 2007)
If you compare Budokai Tenkaichi 3 to a fighting game like Virtua Fighter 5, it's completely blown away. It's not a game most fighting game players will enjoy due to the simplicity of combat, but it's the best yet in terms of capturing that special DBZ essence. Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is a good game for a DBZ title, but average if you ignore the property holding it up. For fans of DBZ this is a must-own; for normal gamers, this is likely only a rental.
Game Shark (Dec 07, 2007)
It’s a given that fans of the cartoon series will appreciate all that the game offers from the Dragon Ball Z world. However, as a fighting game from the perspective gamers who don’t follow the series, Dragon ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 stands pretty well on its own, especially for fans of quick-twitch reaction-based games. Being able to master components of the fighting model is challenging yet rewarding. The large variety of fighters, the deep fighting model, and the compelling story that unfolds throughout the game play modes makes this one worth a look.
Fragland.net (Dec 21, 2007)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is certainly worth buying, even if the only real new aspect is the Dragon Ball GT saga. Gameplay, graphics and audio haven’t gone through any real changes. Like I said, the reason why you would buy this game is the story mode which is VERY complete. If it’s worth €50, that’s another thing. Personally I would advise everyone to wait until this game goes Platinum or drops in price. On the other hand, it’s almost the time of the year where you receive presents... Perhaps you can try and get someone to buy it for you as your Christmas gift?
GamingExcellence (Dec 10, 2007)
When it comes down to it, Budokai Tenkaichi 3 continues the series’ tradition of creating true-to-the-anime experiences. The intense battles that characterize the show are the focus of the game, creating satisfying combat where you string together powerful attacks, combos, dodges, and counters culminating with an explosive ki-blast to finish it all off. The learning curve it pretty steep, which will turn a lot of people off from the title, and there’s no doubt that only fans of the show will truly enjoy the game. Regardless, the experience is hard to match, and for any it’s a great fighting game to play.
Retrogaming History (Jun 21, 2008)
L’ottimo comparto grafico e la maniacale ampiezza di contenuti fanno di questo DBZBT3 una vera manna dal cielo per i tanti appassionati della serie. A precludere al titolo un posto fra i migliori ci pensano, purtroppo, un sistema di controlli eccessivamente complicato e delle meccaniche meritevoli di una maggior messa a punto.
GameSpy (Nov 19, 2007)
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.
NZGamer (Dec 09, 2007)
For Dragon Ball fans this game is a treasure trove. Me, I was more a Sailor Moon guy (they had much better... ah... stories). But Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 has so much depth that it is hard to dismiss it as a typical cash-in on a popular franchise. The original Dragon Ball was based on the ancient Chinese Monkey King legend, with Goku the monkey king, Piggy and Sandy protecting a priestess on a mythical quest. Dragon Ball quickly evolved from this familiar premise to become something unique, and quickly turned into a phenomenon in world popular culture. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 may not be that unique, or that good, but it certainly takes a familiar theme and then moves off at strange angles, pushing ideas far more then you might initially expect, taking something familiar and, for good or bad, making it true to its own rules.
Video Game Talk (Dec 10, 2007)
What Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 lacks in innovation it makes up for with quality. This is undoubtedly the best anime fighter available and subtle tweaks have made it better than its previous installments (even if only slightly). If you're a Dragon Ball fan then you owe it to yourself to experience the BT franchise and this might as well be the one you start with. Newcomers may be lost somewhat and with other prominent fighters on the market the title does lose some of its impact. However, if you're looking for a violent anime fix then there's no better alternative.
1UP (Dec 11, 2007)
Amid the small refinements, there's an area developer Spike neglected: the presentation. The cel-shaded rendering of the characters lacks vitality and growth; the environments are visually unimpressive, appearing as if the themes were recycled from past games. And the PS2 version doesn't have online-enabled battles, unlike the Wii version. Dragon Ball fans, however, will see beyond the faults and find Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 a compelling experience. Spike, through their years of crafting this intricate milieu, has given the fans what they wanted: a fun, exciting portrayal mirroring the spirit and ferociousness of Dragon Ball Z.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Nov 24, 2007)
For everyone else, it's a tough and not entirely rewarding slog that you may tire of before you see the fruits of your labour. If you're not prepared to wallow in the minutiae of Dragon Ball Z, there are far more competent fighters out there.
Power Unlimited (Oct 07, 2008)
Ik pik het niet meer, laat de mensen bij Bandai Namco maar eens iets nieuws doen met de DBZ serie. Want dit uitgekauwde spelprincipe kennen we nu wel.
It’s clear a lot of love has gone into this title and I’m sure the hardcore fans will appreciate the amount of depth in which developers Spike have gone to regarding characters and storylines. For the rest of us however the game is the equivalent of being shouted at by a small child. Loud, annoying and not that easy to get along with.
Game Revolution (Jan 08, 2008)
I have a hard time justifying a game as “for fans only”. Niche games will sell to their respective audiences regardless of what I say. For the rest of you, Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3’s title alone will probably convince you to steer clear. For the morbidly curious, however, the game does offer a glimpse at what an unconventional fighting game might look like. 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. Control-wise, the game expects you to learn how to fly before you’ve even learned to walk. For fans of the cartoon, stick to your dubs and leave the game to less discriminating DBZ fans.