Well, if you read my “Rapid Fire” post from a couple of days ago then you know that I was eagerly awaiting my copy of Dragonball FighterZ. Turns out our local UPS terminal must be avid readers of this site because lo and behold, the game was delivered that night. I eagerly ripped opened the box and had the game in my PS4 before you could say “Goku”. I then received the familiar message that most PS4 owners have seen, “Not enough memory”. After the stream of expletives fell out of my mouth, I started the unpleasant task of finding items that I could delete. 35 minutes later, I was able to finally the start the game. Have I mentioned how much I love to play this game? Y’know, the find and pick stuff to delete that you don’t really want to delete game? Thanks to Sony for putting such HUGE hard drives on these things. Yes, I’m aware that I can go out and spend $60-$150 for an external hard drive but I shouldn’t have to after dropping 300 on the console! But I digress, this is about Dragonball Fighter Z and not Sony.
When I first fired it up I was a little disappointed that I had to setup an online username and character. I’m a pretty antisocial gamer and I wasn’t planning on spending ANY time online with it so this felt like a waste of time. After getting setup, you must choose a lobby to join. The maximum characters in a lobby is 64, so there might be times when you start up the game and you won’t be allowed into that lobby because of too many players, so then you have to either choose another lobby or hit [Triangle] to go to an offline lobby, which is just you (Hoozah!). The lobby is essentially just an area that serves as a main menu for the game, so you can walk around to what modes you want to try out or hit [L2] to bring up a list of areas and you can just warp to it. After perusing the lobby for a while, I found that I didn’t mind it has much, yes there are other players running around, but unless you go into a tournament or the arena, you don’t really interact with them.
After the playing the game for a couple of hours, I sent Shawn a text saying that while I might just be in the moment, this is the best fighter I have ever played. And most of the games that I play are fighters. After putting more time into the game, I can confirm that it *is* the best fighter I’ve played. The graphics are amazing, the combat is fast paced, the combos are really easy to perform, and if you can throw a fireball in Street Fighter, you can perform any super combo. No “hold back for 2 seconds, forward, back, down-right, forward” nonsense in this game. It really keeps the fight flowing and after a match or two, I was performing 30+ hit combos. If you hit the heavy attack [Circle] you hit your opponent against the wall and they bounce off of it, hit [Circle] again and you perform a “Dragon Rush”, which means that you fly into the character to juggle them. The game does take skill though, you have to time those combos to keep them going. Dragonball FighterZ is the closest thing to Marvel vs Capcom 2 that I’ve played to date. MvC2 is usually my benchmark that I compare all other fighters to, but after many years, I have to say that it’s been dethroned as far as overall gameplay goes. While similar, (both are 3 on 3 tag fighters with great gameplay mechanics), MvC2 has more than twice the amount of characters that DBZ has. I believe MvC2 has 56 characters, as opposed to DBZ having 21. That said, I found that I wasn’t bored with the character selection at all. Although, I did buy the “Day One Edition” which comes with a code for an additional 2 characters that you normally have to beat “Arcade” mode on hard to get. At this point I have played as all of the characters multiple times and I’m still figuring out new ways to chain combos together. That’s the thing with this game, it’s easy to pick up and play, but only after putting in a good chunk of time was I able to see that while it looks simplistic, it’s intricate under the surface.
I thought I was going to have buyer’s remorse after paying full price for this game, but I had been looking forward to it since E3 and just couldn’t help myself. I’m happy to report that I don’t regret it all, this game is worth every penny. It’s an instant classic and the hype was real.
Buy It: If you’re a fan of 2D fighters, crazy 3 on 3 battles, or just love stringing together those combos in fighting games.
Try It: No, just buy it. It’s worth owning.
Walk by it: If you’re not into fighters, or more of a “realistic” fighter fan (i.e Tekken, Soul Calibur, DOA).
Dragonball FighterZ: 10/10 (!)