Will Fighter Z Save Dragon Ball Fighting Games Franchise?


FighterZ is the best Dragon Ball fighting game



While Dragon Ball FighterZ is the most anticipated anime fighting game in 2018. Dragon Ball fighting games has been salty lately. Last Dragon Ball games was Extreme Butoden on Nintendo 3DS. Before Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 was an average game. Folks who don’t know what Dragon Ball series about here is a summary. Dragon Ball resolves about a boy named Goku who is a Saiyan from another planet. Goku meets characters such as teenage girl named Bulma, a monk named Krillin and others along the way.



Dragon Ball FighterZ gameplay
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During Goku’s adventure he and his friend search for seven Dragon Balls which grant you three wishes. Various villains get in the way of Goku on his journey, willing to become stronger and willing to save planet earth. Dragon Ball series is created by Akira Toriyama who created characters for Dragon Quest and Chrono Trigger. Also worked on Dr. Slump, Go! Go Ackman and Jaco the Galactic Patrolman. Dragon Ball is the most well-known franchise in the world today and continued to grow for decades. As a fan of Dragon Ball franchise I am happy to grow up with it. Character developments, battles and story arcs what made the series great.



Dragon Ball Kai
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History of Dragon Ball


Enough about remembrance of Dragon Ball series, let go through retrospective of Dragon Ball fighting games. Don’t worry I will be doing a Dragon Ball Fighting game retrospective video will be available on Friday on YouTube. Subscribe to my gaming channel anjimplays on YouTube and help me get 100 subscribers. First off, Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden for Super Famicom, Super Butoden features 13 playable characters and story cover Frieza through Cell Story arc. Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 release at the same year. Butoden 2 roster expanded to 10 playable characters and covers Cell Games and movies. Not Goku is not playable in Butoden 2 and unlock him by using a code. Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 3 was release in on the Super Famicom.



 Hyper Dimension snes gameplay
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There is no story mode in this game and 10 playable from Butoden 2. Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension for Super Famicom which character life is a number system 1 to 999. 9 playable characters to choose from and story mode is Frieza and Buu saga. Multi-layer where characters can knock opponent to another stage. Dragon Ball Z: Buyū Retsuden for Sega Mega Drive, Buyū Retsuden features 11 characters from Cell and Frieza Saga. Ultimate Battle 22 for PlayStation features 22 playable characters with cel drawing in a 3D background. Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 was consider one of the worst Dragon Ball Z around. Dragon Ball Z: Shin Super Butōden for Sega Saturn features 27 characters and similar to Ultimate Battle 22.


Dragon Ball Z: Buyuu Retsuden mega drive
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Back to the past


Shin Butōden has two game mode Group battle and Mr. Satan mode. Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout for PlayStation was the first 3D DBZ fighting game. Based on Dragon Ball GT series and features some character from Z. Special Knockout Trick is power clashing which is a great element from the show. During early 2000s Budokai series was praised to be the best Dragon Ball Z series around. After Budokai Tenkaichi things started to go downhill. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai franchise is what fans has been asking as far as gameplay goes. Fusions, tournament mode, transformation in battle, and relive Dragon ball z story.


Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection
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Super Dragon Ball Z was meant for Street Fighter fans. There is not Budokai style gameplay not present in Super Dragon Ball Z . Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi series has a unique third-person camera perspective instead of side by side camera. Budokai Tenkaichi is faithful to the Dragon Ball series. It features all the character from Dragon Ball, Z, GT and movies.


What is my thoughts?
Xenoverse 2 gameplay
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After PlayStation 2 era of Dragon Ball game had some pretty decent ones, Next gen Dragon Ball Games didn’t live up but Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit was amazing. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi , Extreme Butōden and Dragon Ball Xenoverse it was repetitive.  FighterZ should restore Dragon Ball games honor just like Sonic games. Dragon Ball FighterZ looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it for himself. Arc System Works is doing a great job with the game. Dragon Ball FighterZ will be available on February 2018 on Steam, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.


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