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Dragon Ball FighterZ review: It’s red hot

Dragon Ball FighterZ movements are easy to learn

Dragon Ball FighterZ movements are easy to learn but offer depth for advanced players. Credit: Bandai Namco

PLOT Let the dragon make your wish come true.

RATED T for Teen

DETAILS PlayStation 4, Xbox One; $59.99

BOTTOM LINE This game is on fire.

Dragon Ball FighterZ feels like it draws from classic games (Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat) while also taking a lot of cues from modern fighting titles. Based on the popular television show, characters have to collect several dragon balls, with the user being granted a single wish, such as reviving a downed teammate or boosting health or power, from a legendary dragon named Shenron.

Many features of the game are reminiscent of the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise, like the straightforward combo system and tag team mechanics. Basic combos can be accomplished by tapping a button several times, meaning just about anyone can pick up a controller and pull off some impressive-looking moves. Throwing down super and meteor attacks are the same for all characters as well.

There’s a learning curve to mastering the basics, but it’s a small, most approachable curve. Fans of any age should be able to jump in and get going in no time. That’s not saying that Dragon Ball FighterZ is without nuance. Once the basics are mastered, there’s a deeper layer of countering, combo-ing and timing teammate support moves that advanced players will appreciate.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is a game made for fans of the series. It does a great job of keeping itself accessible to a wide age range and scale of ability. Beyond the essential inclusion of Goku, Vegeta and their respective progeny, the roster has a decent selection of friends and enemies from throughout the series, including newer characters like Beerus and Hit, without getting bloated down by overinclusion.

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