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Budokai is based on the TV action animated series Dragonball Z. The story begins after Goku defeats Piccolo at the World Martial Arts Tournament and he comes to visit Master Roshi, when all of a sudden, his brother Raditz appears and kidnaps his son, Gohan. After he saves him, he is sent to Other World to train with King Kai for for two more powerful Saiyan arriving one year later. This wild ride story takes the player from the Saiyan to the Cell Games Saga.

There are also several options in the game: there is a world tournament mode where the player may buy new moves and a practice mode where to sharpen skills before entering story mode. The player may also summon Shenron after collecting all 7 Dragonballs.


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  • "Dragon Ball Z" -- Japanese title

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Game Chronicles Nov 28, 2003 8.7 out of 10 87 Nov 06, 2003 15 out of 20 75
64 Power / big.N / N Games Nov, 2003 74 out of 100 74
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2003 7.25 out of 10 72
NintendoWorldReport Feb 12, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Oct 29, 2003 6.9 out of 10 69 Apr 22, 2008 69 out of 100 69
GameSpy Nov 16, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameZone Nov 10, 2003 6 out of 10 60
1UP May 09, 2004 6 out of 10 60


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