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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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Alternate Titles

  • "Dragon Ball Z" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Fights, Fights, and more fights!!! Cody Robinson (4) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Awesome! Rey Mysterio (24) unrated

Critic Reviews

Worth Playing Dec 30, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85 Nov 29, 2002 15 out of 20 75
GameZone Dec 28, 2002 7.2 out of 10 72
Meristation Dec 11, 2002 7.1 out of 10 71 Jan 14, 2003 70 out of 100 70
PlayFrance Apr 08, 2003 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Dec 04, 2002 6.9 out of 10 69
GameSpy Jan 06, 2003 69 out of 100 69
IGN Dec 01, 2002 6.2 out of 10 62
Cheat Code Central Dec, 2002 2.5 out of 5 50


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Exodia85 (2180) added Dragon Ball Z: Budokai (PlayStation 2) on Apr 20, 2003
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