Now with Dragon Ball Z being the most popular anime on the planet, it’s going to have a ton of video games and it already has its fare share of fighting games. At the Xbox E3 2017 Press Conference yesterday, a trailer was shown off of a new Dragon Ball fighter that could possibly surpass my personal favorite Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Dragon Ball FighterZ. Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 2.5D fighting game developed by Arc System Works (known for the Guilty Gear series) and published by Bandai Namco as usual. It’s set with an early 2018 release date and will be for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
On first impressions FighterZ looks phenomenal. The visuals are very clean and look like a hi-res version of the anime. It also emulates the over the top power crazy action as well with crazy speed and animation effects such as the white-out from Goku’s Ki blast. The battle system appears to be reminiscent of the Marvel vs Capcom series. Combos are heavily emphasized and matches are even 3 vs 3 with character assists. The current revealed roster is Goku, Majin Buu, Vegeta, Gohan, Cell, and Frieza. New gameplay has dropped just this morning, and although the small amount of footage is still difficult to analyze each new character, they all look great in their own right.
Vegeta has a ton of Ki based moves and Majin Buu’s belly fat trap are among my favorites. Stages can also change mid fight as shown when Majin Buu knocks out an opponent with his super rendering the environment into a volcanic state. We also know that Frieza’s gold form in the trailer is also a super and not a separate character. Since Gold Frieza is a part of the Super universe, could we see more characters from the Super anime in FighterZ?
Quite interestingly, Dragon Ball FighterZ looks much better than Capcom’s upcoming Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. It has enough of the old-school, magic series based combat along with the new in its visual style. Anime fighters get a lot of flack and disregard, but honestly I could see this game getting a strong competitive scene. We might even see this as a main game in EVO 2018.