Well, here it is, DBZ’s first outing at a 3-D enviornment game, developed by Spike and Published by Atari. Well, the game is the fourth in the Budokai series and was released in 2005. Everybody thought it would be the best DBZ game ever, or at least an amazing one. Well, it’s not bad, but definetely no “amazing”, and let me tell you why.

The game starts off with the Story Mode, where you have to go through all the hardships that the Z Fighters had to go through. I think that this is where the game really shines. The story mode is incredibly detailed, and will take you at least 6 hours to complete, far more than any other Dragonball Z game. And they also try and cover every aspect of DBZ, including movies as well.  You have the Saiyan, Frieza, Garlic Jr., Cell, and Majin Buu sagas, along with multiple movies, like Broly, Bojak, Cooler, and more.

Let’s move onto the battling system. It’s an all new battle system for DBZ, and it’s simply lovely. It provides and open world to travel around, great space for battles, and just plain enviornments that are fun as hell to destroy. The controls are very responsive, and I think that Spike did a good job with the system and the enviornments.

Now here is where the game lacks. You have a lot of characters, I beleive over 55, 57 to be exact. Now, with all these characters, you would think that tha game would be very unique, well, it’s certainly unique, but not in a good way. This game made a terrible mistake with transformation selection. In other DBZ games, you would have to charge your Ki, and then transform into an altered state, most of the time of the better (Super Saiyan, Cell Forms, etc.). Well, in this game, if you want to be a Super Saiyan, you stay a Super Saiyan for the whole game and never revert. You would think that this would be good, unless you are facing a Super Saiyan 3, in which case you would want to level up during battle. But you cannot do that, which is a trrible thing that can ruin some great fun. You have to make sure that your opponent ot whoever you are playing with choose a character that has the same power level for maximal fun.

Overall, the game is a good one, but not the best DBZ game, (I thought Budokai 3 was) that falls from few design flaws, and one major one that can sometimes ruin battles for you. I’d at least rent it if you didn’t already own it.

  • Graphics: 7/10
  • Gameplay: 8/10
  • Story: 10/10
  • Sound / Music: 5/10
  • Lasting Appeal: 5/10
  • Replay Value: 5/10

Overall:  40  /  60        =        67%   (Not The Best)