Summary: Dragon Ball is one of those properties that's had its ups and downs when it comes to game adaptations. And when I say downs, I'm talking about pretty incredible lows: bottom-of-the-barrel material like Ultimate Battle 22 and Final Bout that frequently turns up on "worst games ever" lists.
Pros: Lots of character customization options, Character visuals capture the feel of the original anime
Cons: Combat controls are confusing and generally feel ineffective, Often difficult to tell what's going on in fights, Lag is a consistent problem in online modes
Summary: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z ditches the usual one-on-one fighting and goes team-based. Featuring different classes and a leveling-up mechanic, this newest installment will probably appeal to the loyal fan base. Unfortunately, I found the whole thing to be a shallow, simplistic, incoherent mess.
Summary: As somebody who has been burned by bad Dragon Ball Z games, imagine my surprise when Bandai's newest installment actually left a good first impression. I was blown away by the game's strong presentation and it seemed like the emphasis on multiplayer battles was a step in the right direction.
Excerpt: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z attempts to add something extra to a fighting game series that's tried pretty much everything. This new aspect is actually something this reviewer didn't quite realize was missing until after spending time with Battle of Z - the feeling of being on a combat field with...
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z Review: You know what I'm Saiyan?
7 February 2014
Excerpt: You would think that by this time, after so many games, the secret to a successful Dragon Ball Z video game formula would have already been discovered and milked to death. I mean, let's take a look at the various mechanics in DBZ games over the years.
Conclusion: If you're considering playing Battle of Z, it's probably because you're already a DBZ fan. If you also have some friends to team up with, Battle of Z can be pretty fun despite some flaws, but otherwise, I'm not sure it offers enough compelling new content that other DBZ titles haven't already...
Conclusion: Battle of Z’s faithful models, beautiful settings, and chaotic action are an excellent fit for those seeking another tribute to the legendary anime and manga series. Fighting on both sides of every major encounter from the show is a treat, and overcoming the challenge of downing particularly...
Pros: Lots of characters, Gorgeous settings and models, Fun co-op
Summary: Battle of Z slims down on the fighter and bulks up on the teamwork, designing an interesting arena brawler in the process. Those not familiar with Dragonball Z will find the story invisible, but those with a soft spot for the classic series, and a few mates with which to team up and reminisce will...