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Dragon Ball FighterZ: Gameplay Guides And Tips, Reviews, Roster, And Everything Else You Need To Know

Everything for fans of both Dragon Ball and fighting games.

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Arc System Works' highly-anticipated fighting game, Dragon Ball FighterZ, is officially here. The cel-shaded 2.5D fighter follows a 3v3 format similar to Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and it's packed with Easter eggs and references for Dragon Ball fans to find. Here, we're collecting all the details you need to know about Dragon Ball FighterZ, from the release date to gameplay, tips, and more.

Dragon Ball FighterZ released on January 26 and is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It also had a pre-release open beta, during which only 11 of its characters were playable. The game is out, but we'll continue to update this feature with the final review, guides, and more as they're published. We'll also update with information about the DLC as it arrives, so stay tuned!

Review

GameSpot's Dragon Ball Fighter Z review-in-progress is now online. In it, critic Peter Brown states, "FighterZ is complex and distinct enough to be enjoyed by fighting game competitors, but there's no question that it's been designed to tap into the hearts of Dragon Ball's most dedicated fans, and no doubt those same qualities will win people over who've never given the series a chance." You can read the full review here, or check out our FighterZ review roundup.

Roster and Playable Characters

There are currently 24 playable characters on the Dragon Ball FighterZ roster. The game has a season pass that will add eight more characters to the roster post-launch.

The roster primarily includes Dragon Ball Z characters, though there are a few introduced in the recent films and Dragon Ball Super--including Goku Black, Beerus, and Hit--and an entirely new character, the mysterious Android 21, who is locked behind completion of the story mode.

Guides

We've assembled a Dragon Ball FighterZ beginner's guide to help you grasp the game's fundamentals. We touch on a variety of subjects, including managing your Ki energy, assembling a strong team of fighters, and much more. You can also check out the video version with the best tips to know before starting.

If you're itching to play the game's secret characters, check out our guide detailing how to unlock Android 21, SSGSS Goku, and SSGSS Vegeta. And if you want a leg up on the competition, check out our guide on how to summon Shenron (and get him to grant you a wish).

We've covered a lot Dragon Ball FighterZ's Easter eggs--which you can see below--but if you want to see them for yourself, we detail how to trigger all the game's anime references in our Easter eggs gallery.

Gameplay and Features

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PC Specs

Dragon Ball FighterZ's PC requirements are relatively modest, good news for those with older PCs.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64bit OS required)
  • AMD FX-4350, 4.2 GHz/Intel core i5-3470, 3.20 GHZ 4GB RAM
  • Radeon HD 6870, 1GB / GeForce GTX 650 Ti, 1GB DirectX 11
  • DirectX compatible soundcard or onboard chipset

Recommended Requirements:

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64bit OS required)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 1400, 3.2 GHz / Intel Core i7-3770, 3.40 GHz 8GB RAM
  • Radeon HD 7870, 2GB / GeForce GTX 660, 2GB DirectX 11
  • DirectX compatible soundcard or onboard chipset

Collector's Edition And Pre-Order Bonuses

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The Dragon Ball FighterZ CollectorZ Edition includes a seven-inch Goku statue with a manga-inspired art style, an exclusive steelbook case, three art boards, and the game. Those who pre-ordered the game received codes to unlock Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta automatically.

What About The Story Mode?

Dragon Ball FighterZ includes a new story mode that takes place after the end of Dragon Ball Z and sometime during the events of Dragon Ball Super. The new character, Android 21, seems to play a major part in the story.

Note that in any mode, you can opt to use either the Japanese or English voice acting.

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I'm sure I'm not the only one to have noted that the CollectorZ Edition said NOTHING about including the Season Pass...

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@DKage: I'm sure long time fans of the franchise noticed this as well. The different versions of this game being offered are some of the strangest and poorest decisions I have seen in regards to the pre-order/various versions of a game I can recall in recent memory.

Ex: 1: The collector's edition (the most expensive, rare, and sought after version.) doesn't have the season pass? This is probably the strangest offer considering if it truly is the premier edition it should contain everything the others have and more.

2: Only digital versions had early access to the earlier betas?

3: The ultimate edition that comes with a soundtrack and other various items is only offered digitally?

Not sure who was making the decisions on what was being offered but I think it left much to be desired.

-CONFUSING VERSIONS NINJA APPROVED?-

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@DKage: That's because it doesn't. Only digital Ultimate Edition and Fighterz Edition has it included.

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I hope Dragon Ball FighterZ is everything that Marvel vs Capcom Infinite failed to deliver. Perhaps this Namco/Bandai game will light a fire up Capcom's ass.

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Had a chance to get in on the beta and while my time with it wasn't completely perfect I can honestly say that this was the best Dragon Ball videogame experience I have ever had. And this is from someone who was playing Dragon ball Z games back in the early 90's up until the present.

Any out there on the fence still or those that may have been "burned" by other Dragon Ball installments in the past rest assured, this title is on a whole different level.

The 26th can't come soon enough.

-DRAGON BALL FIGHTER Z NINJA APPROVED-

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@videogameninja: I have to wait probably a week after launch after shipping as I ordered the Collector's Edition. The 26th is on a public holiday too *facepalm*

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