One of the most beloved properties worldwide, the Dragon Ball Z franchise has amassed a collection of video games over its’ three decades of existence. The manga turned anime focuses mostly on memorable fights between the protagonists, becoming a hit outside of Japan. Many of the games based on the anime range from fighting games to RPG adventures. To this day new games are being developed and selling well. It proves the durability of the franchise and in celebration for the entire mega-series, here is a list top five best Dragon Ball Z games.

5. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

The first Xenoverse game, while fun, was also very flawed and unbalance. Though it still shared many major issues of the first game, the second game of the Xenoverse series was a step in the right direction. Both games have players create their own avatars in the world of Dragon Ball, and it is up to the avatar to fix anomalies in the time stream. Character creation is a very fun option in the two games, with a surprising lot of customization. The games are mostly RPG based, with gamers leveling and customizing their character through fights. Fights and missions are generally too long, but in Xenoverse 2 the battles go by much quicker and the controllers are more polish than in the original. The sequel also has stronger online multiplayer options, with groups of players being allowed to play the same missions together. Both games are not great, nonetheless they give fans lots of fan service and hours of enjoyable gameplay.

4. Dragon Ball Z: Buu’s Fury

A sequel to Legacy of Goku II, this Gameboy Advance game improves on the predecessor in gameplay and graphics. The game has the most detailed sprite work in any Dragon Ball game, with every pixel giving the right amount of specificity and personality. The controls of the game are solid and easy to understand. The music is crisp and based on the music of the American version of the anime. The main issue with the game is that it is too short; a good few hours is enough to finish the entire game (extras included). It’s also too easy; boss fights offer the only real challenge of losing. The game also retells the events of the Buu saga of the anime, arguably the weaker arc in the series. Notwithstanding, the game is still very amusing, and deserves to be played by all fans of the franchise.

3. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3

Budokai Tenkaichi subseries are actually all pretty solid games, even though they are a little broken. A fighting game series, the three games have one of the largest rosters in all of the franchise. With a large roster, the games became increasing more imbalance, with many characters easily overpowering others. A character like Yamcha would never be able to compete with a Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta, no matter how talented of a player might be with Yamcha. Certain moves were also better to use than others, several being completely unavoidable. Despite that,a lot of fans enjoy the unbalance nature of the games, with 3 often cited as being the best. It has the most eye-popping graphics of the three games, and also has some of the best multiplayer options of any game in the series. It also has the largest roster, giving fans the best possible experience in the sub-franchise.

2. Dragon Ball Z: Legacy of Goku II

Buu’s Fury improves everything from its’ predecessor in terms of graphics and gameplay, but Legacy of Goku II concentrates on a more beloved portion of the series. Centering on the infamous Androids saga of the anime, the game simply has a more engaging story to follow. From Trunks victory of Metal Frieza, to Gohan’s last stand against Cell, the game gives the most involving parts of one the anime’s most famous story arcs. Both the graphics and music are very well done. All the characters look exactly as they do from the anime, and Cell’s Theme may actually sound more epic in this version. Even though it is a short game, it offers more replay value than Buu’s Fury. Legacy of Goku II is probably the best the series has ever done on the Gameboy Advance, or any handheld system, and it makes you forget how awful the original Legacy of Goku was.

1. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3

The fact that the game hasn’t been a bigger part of the competitor scene is a crime against gaming, as Budokai 3 provides the best fighting game experience in the entire franchise. Although many fans may prefer the uneven roster of Budokai Tenkaichi 3, or the RPG elements of Xenoverse 2, Budokai 3 provides the most balance experience than any of those games. With a roster of just over forty, each character feels unique enough that it makes it worth checking out each character. With graphics that hold up today and controls that make using super moves like the Kamehameha easy to do, controlling a Z-Warrior has never felt better.

Since the game is on a flat plane, not allowing gamers to move beyond what is front of their opponent, it is not an accurate representation of how fights are like in the anime. In the anime the characters are flying and throwing punches in all different kinds of direction. The Budokai Tenkaichi and Xenoverse series showcase a more accurate simulation of fights in the series, yet those games are more chaotic and imbalanced. Sacrificing accuracy for being a great fighting game, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 is one of the best achievements the series have ever accomplished in gaming.