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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2
Budokai 2 Cover
Japanese title

Dragon Ball Z 2

ドラゴンボールZ2

Developer(s) Dimps
Pyramid (GameCube)
Publisher(s) NA/AUAtari
EU/JPBandai
Series Budokai series
Prequel Dragon Ball Z: Budokai
Sequel Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3
Release date(s) Playstation 2:
EU November 14, 2003
AUNovember 23, 2003
USDecember 4, 2003
JP February 5, 2004
Nintendo GameCube:
USDecember 15, 2004
EUMarch 18, 2005
AUApril 8, 2005
Genre(s) Action, Fighting
Rating(s) ACB:PG
CERO: A
ESRB: T
PEGI: 12
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Nintendo GameCube
Media DVD-R
Nintendo Optical Disc
Arcade sound system(s) Stereo
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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (ドラゴンボールZ2, Doragon Bōru Zetto Tsū) is a video game based upon Dragon Ball Z. Budokai 2 is a sequel to Dragon Ball Z: Budokai and was developed by Dimps and published by Atari for the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube. It was released for the PlayStation 2 in Europe, Australia, and the United States on November 14, November 23rd, and December 4th, 2003 respectively. In Japan, it was released on February 5th, 2004 and was published by Bandai. The GameCube version was released over a year later for all regions except Japan, which did not receive a GameCube version, although the European GameCube version did feature the Japanese voiceover. This year long difference allowed for the opportunity to improve the graphics slightly, add more difficultly settings, and add new costumes in all versions.

Overview

Gameplay

Budokai 2 is a fighting game with cel-shaded graphics to mirror the look and feel of the combat in the TV series. In order to experience the full potential of the game, a Memory Card is required to obtain and edit skills, and create custom characters. The basic fighting encompasses a Health bar and a Ki bar as a part of the visible HUD. When the health runs out, the character loses (as in most fighting games). Ki is required to perform special moves and Ki Blasts. Combos are performed by entering a series of P (punch), K (kick) and E (energy) buttons, as well as the directional buttons. Characters also have the ability to dodge and guard against attacks with the G (guard) button.

Also included are special attacks and ultimate attacks. These attacks are usually signature techniques of characters seen in the series, such as Goku's special, the Kamehameha wave, and his ultimate, the Spirit Bomb. While special attacks can be formed simply using the E and directional buttons, Ultimate attacks are more complicated and require a combination of the P, K, and E buttons. In addition to this are the varying mechanics for ultimate attacks. Some will automatically work upon their execution, while others require time-sensitive button inputs, rotating the control stick to build power, or struggles which require both players to rotate the control sticks and outperform the other. This is the first fighting game in the series to add button sequence when doing certain attacks (such as ultimate moves, continuous ki blasts, etc.).

New features

Where Budokai 1 covers the events of Dragon Ball Z up to the Perfect Cell Saga, Budokai 2 covers the events of the Dragon Ball Z series up to the Kid Buu Saga. While the first game uses a chapter interface to guide the player through the sagas, Budokai 2 uses a much different interactive game board. Each game board represents a different saga of the series.

Since the game covers events up to the Kid Buu Saga, it includes characters and transformations seen after the Perfect Cell Saga. For example, Goku and Vegeta can now transform into their highest levels of Super Saiyan seen in Dragon Ball Z. Characters such as Adult Gohan and Majin Buu are also playable. However, the game also removes certain characters, such as Kid Gohan, Zarbon, Dodoria and Android 19. Characters like Frieza and Cell also no longer have the ability to transform and are in their final forms by default.

Another new feature of the game is the introduction of fusion characters such as Vegito and Gotenks. These characters are not conventionally selected from an in-game character roster. Rather, actual fusions are performed mid-fight either through the Potara or the Fusion Dance. Furthermore is the addition of "What-if" characters such as Tiencha (Yamuhan in the Japanese version) and Gokule (Gotan in the Japanese version), as well as new absorption forms for Super Buu such as Vegeta absorbed, Cell absorbed, Frieza absorbed, and Tien & Yamcha absorbed. In story mode, brand new enemies such as Majin Frieza and Majin Cell can now be fought.

