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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2

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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 – Review

4 January 2006
  • Excerpt: Fighting games are a bit of a strange contradiction, because they really seem like they should be the most accessible genre. After all, just jumping into a single fight is the epitome of the casual gaming experience. Of course, since most fighting games have incredibly steep learning curves, this doesn't work quite the way it should. Personally, I've always enjoyed fighting games, but don't really have the time to spend learning the intricacies of every character.
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Overall 10

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2

Playstation Illustrated
16 December 2005
  • Excerpt: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 is the sequel to one of the best Dragon Ball Z games to be published. This game brings in all of the better parts of the last, and refines those aspects that were less than desirable. The graphics of Budokai 2 are cel-shaded, but not quite to the cartoony extent of the Game Cube version of the game's prequel.
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Overall 5

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2

27 December 2004
  • Excerpt: It's a little hard to review this one fairly when its superior sequel is already out on another system.
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DragonBall Z: Budokai 2

The Armchair Empire
28 February 2004
  • Conclusion: I’m immediately thankful that there is another way to earn power-ups and moves through the game: by purchasing them in the shop. Unfortunately, the only way to earn a decent amount of money (Zenie) is by competing and “placing” in the Tournaments. As you collect more characters, you can eventually start larger tournaments with larger cash prizes.
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Expert Review

29 January 2004
  • Excerpt: Most people played the 1st Budokai, and most enjoyed playing as Goku and friends, but yet the first Dragon Ball Z Budokai needed the feel of actually playing in the anime cartoon. Dragon Ball Z Budokai 2 captures that.
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Overall 7

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 Review

4 December 2003
  • Summary: The improved visuals are nice, and some of the additions made to the fighting system are fun, but Budokai 2 still comes out as an underwhelming sequel.
  • Pros: N/A
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Overall 6

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2

4 December 2003

Expert Review

3 December 2003
Overall 9

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2

Thunderbolt Games
30 November 2003
  • Excerpt: Being a Dragon Ball fan and also an avid gamer, you tend to get used to disappointment. Many Dragon Ball games have been released in the west since the anime series finally made it to US and UK screens (albeit in cut down and censored versions) and in every single case they have barely average in quality, in fact most were barely playable, so riddled were they with sloppy and lazy programming.
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Overall 7
Gameplay 8
Graphics 8
Sound 8
Multiplayer 7

Dragon Ball Z Budokai 2

12 September 2003
  • Excerpt: Who in North America and all of Japan hasn't heard of Dragon Ball Z? One of the most popular Anime series ever has brought many games over the years, and now brings a devastating sequel of Budokai 1 to the PS2. Goku and friends will be going through their anime future, supported by millions of people worldwide for years to come.
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