The biggest challenge, however, will be online against other players. The version we played had the online mode turned off, but from our experience of playing the beta (where we seemed to avoid the issues that impacted others), it seems to be working fine. In any case, stay tuned because we will report any issues that arise if required. In addition to the battles, you can interact with other players through the central area. Here you can choose a character to represent you, and there are a number of personalisation items that can be unlocked. New characters, colours, titles, stamps... they can all be unlocked with the purchase of capsules. Imagine Loot Boxes in the form of capsules which can be bought with coins you earn by playing. It seems it will also be possible to buy capsules with real money, but since the online features were turned off, we can't really confirm that. Be that as it may, the content you get from capsules is purely cosmetic.
The best element in Dragon Ball FighterZ is the graphics. It's spectacular how the 3D models in the game can recreate the animated look of the series so well. It resembles an episode of the greatest quality, with highly detailed characters and excellent visual effects. The sound effects are also what you'd expect from a Dragon Ball game, and fans will surely enjoy the option to play with English or Japanese voices. And then we have the gameplay.
Dragon Ball FighterZ works as a 2D fighting game and employs an extremely fluid and fast gameplay style. It's all very spectacular, with relatively accessible gameplay. The combinations are easy to execute, and the game strikes a good balance between staying true to the series and translating everything into a more traditional fighting game format.
The combat system is based on three on three battles, although only one fighter is active on each side. You can switch between fighters at any time, and you can also call for an assist. This is important, and to be successful in the most challenging battles, you will have to learn how to use assists to maximise their effectiveness and know when to alternate characters. When a character is out, they can regenerate some of their health, which also offers a certain tactical element to the game. The biggest problem with this system is how confusing it can be when translated onto the screen. With such fast gameplay and with effects that fill large portions of the screen, it's sometimes hard to grasp what's going on.
The characters have their differences, but in terms of control, they are mostly the same. It's something common in games inspired by anime, but it also removes some of the depth and variety from their gameplay. Still, the most important thing to keep in mind is that Dragon Ball FighterZ's combat is accessible and fun, with room for players to show their skill.
Dragon Ball FighterZ is a true fighting game, closer in terms of gameplay to something like Injustice 2 and Street Fighter V than Dragon Ball Xenoverse or Dragon Ball Battle of Z. In terms of graphics and gameplay, Dragon Ball Fighter Z is the best game in the saga that we've played, but we think that in terms of content there is still a lot to improve. Last year we had great fighting games like Injustice 2, Tekken 7, and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Comparing this with those, Fighter Z sits closer to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, which in our opinion was the worst of the three. However, if you're a Dragon Ball fan, it's an easy recommendation, as long as you don't mind swapping content for gameplay and graphics.