Why Is Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection Missing Budokai 2?

26 July 2012
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Dragon Ball Z Budokai 2 missing in HD Collection

When Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection was announced, Namco Bandai Games said the enhanced and re-mastered HD versions included in the set would only be DBZ Budokai 1 & 3. Leaving many fans, yours truely included, to wonder: “Why is Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection missing Budokai 2?

At Comic-Con 2012, during a Gamespot live stage demo, right after the game was confirmed that exact question was asked. And here’s the answer they got from Namco Bandai’s senior global brand manager Jason Ends.

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  • To quote: “Well, the overall Budokai series is one of the best. So, I mean, the fans love it. Even from critical acclaim it’s one of the most popular [DBZ game series]. But looking at it — down and dirty — what the fans really loved and cherished, sure you find fans that love all three of them, but [Budokai] 1 and 3 really stuck out, so we sort of chose those as the ones to kind of put in this HD Collection.

    Watch the Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection stage demo interview here that includes lots of HD gameplay footage:

    While Namco Bandai was quick to confirm achievements and trophies were added to the two games, nothing has been said about adding online multiplayer (that’s a really bad sign, in case you were wondering).

    Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection will be available on Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3 in America & Europe sometime in Winter 2012.

    Will you still get Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection without Budokai 2?


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    • Jacob

      LOL Left that on the wrong site- my bad, ya’ll! Your posts literally made me want to complain to the creators, which I shall.

    • Elliot

      Budokai 2 was my favourite =[ If it had budokai 2 I’d pay full price, I’ll just wait till it’s a tenner now.

    • ……

      cause its budakai not budakai tenkaichi

    • Taz

      I’ll wait for it to become really cheap and then buy it.

      Really hate how publishers/developers kinda just doing what they like recently and not caring so much about the fans. Just like with Bayonetta 2 being exclusive for Wii U. Not gonna buy a Wii U just for Bayonetta 2.

    • I’m sorry to say it, I don’t really think I’ll buy it without Budokai 2. It was a big part of my childhood, and my favorite of the original Budokai games. I absolutely loved its turn-based board game esque overworld for the story mode, for it gave it a sense of strategy to go with the game as well. Oh well, I can nullify this issue, I’ll just rebuy it for my Gamecube.

    • Russian Arms

      I sent them a tweet congratulating them for not putting budokai 2 in there.

      The turn-based, story board game thing was just…. f*ckin weird. Guys it’s my personal opinion, if you loved the weird sh*t then power to you, but just because you like/love it doesn’t mean everybody else has to as well. Also, DO NOT ADD online multiplayer, I can already see the mods and sh*t being used, so no.

      What miffs me about the HD collection, and i’m pretty sure that everybody will at least partially agree with me on this: the soundtrack, remember that bad*ss music in budokai 1 and 3 that gave you that f*ck yeah! moment? GONE! Now we have remixes from budokai tenkaichi games instead. The new music isn’t exactly terrible, but in a lot of parts in budokai 1, it doesn’t fit the moment and it actually kills the moment, it’s like playing loud dubstep at a funeral, doesn’t fit well, however I do like a few new tracks used in budokai 3 as well as in some of the menus for both 1 and 3, good sh*t.

    • Hol Horse

      Dude, read JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, it’s cool 🙂

    • SomeManc

      Budokai 2 was my childhood. I never played Budokai 3. I played the first Budokai a lot later on. In Budokai 2 I spent hours just defeating the comp again and again. I spent so long playing that my thumb gave out. I completed the story mode multiple times just to listen to the saxophone(?) instrumental of the opening as the credits rolled. And that is why I have yet to buy the HD collection.

    • Darkchief117

      I don’t mind them not putting in Budokai 2 but they completely f*cked up the soundtrack for both Budokai 1 and 3 for some reason they replaced the music we know and love in the Budokai series and replaced it with music from Tenkaichi and Raging Blast as much as I love those games putting their music in an older game ruins it.

    • RandomShinigami7

      A year later, I’m sure you don’t care now. But there is a reason why they changed the music: The music that was used for the original releases were actual songs that Yamamoto (the composer) “borrowed”. He also did the same thing for Dragon Ball Kai. Eventually Toei Amimation was forced to acknowledge that he was using other people’s w0rk and passing it off as his own, so they fired him and had to replace all the music in Kai. When Budokai 1 and 3 were being redone for HD, they had to replace his score. They used tracks from later games because presumably it was cheaper to reuse them than getting someone to make entirely new music.

      If you’re interested, I’m sure there are videos on YouTube comparing Yamamoto’s Dragon Ball music with the music he stole from.

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