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PlayStation (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.
PlayStation 2Meristation (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.
PlayStation 2Playstation Illustrated (2007)
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.
PlayStation 2Thunderbolt 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.
WiiNintendojo (2008)
Despite a couple of problems, Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is definitely a must for Dragon Ball fans and 3D fighting enthusiasts. One of the most full-featured fighting games on Nintendo's console (at least since Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2), it features over 150 characters, including some most players have probably never even heard of, with biographies for each. Despite the persistent lag, online play is still a blast and a welcome addition, and the Wii motion controls add a whole new dimension of fun for those who've played earlier games on other consoles. All in all, Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is probably the best original fighting game currently on the system, at least until March 9th.
PlayStation 2Game 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.
PlayStation 2Worth 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.
80 (Mar 20, 2008)
Erst einmal die gute Nachricht - Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 ist ein erstklassiges Beat’em Up und das Nachspielen der Abenteuer von SonGoku, Kururin und Co. macht unglaublich viel Spaß. Sauer aufstoßen dürfte DBZ-Fans lediglich die nur oberflächliche bzw. nicht vorhanden Behandlung einiger Handlungsstränge der Serie, die durch einige Abenteuer des schwächeren GT-Nachfolgers ersetzt wurden. Trotz dieses Makels sollte sich niemand dieses Beat’em Up entgehen lassen - ein besseres für Wii wird man derzeit in Europa nicht finden.
WiiThunderbolt Games (Jan 01, 2008)
That doesn’t mean that you have to be obsessed with the series to enjoy this game. Tenkaichi 3 features some of the most intense and competitive combat on the Wii. There’s nothing quite as awesome as annihilating your foe with some flashy Laser Beams of Death. The control scheme is vastly improved and easy to pick up, thus making it ideal for both seasoned gamers and newcomers alike. The sheer amount of playable characters and arenas offer plenty of variety. Unfortunately, the story mode has taken a step back; owners of the previous game will be disappointed with its brevity and lack of challenge. The online multiplayer is a great idea, but its laggy gameplay utterly ruins it. Should the problems be fixed, Tenkaichi 3 would be one of the best multiplayer games on the system. But until that happens, this game is essentially its predecessor with more characters, more challenging content, minor gameplay tweaks, and better controls. That’s definitely worth something.
WiiIGN (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.
WiiBoomtown (Mar 12, 2008)
Really this is the definitive Dragonball Z game, for the fans anyway, there’s not much they can do to improve it, bar maybe a class system and some working net code. For everybody else it’s a solid enough fighter with a fun control system and a wealth of options. It’s a game most people can pick up and with a little practice do OK, perfect for the more casual gamer, hardcore beat ‘em up fans will not be impressed though, but they’ll be off playing their Tekkens and Virtua Fighters.
WiiConsole Obsession (Mar 23, 2008)
To Dragon Ball Z fans, Budokai Tenkaichi 3 will make them feel as if they have died and gone to heaven, whilst fighting fans seeking new challenges are at the very least moderately well catered for. So thus ends a fascinating journey for my brain. I hope you enjoyed the ride!
WiiGame industry News (GiN) (Apr 12, 2008)
DBZBT3 is a game made for the fans. This game had its players long before it hit the shelves, and maybe that’s enough for them. It’s certainly been enough for me.
80 (Dec 17, 2007)
Overall, the DBZ Budokan Tenkaichi 3 offers a unique fighting experience on the Wii. With a very small amount of fighting games on the Wii that really work, DBZ works. It has some very good graphics, excellent sound bytes, fun gameplay with endless playability. The multiplayer seemed to have some problems at times, but it varies with your Internet connection. Although the genre of fighting games may not be something you want to delve into, this game is definitely for the DBZ enthusiasts out there. The only question you have to ask yourself is whether to buy this game, or wait for the next part of the series that will surely be out soon enough.
PlayStation 2Daily 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.
PlayStation 2IGN (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.
78 (Feb 21, 2008)
DBZ3 is the sort of game that will really only appeal to people who either like fighters with a twist or are fans of Anime, otherwise it is probably best that you save your cash for games such as Super Smash Bros Brawl. The series feels like it is getting slightly tierd now, the addtion of the online mode should have sparked things up a bit but unfortunately, due to its problems it doesnt.
PlayStation 2GameZone (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.
WiiGameTrailers (2008)
Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is candy, and it feels like the developers know it. This isn’t a deep fighting game, and it isn’t meant to be. It’s fan service at its most basic level. And while the Wii controls are a fun diversion at first, the inclusion of classic and GameCube controller support makes the game at least playable, if not spectacular.
