One of the most popular anime franchises of all time is the Dragon Ball series. Spanning four shows (Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, and the current Dragon Ball Super) and three decades, the franchise follows Goku, a Saiyan who repeatedly tries to save the world from countless threats that plan to destroy the planet. One of the most significant connections between the various series are the Dragon balls. When all seven of them are gathered, the person who summons the dragon is granted one wish. The Dragon Ball franchise features entertaining characters, stunning animation, gripping storylines, and most notably, some of the most intense combat sequences to grace the screen. With the upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ, players will get to experience a fighting game that looks like a truly authentic experience for fans.
Title: Dragon Ball FighterZ
Developer: Arc System Works
Release Date: January 26th, 2018
Dragon Ball FighterZ is the latest fighting game in the popular franchise. While the previously released Xenoverse series features custom characters and heavy emphasis on online components, Dragon Ball Fighter Z focuses primarily on fast-paced, fierce, and fluid combat. The roster includes popular characters throughout the Dragon Ball series since the franchise’s debut in 1986.
There are so many things working in Dragon Ball Fighter Z‘s favor. First off, the art style is absolutely gorgeous. If you’ve seen an episode of the show before, the animation is eye-popping, and wonderful to look at. Dragon Ball FighterZ is one of the most beautiful fighting games to ever be developed. It truly looks like an episode of the anime come to life. The animated style of the graphics draws you in, but the gameplay is what keeps you coming back for more. I had an opportunity to get my hands on with the game during New York Comic Con last year. As a huge fighting fan and Dragon Ball Z fan, the game absolutely blew me away. Taking cues from Marvel Vs. Capcom, Dragon Ball FighterZ features three on three fighting. It’s easy to pick up, and difficult to master. Players looking for an immersive fighting game will feel right at home here.
Not much. The gameplay is sharp, and after playing the demo for around 45 minutes, I didn’t have any problem with it. Since there are online components, server issues could plague an otherwise awesome video game. Bandai/Namco and Arc System Works must make sure that quitters are penalized and that the game runs smoothly. Nothing ruins a fighting game like terrible online elements and server issues.
I think it will. The Dragon Ball franchise is one of the most popular in the world. Not only that, the fighting genre has a very vocal, and dedicated fanbase. Just look at the number of stores that host weekly tournaments. When you go on Twitch during the weekend, there’s a great chance that you will see a semi-professional tournament streaming on the service. Every August, the popular EVO tournament takes place. I can already guarantee that this will be making the rounds when the event commences in a few months.
From hardcore fighting fans to casual gamers who enjoy the Dragon Ball franchise, there is something to love for a wide variety of people, and I think that Dragon Ball FighterZ will be able to capitalize on those interests. We’ll see when the game launches in two weeks.
Andrew Gonzalez is the Co-Editor-In-Chief of Xbox Enthusiast. When not writing about Xbox, he’s usually reading comics, talking about Taylor Swift, and dreaming of the perfect Jet Force Gemini Reboot. You can follow him on Twitter. @AJGVulture89