Growing up there were two shows that defined my childhood, Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z. I loved the five ladies that attended Japanese school by day and defending the earth from the forces of evil by night. And I liked Dragon Ball Z too. There have been a lot of decent Dragon Ball games over the last few years, but Dragon Ball FighterZ will be the one to make a huge impact on the Fighting Game Community.
Dragon Ball FighterZ (pronounced “fighters”) is a two dimensional fighter developed by Arc System Works, the people behind Guilty Gear and BlazBlue. The backgrounds are beautifully re-created from the television series and the character models are created as three-dimensional models that bear a striking resemblances to their television characters.
Players begin each match by selecting three fighters to form a team. During the fight each player controls a single character and can switch between them at will or call in other fighters to perform “assist” moves. In this regard the gameplay resembles Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
I am not usually a big fan of fighting games, but I have put a lot of time into Pokken Tournament, Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros., Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS, Killer Instinct, Injustice 2, Mortal Kombat (9), Street Fighter V, Super Street Fighter IV, and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. Alright maybe I do have a thing for fighting games, I’ve always thought about getting a fighting stick too. But combine fighting games and Dragon Ball Z and I get even more excited.
The game features an all new story line that throws every hero and villain against each other. But most excitingly the game features an online lobby systems where players can walk around with mini versions of their favorite characters. I love a good lobby system. Details are sparse about the single player system, but some early footage shows a leveling system for each of the characters, as well as player choice within the campaign. There may be some reasons to go back and replay missions.
I don’t usually play fighting games online, but I love a good fighting game campaign and good arcade modes. Something that Injustice and Mortal Kombat have nailed recently. Hopefully Dragon Ball FighterZ gives me a reason to go in and Kamehameha on Easy mode computer opponents.
Finally, here is the roster of characters that have been announced so far.
- Android 16
- Android 18 (with Android 17)
- Captain Ginyu (w/ the Ginyu Force)
- Gohan (Teen)
- Gohan (Adult)
- Super Saiyan Blue Goku
- Goku Black (with Zamasu)
- Kid Buu
- Majin Buu
- Nappa (with Saibaman)
- Tien (with Chiaotzu)
- Future Trunks
- Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta
That looks like a good list. Honestly, I don’t recognize a lot of characters but the major ones are present. Check out this video from Maximilian Dood talking about the game and giving you a chance to check out what it looks and plays like:
I am a huge fan of Frieza, so I am looking forward to playing him, Captain Ginyu, and Vegeta.
The game is set to be released January 26, 2018 with an open beta beginning on January 14, 2018. Brian, Ian, and Chase better get ready to at least play the beta with me!
Which characters are you most excited for? Who do you hope they add in later packs? Should they do some guest characters?
Jake “prettyboyplaid” Fredericks