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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: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  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. Sep 28, 2018
    91
    A surprising example of the technical capabilities of the Switch. It's almost identical to the previous versions, which means lots of great fighting moments, saiyan style.
  3. 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.
  4. Oct 1, 2018
    90
    Dragon Ball FighterZ on the Switch is, simply put, the best fighting game we've seen on the system yet. Arc System Works went the extra mile in capturing the essence of the source material and distilled it into an incredible brawler that has lost nothing in the transition to Nintendo's hybrid console. The stunning visuals, intense action and easy-to-master controls make FighterZ a game all fans of the genre should have in their library. If you only play this kind of game casually, it remains a must-own.
  5. Oct 8, 2018
    90
    Incredible, silky smooth fighting action paired with some incredible visuals makes this easily one of the best looking games on Switch, and quite possibly the best looking fighting game to ever grace a handheld.
  6. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Oct 29, 2018
    80
    This is the long sought-after bridge that links fans of the anime with hardcore virtual pugilists, and it deserves to serve as the template for all future Dragon Ball fighting games. [Issue #36 – November/December 2018, p. 88]
  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: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  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. Oct 22, 2019
    10
    Awesome port of an amazing game! If you like dragon ball and fighting games like street fighter, then It's a must play
  3. Oct 20, 2018
    10
    An incredible masterpiece. The best game of the Dragon Ball franchise, and one of the best fighting games ever. Adittionaly, this port isAn incredible masterpiece. The best game of the Dragon Ball franchise, and one of the best fighting games ever. Adittionaly, this port is perfect.

    Simply stunning!
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  4. Feb 22, 2020
    9
    This game looks and plays the exact same as it's "big brothers" counter parts (the xbox one and ps4)

    I saw this as an upgrade from the xbox
    This game looks and plays the exact same as it's "big brothers" counter parts (the xbox one and ps4)

    I saw this as an upgrade from the xbox one version i originally had, because i loved the game, but didn't have time to commit to playing it, with the switch version obviously it can be played anywhere, even giving some decent battery life.

    Given the choice between all 3 console versions, i would always being saying this one just for playing constantly.
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  5. Nov 6, 2018
    9
    My first Dragon Ball game and certainly it will not be the last. I liked this game very much so that I started reading the manga. It is one ofMy first Dragon Ball game and certainly it will not be the last. I liked this game very much so that I started reading the manga. It is one of the best games to play in the handheld mode. Simple but deep fighting mechanics, funny characters, beautiful graphics and not bad story mode... Expand
  6. 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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  7. Nov 11, 2021
    3
    Like the series, this **** is braindead. It's not a fighting game. Those take skill though you could say this one takes a li'l bit o' that,Like the series, this **** is braindead. It's not a fighting game. Those take skill though you could say this one takes a li'l bit o' that, but not much when you get the basics down.

    The autocombos are pure cancer. You can mash 'em, the light ones either have massive range or a goddamn vacuum effect or both, and some of the medium ones (like Hit's medium autocombo) do a **** ton of damage. It's one of many things that really kill the game for me. As simple as the move execution is, there's little point to it when you can just crush your skull against the controller to get the same if not better results. No practice mode needed not that you need it in a game where everyone uses the same basic **** For On top of that, the light attacks got **** range. It doesn't help that defense options are nonexistent. The only thing you got is either down heavy, blowback via Sparking Blast (that's usually one time use in a match unless Shenron exists), or this gay li'l swipe that doesn't even stop your opponent's attack spree, so it'll often just work to their advantage anyway. Who the hell thought a lack of defense was good? Usin' it for ki blasts is mostly pointless when you can just Super Dash through 'em. Sparking Blast is broken as all hell too, makin' everyone stun your block absolutely for free as if defense wasn't already wack.

    As for the other **** the story mode is lame, the combo challenge ain't even a goddamn combo challenge. Goin' against CPUs is hella inconsistent as they could either perfectly combo into all kinds o' **** or run right into level 3 supers. Online is a hell no without a near perfect connection. Some characters could've had different costumes kinda like Videl with her ****ty long hair.

    And now, after all the updates, this masher of a game will quickly die off like Smash Bros. The only thing that'll remain of its name. I guess no one makes fighting games anymore, only Nintendo system. This game should've been a 1-on-1 type o' game. The characters would be a lot more unique compared to the half-assed potential of what's in this game. **** the developers who made this anal prolapse called a game. Time to move on from this boring-ass tragedy.
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