What up? This week has been hectic for me so far! I’m already dreaming of the weekend.
Speaking of future dreaming, anyone excited for the new Dragon Ball Z game coming out next year? I know, it seems so far away. However, Bandai Namco Entertainment released a trailer and a sample of gameplay just last month! Check out the gameplay:
Woah! First, I love the graphics. The thick outlines and bright contrasting colors are a song for my eyes. What you don’t see as much in this video compared to the trailer, is the sweet special attacks and cut scenes. Okay, okay here is the trailer too (I won’t make you search for it):
I feel like jumping up and acting it out a bit, haha. It’s so cool!
Now, Dragon Ball Z has a special place in my heart. Every day after school my best friend and I would plop down in front of the tv and glue our eyes to Sailor Moon. I still want to be a kick butt Sailor Scout. After Sailor Moon, DBZ would come on, and we’d sit through that one too before we’d run off to eat, play, and forget about homework. DBZ gives me some intense nostalgia to those wholesome, simple times. That was the beginning of my anime watching, and I’ll never forget the daily excitement when the shows came on and filled me with adventure.
Okay, enough of that wistful remembering. This new game looks sweet, and I’ve been scouring the internet to find little details about it. For instance, there are 10 confirmed characters so far: Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin, Future Trunks, Freeza, Cell, Majin Buu, and Android 17. Who do you want to play first? Vegeta all the way for me.
This game is a 2.5D fighter game that borrows a lot of its concepts from Marvel vs. Capcom. If you aren’t sure what 2.5 D is, it’s a two-dimensional game that tries to simulate the look of 3D.
In the game, you pick three characters to form a team who you can switch between whenever you want. You can also call in for an assist by your other characters on the team which allows for more than one team member to be out on the field doing attacks and even doing combo moves together. Now to win you must defeat all three teammates.
The most exciting part about this game right now is the closed beta. Starting August 22nd, you can try to sign up for their beta testing that will take place September 16-18. This will be for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. When the game officially releases it will be on those two systems as well as PC. What it won’t be on is Nintendo Switch. Which is a total bummer but Bandai Namco claims they will release it for Switch if there is enough fan interest.
Hear the details about the closed beta signup here.
There will also be a playable version of Dragon Ball FighterZ at Gamescon in Cologne, Germany this year. Not many of us may be there, but I’m hoping that we will get some more videos of gameplay to enjoy online.
You guys, it’s pretty amazing the information gathered for this game already. There are lists of the game mechanics already. There are some real dedicated fans really looking forward to this, and I’m not all that surprised. It is DBZ. They have been releasing Dragon Ball games since the 80s, and I got bored scrolling down the full list of games.
If you are a die hard, check out the fan written guide to game mechanics here.
I have really high hopes for this game. I’m not often drawn to fighter games, but there are a few that have caught my eye over the years. Super Smash, of course, is one of them too. Like I mentioned, there are a ton of Dragon Ball games, some better than others and I’m going to give you a little list of what most consider the top five.
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3
This game was released in 2004 for Atari and PlayStation 2. This is on the top of my list and can be found at the top of many other lists online. The story mode plays through the timeline of DBZ. This is considered one of the best fighters of all time by some people.
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
This game was released in 2007 for PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii. The second Budokai game on the list and that’s no mistake. Most people agree the Budokai series is the best. This game is the last one in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. This game is fun and is probably interchangeable with Budokai 3 for the top spot.
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse
Released in 2015 for the PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and One, and the PC. This one isn’t just a plain old fighting game but also a role playing game where you can travel in the world going to the different levels. I love a good role playing game, so this one really sticks out to me.
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2
This game was released in 2010 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. You can choose to fight against AI or go online to battle other players.
Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans
Attack of the Saiyans was released in 2009 for the Nintendo DS. This one is an action role playing game and is on a handheld! I figured I should include a handheld, but that isn’t the only reason it’s on the list. It’s a fun game.
Are you going to try to sign up for the closed beta later this month? Don’t forget about it, August 22nd. Keep an eye on Bandai Namco’s twitter or facebook to know how to sign up.