Dragon Ball Fighterz is the latest in a very long list of games based on the popular anime series.
The biggest difference between this and past Dragon Ball games, however, is that you don’t need to be a hardcore fan in order to enjoy it.
Developed by Arc System Works – the team behind Guilty Gear and BlazBlue – Dragon Ball Fighterz is a 3-vs-3 tag team fighter with a distinct anime art style.
Putting one or two recent releases to shame, it features a ton of different game modes, 24 characters and some of the flashiest special moves ever seen.
There’s an exclusive story mode featuring a brand new character called Android 21 – the design of which was supervised by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama.
That’s on top of chaotic six-person online brawling, ranked matches, tournaments and an arcade mode for traditionalists.
Check out the pros and cons review gallery for a closer look at what we thought of Dragon Ball Fighterz…
First things first, Dragon Ball FighterZ might just be the best looking fighting game ever made.
Arc System Works has been making gorgeous 2D brawlers since the original Guilty Gear on PSOne, but Dragon Ball Fighterz takes it to a whole new level.
There are times when it’s like playing a Dragon Ball cartoon, with little to differentiate between the game and anime.
It’s particularly evident during special moves and lengthy combos, which are flashier than a 90s rapper.
Fortunately, despite the blinding combos and spectacular special moves, Dragon Ball Fighterz is surprisingly easy to get to grips with.
Simple button commands and universal inputs ensures that everybody looks good while playing Dragon Ball Fighterz, although the best players will find a way to win by mastering parries, dashing, assists and Sparking Blast comebacks.
With a wealth of game modes, Dragon Ball Fighterz gives you plenty of opportunities to master these advanced skills and experiment with the best teams.
This is thanks to an extensive tutorial system that should be the first port of call for new players, not to mention an entertaining story mode and arcade experience.
When you do feel ready to advance, Dragon Ball Fighterz boasts a generous number of online modes, although servers have been a bit hit and miss since launch.
The use of loot boxes feels a little unnecessary, there are occasional lulls in the story mode and some of the characters are a bit samey, but none of these issues dampen what is an otherwise dazzling experience.
Dragon Ball Fighterz is a tag team fighting game that everybody should try, whether you’re a fan of the anime or not.