Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection Screens Flying Your Way

By Ishaan . July 13, 2012 . 9:59am

It’s anime week for Namco Bandai at Comic-Con and— actually, scratch that; its always anime week for Namco Bandai. Here, have some Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection screenshots. The game will be released sometime in 2012, and you can watch a trailer here.






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  • Zexill

    Why would you want anything else? Budokai 3 was by far the best of them all anyways. 

    • Anime10121

       Agreed, besides the JP only Legends game for PSone, Budokai 3 is, was, and seems like it will always be THE DBZ game.  Hell, I dont even care much for DBZ anymore, but ill still play that game from time to time with my little bro.

    • aoihana

      Because the obsessive compulsive collector in me tells me that I absolutely need the whole remastered Budokai collection. ( ̄□ ̄;)

    • but does it have Tiencha and Gokule?

  • SirRichard

    Between this and the dub finally reaching the UK on DVD, I’m going to get some friends around when this launches and just have a nostalgia party full of powering up.

  • aoihana

    Man, Budokai 3 looks beautiful! I always loved the celshaded style, so you can really appreciate it now. I love the white highlights in the character models, they really make them pop! 

    I still remember my first-print copy of Budokai 2, the rainbow foil cover was beautiful. I remember the disk got stuck in the tray while I was taking it out, and got it’s first scratch. (╥﹏╥)


    Maybe I’ll pick this up, Budokai 3 was one hell of a game! (◕‿◕✿)

  • British_Otaku

    Not fond of the visual style change for Budokai 3 with the shine considering that they didn’t even pick Budokai 1’s Cel Shaded look from the GameCube.

    Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S29DvcdQLQg

    Thanks to the touch up for the GameCube, not only did Budokai 1 have the best presentation of any DBZ game (even today) and the most accurate art style in any Budokai, it also had beautiful celshading which made the game ageless to the eyes even if the mechanics are nothing on later games like Shin Budokai or Infinite World.

    • As much as I like the graphics on the GameCube version, I have to admit that I prefer the original 3D-style of the PlayStation 2 version. And thus, I am glad that’s the version that will be in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection.

      It would be better if they had let us choose, though…

  • I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I would have strongly preferred Budokai 2, myself in this release. While Budokai 3 was a typical sequel (better in almost all regards, plus a bigger cast), I did not AT ALL like the changes to the “super moves”. Every person’s ultimate attack devolved into the same “3x chances to guess what button they’re pressing!”.

    While this did make the ultimate attacks a bit less lethal (significantly harder to completely pull off) Compare this to Budokai 2, where the different attacks had different “charge up” motions/actions that at least helped them to all feel different.

    Will still most likely get it, I just wanted to whine about the “Guess your opponent 3 times!” change. Always hated that. :C

    • KyoyaHibari

      The “3 times guessing” thing is for this one chain combo thing, not the ultimates as far as I recall. For the ultimates, a bar would constantly fill up, and you have to press X at the right time to constantly fill up the bar and see whether your opponent would block most of the damage, or lose and take it all.

      •  I believe the 3 times guessing thing was called “Dragon Rush” in Budokai 3. I LOVED that, only because I rarely did it but when I did I enjoyed it and never got tired of it lol.

    • I loved guessing right and crushing my friend’s potara earrings.

  • Fidelis

    When you really think about it..who needs any other DBZ game when you have the original Budokai series?
    Bamco namdai is making a grave mistake here, once people own this masterpiece, they’re not going to have a single shred of motivation to buy any of the next hundred DBZ games they try to release.

    • If they improve on the Budokai/Tenkaichi formula with a new game then I’ll buy it but if they keep making things like Ultimate Tenkaichi and that Kinect game then I’m done.

    • British_Otaku

      Effectively, it’s already too late for Namco Bandai.
      Millions (the first game is confirmed to have sold one million) already have bought the games, those people will probably want to hear the original soundtrack for the game.