Skills

As in Budokai 1, each character is able to be customized by using a 7-slot skill tray. Players may choose up to 7 skills and give them to a fighter. Skills can take from one to seven slots. There are three types of skills: "Special Moves" which includes skills such as the Kamehameha and Super Saiyan, "Physical" which includes such skills as Super Dragon Fist and Zanku Fist, and "Equipment" which includes skills such as Senzu Bean and Bulma's Wish.

Modes

Story Mode

Main article: List of stages in Budokai 2 Story mode in Budokai 2 consists of a board game-like adventure called Dragon World. In this mode, the player incarns Goku who, along with one or more allies, travel around the 9 different levels defeating enemies and collecting items such as money, capsules or Dragon Balls. Once the game is completed, if all seven Dragon Balls are collected, the player is able to make a "wish" which lets him choose one from three special capsules, which include Breakthrough Capsules (these allow a player to use all of a character's moves and abilities at once), Fusion capsules, and Bulma costumes.

Other than Goku, there are several playable allies in Story Mode. Those playable allies are:

World Tournament

The World Tournament allows players to compete against the computer or up to 8 players in a Martial Arts Tournament. If more than one human player is present no prize money is available, but with only one human player the following prizes can be won:

  • Novice: 10,000 Zeni
  • Adept: 30,000 Zeni
  • Advance: 50,000 Zeni

If the player reaches second place, he will win half the prize money. Once the first place is won in Advance mode, the player can go to the Skill Shop and unlock the World Tournament Cell Games Rules, in which the Fusion and the Potara can be used.

Dueling

Dueling mode allows a player to fight the computer at a preset skill level, or two human players to fight each other using any custom skills. A player may also watch a fight between two computer fighters.

Edit skills

Made up of three sections, the Skill Shop, character editing, and instructions. A player may edit skills on either memory card.

Aside from Dragon World, the Skill Shop is the place to get skill capsules. Bulma will wear a different costume depending on the number purchased at the Skill Shop (up to seven). Not every skill is available here, (Fusions and Breakthroughs can only be found in Dragon World) and the prices range from 1,500 Zeni to over 1,000,000 Zeni.

Babidi's spaceship

This mode is unlocked when the player wishes for the capsule (by completing the Dragon World with all seven Dragon Balls). Here, one or two players may play under various special conditions. One player mode builds up Ki (a form of energy in Dragon Ball Z) and when you have enough you will unlock Babidi-related skill capsules. This is the only way to unlock Dabura and Majin Buu (Fat, Super and Kid).

Playable characters

Returning characters

Name Returning Transformations New Transformations Costumes Available in All Versions Available at Start
Android #16
  • Traditional appearance
  • Silver palette swap
No
Android #17
  • Black shirt w/ red scarf
  • Brown hunting jacket
No
Android #18
  • Blue jacket w/ blue skirt
  • Black vest w/ pearls
  • Denim jacket w/ jeans
No
Captain Ginyu No
Cell
  • Perfect form
  • Traditional appearance
  • Blue palette swap
No
Frieza
  • Traditional appearance
  • Kuriza coloring
No
Goku
  • Orange gi w/ weighted clothing
  • Blue gi
Yes
Great Saiyaman
  • Saiyaman outfit w/ helmet
  • Saiyaman outfit w/ bandana & glasses
No
Hercule
  • Traditional appearance
  • Green palette swap
No
Krillin Yes
Nappa No
Piccolo
  • Purple gi
  • Nail's outfit
Yes
Raditz No
Recoome No
Teen Gohan
  • Base
  • Super Saiyan
  • Super Saiyan 2
No
Tien
  • Blue tunic, white pants
  • Green pants and sash
Yes
Trunks
  • Base
  • Super Saiyan
  • Super Saiyan 2
No
Vegeta
  • Base
  • Super Saiyan
  • Blue sleeveless jumpsuit
  • Bulma's Battle armor w/ jumpsuit
No
Yamcha
  • Orange Turtle School gi
  • Yellow jacket
No

