By Mark Brooks
Updated January 17, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST


(PS2; Infogrames; Teen) Fans of Dragon Ball Z, the absurdly popular $3 billion Japanimation franchise, will snatch up this game regardless of any criticism. Why? The chance to reenact the show’s warriors clobbering their way through daft story lines from the series. Budokai features 23 characters who, while lacking artistic detail, still yell, grunt, and move almost exactly like their broadcast counterparts. Anyone looking for an engaging combat game won’t find it in this shallow button-masher. But it does have victors: the Infogrames licensing department.