      I know it’s a silly suggestion given that HD remasters and rereleases do sell, but these are gimped rereleases not even vanilla ones. And plenty of people have been putting off the recent games like Gren as they aren’t improving on the formula shown in the PS2 games.

  • LittleMofreaky

    can’t wait

  • I came for the pics but I stayed for the lolz. 

    That come at me bro was well placed.

  • AuraGuyChris

    I keep asking myself, how can you call this a collection…that lacks Budokai 2?

    The game should be called “Dragon Ball Z: Incomplete HD Collection”.

    • LittleMofreaky

      because it sucked compared to 3?

      • AuraGuyChris

        Sucked or not, it’s not an excuse. It’s like giving you Sonic Mega Collection that doesn’t have the first Sonic game because the next one is Miles better than its prequel.

        • kokazu

          Atari owns the rights to Budokai 2

          • AuraGuyChris

            Stupid Atari! Always screwing us up after the E.T. melodrama!

          • British_Otaku

            Hardly, Namco Bandai own the rights to all Dragon Ball games and let Atari handle the localisation for some of the games outside of Japan to a point (and can easily remove rights. If kokazu was correct, then the whole collection wouldn’t exist.

        • TheInternetNomad

          I think the games are too similar considering it’s a fighting game. the jump from budokai 1 to 3 is the most significant.   

          • Solomon_Kano

            Even so, there are elements of Budokai 2 that neither 1 nor 3 had. It’s a pity to lose it in a collection.

        • Solomon_Kano

          “Miles better”… I’m dying.

          I dunno if you did that on purpose, but whatever. Sonic puns lol.

      • kupomogli

        If you wanted to throw a technicality out there, then Budokai 2 is technically better than Budokai 3.

        Most character combos in Budokai 2 were the exact same as those in Budokai 3.  There were some slight differences, but mostly the same.  Characters like Piccolo were pretty much entirely new characters on Budokai 3.

        The major difference though is super moves weren’t able to be pulled off consistently, as there was either the one luck based one to pull off the weaker super moves, or go into the one special mode to do the better super moves and against someone good or decent, probably not hit a player with it.

        Another thing is that the Dragon History mode on Budokai 3 is pretty crappy, while the Dragon History mode on Budokai 2 has an original story that plays out on a board that’s more fun to go through rather than the boredom of flying through the world map(s) on Budokai 3.

        Overall I think it’s the better one, but when it comes down to it, the second could always be seen as the better one.  Same with Infinite World. It’s all a matter of opinion.

        • LittleMofreaky

          No it’s not. Start your own blog and keep your essays to yourself.

        • Yeah the original story in budokai 2 was fantastic. I liked how Dr. Gero had a team of multicolored saibamen. 

          Also the fact that special moves can easily be performed is an improvement. That’s why they’re easily done in every fighting game and that’s why all dragon ball games do that now. 

          Ideally this wouldn’t have even included budokai 1 or 2 because it’s unnecessary and I would have much rather had budokai 3, super dragon ball z, and either sagas or infinite world just to keep things different. 

          Budokai 2 was like terrible fanfiction. Tiencha was a playable character. It was gross.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Because if you put more than one thing together you’re still collecting them?

      It probably has something to do with Atari since they had the rights during that period of Budokai games.

    • right they could have added the Dragon ball z 2v or something.

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    Budokai 1 had the weirdest cutscene ever…


  • Solomon_Kano

    Budokai 2 and 3 were my favorite from that series so its disappointing that we couldn’t get 2. Screw it, I’ll settle. Budokai 3 is my favorite DBZ game ever, so that more than makes up for it. That game is fudging timeless for me.

    At least I still have the manual from Budokai 2. That has to count for something lol. Even if we don’t get Tiencha :'(

    I also look forward to Namco reaching back into the vault for an inevitable Tenkaichi HD collection. T3 is my second favorite DBZ game, so I’ll buy that right up too!

  • Cephrien

    Budokai 3 remains as my most favorite DBZ game.

  •  Never liked the Budokai games, but this is one HD thing that surprises me. Hope of a Tenkaichi one.

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