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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.8
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall User Score (6 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Game Chronicles (Nov 28, 2003)
At its core, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai is a deep, solid fighting game with a fresh-feeling combat system. Several play modes, nigh-infinite character creation options and awesome, eye-popping graphics add to the great gaming experience. Wrap the whole thing in one of the world's most beloved animes while getting all the little details right and you've got a game that will appeal to rabid DBZ fans and the general gaming community alike.
75 (Nov 06, 2003)
Dragon Ball Z Budokai est aussi bon que la version PS2. Nous ne trouvons malheureusement aucun ajout supplémentaire et seul l'aspect graphique a subi une petite refonte, qui n'apporte pas grand chose ceci dit. Dans tous les cas, ce jeu de baston se veut fort plaisant, respectueux de la série et saura certainement contenter les fans, en tout cas pour ma part je me suis bien amusé.
Dargestellt wird die Zerstörungsorgie in schickem Cel Shading, was die Stimmung der Serie ganz gut rüberbringt. Rockiges Industrial-Geschrammel versucht mit euren Ohren das anzustellen, was Son-Goku mit seinen Gegnern macht und satte Schlaggeräusche untermalen auf dezente Weise die im Hintergrund explodierenden Bergflanken. Explodieren dürfte nach kurzer Zeit auch der Controller da das Spiel, nach einer humanen Anfangsphase, geradezu abartig schwer wird.
Gaming Target (Dec 15, 2003)
Fortunately, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai really takes off in the story mode. Now, I freely admit that I have only casually watched a couple of episodes of the animated series but the story mode seems to be a direct extension of said TV show. To an excellent effect, individual battles are separated by storytelling cutscenes that feel as if they are pulled directly out of an episode of the show. What's amazing is that by playing the game in half-hour increments it seems exactly like watching a chapter of the saga. It also helps that the game is filled with 23 Dragon Ball Z combatants.
Before the Goku worshipers out there declare that I should be tossed into the pits of hell for my absurdly low score, let it be known that I truly believe that Budokai is a 9+ for Dragon Ball Z fans. With over 20 familiar characters and story segments laced between each match, this game is successful in capturing the flavor of the show. It also boasts an incredibly deep skill editor and a ton of unlockables. On the flip side of the coin, if you don’t lust after balls of dragons, you’ll see nothing more than a mediocre fighter with a really confusing plot and characters in dire need of haircuts.
NintendoWorldReport (Feb 12, 2004)
This is a poor fighting game with some interesting and cool-looking moves. Gamers have become accustomed to lack-luster games based on other media, and from the gameplay perspective, Budokai is no different. However, the game pays special attention to the DBZ universe and really nails it on the head. Although it was originally released on PlayStation 2 nearly a year ago, fans of the series that missed out on this game would be foolish not to pick it up.
N-Zone (Nov 21, 2003)
Für Fans ist dieses Spiel wahrscheinlich die Erfüllung ihrer Träume. Sie dürfen daher gerne noch ein paar Prozent auf die Wertung dazu addieren. Wer sich aber nicht zur Fangemeinde zählt, wird an dem unausgereiften Kampfsystem und der recht einfach gehaltenen Grafik nicht sehr viel Freude haben. Den wahren Wert des Storymodus werden sicherlich nur eingefleischte Dragon Ball Z-Fans erkennen! Wer sowohl spielerisch als auch grafisch besser bedientwerden möchte, sollte sich eher für ein anderes Beat 'em Up, wie z. B. Soul Calibur II oder Bloody Roar:Primal Fury, entscheiden.
GamePro (US) (Oct 27, 2003)
Visually, Budokai perfectly mirrors the Dragon Ball Z animated series. You’re transported straight into the plain, bright, cartoony adventure, complete with underdetailed environments and simple-looking characters. The inclusion of the actual voice-overs and theme music from the cartoon definitely adds to the game, too. Fans of the show will also feel at home with the in-depth character-customization feature that enables you to build your own specialized Saiyan warrior.
69 (Apr 22, 2008)
Dragon Ball Z Budokai es un producto decente, con un número aceptable de personajes, escenarios y modos de juego. Puede que sea algo simple y repetitivo una vez hayamos explotado el título a fondo, pero es indudable que sabe recrear como nadie el espectáculo de la serie en un modo donde las escenas interactivas retratan de una forma muy fiel al anime. Pese a todos estos factores los más puristas del género exigirán un control más exigente y desafiante (a nadie le gusta ver todo el rato los mismos golpes). Sin embargo, los fans que sintonicen con Goku pueden intentar darle una oportunidad.
GameSpot (Oct 29, 2003)
The rather simple fighting system in Dragon Ball Z Budokai is really the key factor that's going to keep it from appealing to many people outside of the DBZ fan base. But the game pays such loving attention to the Dragon Ball Z universe and the characters that populate it, including lots of little touches that only a fan could possibly appreciate, that you can tell the developers were thinking primarily of the fans while making this game. Every single previous Dragon Ball Z video game has been mediocre or worse, making Budokai the best DBZ game ever--by a mile--and other than actually watching the cartoon or reading the manga, it's probably one of the most fulfilling Dragon Ball Z experiences out there.
IGN (Oct 20, 2003)
Budokai is far from a perfect game, but Dimps has gotten one thing right and that's the presentation values. They've essentially taken an episode of Dragon Ball Z, put it on a GameCube disc, and inserted playable fighting sequences. It looks and sounds exactly like the series. The only problem is, as a fighter, it doesn't quite live up to its Saiyan namesake.
1UP (May 09, 2004)
Basically, if you want to play a fighting game for a good while, stay away. But if you want to immerse yourself in the goodness that is Dragon Ball and have a fun party game to play with friends, this is right up your alley.
GameZone (Nov 10, 2003)
A Dragon Ball Z game wouldn't be a Dragon Ball Z game without story segments. As lame as the American dubbing can be at times, it's the story – not just the battles – that hooked me for its first year on Cartoon Network. All your favorite characters are here: Goku, Gohan, Raditz, Trunks, Frieza, Hercule, Master Roshi, Cell, Piccolo, etc. Not all of them are playable, but you'll get the chance to control the best of the bunch (among the good guys at least).
GameSpy (Nov 16, 2003)
Even with the simplistic fighting and the poorly thought-out unlocking system, DBZ fans will still have fun with story mode, which is a brief synopsis of the storyline from Raditz's arrival on Earth up to the cell games. Each chapter also has a mini-story that provides a what-if scenario, which is unlocked automatically after completing that chapter. Story mode, along with the great attention to detail and faithful adaptation of the license, make for a game with, at the very least, a rental's worth of play for any fan.