Dragon Ball Fighterz: Better Than Budokai 3?


So okay, E3 is over, and I didn’t do nearly the amount of coverage I wanted to do. Like, not even close. I wanted to do a video basically on each conference, talking about the pros and cons, and what I liked, what I’m excited for, make fun of the cringey moments, blah blah blah, blah blah. But honestly, that just sounded so boring. Like everyone and their third uncle twice removed are doing them. And by the way, just real quick, the f#ck does “twice removed” even mean? Like I always here that in most English speaking countries. This is your 7th aunt thrice removed. Like the f#ck? Removed from what? And hell if she’s been removed 3 times, maybe we outta keep her out. You people need to be like us South Asians, where literally everyone is simply and aunt and and uncle.

But anyway. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to talk about something that I was truly passionate about. Something that had me giddier than…I don’t, f#%king Dora or something else that’s giddy. And no I’m not talking about SpiderMan, even though that gameplay demo was dope as hell. QTE’s aside, it looked damn impressive. And no I’m not talking about the Jpeg of Metroid Prime 4 that’s going to be coming out in 2025. Or Beyond Good & Evil 2, which honestly, I didn’t even know was a thing until only a few months back. No people, I’m talking about this:

Look. At. This.



My lord does this look absolutely incredible. Now most of you probably don’t give a crap about Dragon Ball Z, but this was my childhood man. I can most likely recite every line of every episode of Dragon Ball Z at this point. I grew up with these characters, and these games. And I’ve played all of these damn games. Like that’s not even hyperbolic. I played ALL OF THEM. F#%king, Legacy of Goku 2? Yeah, I played that. Buu’s Fury? Yep, got it. Ultimate Battle 22?….Yeah that one I think…yeah I think I could’ve skipped that one.

And my dream as a kid was to be able to play a game that had the animations and graphics like the show. And guess what? We got that. Hell we’re now at a point where I now wish the series could get a remaster and look like the games.


Now we’ve gotten over a thousand Dragon Ball Z games at this point and a lot of them are…well…not the best. But some of them are absolutely incredible not only as Dragon Ball Z games, but fighting games in general. Budokai 3 was easily the best 2D fighting game for the franchise. It had a solid roster of characters, an interesting way to play the story we’ve all practically memorized at this point, but most importantly, had refined and tight fighting mechanics that were a joy to play. I honestly didn’t think we could do better than Budokai 3. Then developer Spike took the franchise in a different direction and wanted to be more true to the high flying nature of the anime. The result was Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi. Now, yes there was another game in between the two franchises…a game that shall not be mentioned…a game that rhymes with…ah f#ck it I can’t think of something that rhymes with Sagas. It’s Sagas. And it’s shit.

The Tenkaichi series appealed to me instantly and my 12 year old jaw dropped when I first played it on my PS2 as I felt that I was playing the anime. However the camera was a constant hindrance and would continue to be so throughout the series. Now I played the Tenkaichi 3 on the Wii, and yet again, my childhood dreams were coming true as flinging the Wii-mote and nunchuck to do a Kamehameha never felt so satisfying. But as the series went into this 3D landscape, it lost something crucial. It lost the foundation of a good “fighting game.” Yes, these games became more bombastic and true to its anime, but it no longer felt like a solid “fighting game.” The mechanics became muddied, the controls over-complicated, the camera always having trouble keeping up. Now, Xenoverse 2 (or aka the game that Xenoverse 1 should have been) did rectify some of these issues, and actually felt after a long time, a solid “fighting game.” It felt tight, and responsive. It ran at 60fps. The animations were smooth. It almost felt like Budokai 3, but in a 3D space; which was incredible. But the camera was still an issue. And it still wasn’t a traditional brawler. It was still overlaid with a ton of RPG mechanics, and a ton of online multiplayer bullshit that eventually I didn’t mind, but it felt forced upon me. I still didn’t have my Budokai 3.

But now, enter Dragon Ball Z FighterZ. Horrible name. Why would you name it that? And to put a “Z” at the end? Come on now. Come on Bandai. You can do better. I mean Budokai Tenkaichi 3 are literally just random English letters that are just mashed together, but Dragon Ball Z FighterZ? No. But regardless of the name, this game looks absolutely fantastic. It looks like I’m watching the anime. But like a super HD, crispy, sexy version of it. Now I’ve seen minimal gameplay, but from what I have seen, it looks solid. Now obviously, with any fighting game, I’ll need to actually play it to get the feel of it; but I’m really liking what I’m seeing. The game is said to be only 20% done, and so obviously the roster size, the amount of content is all yet to be revealed. Now this game is being developed by Arc System Works. These are the people that brought you Double Dragon. Not only that, they made Guilty Gear. I don’t know what the fuck that is; but people say it’s pretty damn good so I’ll go with what they say. And not only that, but these people made SuperSonic Warriors 2. Which was a fantastic fighting game for the Game Boy Advance. It’s not the best, but for a handheld of that time; it was great.

I really hope this game plays as well as it looks. It’s been a good while since we got a true 2D Dragon Ball Z game, and I’m more than ready to once again give my hard earned cash to this Goddamn incredible franchise.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited for Dragon Ball Z FighterZ? What was your favourite game in the franchise? Let us know in the comments below!

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