Dragon Ball Z: For Kinect

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Dragon Ball Z: For Kinect
Developer(s) Spike
Publisher(s) Bandai
Director(s) Kazunori Hanashima
Designer(s) Tatsuya Marutani
Series Dragon Ball
Platform(s) Xbox 360
Release date(s) EU 20121002October 2, 2012
NA 20121009October 9, 2012
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player

Dragon Ball Z: For Kinect is a Dragon Ball Z video game for the Xbox 360's Kinect. Published by Bandai Namco Games and developed by Spike, the game was released on October 2, 2012 in Europe and October 9, 2012 in the U.S. It is one of the few Dragon Ball games that never saw a release in Japan, although it still features a Japanese speech track available for international players.


Dragon Ball Z: For Kinect is a first-person fighting game similar to the arcade game Dragon Ball Z: V.R.V.S. with graphics similar to Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi.

The game has over 50 characters, including one character exclusive to the game: Super Saiyan Bardock, and over 100 moves to perform. There are over 20 special cards with QR codes that can be scanned via the Kinect for additional content (characters and power ups). Those QR cards are offered as preorder incentives, promotions, or in the press. Cardboard Super Saiyan Goku hair has been included in each copy of the game which players can wear, with the back of the hair printed with QR codes.


Story Mode[edit]

The Story Mode allows the player to follow the sagas of Dragon Ball Z from a first-person perspective for the first time on a console. It covers the main battles of the Saiyan Saga (including the battle against Great Ape Vegeta), Frieza Saga, Cell Saga, and Majin Buu Saga.


During battles, the player retains control only over limited movement and dodging technique. Returned by "spectacular camera movements in an anime style", the fighting system requires the player to carry their body with every movement and every shot so that the character executes them on the screen. It results in a true fusion of "breathtaking cinematic and immerse gameplay".


Playable characters[edit]

  • Goku (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3)
  • Kid Gohan
  • Teen Gohan (Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2)
  • Ultimate Gohan
  • Piccolo
  • Vegeta (Base, Super Saiyan, (Super Vegeta/Ascended Super Saiyan)
  • Krillin
  • Yamcha
  • Tien Shinhan
  • Future Trunks (Base, Super Saiyan)
  • Gotenks (Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 3)
  • Super Vegito
  • Super Gogeta
  • Bardock (Base, Super Saiyan)
  • Raditz
  • Saibamen
  • Nappa
  • Vegeta (Scouter)
  • Zarbon (Base, Monster Form)
  • Dodoria
  • Cui
  • Captain Ginyu (Base, Goku's body)
  • Recoome
  • Burter
  • Jeice
  • Frieza (1st Form, 2nd Form, 3rd Form, Final Form, 100% Power)
  • Dr. Gero
  • Android 19
  • Android 18
  • Android 17
  • Android 16
  • Cell (Imperfect Form, Semi-Perfect Form, Perfect Form, Super Perfect Form)
  • Cell Jr.
  • Majin Vegeta (Super Saiyan 2)
  • Majin Buu
  • Super Buu (Base, Ultimate/Mystic Gohan absorbed)
  • Kid Buu


The game received mostly negative reviews from critics. GameSpot gave the game at a 4.5 out of 10, criticizing the highly repetitive battles, poor story mode and erratic motion sensing.