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  • Summary: Developed by Tokyo based game developer ARTDINK; Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z will feature a large cast of playable characters including Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, and a variety of melee and famous attacks including the Kamehameha, Special Beam Cannon, and Spirit Bomb. The epic battles in Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z derive their style from the original anime series and will take place in rich environments on both land and in the air. Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z will let players form teams with up to four characters to participate in group melee action, take on massive boss battles, or challenge other players around the world for brawls featuring up to eight characters on screen at the same time. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
  1. 80
    Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z packs quite the punch, offering an interesting take on the franchise lore with an extensive character line-up and a great co-op campaign.
  2. Jan 26, 2014
    71
    Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z is a game made only for die hard fans of the series looking for online multiplayer fights. Keep in mind that the very short missions make the game extremely well suited for PS Vita.
  3. Feb 5, 2014
    66
    If you can’t resist taking the fight to others, I recommend playing Score Battle, which places characters’ power levels into tiers and makes matches a much more balanced affair.
  4. Apr 13, 2014
    55
    Some good ideas are not enough to revive Dragon Ball Z. The combat system is far too simplistic and the mechanics show a lot of problems that make this game mediocre.
  5. Feb 17, 2014
    50
    With repetitive combat, an item system that doesn’t accommodate the player’s intelligence, A.I. that can be as dumb as a bag of hammers, and small design decisions that feel like they exist to make bullet-points on the back of a box, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is a mechanically tame game that expects little from the player, and respects them just as much.
  6. Mar 10, 2014
    49
    Dragon Ball Z deserves more than this. [Apr 2014, p.78]
  7. 20
    This is by far the worst anime/ manga game I've ever played, and a real tragedy, because it manages to look appealing from start to finish, and could well have been a definitive Dragon Ball experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. Jan 30, 2014
    10
    love the game for the first time 8 characters can be on the same screen and it feel more like the actual show . the boss battle in the game are amazing and they really capture the feel of the anime series. Also they brought cool customization options like being able to change you characters color, and even tho this is a small thing it feels pretty awesome. I also like to add that co-op works fantastic. If you a fan of the dragon ball series give this game a try. Expand
  2. Feb 1, 2014
    10
    Great game. I think people are just saying it sucks because everyone else is. I thought it was well put together. One of the best DBZ games ever made. The demo doesn't do it justice like the actual game. Some missions are really hard and that is what sets it apart unlike other DBZ games where you can win by changing a setting. In this game if your not good enough you just don't advance until you get better. Expand
  3. Feb 5, 2014
    9
    One of the best DBZ games to date, slightly better than Budokai 3
    Pros:
    - Tons of content
    - Four vs Four or Four vs Giant options are both
    fun
    - Class based action RPG elements have actual depth
    - 4 Player Online Co-Op
    - Weaker fighters are no longer useless
    - Able to customize any character's color scheme
    - The four vs four and four vs giant system actually works
    Cons:
    - No split-screen or offline Multiplayer
    - They left out the other Bajillion obscure DBZ characters
    .-One button attacks?
    - DLC fighters are not worth it
    - Annoying invisible walls.
    - Some of the Animations are not good

    Recommendation-
    Every gamer, even if you're not a DBZ fan.
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  4. Feb 5, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Not bad or good. It's Dragonball z! The three newcomers from battle of gods are a nice edition.
    Upgrading/customization is also nice, I love it.
    The four vs four system actually works! The story made changes a few things, like the final battle against Frieza.
    Super Saiyan God Goku can beat any team if upgraded perfectly.
    Buy it now
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  5. Feb 6, 2014
    5
    PROS:
    -The fight. Although the fighting mechanics aren't that great for SINGLE player experience, 1 v 1 and such, the mechanics are suited
    more for co-operative type of gameplay. Every character gets one melee combo, one chase combo, two types of ki blasts (weak and strong), two unique moves depending on their class, and a special move usually a large beam or ball of energy. Because fighters don't have much to do it's up to when and to who you do it as most fights go against team of enemies giving some tactical elements to the fight. Also it looks flashy as HFEL (see what I did there?).
    -Co-op. As mentioned the fights usually take between two teams so the inclusion of Co-op Mode makes sense and is sort of fun. The "Meteor Chains" and "Synchronized Rushes" are also evidence of the focus on co-op as they combine each players' efforts into a single devastating attack.
    -Class based characters. Each character is given a type: melee type for heavy hitters up close, ki blast type for sniping others across the map doing chip damage, interference type to mess with the enemy players and support type to heal and resurrect your fallen team members. It gives a type of role to the characters giving the game an MMORPG-esque feel.

