Fighting Games Aren’t My Go-To

As an ardent lover of open-world adventures and epic RPGs, I usually avoid fighting games. However, every so often, a title comes along that brilliantly captures the essence of its source material and transcends its genre. Dragon Ball FighterZ accomplishes exactly that.

Exhilarating Gameplay

From the start, the gameplay exhilarates. Dragon Ball FighterZ combines fast-paced, high-octane combat with accessible controls, crafted by the talented team at Arc System Works. The 3vs3 tag and support mode adds strategic depth, allowing you to create a dream team and execute intricate combos by seamlessly swapping between characters.

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Balanced Learning Curve

The learning curve strikes a perfect balance. Newcomers can easily pick it up, yet it remains challenging enough for seasoned veterans to master. However, the frenetic pace might overwhelm those who prefer a slower, more methodical approach to gaming.

Astonishing Graphics

The high-end anime graphics astonish. Thanks to the Unreal Engine, every punch, kick, and energy blast appears in stunning 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. The art style pays homage to the original Dragon Ball anime, making each battle feel like a beautifully animated episode.

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Engaging Story Mode

The exclusive story mode introduces a new character, Android 21, supervised by Akira Toriyama himself. While the narrative caters to fans of the series, it offers enough intrigue and excitement to keep newcomers engaged. However, the storyline doesn’t break new ground and can feel a bit formulaic. This is a minor gripe in an otherwise stellar package.

Rich Character Roster

Dragon Ball FighterZ features a rich roster of characters, each with unique movesets and abilities. Iconic characters like Goku, Vegeta, and Frieza come to life with impeccable detail and faithful recreations of their most famous moves and transformations. The character balance works well, though some fighters may feel overpowered in the hands of skilled players.

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Impressive Online Features

The online features impress, offering a variety of modes to cater to different playstyles. Ranked matches for competitive players, interactive lobbies for social gamers, and the chaotic 6-player Party Match ensure that everyone finds something to enjoy. The netcode generally holds up well, though occasional lag spikes can disrupt the flow of online matches.

Conclusion

Dragon Ball FighterZ triumphs in both visuals and gameplay, brilliantly capturing the high-energy action of the Dragon Ball series. Despite my preference for open-world games, this title’s engaging combat, stunning graphics, and rich character roster made it an enjoyable experience. While the storyline and occasional balancing issues present minor drawbacks, they do little to detract from the overall quality of the game.

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Final Thoughts

Dragon Ball FighterZ is a must-play for fans of the Dragon Ball series, fighting game enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a visually spectacular, high-octane gaming experience.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Want to check it out yourself? Click here to see it on Steam.