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  • Summary: After the success of the Xenoverse series, its time to introduce a new classic 2D DRAGON BALL fighting game for this generations consoles. DRAGON BALL FighterZ is born from what makes the DRAGON BALL series so loved and famous: endless spectacular fights with its allpowerful fighters.After the success of the Xenoverse series, its time to introduce a new classic 2D DRAGON BALL fighting game for this generations consoles. DRAGON BALL FighterZ is born from what makes the DRAGON BALL series so loved and famous: endless spectacular fights with its allpowerful fighters. Partnering with Arc System Works, DRAGON BALL FighterZ maximizes high end Anime graphics and brings easy to learn but difficult to master fighting gameplay to audiences worldwide.
    Key Features:

    * 3vs3 TAG/SUPPORT
    Allows players to train and master more than one fighter/style which brings deeper gameplay

    * HIGH-END ANIME GRAPHICS
    Using the power of the Unreal engine and the talented team at Arc System Works, DRAGON BALL FighterZ is a visual tour-de-force
    * SPECTACULAR FIGHTS
    Experience aerial combos, destructible stages, famous scenes from the DRAGON BALL anime reproduced in 60FPS and 1080p resolution (Higher resolution will be supported on PS4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Dec 17, 2018
    98
    The Switch version performs identically to the PS4 and Xbox One versions, running smooth as silk, sharp as ever and with no input lag when playing with Joy-Cons, the Pro Controller, in docked or in handheld mode. Surprisingly, online battles (no Nintendo Online subscription needed) work flawlessly, absent of even a hint of lag or stutter. And even at odd hours (yeah, I was playing at 4am, what of it?), I never had any issue finding an opponent to battle against. Dragon Ball FighterZ is a AAA port of a AAA game, and the Switch version is definitely the one to get.
  2. Oct 6, 2018
    92
    One of the best fighting games arrives on Switch. The only problem was the server, with only a few players populating the online modes.
  3. Sep 30, 2018
    90
    A masterful port, worthy of one of the best fighting games around, and able to surpass our expectations. Our only criticism? having the season one characters for free would have been a great choice on Namco and Arc System's side.
  4. Sep 28, 2018
    90
    FighterZ is an incredible game, and this version is as good as the others. It’s a shame the Joy-Con is not great for this type of game, because other than that, being able to play FighterZ anywhere is like a dream come true.
  5. Oct 1, 2018
    90
    Dragon Ball FighterZ is one of those rare brawler’s where the simplicity doesn’t get in the way of depth. There’s a lot of possible mind games to play out with plenty of drama and upsets to keep the action incredibly addictive. Kakarot and the gang may be late to the Nintendo Switch party, but the wait was well worth it in the end.
  6. 90
    Dragon Ball FighterZ remains a winner on Nintendo Switch. The game plays fantastically and is fun for both the fighting novice learning the ins and outs and the expert. From casual options that you play with a Joy-Con to online ranked modes that run without too much lag, this title has everything you want out of a fighting game. 24 iconic characters bring a fun variety of moves to the table that thrilled me every time I played.
  7. Oct 22, 2018
    73
    If you’re a Switch owner, you probably put a pretty hefty premium on portability. And honestly, the game’s performance is otherwise exemplary. For me, the load times and the game’s performance make this a good experience in short doses. If you want epic, fast-paced combat in a portable package, definitely give Dragon Ball FighterZ a chance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Oct 5, 2018
    10
    Game runs amazingly smooth. Occasional slow downs when walking around the hub city and slightly longer loading times compared to PS4 or PC,Game runs amazingly smooth. Occasional slow downs when walking around the hub city and slightly longer loading times compared to PS4 or PC, but the combat is a smooth 60 fps. Perfect way to take DBFZ on the road. Expand
  2. Jan 16, 2019
    10
    En toute franchise, le jeu est une dinguerie. Quel magnifique portage, Bandai a fait du très bon boulot, et cela tourne en [email protected] ! EtEn toute franchise, le jeu est une dinguerie. Quel magnifique portage, Bandai a fait du très bon boulot, et cela tourne en [email protected] ! Et quel tour de force, le jeu est ultra simple à prendre en mains et à la fois très complexe... on peut aller très loin dans les combos. Alors oui on pourra lui reprocher 2 principales choses :

    - 1/ des textures de décors très appauvries mais si vous ne cherchez pas la petite bête, vous passerez à côté car l'essentiel du jeu se concentre sur la fluidité, le gameplay et théâtralisation des combats !

