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Video Game Review

Dragonball Fighter Z

By: Ganja Gameboys

Dragon Ball Z has seen its fair share of fighting games over the decades, but none have ever stirred more excitement than Dragon Ball FighterZ. From a visual standpoint alone, it’s pretty easy to see why. Dragon Ball FighterZ is born from what makes the Dragon Ball series so loved and famous: endless spectacular fights, and all powerful fighters. Partnering with Arc System Works, Dragon Ball FighterZ maximizes high end Anime graphics and brings easy to learn but difficult to master fighting mechanics to new generation consoles.

Some frown upon the execution in fighting games being oversimplified, but this isn’t just a game for the hardcore fighting fan. FighterZ is one of the best Dragon Ball games in the entire franchise. It’s one that fans of the series are really going to appreciate. Sure you can just hop in a match and start button mashing, but taking the time to combine light attacks with arial, and volley attacks pays off with powerful combos and rewarding theatrics. There’s a surprising amount of leniency, too. Pulling off the spectacular combos you see in the previews isn’t as hard as it looks. This means that there’s a bit more focus on being creative with the tools, rather than pulling off something that only a handful of players have the ability to do.

The roster in Dragon Ball FighterZ is stacked. All of your favorite and most memorable characters from the DBZ universe are available to play. As for how they play, characters like Goku and Cell feel very well rounded, not particularly excelling or faltering in any areas. Gohan and Vegeta are straight-up aggressive rushing characters that excel at getting in your face with whirling speed, and Frieza is especially good from a distance with a bunch of long range attacks, including unblockable destructo discs. Then there’s characters like Buu, who’s a comparatively slowmoving tank.

Overall, this game looks and feels identical to the show, and this makes you feel like you are creating new episodes right at your fingertips. Whether you have experience with fighting games or not, Dragon Ball FighterZ is balaced enough for anyone to pick up and play without being able to defend themself. This is a must-own for fans of the franchise.