New characters

Standard Characters
Name Transformations Costumes available in all versions Available at Start
Android #20
  • Traditional appearance
  • Blue palette swap
No
Dabura
  • Traditional appearance
  • Gray palette swap
No
Gohan
  • Purple gi
  • Saiyaman outfit
  • Goku's generic gi
Yes
Goten
  • Base
  • Super Saiyan
Yes
Gotenks
  • Base
  • Super Saiyan
  • Super Saiyan 3
  • Traditional appearance
  • Yellow & green palette swap
No
Kid Buu
  • Traditional appearance
  • Orange palette swap
No
Kid Trunks
  • Base
  • Super Saiyan
  • Traditional appearance
  • Dark gray shorts & tank-top
Yes
Majin Buu
  • Traditional appearance
  • Orange palette swap
No
Super Buu
  • Base
  • Gotenks absorbed
  • Gohan absorbed
  • Traditional appearance
  • Orange palette swap
No
Supreme Kai
  • Standard appearance
  • Green palette swap
No
Vegito
  • Base
  • Super Vegito
  • Standard appearance
  • Black palette swap
No
Videl
  • White tank top w/ short hair
  • School outfit w/ pigtails
No
What-if Characters
Name Transformations Costumes Available at Start
Gokule
  • Orange gi w/ weighted clothes; Hercule's hair, mustache & boots
  • Hercule's general appearance w/ Goku's hair, but no mustache.
No
Super Buu
  • Vegeta absorbed
  • Cell absorbed
  • Frieza absorbed
  • Tien & Yamcha absorbed
No
Tiencha
  • Purple & yellow vest
  • Green & yellow palette swap
No

Exclusive costumes

The following are exclusive costumes for characters found only in certain editions of the game. This may depend on the game's region, platform, or if its the Dragon Ball Z 2 V Japanese extremely limited edition.

Character Name Costume Costume's Transformations Versions available in
Frieza
Kuriza
  • Japanese version
  • Dragon Ball Z 2 V
Majin Frieza

Same as normal

  • Dragon Ball Z 2 V
Cooler
  • Dragon Ball Z 2 V
Cell
Majin Cell

Same as normal

  • Dragon Ball Z 2 V
Goku
Tattered gi

Same as normal

  • NA and EU GameCube version
  • Japanese version
  • Dragon Ball Z 2 V
Piccolo
Standard appearance (with weighted clothing)

Same as normal

  • NA and EU GameCube version
  • Japanese version
  • Dragon Ball Z 2 V

Battle Stages

Special editions

Japanese version extras

915018 69284 front

Japanese boxart

In the Japanese version of Budokai 2, entitled Dragon Ball Z 2, are references to Akira Toriyama's Nekomajin manga. This includes an extra level in Dragon World and Frieza's son Kuriza as one of Frieza's alternate costumes. Also included are the Cell Games Tournament and the Z difficulty level, both of which were added to the GameCube version of Budokai 2, and later to all versions of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3.

Dragon Ball Z 2 V

DBZ2V005

The title screen for Dragon Ball Z 2 V

Main article: Dragon Ball Z 2 V Dragon Ball Z 2 V is a remake of Dragon Ball Z 2, the Japanese version of Budokai 2, released exclusively in Japan for the PlayStation 2. Only 2,000 copies of the game were made for distribution for some lucky V-Jump readers. Though most of the game is the same as Dragon Ball Z 2, some additional features include some new alternate costumes for several characters, notably Cooler as an alternative costume for Frieza, as well as some other features.