    - 2/ le roster... seulement 22 personnages (si je ne me trompe pas), ça fait un peu short en 2018. Idem pour les arènes (12 en comptant les doublons)

    Mis à part cela, vous pourrez vous délecter de quelques € si vous voulez rajouter les 8 persos rajoutés dans les DLC. Comptons sur Bandai pour nous en sortir d'autres, mais aux vues du travail réalisé sur les personnages, cela risque de prendre beaucoup de temps !

    Une fois qu'on s'est dit ça, le jeu est tout juste ouf. C'est LE jeu Dragon Ball que l'on a toujours rêvé. Votre écran explosera tant c'est vif et beau !

    Ce que j'ai aimé (+) :
    - La direction artistique, impossible de faire mieux... vous jouer dans le manga ! 200% fidèle à l'animé.
    - La simplicité de prise en main (combos, déplacements, attaques spéciales)
    - Le Fan Service (que Bandai sait exploiter à 100%)
    - La prouesse technique de la Switch
    - Le mode histoire, très sympa pour un jeu de baston... et un personnage exclusif crée par Akira Toriyama en personne spécifiquement pour le jeu !

    Ce que j'ai moins aimé (-) :
    - Un roster trop petit pour un jeu actuel... extensible toutefois par des DLC
    - Les DLC exploitant le Fan Service. Les musiques de l'animé aurait dûes être intégrées d'office.
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  3. Oct 13, 2018
    10
    Picked this gem up a week ago. Spectacular game! Many abilities to learn and master with each character. Reminds be of Final Bout and UltimatePicked this gem up a week ago. Spectacular game! Many abilities to learn and master with each character. Reminds be of Final Bout and Ultimate Battle 22 two decades ago for the PS1. Artwork and graphics are also unique and designed from scratch, unlike many seemingly copy and paste Dragon Ball games, This game shines brightly and will be a challenge for me for years to come! Expand
  4. Nov 16, 2018
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A excellent game, yo need to prove this. Agood number of fighterz, good mechanics. The only problem is that you need to buy some fighterz. Expand
  5. Feb 27, 2019
    9
    A pesar de que en un comienzo la voz de la calle decía que "Dragon Ball Fighterz" era un imposible para la Switch, al haber sido lanzado en laA pesar de que en un comienzo la voz de la calle decía que "Dragon Ball Fighterz" era un imposible para la Switch, al haber sido lanzado en la consola de Nintendo se ha demostrado que esta a la altura, e incluso ha dando un paso hacia adelante porque ahora éste juego de peleas puede ser jugado portátil con la misma fluidez que en sobremesa.
    La historia esta al nivel de ser convertida en anime: Todos los héroes y villanos se reúnen debido a unas ondas que les ha absorbido sus poderes, y son obligados a formar alianza con un espíritu para poder restablecer sus habilidades y combatir al enemigo, Androide Nª21. Todo contado desde tres perspectivas distintas que hacen ver cuan profunda es la narrativa y lo bien logrado del guión.
    El juego es suave y se juega genial, idealmente con un control convencional. Esta la posibilidad de jugar con un amigo con un Joy-Con cada uno pero es mejor si lo hacen con dos pares de éstos o un Pro Controller.
    Si te gusta Dragon Ball o los juegos de pelea, éste es uno de los mejores del catálogo de la Switch, se juega fluido y en general el juego esta hecho de forma correcta. Se lamenta el precio del Season Pass pero hay un buen elenco como para comenzar a conocer el juego.
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  6. Dec 24, 2018
    9
    A great 2D fighting game. Fantastic visuals and addictive gameplay. The Switch port is an outstanding result which is almost identical to theA great 2D fighting game. Fantastic visuals and addictive gameplay. The Switch port is an outstanding result which is almost identical to the other versions. Expand
  7. Feb 17, 2019
    8
    Dragon Ball FighterZ is the the best Dragon Ball game I have played. It faithfully captures the look, feel, and sound of the series whileDragon Ball FighterZ is the the best Dragon Ball game I have played. It faithfully captures the look, feel, and sound of the series while offering balanced combat that is both accessible and deep.

