Review: Dragon Ball FighterZ


Alex Bracey, Writer

What is Dragon Ball FighterZ?

Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 2.5D fighting game that was released worldwide on January 26, 2018, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. Dragon Ball FighterZ has a small roster of 24 characters including characters from the original anime Dragon Ball Z such as Vegeta, Gohan and Goku, and characters from Dragon Ball Super such as Goku Black, Beerus, and Hit. It is one of the hottest games at the moment, racking up about 2 million copies a week after release and reached #2 in the sales chart in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA.


The gameplay is electric and fun for both beginners and experts of fighting games. The movesets for all characters are unique and the game is easy to pick up and play for casual players, yet, still difficult to master for even the more advanced players. Each player selects a total of three characters for their team. All three of the opponent’s characters must be defeated in order to win the game. Every character has moves they share like “Vanish Attack,” which allows the character to use one bar of “Ki” in order to teleport behind the opponent and attack them from behind. This move has multiple uses, such as avoiding enemy projectiles and extending a combo. You can also “Ki Charge” to manually increase the Ki gauge. The game has other unique features as well, like “Come On Shenron” that allows players to gather Dragon Balls one by one as the fight goes on by usign special moves and combos. Once all 7 Dragon Balls are collected, Shenron appears to grant a wish and allows players to choose one among the following benefits: increasing their character’s strength, revive a fallen ally, recover a fighter’s health, or be impervious to damage. Another feature is the “Dramatic Finish” feature. If some characters win fights against certain enemies, special cutscenes are triggered related to events from the Dragon Ball series. Overall, this is a great approach for the Dragon Ball game series to take as the transferring to the 2.5D  style allows for a faster, more fun pace of gameplay that allows many people to enjoy. 


In the story mode, the main antagonist is a new character to the Dragon Ball series called Android 21. Android 21 started out as a human being who eventually became an android created by the villainous Red Ribbon Army. Once she awakens, she repairs Android 16 and uses the Namekian Dragon Balls to resurrect villains such as Frieza, Cell, Nappa, and the Ginyu Force. Android 21 has Cell and Majin Buu’s DNA implemented into her so she has the urge to eat the warriors in order to gain power. It is an intriguing story but it is not executed as effectively as it could be as the battles with the clones can be very repetitive. On the bright side, some of the cutscenes can be funny and interesting to see at times. Also, if you assemble a certain type of team, they will have a cutscene before the first time they are used in battle. Overall, the battles can be tedious at times but the plot of this story is interesting. If you want to unlock the main antagonist Android 21,  I suggest you make your way through the game’s story mode. 

World Match/Local Battle

This mode allows players to choose to either play casually or in ranked matches like many other fighting games before it. Once you make your selection, the matchmaking process will begin. Once finished, you can see your opponent’s rank and then choose whether or not to fight against them. There are many ranks, starting from Saibaman to Living Legend. If you want to know how many Battle Points you need in order to reach the said rank, here you go: each lobby avatar has a rank color visible to other players in the lobby. The rank color is represented by a colored square that is to the left of a player´s name. Everyone starts out with a grey color, which means that there has not been enough data to determine how much of a threat you are to other players. If you have an exceptional record you might be able to move on to the next color. The rank colors are grey, light blue, dark blue, dark green, yellow-green, yellow, orange and pink with grey being the lowest and pink being the highest. You can go into lobbies from places such as the United States, Canada, and Mexico and battle against players from around the world. This can be a fun experience for casual and advanced players alike as you are testing your skills and honing your craft against people on an international scale. Local battles consist of 2-player battles and a tournament mode for up to 16 people to play.


Overall, this is a great approach for a fighting game for the Dragon Ball series. It’s completely different from their previous games. It is a game with very few flaws and is a great addition to the Dragon Ball video games series catalogue. I would rate it a 9.5 out of 10. If you like the Dragon Ball franchise, I suggest you get this game. If you love fighting games, I suggest you get this game. This game is incredibly well-designed and will make for a fun experience for both the casual and advanced players.