Dragonball FighterZ is a fighting game based on the globally renowned manga and anime franchise. This game does an outstanding job of giving the player an experience that truly feels like an episode of Dragonball Z. This will appeal to the nostalgia of longtime fans, but newcomers to the franchise will not be disappointed. Gorgeous artwork and solid mechanics make this 3 vs 3 brawler an exciting game for any player.
What Went Right
An important quality for in a game based around an existing franchise is how well it depicts the source material, and Dragonball FighterZ does an excellent job. The animation style is a great tribute to the artwork of the original anime, and it looks incredible during gameplay. When the fighting starts, it instantly gives the feel of an epic Dragonball showdown. Flawless transitions into battle animations amps up the intensity and lets players channel their inner Super Saiyan.
The combat system hits a sweet spot between easy to grasp and highly technical. It is not too difficult for casual players to enjoy, but offers enough nuance to keep competitive gamers engaged. There is a single button for performing each type of attack: light, medium, strong, and special. When pushed in rapid succession, the fighter will perform combo moves automatically. This makes it easier to string together combos and creates nice flow during the battle. Characters also have universal blocks and parries which bring defensive and counter attack options to the fight.
Like other popular team-based fighting titles, you are able to call in one of your teammates to help out with an assist. Characters each have an individual assist attack that they use when tagged in, which adds to the depth of the game. It is important to know what kind of attack your teammates will use in order to find the best time to tag them in.
What Needs Work
While the universal attack buttons and automatic combos are helpful overall, it can result in characters feeling fairly similar to one another. Especially when utilizing lesser known fighters in the Dragonball Universe, it can feel like they are pretty much the same. Another factor worth noting is the current roster of twenty four characters. While this is a fairly nice selection, it does feel a little lacking when building teams of three. Hopefully, over time additional fighters will be introduced through downloadable content, and new team combinations can be explored.
Some issues also exist with the online features. Matches often disconnect, and there is currently no punishment for rage quitting, so it happens pretty frequently. As time goes on however, I fully expect this to be resolved.
Overall, Dragonball FighterZ is a really entertaining game that is exciting to play. It combines easy to learn controls with technical combat options to create a product that can be enjoyed by any level of gamer. The amazing animation and multiple game modes, including online play, allow this title to provide countless hours of high-quality entertainment.