75 (Mar 03, 2008)
Budokai Tenkaichi 3 ist wie seine Vorgänger ein solides und ungemein rasantes Anime-Beat‘em-Up, mit dem sicher nicht nur DragonBall-Fans ihre Freude haben werden. Allerdings hat sich im Vergleich zum Vorgänger nichts wirklich Gravierendes geändert. Gut, es gibt noch mehr Charaktere, noch mehr Moves und sogar neue Spielmodi wie den Online-Modus. Letzterer ist allerdings ein ungemein zweischneidiges Schwert, da auf den Servern zum einen tote Hose herrscht und zum andern die Online-Performance sehr durchwachsen ausfällt. Zudem wirkt nicht alles, was neu ist, auch tatsächlich besser. Vor allem der Story-Modus hat in meinen Augen deutlich Federn gelassen und präsentiert sich wesentlich kompakter und geradliniger. Wenig überzeugend gestaltet sich hingegen die teils ziemlich umständliche und zeitaufwändige Steuerung via Remote und Nunchuk.
WiiVideo Game Generation (Sep 06, 2008)
It comes down to this: if you are a fan of Dragon Ball, any series, and you do not mind the idea of a "fighting game" which isn't really a fighter so much as a simulator for the ridiculous action sequences in the show, then this may be for you. If you have someone to play with, you'll get a lot of fun out of it. For people who aren't fans it won't make as much (if any) sense, won't have the same impact, and may not even be as much fun, but the core game is still intuitive and deep enough to provide entertainment. If you're a fan, this is recommended without hesitation. If you're not, give this a rental. You may be pleasantly surprised.
PlayStation 2PSX 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.
PlayStation 2Gamernode (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.
PlayStation 2Game 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.
PlayStation (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?
PlayStation 2GamingExcellence (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.
WiiGameSpy (Dec 11, 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.
PlayStation 2Retrogaming 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.
WiiVideo Game Talk (Feb 18, 2008)
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 improved it over the previous installments. Unfortunately newcomers may be lost somewhat and the title does lose some of its impact due to other prominent fighters on the market. However, there's no better alternative for a violent anime fix. Every Dragon Ball fan should experience the BT franchise through this title.
70 (Feb 25, 2008)
Ultimately, Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 will be of most interest to those who love the TV series. It's not for everyone, that's for sure. Is it worth forking out £35 if you've got the last game? Probably not, since Spike hasn't added much to the mix, and, some would say, has nerfed the Dragon History mode. But if you've never played a Dragonball Z game before and like the show, or don't watch the show and just fancy a decent fighting game on the Wii (and don't mind continuous J-Rock riffs and Saturday afternoon cartoon dialogue), Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is a good choice. 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.
WiiGemakei (formerly Zentendo) (Dec 31, 2007)
As already said, this is 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. Basically, Atari is asking $50 of you for a couple dozen slightly new characters, better controls, and a handful of new features (the most important of which -- online -- sucks). Serious fans of the anime or of the Tenkaichi games will enjoy this quite a bit, but everyone else should simply put it on their rental list at best, unless Atari chooses to fix the online problem. Alas, it appears that Brawl will end up being Wii’s first truly excellent fighting title.
PlayStation 2GameSpy (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.
PlayStation 2NZGamer (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.
PlayStation 2Video 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.
69 (Mar 14, 2008)
If you're looking for a good fight game and don't have a Budokai in your possession, then this one isn't a bad purchase. However, don't buy it for te online mode or the extra characters as you'll feel ripped off. Also the changes in gameplay compared to the game's predecessor don't justify a purchase. In short Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is no doubt the best and most complete fight game on the Nintendo Wii, but that's mostly thanks to the lack of competition.
PlayStation 21UP (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.
65 (Feb 22, 2008)
Overall then, this is a game (famed for its capturing of a hardcore following) that has been made much less palatable for its key demographic. What's worse is that the changes are entirely unsuccessful in convincing anyone but fans of the show that any of this really matters. This may sound like it is turning into a review about a bad game, but rather it is a review of the mismanagement of a great game. Let's join the ranks of EA Sports fans who, when they have been forced to swallow a dirgeable release, sit back on their heels and wait for next years release in the hope that it will be a return to form.
WiiGameDaily (Dec 11, 2007)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 involves the same old tap-tap gameplay that's been in anime fighting games for years. However, the options surrounding it, including a huge cast of characters, a variety of modes and the power to plow someone through a mountain wall make it a solid choice for Wii owners.
PlayStation (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.
PlayStation 2Power 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.
50 (UK) (Apr 17, 2008)
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. One for hardcore DBZ fans only; the rest of the world can move along.
PlayStation 2GameCell UK (2008)
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.
PlayStation 2Game 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.