Griffin Vacheron of We Got This Covered writes: "It’s hard to imagine a Dragon Ball Z game being more intense than the Budokai fighting series on PS2. Or at least, it was — until I visited Namco Bandai’s booth at E3 this year. Within ten minutes of checking out the new Dragon Ball game, it became abundantly clear than my imagination deserved to be punished not only for lack of ingenuity, but for underestimating Dragon Ball Z in general. With this series, the creators are always raising the chaos ceiling and turning things up just one more notch, and I should know that. It’s a mistake I won’t make again."