Super Dragonball Z
|a game by||Arika Co.|
|Platforms:||Playstation 2, Arcade|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.0/10 - 4 votes|
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|See also:||Dragon Ball Games, Fighting Games, Anime Games|
Super Dragonball Z is a 3D fighting game based on the Dragon Ball anime and manga series. Originally released in arcades around the world, the game later made its way onto PlayStation 2 in 2006 and is beloved by many Dragon Ball fans that grew up with it. Let’s take a look at some of the features the game offers.
Traditional fighting game gameplay
Super Dragonball Z plays very similarly to other popular games in the fighting genre, including Mortal Kombat and Tekken. Close hand-to-hand combat makes up the bulk of fights with specific button combinations allowing players to deal large amounts of successive damage in one go. Players can also dash, juggle, and use super moves to gain an advantage over their opponents.
The great thing about Super Dragonball Z is that players can not only move towards and away from one another but can also take advantage of the 3D environment to move left and right out of the way of attacks. When players move in this way, the camera auto-adjusts so that it always keeps everyone in view.
Next up, the characters…
As you might expect, all of the playable characters are taken from the Dragon Ball series, including all the most well-known characters, such as Goku and Vegeta. There are 18 characters in total, some of which will need to be unlocked using Dragon Balls which can be earned through playing, adding an extra challenge to the game. Super Dragonball Z even has a character customizer for players to make their own fighters for use in the various game modes. There are 30 slots available for custom characters that should be more than enough for most players.
The game modes of Super Dragonball Z
Let’s jump into a quick look at the different game modes available in Super Dragonball Z and what they entail:
- Original: This mode is the traditional arcade mode, pitting players against various enemies across 7 stages before ending with the final boss, Cell. For every completed stage players earn one Dragon Ball that can be put towards unlocking new characters
- Z Survivor: Z Survivor is a survival mode in which players have to fight against enemies one after the other for as long as they can before their health reaches zero. Special items such as extra health and experience can be earned between each round of fighting too
- Training: This game mode is for practicing combos and moves in a safe space
- Versus: If you want to face off against someone else in a 1-on-1 battle, this is the mode for you
- Shenron Summon: Once you collect enough Dragon Balls, you can enter this game mode to unlock things with them, such as new characters or additional attacks
- Customize: This mode allows you to create up to 30 custom characters, as mentioned before
Definitely download Super Dragonball Z and give it a go if you're a fan of the anime/manga series as there are plenty of references in the game that you’re sure to appreciate. Overall though, Super Dragonball Z is a fantastic fighting game in its own right and is worth checking out for all the fun it offers.
- Plenty of playable characters and stages referencing the Dragon Ball series
- A fantastic soundtrack that fans of the manga/anime will love
- Multiplayer option so you can play with friends
- Learning combos for different characters can be time-consuming and difficult for some players
- The character roster is a bit limited compared to many other fighting games