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5.0 out of 5 stars G's Dragonball Z Budokai 2 Review
Picking up right where the first installment left off, Budokai 2 promises more characters, more destructive and interactive environments, a few new modes of play, and the return of all the english voice actors.
If you're familiar with the original Budokai, then you know it concluded at the end of the Cell Saga. As most fans will tell you, this is know where near the...
Published on 23 July 2003 by krillin_g
0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars RIP OFF FOR SOME,LIES FOR THE OTHER
I GOT THIS FOR CHRISTMAS,I BOUGHT THIS BECAUSE MY FRIEND BROKE THE FIRST ONE AND GAVE ME MONEY FOR IT,MY MOM SAID TO SAVE THE MONEY BECAUSE THIS WOULD HAVE A NEW STORY MODE AND YOU CAN TRANSFER YOUR OLD SPECIAL CHARACTERS AND CAPSULES TO THIS GAME,YOU CANT TRADE OLD CAPSULES/CHARACTERS AND STORY IS REPLACED BY DRAGON MODE!IF YOU DONT HAVE THE FIRST ONE AND DONT CARE ABOUT...
Published on 26 Dec 2003 by ronki23
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars G's Dragonball Z Budokai 2 Review,
This review is from: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (PS2) (Video Game)Picking up right where the first installment left off, Budokai 2 promises more characters, more destructive and interactive environments, a few new modes of play, and the return of all the english voice actors.
If you're familiar with the original Budokai, then you know it concluded at the end of the Cell Saga. As most fans will tell you, this is know where near the end. There's still the matter of the infamous Majin Buu and his reign of terror which must be addressed. Not to mention quite a few upgrades in power for our band of Z warriors. For those of you who aren't familiar with the series, it has been airing regularly on Cartoon Network's Toonami for the last couple years. So have no fear kids, Atari hasn't forgotten, and they plan to give you what you need at the end of this year.
Here's the scoop: all your favorite characters from the first installment will once again be present for Budokai 2. Not to mention, there will be 11 new characters joining the fray.
The fighting engine remains the same as the original Budokai with very minor tweaks and changes. As some of you may know the fighting engine itself was the main complaint of the last Budokai. Not having the ability to jump or duck proved to be a major sour note for a lot of gamers out there. But this is not the case in budokai 2. Also have you ever seen how DBZ characters seem to take punches rather then avoid them? Or how people seem to fly rather then jump? Get the picture now? Some of the tweaks I mentioned earlier mainly lie in the Ki Blast mechanics. Similar to Dragonball GT: Final Bout (Nobody can forget that travesty. But don't worry it's not the same), players will now be able to battle back and forth during their special attacks. So when Goku launches a Kamehameha and Cell counters with the same technique, the blasts will now meet in the center where the button mashing battle between players will kick into high gear. Similar to the burst mode, you will now have to battle back and forth to see who has the privilege of dealing the damage and who bears all the punishment.
Some additional improvements for this installment of the series lie in all the extras that will be included. First and foremost, all the capsules you earned from the first Budokai can now be uploaded into the second installment. So your hard work wasn't in vain people. Including all the new characters, the grand total is now bumped up to about 34 warriors. Not to mention a couple new side stories which will bring about 2 never before seen "what if" fusion characters. I will only tell you one- Tien and Yamucha, the other is too juicy to ruin for you.
One of the final new additions I had the pleasure to learn about is a new mode of play called "Dragon Mode". In Dragon Mode, you will play as Goku and lead a team of 3 other warriors as you battle AI opponents for the purpose of collecting the Dragonballs. So that means 4 on 4 fighting kids, just like the old DBZ Legends title.
With all the new fan-friendly additions and even more destructible environments (nothing beats seeing Goku and Vegeta thrash each other through buildings around Orange Star High School), it looks like the console community will get a nice treat this holiday season.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragonball Z: Budokai 2,
This review is from: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (PS2) (Video Game)I think that this game, Dragonball Z: Budokai 2 was just so fabulous. The graphics are even better than the first one, the dialogue is in English this time, and the story is even better.
