Tekken 5 (PS2)
8.8 Game Score
Another installment in one of the most popular series of fighting games developed for years by Bandai Namco Entertainment. In the fifth edition of King of Iron Fist Tournament a set of well-known fighters makes its appearance alongside three new ones (Asuka, Raven and Feng). Each character has their own motivation and goals, which constitutes the background for spectacular duels. Tekken 5 employs the well-known mechanics of its predecessors. As usual, the features four types of strikes (weak/strong punch, weak/strong kick) intuitively assigned to gamepad buttons. Combat takes place on three-dimensional arenas, where several interactive elements can be found, such as walls, columns or statues - these objects can be used in combat. Apart from the main tournament, Tekken 5 offers various game modes, such as versus, training or the adventure mode requiring the player to fight his way through waves of incoming enemies.
Def Jam: Fight for NY (PS2)
8.8 Game Score
D-Mod escaped from prison. But what he saw did not impress him. The power of the underground world in New York was taken over by Crow. Such things can no longer be done Tolerate. Wrestling stars and hip-hop musicians will once again give a head start....
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (PS2)
8.5 Game Score
Another installment in a series of fighting games developed by Spike. The franchise was based on classic manga series by Akira Toriyama and takes the player to the titular Dragon Ball universe dominated by masters of different various martial arts. The game offers over 150 fighters representing different races, such as the Saiyan (Goku, Vegeta), inhabitants of the planet Namek (Piccolo), humans (Tenshinhan, Krillin) or androids (#17, #18). Each of the characters has a unique set of attacks and special abilities. Moreover, many of them are capable of transforming and accessing new, more powerful attacks by doing so. Fighting takes place in 20 in-game locations and particular arenas can be visited both in daylight and when it is dark. What complements Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, are high-quality visuals that remain faithful to the art style Toriyama has been popular for.
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 (PS2)
8.4 Game Score
Another installment of fighting game series created by Dimps Corporation, based on the license of a cult-classic manga created by Akira Toriyama. The players can assume the role of the most popular characters from the series, re-living the greatest events that took place in Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT series. While taking part in spectacular duels, we make use of not only advanced melee skills, but also of a wide range of special attacks, drawing from Ki power. Additionally, developers introduced four new attacks (Teleportation Counter, Teleportation Tornado Combo, Dragon Rush Attack, and Bukujutsu Flight Mode), while the player has freedom to decide where he wants to go next, accessing side adventures that yield extra experience. Aside from the story mode, called Dragon Universe, the game contains gameplay variants that are based on duels with competitors controlled either by the AI, or by other players. The game sports visuals that are based on original manga’s style, while the voice actors known from the series assume the role of the individual characters.
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi (PS2)
8.3 Game Score
A spectacular fighting game developed by Bandai on the basis of the cult manga by Akira Toriyama. The production is a successor to three Dragon Ball Z: Budokai games that were released between 2002 and 2004. The players are taken to the universe created by the Japanese mangaka yet again to fight spectacular duels on varied arenas. There are fifty fighters at our disposal, including Goku, Trunks, Piccolo, and Vegeta. Heroes are different in terms of available attacks and combat abilities. Moreover, we can also create our very own adventurer. Apart from the classical game modes, the game features a special gameplay variant that let us play the key scenes from the TV animated series as well as multiplayer modules. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi is characterized by spectacular graphics which are faithful to the canon set by the legendary mangaka. Fights look even more dynamic thanks to the camera system that shows the battlefield from different perspectives.
Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World (PS2)
8.3 Game Score
Another fighting game created by Dimps studio, based on the cult-classic manga created by Akira Toriyama. The mainstay of the game are the “Dragon Missions”, where we have the opportunity to take part in the events that weren’t used in the Dragon Ball Z games up to now – for example, Goku’s adventures during his stay in the afterlife. A number of different heroes were left at our disposal – aside from the aforementioned Goku, the game roster contains Vegeta, Trunks, or Piccolo. In all, we can take control of one of forty characters, each having different attacks and special abilities. The trademark attack – Kamehameha – is also on the list. The whole game is complemented by high quality visuals, faithful to the manga’s visual style.
Saint Seiya: The Hades (PS2)
8.3 Game Score
Saint Seiya: The Hades is a fight, prepared by the combined forces of Namco and Bandai. The story told in the game is taken directly from the very popular manga with the same title, on the basis of which the animated TV series was created.
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (PS2)
8.3 Game Score
A hybrid of various genres, containing elements characteristic of cRPGs and fighting games. It’s a continuation of the popular video game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi, developed by Bandai. The players are once again taken to a iconic universe created by Akira Toriyama, reliving the events shown in Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT series. The gameplay focuses on spectacular duels, taking place on fifteen different arenas – to emphasize the power of our heroes, we can now use or destroy many elements of the environment. We are left with over a 100 playable characters, including Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, and many more. Each of the fighters has a unique fighting style and dozens of moves, with another plane of possible attacks unlocked with the transformation system. Aside from dedicated single-player modes, the developers introduced a number of multiplayer variants. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is characterized by high quality visuals, faithful to the style presented in the original manga.
