HandsOn Dragon Ball FighterZ is the DBZ Game Weve Been Waiting For

first_imgStay on target T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Dragon Ball ShirtsDid You Catch the Dragonball Z Reference on Steven Universe? I’m just going to come out and say it: Dragon Ball Z games have generally been awful. While entries like DBZ: Budokai managed to capture the frantic nature of the anime, they lacked coherent and satisfying gameplay. That’s all about to change with the upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ. This, my friends, it truly the DBZ game we’ve always wanted.Dragon Ball FighterZ is being developed by Arc System Works. This is the same studio responsible for the Guilty Gear and Blazblue franchises. Like the most recent Guilty Gears, DBF looks like a 2D game despite actually being 3D. The distinct art style makes it seem as if the whole thing is hand animated. Because of this stylistic design, DBF looks as good, if not better, than the original Dragon Ball Z anime.The demo I played featured six characters: Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Frieza, Buu, and Perfect Cell. For my first match, I picked Cell, Vegeta, and Gohan because that combination is just plain weird. The ability to swap between three characters reminded me of the old Marvel vs Capcom games (the upcoming Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite will be a 2v2 fighter).If you’ve played Guilty Gear or Blazblue then Dragon Ball FighterZ will feel familiar. Though this game can be played as a button masher to some extent, you can only really pull off cool moves if you know what you’re doing. I’m not too familiar with the intricacies of Arc System’s games, so I wasn’t doing any of the fancy stuff seen in the trailer. I did perform a number of special moves and pulled off some wild combos lifted straight from the anime, though. Despite not being entirely sure what I was doing, I had a blast (cheesy pun intended).You can tell that Dragon Ball FighterZ was created by DBZ fans for DBZ fans. There are a lot of subtle (and not so subtle) details that the hardcore will pick up on. This includes the way energy animates when characters power up, how limbs become elastic as they move toward their target, or how the environment is destroyed during battles. When you have characters deflecting fireballs which then decimate the background, you know the developers went above and beyond to deliver a true DBZ experience.The tag-team nature has its ups and downs. My biggest issue is that you can’t swap between characters often. You have to wait for the special meter to fill before you can completely change characters. I would have preferred unlimited swaps so I could change characters whenever I wanted. Thankfully, you can bring in any of your reserves to perform a quick attack or to get you out of a jam when you’re being pummeled at any time.Frieza and Goku can both morph into more powerful iterations (Gold Frieza and Super Saiyan 3 Goku, respectively). These forms are more powerful than the base versions and have new moves. Characters with multiple forms is a DBZ staple so expect more fighters like this as the roster expands.I love Dragon Ball Z but have never played a game in the series I truly liked. I can now say this has changed thanks to Dragon Ball FighterZ. DBZ is one of the most recognizable franchises on earth, so it’s great to see it (finally) get a genuinely solid video game after nearly two decades. I don’t know why it took so long for someone to finally make an exceptional DBZ title, but I’m just happy that day is here. Dragon Ball FighterZ is going to be a monster of a fighting game when it is released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in early 2018.last_img read more