Written by Shiggins
I love the Dragon Ball franchise, but fighting games have never been my forte. Button mashing to do the most complicated combos imaginable while a superior foe smashes my face in has never been a source of entertainment for me, either in real life or video games. With the appearance of FighterZ however, it was time to give fighting games another try and pray that I have grown in skill as well as age.
|I know it's pronounced "Fighters" but I pronounce it Fighter Z and if you have a problem with that, gather the Dragon Balls and wish for me to shut up!|
The first and most obvious factor to talk about is the visual appeal of the game. The cel-shading is absolutely stunning, and I don't think any other game has ever looked like an anime as much as this one does. The closest I can think of is the Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series, but even that is beaten by FighterZ's graphics. The expressions and style during cutscenes, as well as in-game battles, are fluid and a joy to behold.
|Oh, Yamcha's dignity. Where art thou?|
|Ouch! Right in the timeline!|
|As tempted as I am, I still cannot replace my DB waifu for her. It is tempting though...|
The roster is actually quite small in comparison to many other Dragon Ball games, but its clear that the focus was on quality over quantity and this is probably the best route to go with the history of Dragon Ball games we already have. Despite only consisting of 24 playable characters, I never felt like the roster was bare, due to how unique each of them feel. For example, Android 16 is a monster with short range but heavy destructive capabilities. Frieza is fast and capable of multiple long-range attacks, including using his psychic powers to throw rocks or charge forward with 100% power. Ginyu can summon other members of his delightful Ginyu Force to assist him in combos, or just change bodies if he's on the losing end. These are just some of the examples that these characters are capable of, and to list them all would take up the entire review.
|Aww. They make such a cute couple.|
These criticisms are small however, and barely affect the fun I've had with this game. It's great, and I am still playing it right now with a smile on my face and eager to see if I missed any cutscenes in the story modes by not pairing certain people together. If Gotenks and Tien can have a talk in this game, then anyone can! I'm still training, and I'm still fighting. Some of you might not give this review a second glance because it is from a Dragon Ball fan, rather than a fighting game fan, but I know at least one of you will be the same as me when it comes to purchasing what is arguably one of Dragon Ball's best ever video games.
Before we end this review, here is a list of who I wished was playable in this game as well. Give me your thoughts below!
|Bergamo, with Lavender and Basil|
|Caulifla, with Kale|
|Master Roshi/Jackie Chun|
|Super Saiyan Blue Vegito|
Final Rating: 9/10
Best Part: The accessible yet equally deep combat.
Worst Part: Offline fans might not have much to do after the story.
Best Performance: Damien Clarke as (a surprisingly sassy) Perfect Cell.
|For those who watch the Subbed version, then you should know that this was the last video game that Bulma's voice actress, Hiromi Tsuru, performed in.|
Born under the stars of the Dark Gods, Shiggins owns the power of the Great Eye and is utterly magnificent in his omniscience. If you dare to discover more about someone as great as him, then go ahead. And to all my friends and family members, YOU are wrong and I should be disappointed! Not the other way round!,. You can find out about him or ask him stuff on ask.fm/shigginsishere or go to his tumblr page http://otakugajeel.tumblr.com/