    MIXED:
    -The lack of "story". Almost everyone who bought this game can notice that the story gives us only glimpses of the canon of the DBZ universe. I can see why they did it (because later on the game you get to build your own "dream team" of characters) but those who were looking for good story mode will be disappointed.
    -Customization. Nothing deep, just put all the best cards on your card slots and you're good to go. I was really disappointed that only HALF of the obtainable cards can be equipped to the A.I. partners taking the "building of a dream team" feeling out of the game.
    -MMORPG feel. You will end up farming points for the best upgrades in the shop if you want the highest scores and trophies. But because the game has a finite end (mission wise and collectibles wise) the game becomes boring until new content patch to come... oh wait that's not actually going to happen, is it? There are even boss fights from which 4/5 are meh.
    -No in-game transformations. I can see the point of not including transformations in game but to many this might be a disappointment. If you look at Cell's different forms you get the point: most stages of transformation have different types and card slots in them.

    CONS:
    -The A.I. Oh God the A.I. If you want your A.I. partners to be any use for you, you need to grind experience for them by doing the same missions over and over again. And worse than that even when their level is maxed up their behavior isn't on par what you'd expect: them standing in air doing nothing even though ordered to attack on full force, support characters not supporting in any way, not resurrecting you in a pinch even when standing right next to you. I don't know why but the A.I. in Battle Mode feels and plays much smarter than the mission counterpart. I ended up playing 90% of the time as a supporting character because the A.I. just can't support themselves.
    -The maps: you can destroy only few selected points on the map. How's that a bad thing? When your Meteor Chain is being interrupted by something so tiny as rock it breaks the immersion and the flow of the gameplay quite significantly. This is best demonstrated in the "Destroyed City" map where it's almost impossible to do Meteor Chains successfully because of all the indestructable debris on the ground.
    -Unbalanced roster and Battle Mode. Powerful characters are fine in the mission scenarios but break the game who want to enjoy the battles with other players. The Demo's Battle Mode was fun because it was fairly balanced with 4 characters (more with other means). But when the roster is boosted up by almost 20 times, the problems in balancing the game become much clearer. The teams are consisted of only high-end unlocked characters because of their ridiculous power. And when you combine the power with a skilled player (skill of picking right cards and spamming right attacks) you get the most unfair PvP scenario I have seen in a long time. The modes aren't anything to look at either since only good mode is the Score mode (kill enemies and receive score, highest score team wins). As these overpowered characters start to pollute the rooms, Dragon Ball grab (CTF with a dragon balls) and Normal mode (Score mode with finite stocks) become few minute jerk fests. And whose idea was to include Battle Royale mode (free-for-all score mode) when the focus of the gameplay is clearly on the co-op? I could rack up ridiculous amount kills with LSSJ Broly without breaking a sweat in any mode because of how stupidly overpowered he is. And when the rest of the players figure out that themselves and pollute the rooms, the game becomes broken.

    In conclusion DBZ:BoZ is a flashy co-op based fighter with some weird design decisions. For die-hard fans only.
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  6. Mar 7, 2014
    3
    i bought this game two days ago, i was really excited and it turned out like crap, i don't like the story line and i hated the idea of playing with people online, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT KEY, i was under the impression when i bought this game it was going to be like the others, the ability to fight two player and fight computer. WRONG... you can't fight computer, only if it's story mode, NO CUSTOM BATTLES, you can't fight any friends unless they are on their own system and it's under an online match. oh yeah i returned it the next night and got my money back, i think whoever buys this should do the same Expand
  7. Feb 15, 2014
    0
    One of the worst games I've ever played. In first instance I thought It was a good game, with a little number of avaliable fighters but a good game, but when I tried it I discovered how bad It really was.
    Apart of the fact that DBZ games are becoming worse as time pass, I must say that this is the worst one.
    I have to say that the team-battles are a good idea but it is bad implemented.
    The controls of the game are quite simple, and the freedom of doing differents thins is practically 0. The only goal on this game is to press triangle an triangle+circle until all the enemies are dead.
    You can't transform yourself during combat and you can't also recharge energy while you are fighting.

    This game also tends to be proud of having the original music of the series, but this only happens on the openning with the cha-la-head-cha-la (The only thing I loved).

    So, this is game isn't good at all and, for the ones who are saying that the innovation of this game is very important due to multiplayer battles, they should took a look to Dragon Ball Z Tag Team, that was a really good game.
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