Perhaps the most popular Japanese television series in the United States at the time of release, Dragon Ball Z hits the PlayStation 2 in this 3D brawler. Just as in the anime TV show, fighting is the focus of this PS2 game. The main Story mode allows players to battle through crucial moments from theDragon Ball Z Saiyan, Namekian, and Andriod sagas, through to the Cell Games, learning new skills and upgrading their characters along the way. Other modes allow players to enter customized battles with their improved characters, to edit their characters' acquired skills, and to go head-to-head against other human-controlled fighters.
The game features seven different modes of play in all (one for each Dragon Ball), but some of the later modes must be unlocked. Nearly two dozen characters from the television series are playable in the game, each with as many as 60 combo moves. Goku, Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Frieza, Krillin -- all the major players are featured. Designed to please the countless avid fans of the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z animated shows, the game's character voices are also accurate, provided by the original FUNimation actors from the series.
Some of the game modes are world tournament mode where you could buy new moves and a practice mode where you can sharpen your skills before entering story mode. So, buckle up, hold on to your seat and enjoy the ride of Dragonball Z
The game follows the Dragon Ball Z timeline starting with Goku and Piccolo's fight with Raditz up to Gohan's final battle with Cell with a total of 23 playable characters. Features included in the game were a story mode, a versus mode, a tournament stage, a practice mode, and an items shop which allowed the player to purchase various customization abilities using money that was gained through the various challenges in the story mode and tournament victories to customize and make the most powerful warriors. The story mode also included a few "what if" episodes to play, retelling iconic events in the Dragon Ball history with a few twists.You could also summon Shenron when you collect all 7 Dragonballs.. A cel-shading effect was added to the graphics in the GameCube version.!
The Budokai series plays like a typical 3-D fighting game. As well as including the regular punch and kick buttons, there is the ability to shoot Ki blasts, which can also be used in specific special moves. The special moves are mainly taken from individual characters own special moves from the show; including, but not limited to, Goku's Spirit Bomb, Freiza's Death Beam and Vegeta's Galick Gun. Although these mechanics have stuck with the series, other ideas such as the "Hyper Mode" the ability to move at incredible speeds, fly freely, and "Beam Struggles" between two character's beam attacks. were later replaced in favour of other techniques.
Seven game modes and 24 playable characters including Goku, Piccolo, Frieza, and Krillin
Win battles to learn new skills and upgrade your character
Explore crucial moments from the Saiyan, Namekian, and Android sagas in "Story" mode
Ready for a showdown of legendary proportions? Enter the Dragon Ball Z®Budokai™. A spectacular 3D world filled with the fiercest fighters the universe has ever known. Test your skills against the most powerful Dragon Ball Z heroes and the most sinister villains. Every battle is more intense, more dangerous, and more epic than the one before. Play the game that Electronic Gaming Monthly said "stands above any of the previous attempts to turn the series into a fighter" and that GamePro called "a dream come true for every Dragon Ball Z fan."
* Follow the Dragon Ball Z animated series from the Saiyan Saga to the Cell Games!
* Face off with up to 23 mighty Dragon Ball Z warriors!
* Unlock, collect, and trade devastating skills with friends to create the most powerful fighters in the universe!
* Fight in 5 epic play modes
* Fine tune your skills against custom AI opponents
* Battle at blazing speeds in the Burst Zone
- Third person perspective.
- 3D graphics
- Cartoon graphics
- SCIFI, Fantasy, Martial Arts & Humour themes.