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Dragon Ball FighterZ Review: Great Fighting, Next-Level Visuals

Dragon Ball FighterZ Frieza Dragon Ball FighterZ Review: Great Fighting, Next-Level Visuals
Hannah Rogers | 22 January, 2018, 19:15

Dragon Ball FighterZ received an nearly baffling swell of immediate enthusiasm after its announcement and across the beta weekends.

Android 21 will be a playable fighter and will also be a core character in the game's story mode when Dragon Ball FighterZ releases on January 26. On the surface, it looks little more than an exercise in fan service, targeted at those waiting for the next instalment in the Dragon Ball Z series. As well as the launch vid, there's also some details on the mysterious Android 21, a character created specifically for the game, whose motivations are unclear.

If you instead need anything else to do with Dragon Ball FighterZ, including a general beginner's guide for the game, as well as a character roster overview, head over to our Dragon Ball FighterZ guides walkthrough hub.

Tagging in other team members helps to bring some variety, but after a time you might find yourself doing so with intentionally weaker characters to spice up certain battles. If you already are a Dragon Ball fan though you might as well stop reading now, because this is your dream video game tie-in.

Given the franchises' popularity in Japan there have been dozens upon dozens of Dragon Ball video games over the decades.

An entirely new character made for the game, Android 21 acts as the primary antagonist of Dragon Ball FighterZ. Tap the same button in rhythm, or mix it up with other moves without dropping your timing, and you'll put together a nice combo that makes you feel like you've achieved something. Dragon Ball FighterZ though is a traditional one-on-one fighter, and while the characters' various energy beams and special moves are replicated well it's all within a 2D playfield. Her attack-stealing ability can be used in the air and in other situations as well to continue stealing moves.

Here, though, Dragon Ball FighterZ isn't inspired by Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super anime; it's basically the same.

The story mode itself is laid out nearly as a strategy game map, with players given a set number of moves to reach key boss battles and rescue missions.

As well as the single player and online multiplayer, there's an arcade mode (where you fight successive teams of increasing difficulty), a local arena, training, and a shop where you can buy cosmetic items with in-game currency, all arranged around an extremely cute lobby that you run around as a tiny chibi version of one of the roster, rather than selecting what you want from a menu screen. Deep but accessible combat mechanics, with plenty of characters and an excellent story mode.

Cons: There's nothing genuinely new in the gameplay, with a lot of obvious swipes from Capcom games.

As a new gateway into the fun world of Dragon Ball, FighterZ does a fantastic job putting the universe's heroes and villains at your fingertips.

Recommended

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