You know that you had the "story mode" on the first game, but on this one, you have the "dragon mode". It is a lot similar to story mode, but you are on a map. You take the role of Goku, and you choose one or two allies for each map.
The story starts on the first map where Raditz and Nappa land on Earth and start looking for the Dragonballs.
On each map, before any fighting, you MUST go for the Dragon Radar so you can locate the dragonball on the map.
If a villain gets to a dragonball before you, or if Goku is killed, it's all over and you have to start from the beginning.
On the first map, after Raditz and Nappa land, Nappa plants some seeds and grows Saibamen.
As Goku and your ally, you go round the map fighting your enemies. After defeating Nappa and Raditz, you get the first dragonball and head off to the second Earth map, where Ginyu, Recoome and Frieza are. After this map, you head off to the Namek map, where Ginyu, Recoome, Frieza and Vegeta are waiting. On this map, defeat Vegeta and he will come to your side.
After Namek, you head back to Earth, where Dr. Gero is waiting for you. He then plants some more saibamen, but different colours. After defeating Gero, Androids 16, 17, and 18 will appear. After defeating them, Cell will appear and absorb 17 and 18. After defeating Cell, Goku senses a strange power in the city and finds the Supreme Kai. Defeat him (he is not bad, he just wants to see how strong Goku is), and he will reveal why he is here. He wants Goku to help him defeat the wizard Babidi and stop him awakening Majin Buu. Babidi then appears, along with his minion, Dabura. Babidi then brings back Frieza and Cell, and even creates a Majin Vegeta! On this map, you must not have more than three fights with Frieza, Cell or
M.Vegeta, or he will submit your energy to Majin Buu's egg, and he will hatch, and i'ts game over. After reaching the egg, Babidi and the egg will flee to the next map; the martial arts stadium. Here, Buu will hatch and kill Babidi. After defeating Buu, who is in his Fat-Form, he will transform into Super Buu and flee to the next map; the time-soul room. After defeating him, he will flee back to the city, and chase Gohan around and try to absorb him. If you are good at this, you can defeat Super Buu before he absorbs Gohan and you won't need to transform into Vegito. After defeating him, he will transform into his final form; Kid Buu, and destroy Earth. You flee to the final map; Supreme Kai's planet. Here, he will bring Frieza and Cell back one last time. Defeat Kid Buu, which is quite hard, and dragon mode is finished. And if you've collected all 7 dragonballs, you can wish for "Babidi's Spaceship" and get lots of Kili to unlock the 3 Buus and Dabura.
There are also many new characters like: The 3 Buus, Dabura, Videl, Adult Gohan, Goten, Kid Trunks, Supreme Kai, Vegito, Gokule, Tiencha, Kibitokai, and Gotenks. In this game, you can't have forms like Cell's first and second forms and Frieza's first form. But you can have Super Siayan 2 and 3 Goku, Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta and many more.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KAMEEEE.......HAMEEEE......HAAAAAAAAA,
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This review is from: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (PS2) (Video Game)I am a huge DBZ fan and have been even before the show even got to the US, I purchased all the psone DBZ games (GT-Final Bout, Ultimate Battle 22,DBZ: The Great DragonBall Legend), and none of them got the fighting spot on, but let me tell you, this and budokai 1 have done.
First off, for Budokai 2 there are loads more characters. You get pretty much all the characters from the original BUDOKAI plus a lot more (but I wont spoil that for you)
The combat basically remains the same with a few minor tweaks. More moves have been added that require input from both players. For instance, you could perform a move with a character and it will go into a sort of tug of war, where both players need to rotate the analog stick (altho the D-pad is alot easier to use) as fast as they can, so this gives the other player a chance to lessen their beating :P
The game now introduces a cell shaded style which works really well and now the characters look even more like they do in the show, although the previous 3D models were brilliant.