    Gameplay 8 - The gameplay is mostly excellent, each character has a wide array of moves that are fun to use. While most can be performed with relative ease there is a high level of skill in using specials and combos effectively and in exciting ways. I think almost anyone can pick up this game and have a good time playing it but there is a huge range of skill and many different aspects of the game to master for more serious players. Even after months of play I was discovering new things about the game and I know I am far from the peak of skill. Each character has enough different abilities that I felt there was a lot of incentive to try all of them and almost every character was fun to play as and could be effectively with enough practice. For example, I found Captain Ginyu was one of the weaker characters but using his body swap technique was just so much fun that it was often worth the risk to try playing as him.

    One complaint I have is that there aren't enough options to allow lower skill players to battle higher skill ones. I started off playing this game with many friends and coworkers but as I got better I found progressively fewer people wanted to play with me because the game became too one sided. Playing against people at a higher skill level than you is basically a massacre with no gameplay options for evening the playing field. This is a common problem with fighting games but other games, such as Super Smashbros., offer several options for evening the playing field a bit and allowing players of many different levels enjoy the game together. Dragon ball FighterZ is a ton of fun to play when facing opponents of a similar range of skill but I found after playing for a few months only a couple people I knew were willing to play. Online I had to wait long periods of time to find matches and most of the people playing online were of a very high skill level, leading to the opposite problem. Due to the limited number of people playing the Switch version it made that problem particularly bad.

    Visual Style 9 - The visuals of this game are awesome. It looks almost exactly like the anime. Even when the camera changes angles the character models hold up. The animations of moves are almost exactly the same as they are in the show with many moves capturing iconic moments of the show in almost exact detail. Facial expressions and character intros also capture the essence of each character accurately. The special moves are some of the best looking I have seen in any fighting game they are epic and diverse without taking you out of the experience of the fight. Landing finishing blows is very satisfying and chaining together special combos leads to some awe inspiring moments. My only complaint about the visuals is that some of the backgrounds are inconsistent and don't capture the 2D aesthetic as accurately of the characters characters. The menus and lobbies also look dated compared to the rest of the game.

    Sound Design 9 - The sound is just as good as the visuals with almost every character's voice captured accurately in English and Japanese so you can choose which you prefer. The voice work is great and the dialogue takes lines from the show while also introducing new lines between characters that you wouldn't expect. Different teams of characters will say different things to each other so there is some incentive to try different combinations just to hear some of the dialogue options. Some of the comments the characters make are really funny and most of them fit the characters well. There are also a ton of music options to choose from. Sound FX in battle are pitch perfect and capture the intensity of the series. The only weakness I would say is that there is no new memorable soundtracks added.

    Characters 8 - Honestly I wish that there were more characters but what they have is pretty solid and you can get quite a few with the DLC passes (although it costs extra). The number they give you to start with is reasonable though and there are a few unlock-able ones. They did a great job of giving almost every character iconic moves from the show and capturing the look and feel of each. Every character feels true to design.

    Progression/Campaign 5 - The single player campaign is pretty bad. I give them points for trying to make sense of all these characters of wildly different power levels fighting on equal terms but mostly the campaign is a boring a repetitive slog. The plot is bad even by Dragon Ball Super standards. There are some funny dialog moments throughout the story and they make an honest attempt to keep the characters true to their personalities in the shows but most of the writing is bad fan fiction. On the plus I give them credit for making a lot of cutscenes and 3 different story trees.
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