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (PS2)
8.2 Game Score
A continuation of the popular fighting game, taking place in the universe created by Akira Toriyama. Once again, Dimps Corporation is the developer responsible for the title. The players once again participate in spectacular duels, assuming the roles of characters known from the animated original. The newest addition to the series is a rebuilt single player mode, called “Dragon World”, where the protagonists travel around the map in search for the titular Dragon Balls. Along the way, they encounter various enemies that are battled on different arenas. Additionally, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 contains Duel and World Tournament modes – the former allows the player to choose his opponent and leaves him the choice of the arena, while the latter introduces a series of encounters that are played as a tournament. It should be mentioned that we can either go solo, competing with the AI, or invite another player. The cel-shaded visuals are undoubtedly a mainstay of the game, paying tribute to the works of the legendary mangaka. The game introduces the ability to import your character from the previous installment.
Soulcalibur III (PS2)
8.1 Game Score
The fourth part of the battle cycle started on PSX does not disappoint players - unprecedented game modes, new characters and even more beautiful graphics than before. Every fan of fighting with white weapons should feel satisfied.
Tekken Tag Tournament (PS2)
8.0 Game Score
The Tekken Tag Tournament is an improved version of the third part of the Tekken fighting series. Developers from Namco took care of a more effective visual setting of their work and introduced a number of changes in the mechanics of the game. The novelties include pair fights, additional heroes in which you can take on the role and new costumes for warriors.
Tekken 4 (PS2)
8.0 Game Score
The fourth Iron Fist Tournament organized by Heihachi once again attracted a group of the best warriors from all over the world. The winner of the prize will receive authority over the Mishima organization.
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (PS2)
8.0 Game Score
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is another virtual fight that belongs to the best-selling cycle developed since the first half of the 1990s. According to the fashion, initiated with the premiere of the fourth part of the "Deadly Fight" in 1997, the brutal fights take place in an entirely three-dimensional environment.
Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects (PS2)
7.8 Game Score
Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects is an action game created on the initiative of Electronic Arts. The program tells of the adventures of a new group of superheroes called The Imperfects ("The Imperfects"), who fight against the greatest characters from Marvel's comic books.
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (PS2)
7.7 Game Score
Two-dimensional sticks are the past. But what if many players still consider them to be the best? It has its own climate - it has to be admitted to them.
Super Dragon Ball Z (PS2)
7.6 Game Score
A fighting game developed by Crafts & Meister. Super Dragon Ball Z was based on the license of the classic manga series by Akira Toriyama. The game offers several different modes, including the story mode (inspired by the popular TV series), the Versus mode that focuses on multiplayer competition, and the Survival mode. The player takes part in spectacular battles involving the original characters (such as Goku, Vegeta or Piccolo) and player-created fighters. Alongside progression, the player develops the skills of their character, enriching their move set with new kinds of attacks and special abilities. The characters can also transform, which gives the player access to more powerful abilities and attacks, such as Kamehameha. Super Dragon Ball Z offers high-quality visuals that remain faithful to the art style Toriyama has been popular for.
Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution (PS2)
7.6 Game Score
Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution is a refreshed version of the series' console fight, which has been competing with the Tekken cycle for years. The production of this title is the responsibility of the famous AM2 studio, belonging to the Sega concern.
Soulcalibur II (PS2)
7.6 Game Score
Soulcalibur II is the second installment of the highly popular series of skill fights, which dates back to the Sega DreamCast console. The player directs the actions of one of the heroes competing for the title artifact. Namco developers have prepared seven play modes, a rich collection of available weapons and equipment, as well as plenty of bonus surprises.
Pride FC (PS2)
7.5 Game Score
Pride is one of the oldest and definitely the most prestigious organization of so-called mixed martial arts (MMA). It was established in 1997 and exhibits the best competitors in this discipline in the world, and the competition gathers several dozen thousand spectators.
The King of Fighters XI (PS2)
7.5 Game Score
After several scenes of the cycle in a new three-dimensional setting (e.g. King of Fighters: Maximum Impact), the popular SNK series of fighters returns to its roots - The King of Fighters XI this time was maintained in the traditional 2D convention.
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai (PS2)
7.4 Game Score
A spectacular fighting game developed by Bandai, based on the license of the cult manga by Akira Toriyama. The players assume the role of characters known from the series — among the 23 available ones we can find Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, and Trunks. Every one of them has a different set of attacks, special combat abilities and energy attacks, including the iconic Kamehameha. For the money we earn while playing, not only can we unlock additional fighters but also enhance their offensive capabilities with new, powerful elements. Story Mode remains at the core of the game. In it, we can take part in the most important duels from the animated TV series — starting from the fight against Freezer to the final battle against Cell. Fights take place in nine varied environments inspired by battlefields featured in the original, including the temple of Kami or the Chamber of Time. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai also offers a tournament mode, duel mode, and a special training mode that lets us hone our skills. The game features colorful three-dimensional graphics inspired by the works of the Japanese mangaka and high-quality dubbing — characters are voiced by the actors from the American version of the animated TV series.
The King of Fighters 2006 (PS2)
7.3 Game Score
King of Fighters 2006 (alias King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2) is a sequel to the famous title from the turn of 2004 and 2005. It is also another game from the popular series of fights, which began in the first half of the nineties of the twentieth century.