Throughout the decades there have been many Dragon Ball Z that have come and gone. That is to say, despite the manga and anime slowing down throughout the many years (now starting to pick up) there has been plenty of DBZ gaming content for fans to get their Super Saiyan fix. Considering that Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is close to release for the Nintendo 3DS, I thought now would be an appropriate time to do a top 5 countdown on what I believe are the best Dragon Ball Z games.
In order to qualify for the list, the games must be full-fledged Dragon Ball Z and not games with DBZ cameo. Moreover, the titles included are games that I have played extensively. I apologize in advance if your favorite game does not make the list.
5. Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World
My love affair for 2D style fighting game continues with Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World. The game plays very similar to the Budokai series, but lacks the polish. It feels like a reskin of Budokai 3 just with a few new features and additional characters. If you own Budokai 3, then there is no real reason to own Infinite World. What I do like about the game is the inclusion of a number of GT characters (yeah I know GT still sucks) and a few mini-games in Dragon Missions. It’s a decent enough game to recommend.
4. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
In terms of number of playable characters there are very few characters that can match Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3. If you have desperately wanted to play a certain character (even the more obscure characters), chances are you will have the opportuntity in in Budokai Tenkaichi 3. The game itself is solid following the free roaming battle design of the modern Dragon Ball Z games. Moreover, Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is one of the first DBZ games to feature online play.
3. Dragon Ball Z: Attack Of The Saiyans
Attack of the Saiyans is a hidden gem for the Nintendo DS. A stark departure from the Fighting and brawler games that is typical of the DBZ series. Attack of the Saiyans foregoes the conventions and offers a neat RPG experience that allows fans relive the Saiyan saga. Those who love the old school turn based JRPG will thoroughly enjoy Attack of the Saiyans. It ticks all the boxes of a good JRPG: Good storyline, interesting characters, solid gameplay fundamentals and a free roaming world. Plus its a breath of fresh air to play a DBZ game that has some substantial depth and is more than just a brainless brawler.
2. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3
I have a preference for the traditional style fighting games over the free roaming design of Budokai Tenkaichi. I find the focused and tight gameplay of Budokai more enjoyable than fighting over a large 3D space seen in the most recent Dragon Ball Z games. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 earns its spot over its predecessor as it is more or less the same game but with the most complete playable character roster. The game is by all accounts a casual fighter that is easy to pick up and simplistically fun. If I remember correctly Namco Bandai did release a HD collection for the PS3 and 360, which would be ideal for those wanting all three titles.
1. Dragon Ball Z: Xenoverse
From what I have played, Dragon Ball Z: Xenoverse is by a far the best DBZ game. Containing solid and enjoyable gameplay, an original storyline and other tidbits that will have fans screaming like little girls. I believe Dragon Ball Z: Xenoverse is the ultimate fan-service game as it has an impressive array of playable characters, a mode that allows you to partake in parallel scenario’s from the series (like assisting Frieza to defeat Goku) and the ability to make your own custom Z fighter. Given that fans have and critics alike have received the game well, as a DBZ fan you owe yourself to play Dragon Ball Z: Xenoverse.