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10. Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai – Another Road
Shin Budokai – Another Road is a dbz game released on PSP. It is influenced by Budokai 3 and that is a good thing as you will see later.
Shin Budokai – Another Road is a 2D fighting game that has a decent story and a good amount of characters to play with to keep you engaged for a lot of hours.
Of course, the game being released on portable console has its drawbacks, which means not so great graphics.
If you don’t mind the graphics and still want a good 2D fighting game, then this will be a nice addition to your PSP collection.
9. Dragon Ball Online
I have had a lot of fun with this game. It’s an MMORPG with a good story. Xenoverse and Xenoverse 2 stories were based on the Dragon Ball Online story.
In Dragon Ball Online you can choose between 3 races, Humans, Namekians and Majin. You can also gather the Dragon Balls and wish for Shenron to unlock the Super Saiyan transformation, but only if you are human (that is because in the time period that the game takes place, all humans have some Saiyan genes and they have the potential to unlock the Super Saiyan transformation).
If you are Namekian you can unlock the Super Namekian transformation and if you are Majin you can become Kid Buu.
The fighting skills that all the races use are based on character moves from the anime like the Kamehameha or the Special Beam Cannon or even the Instant Transmission.
The game was pay to win when it was originally released but since then, the servers were shut down and it was abandoned.
Nowadays fans have received the game and you can play it again without the pay to win elements.
If you want to play the game now search for Dragon Ball Online Universe Revelations.
8. Dragon Ball Z: kakarot
This is the latest Dragon Ball Z game that has been released. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot tried to do a lot of things but it didn’t manage to fulfill all of the fans’ expectations.
Nevertheless, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot had amazing graphics, and it also covered the entire story of Dragon Ball Z with the best animation and cutscenes that we have seen in a Dragon Ball Z game until today.
The combat is decent, it’s not great, but it’s not horrible either. This game could have been a lot higher on this list if the developers did a better job with the RPG elements of the game.
7. Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit
Burst Limit is another 2D fighting gaming with good graphics and solid gameplay. It has a decent roster and anime like fights in the game.
There really isn’t much to say about this game because it is similar to other Dragon Ball Z games just not quite as good as Budokai 3 and Fighter Z.
6. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2
Raging Blast 2 is a 3D fighting game with very good character graphics, but the scenery feels a little sluggish and the gameplay is similar to Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
Some might say that Raging Blast 2 is better than Budokai Tenkaichi 3 but for me, that isn’t the case. Raging Blast 2 has some What-If transformations like Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta and Super Saiyan 3 Broly. Combos are harder to pull off.
If you are a hardcore Dragon Ball Z fan then I highly recommend this game for you.
5. Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team
Tenkaichi Tag Team is an amazing game that was released for PSP and is very similar to Budokai Tenkaichi 3. It is basically the same with fewer characters and a 2 vs 2 mode, which I think is awesome.
I have played this for a lot of hours and trust me, you won’t be disappointed. The only reason this game isn’t in the 3rd and 4th position is that it is on a portable console and it doesn’t have as much content as the games below.
If you liked Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and you have a PSP or an emulator you should get this game.
4. Dragon Ball FighterZ
Dragon Ball FighterZ is a game that is considered by many one of the best fighting games ever made.
The story mode of the game is fun and entertaining. Especially the character interactions. Seeing Cell roast everyone is a sight to behold.
FighterZ and Xenoverse 2 can be compared with each other the same way you can compare Budokai 3 and Budokai Tenkaichi 3. It all comes down to 2D vs 3D. I personally prefer 3D and that’s why I placed FighterZ in the fourth place and Xenoverse 2 in the third place, but someone else could have done the opposite and I would be fine with that.
If you love 2D fighting games then you will find that this is a game for you.
3. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
When the first Xenoverse was announced I thought that I would see a game that is similar to Budokai Tenkaichi 3 but with better graphics, character creation and online gameplay. It didn’t go as I expected it.
Xenoverse 2 is a good game and a worthy successor to Xenoverse but for me, the fighting mechanics aren’t as good as Budokai Tenkaichi 3. There is no Ki Blast collision like Tenkaichi 3.
Clothing doesn’t get destroyed when someone hits an ultimate on you. The character animation isn’t what I wanted. The character view seems bulky to me.
I would prefer it if they improved the Budokai Tenkaichi 3 animation style rather than making something like what they have now. Had they used similar animations to Ultimate Tenkaichi I would be fine with that.
Finally, the combos and fighting doesn’t feel as anime-like as Budokai Tenkaichi 3. The fighting moves feel slower in Xenoverse and there are no cutscenes on certain moves, something I adore in Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
Xenoverse 2 is a great game that many people love but for me, it doesn’t hold a candle to Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
2. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3
Now this game is the biggest contender to Tenkaichi 3. Many lists have this in the first place and many others have Tenkaichi 3 instead.
For me, it comes down to preference. If you prefer 2D fighting games, then Budokai 3 is the best choice for you. If you prefer 3D fighting games, you should pick Budokai Tenkaichi 3. I personally prefer 3D. Budokai 3 has very good fighting mechanics though the graphics are a little dated.
Still, fans have this game in their hearts and consider it one of the best Dragon Ball Z games and rightfully so.
1. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is, in my opinion, the best Dragon Ball Z game ever made.
It has the biggest roster of characters, more than any other Dragon Ball Z game ever made so far.
The story mode is big and contains What-If scenarios too.
The graphics look amazing even to this day and the fighting mechanics are fun and make you feel like you are seeing a fight from the anime. Some say that some character moves feel the same as some other character’s and I agree to an extent but that doesn’t change much.
A lot of fans of Dragon Ball Z still ask for a Budokai Tenkaichi 4 or a remastered edition of Budokai Tenkaichi 3. I have spent hundreds of hours playing this game and I have no doubt that you would enjoy it too.
If you don’t have a ps2 then a ps2 emulator is the only way to play the game for now. I have played this game on PC and it’s even better with an emulator!
That was my list. I hope you enjoyed the article. Tell me in the comments below what is your favorite Dragon Ball Z game or if your favorite Dragon Ball Z game wasn’t on this list, and as Goku said: “See ya later guys!”
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