As for the Dragonballs. You no longer have to buy them (thank god) but now you can actually search for them in DRAGONWORLD. This works like a board game. and for each chapter you can choose either 1 or 2 allies to accompany you which you also control.You move around the map and when you encounter an enemy you will fight them, its alot better than it sounds. You also need to pick up a dragonradar in order to find the dragonball on that chapter. This 'story' mode starts off with Raditz and Nappa landing on Earth (did i miss that episode? haha)and ends with the Buu saga, it doesnt really stay true to the sagas though, as you can probably already tell. This is a shame but it shouldnt really affect your enjoyment of the game and it is also good that you can choose which character you want to fight who and effectively 'create' your own story. Alot of the secret characters are found by beating an enemy with a certain character, for instance, to get Android 18 u have to beat her with Krillin.
Some extras are unlocked by playing through BABADIS SPACESHIP mode which you can get after finding all the dragonballs. Basically in this mode you must fight under a certain conditions set by Babadi and you can then gain points which open special capsules.
The ONLY problem I have with Budokai 2 is that the voices are no longer in japanese. I have always watched the show in its original japanese cut and refuse to watch the edited US version because I feel some of the voices are cheesey and dont suit the characters. I also prefer the japanese theme tune and score from the series but I will stop complaining now, I am reviewing the game not the series hehe.
I look forward to Budokai 3 perhaps, It would be good to play as characters such as Broly (The strongest saiyan and my fave character :P), Coola (Friezas brother) etc. from the newer movies which I purchased years ago (with subs) but havent hit the UK yet, so look forward to them because they are brilliant. I hear they are going to be releasing a GT game next but I am not sure If that means there wont be another DBZ game.
I hope this review was helpful to you all
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good,
This review is from: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (PS2) (Video Game)When this game arrived, i was really excited, im not a real big fan of DBZ as i was 2 years ago but when i started playing, i realised what i missed. The graphics are amazing and the players actually speak English! I was dissapointed when i found out there was no story mode! there is a thing called dragon mode but its alright i guess. The thing i found that really anoyed me was that in The Majin Buu saga they added Frieza and Cell and i was like what the hell when did this happen in the Buu saga?. And later on when you face Kid Buu on the Kai's planet, you got to defeat all these saibamen and cell juniors along with Cell and Frieza! But the fusions and buu's absorb technique rule! Although when you do attacks like Gotenks super ghost kamekaze attack you have to gather Ki and fill up the Ki guage in the set time or it wont work! The explosions on The ki attacks rule and so do the build ups e.g. future Trunks's Burning attack! hav fun with this game, in my opinion its the best fighting game ever!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Budokai 2: Love, Fighting, and Peace-Well, one of them!,
This review is from: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (PS2) (Video Game)Although the previous reviews covered a lot, I'd just like to add my part about this game. I won't go into the plot, as I would imagine the majority of people who'll by this game will already be familiar with it. I should say, that although this game is more for fans, from diehard to fairweather, that anyone can just pick this game up and play it. After recently buying the prequel, and reading as much as I can about this game, I can say that this game will become the best Dragonball game out, although the lack of a Story mode may repel some people, who don't like the idea of Dragon mode. All I can say is, as soon as I get this game, I'm going to introduce Majin Buu to a fist-sized helping of Ki blasts. The only problem I have with this game is the same as I had with the last game, which is one question. Why? Why did they put in some incredibly useless characters, like Dodoria? Anyway, the two extra fusions sound awesome, and the 11 extra characters really make my day. I just hope they get around to doing a GT version.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Budokia 2,
This review is from: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (PS2) (Video Game)I've got budokia 2 and i just have to say it's a great game,It is much improved from budokia 1.The dragonworld is the main improvement you and 2 companions go through the levels of dragonworld fighting such villians as raditz, mappa, vegeta, freiza, android, 16, 17, &18, cell and all forms of buu.you can unlock all these characters plus once you have deafeted the villians you will unlock certain characters of the z team i.e yamcha,vegeta adult trunks plus a few extra characterslike Hercule,Videl,supreme kai and great saiyaman all of these you can use in drangon world tournement 2 player once unlocked. there are at total of 29 playable characters all which can be used in tournement 2 player and practice mode plus all new fusion by fusion dance or potara earings