Voice cast

Character Name Voice Actor (Japanese) V.A. (U.S. English)
Goku Masako Nozawa Sean Schemmel
Teen Gohan Masako Nozawa Stephanie Nadolny
Gohan Masako Nozawa Kyle Hebert
Great Saiyaman Masako Nozawa Kyle Hebert
Goten Masako Nozawa Kara Edwards
Piccolo Toshio Furukawa Christopher Sabat
Vegeta Ryō Horikawa Christopher Sabat
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Tiffany Vollmer
Dr. Briefs Jōji Yanami Chris Forbis
Future Trunks Takeshi Kusao Eric Vale
Kid Trunks Takeshi Kusao Laura Bailey
Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Sonny Strait
Yamcha Toru Furuya Christopher Sabat
Tien Shinhan Hirotaka Suzuoki John Burgmeier
Hercule Daisuke Gōri Chris Rager
Videl Yuko Minaguchi Kara Edwards
Supreme Kai Yuji Mitsuya Kent Williams
Kibito Shin Aomori Chuck Huber
Raditz Shigeru Chiba Justin Cook
Nappa Shōzō Iizuka Phil Parsons
Frieza Ryūsei Nakao Linda Young
Captain Ginyu Hideyuki Hori Brice Armstrong
Recoome Kenji Utsumi Christopher Sabat
Android 20 Kōji Yada Kent Williams
Android 16 Hikaru Midorikawa Jeremy Inman
Android 17 Shigeru Nakahara Chuck Huber
Android 18 Miki Itō Meredith McCoy
Cell Norio Wakamoto Dameon Clarke
Majin Buu Kōzō Shioya Josh Martin
Super Buu Kōzō Shioya Justin Cook
Kid Buu Kōzō Shioya Josh Martin
Babidi Jōji Yanami Duncan Brennan
Dabura Ryūzaburō Ōtomo Rick Robertson
Vegito Masako Nozawa
Ryō Horikawa
Sean Schemmel
Christopher Sabat
Gotenks Masako Nozawa
Takeshi Kusao
Laura Bailey
Gokule Masako Nozawa
Daisuke Gōri
Sean Schemmel
Chris Rager
Tiencha Toru Furuya
Hirotaka Suzuoki
Christopher Sabat
John Burgmeier
Supreme Kai Yuji Mitsuya Kent Williams
Saibaman Toru Furuya John Burgmeier
Cell Jr. Hirotaka Suzuoki Justin Cook
Shenron Kenji Utsumi Christopher Sabat
World Tournament Announcer Hirotaka Suzuoki Eric Vale
Narrator Jōji Yanami Kyle Hebert

Reception and Sales

The game received slightly better reviews than its precursor Dragon Ball Z: Budokai. Many critics enjoyed the cel-shaded look but thought the gameplay still needed work. It has a 69% average on Game Rankings.

The game has sold 2,690,000 units on PS2 and GameCube combined (2,410,000 on PS2 and 270,000 on GameCube)[1] as of July 21, 2012.

Trivia

  • In the opening sequence of Budokai 2, Krillin is shown to have no hair while playing with Goten and Trunks. However, Krillin should have hair in the era of Kid Goten and Trunks. This mistake is made again in the opening of Budokai 3 when the characters are Buu saga era but Krillin has his Android/Cell saga style. It is most likely they just picked the image Krillin is most famous for.
Gohan!

The Gohan clothes error

  • In the opening sequence, when Piccolo, Gohan, Goten, and Trunks are seen raising their hands, Gohan is wearing the orange gi but with a much thinner belt and no blue shirt under it.
  • In the opening sequence of Budokai 2, the entire Ginyu Force makes an appearance, even though Captain Ginyu and Recoome are the only members that are in the game.
  • Future Trunks was given the ability to transform into Super Saiyan 2 in this game. This can be explained due to the fact that he transformed into an Ultra Super Saiyan during his battle with Perfect Cell in the manga/anime.
  • Teen Gohan is unavailable to be selected as a teammate in the story mode even after unlocked.
  • Occasionally, when hit, Dabura yells "Son of a...!". He does not finish the sentence.
  • The game has a glitch that has the ability to freeze time with Android 17, Android 18, and Cell. To use it, the player has to taunt at exactly the moment when the Energy Field attack is used. By doing this, everything is frozen but the player. To get out of the glitch, the player must punch or kick his opponent.

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