One of the Fighterz: “Dragonball FighterZ” is bringin’ 2D back

Story by Randy Perry-Johnson Student Reporter

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 Video games are setting a huge standard for not only fighting games but video games as a whole with the release of Dragon Ball FighterZ. FighterZ is the first game to take place on a 2D plane in nearly a decade departing from the 3D arena brawler style. 

Developed by fighting game kings Arc System Works, who are known for the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series, Arc System has the chance to break into the mainstream. 

Dragon Ball FighterZ is based off of the legendary manga series “Dragon Ball” created by Akira Toriyama. The game has a roster of 24 characters that go all over the Dragon Ball timeline from the beginning to Super featuring a new character created by Toriyama himself. 

Taking a move out of the playbook of Capcom the game is three versus three with the winner being the one who knocks out all members of the opponent’s team. At first glance the roster may seem small each and every character have an extreme amount of detail to make up for it. 

The game is an absolute treat to the eyes with stunning visuals and dynamic lighting on the characters. The colors are bright and lively making you want to touch the world they are in. 

The characters themselves look phenomenal as well. The 3D models look as if they were ripped from the manga or anime itself with every movement and attack they do and while the characters look the part the game definitely plays the part as well. 

Oh my goodness does the game control really, really, really well! It has a simple style that easy to pick up but don’t let that fool you. 

While the game is casual-friendly it also has depth behind it. It has a wide appeal to people who’ve never played a fighting game to those who can do the fireball motion in their sleep, tied up, and locked in a trunk at the bottom of the river. 

That’s where the strength of the game is, accessibility. Anyone can jump in and have fun with the game and that’s is just so good to have. 

While the game is absolutely wonderful in many ways, it is not perfect. Online matchmaking is a chore with people being kicked from lobbies at random moments and while the story mode features a brand new story in the Dragon Ball universe, it does become a little tedious and repetitive. 

The game is a joy not only as a fighting game but as a love letter to everything that is Dragon Ball. Bandai Namco and Arc System Works definitely have a franchise in the future for FighterZ for years to come.