Dragonball Evolution (video game)

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Dragonball Evolution
Dragonball Evolution Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Dimps Corporation
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai Games
Designer(s) abdur
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
Release date(s)
  • JP March 19, 2009
  • NA April 8, 2009
  • EU April 17, 2009
Genre(s) Versus fighting

Dragonball Evolution is a fighting game for the PlayStation Portable based on the live-action film of the same name. The game was released in March 2009 in Japan, followed by a North American release on April 8, 2009. It is the first Dragon Ball video game to feature Bulma as a playable character.

Playable characters[edit]


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 37.31%[1]
Metacritic 28/100[2]
Review scores
Publication Score
GamePro 2.5/5 stars[3]
Game Revolution D−[4]
GameSpot 3.5/10[6]
GamesRadar 1.5/5 stars[5]
GameZone 2.7/10[7]
IGN 2/10[8]
PlayStation Magazine 1.5/5 stars[9]

The game was met with negative reception upon release. GameRankings gave it a score of 37.31%,[1] while Metacritic gave it 28 out of 100.[2] IGN gave the game a score of 2 out of 10, calling it a "pile of trash," "disaster burned onto a UMD," and "competitor for the worst game on the PSP."[8] Reviewers noted that pressing the same button repeatedly was sufficient to win battles against the AI in the game's story mode, while adding an Ultimate Attack to the mix was similarly effective in the arcade mode.[6][8] The cinematics were criticized for being simplistic in presentation and plot.

GamePro gave the game two-and-a-half stars out of five, saying, "Despite horrible graphics, spotty A.I., and some severely unbalanced characters, Dragon Ball Evolution on PSP at least delivers fast action and multiple modes of play."[3]


  1. ^ a b "Dragon Ball: Evolution for PSP". GameRankings. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Dragon Ball: Evolution for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Noble, McKinley (April 2009). "Dragon Ball: Evolution". GamePro: 81. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ Kevin S. (April 30, 2009). "Dragon Ball: Evolution Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Hayward, Andrew (April 10, 2009). "Dragonball: Evolution Review". GamesRadar. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Shau, Austin (April 20, 2009). "Dragon Ball: Evolution Review". GameSpot. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ Bedigian, Louis (April 19, 2009). "DRAGONBALL: Evolution - PSP - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c Roper, Chris (April 8, 2009). "Dragonball Evolution Review". IGN. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Dragon Ball: Evolution". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 85. May 2009. 

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