well i hope this has helped you
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not perfect.,
This review is from: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (PS2) (Video Game)When I found this game on my doorstep, i nearly wet myslef with anticipation. The FMV sequence at the beggining was amazing, the fact its in spoken english was even better and the ability to do fusions with respective characters (Goku + hercule, Goku + vegeta, Goten + Trunks...Im nto sure if you can absorb as Majin Buu yet though.) Its a lot more challenging than budokai, I flew through that in a day. you have to really use your head when against Kid Buu, or just be really good at the game. But, to my dissapointment, the story mode has been replaced with...a chess board. instead of the super cheesy gameplay of budokai when its like your playing the show, you feel like your about to gouge your eyes out with boredom after a while. it doesn't even follow the story, i mean, freiza and cell come back about 5 times. But the thing theyve really improved on is the gameplay. there were times in budokai when I thought, hey wouldn't it be good if you could do that...or something. The opponent can input into your moves, say i do a zanku fist or woteva, goku will do the combo then come flying down and it ask you to press /_\ square 0 or X. If the opponent presses the same, they'll dodge it. you can attempt to push back spirit bombs and death balls n stuff like that aswell. And once you get all the dragonballs (which is a lot easier than in the first budokai, thank god) you can wish for a new game mode where you have to gather energy for babidi by completing battles with special conditions. Its a lot harder to unlock characters too, most are unlocked in the 'babidi' mode. I still havn't fully completed this game, i only have about 38% of the capsules, but...its starting to get a bit old. Despite all this, this is definatly the best DBZ game you can get in the UK, and the fights just look amazing, i dont know how many times ive done a warp kamehameha with ssj3 goku or fused into veggitto; The cel shading is great. Definatly worth every penny, but dont beleive all the internet rumours......like I did (sob). This game is definatly an Improvment on the first, I think its just me with beat 'em ups, once youve played one bout...yove played the whole game...really.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasmagorical!!!!!!!!!!,
This review is from: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (PS2) (Video Game)Dragonball Z is the best game in the history of the world ever!
Although the graphics are not brilliant, the game play is fantastic. It features 29 playable characters and a few extras with fusion Potara and Majin Buu's absorbing powers all with slightly different powers including dragon throw to galactic doughnuts.
There are many different game modes varying from world tournaments to Babidi's spaceship. It is truely a remarkable game and I would reccommend it to anyone interested in cheesey fighting!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragonball Z : Budokai 2,
This review is from: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (PS2) (Video Game)I bought this just because it was a beat-em up but with a difference, it`s cel shaded so gives you that cartoon feel but dont let that put you off if you think it`s just a kids game, the game controls are good and quiet responsive thou you do have to press the buttons in a certain order to pull off a move which leaves the directional pad to move forward,backward and up and down. If you could use the directional pad for moves it would have been easier in the heat of battle but that is only a small gribe I have with this game. All characters are here thou you only get 7 to start with with another 22 characters to un-lock plus the fusions making a total of 34 fighters. You have a training mode, duel, world tournament and dragonworld which is like a game of chess moving your fighter around collecting the dragonballs and fighting other characters like Cell, Freiza and the 3 forms of buu, when you have completed dragonworld collecting all 7 dragonballs you can make a wish with 3 options available. It`s all good fun and well worth a go even if you are not a fan of dragonball, just go for it.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST DBZ GAME SO FAR!!!!!!!!!,
This review is from: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (PS2) (Video Game)Once i first started playing my game i went straight to training and as soon as i started playing with adult gohan i thought to myself this is a lot better than the first budokai game. The graphics were better the moves looked better. But i was really satisfied with the dragonm world mode, the way it was done with being able to choose who u want to fight with and earning the capsules and db's in the story mode was fantastic. But what i did find dissapointing was that it had no cut scenes which i thought was appauling. But besides those miner problems the game is everything i Expected. FANTASTIC. It has all the characters that you would ever want to fight as from the dbz series. I recomend it for every DBZ fan there is.
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