Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 2D fighting game based on the Dragon Ball series developed by Arc System Works. It was originally released on other platforms before getting a port announced during E3 2018. Preorders include access to the SNES game, Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden.
The game is a tag-team based 2D fighter built around combos. Each player selects 3 characters and can swap between them whenever during the fight with each character having their own health bar. These characters can also be used as assists. The team has a super meter that can go up 7 levels with the characters able to charge it. Each character has special moves that can use up levels corresponding to the move's strength. Instead of grabs, the game has the Dragon Rush mechanic where the player will charge into their opponent, breaking any guard and do a short combo. The player can dodge by performing a Vanish Attack (which expends some of the Super meter) or counter with a Dragon Rush of their own.
On top of this, there is a Dragon Ball mechanic where players can collect the 7 Dragon Balls during play by performing combos. Performing a full auto-combo will give a random one but, true combos will give one of the Dragon Balls by the number of hits divided by 10. When activated, the player can wish to increase their power, revive an ally, recover health or increase resistance to damage.
There are 24 playable characters in the base roster with 2 of them being unlockable. As a preorder bonus, the player can unlock SSGSS Goku and Vegeta early.
Dragon Ball FighterZ received "generally favorable" reviews on Metacritic holding a metascore of 87/100 based on 24 critic reviews. On whatoplay.com, it receives an aggregate score (playscore) of 8.86 based on 16 critics and 1,130+ gamer ratings.
- ↑ Metascore for Dragon Ball FighterZMetacritic, Retrieved March 30, 2020
- ↑ playscore for Dragon Ball FighterZwhatoplay.com, Retrieved March 30, 2020