‘Dragon Ball Z’ is one of the most popular anime of all time, so much so that it has become a part of pop culture. What has not become pop culture though is the constant array of fighting games released for the franchise, most of them being forgettable at best! With over 40 fighting games released over a span of 30 years, it is always safe to do some research before investing your hard earned money into the games. So, we decided to put together some of the best titles in the genre and help you choose the right one. You can play these top Dragon Ball Z fighting games on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PC, iPhone, Android or even online.
8. Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit (2008)
‘Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit’, also known as ‘Doragon Bōru Zetto Bāsuto Rimitto’ in Japan, is a fighting video game developed by Dimps that is set around the ‘Dragon Ball Z’ universe. Similar to other ‘Dragon Ball Z’ fighting games, there are several modes for the player to choose from. The single player campaign follows a storyline that is based loosely around the three sagas of the ‘Dragon Ball Z’ universe and is called the ‘Z Chronicles’. These are drama pieces which contain popular storylines from the ‘Saiyan’ to the ‘Cell’ story arcs that provide the player with an ”immense Dragon Ball” experience, as stated by the developers.
When we first played the game, we found the title to be actually fitting with very polished gameplay mechanics and fluid combat systems. The story line also kept opening up as we would expect from any fighting game and adds to the overall single player experience. The multiplayer format is broken into two modes — one for offline local multiplayer and another for online global multiplayer. During combat, you choose one of the characters from the ‘Dragon Ball Z’ universe and go up against a character chosen by your opponent. In addition to the main character, you are also able to choose a supporting character that does not directly get involved in combat but provides certain bonuses during the course of the battle. It is considered one of the best fighting games for the seventh generation of consoles and has aged quite well with time.
7. Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 (2005)
‘Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2’ is another massively popular fighting game that is centered on the ‘Dragon Ball Z’ universe. Developed by Cavia/Arc System Works and published by Atari and Bandai Namco in the year 2005 for Nintendo DS, it is the direct sequel to ‘Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors’ that was published the year before on Game Boy Advance systems. It stays pretty loyal to the original game while improving on the basic mechanics and introducing new ones. You control a group of three characters, each having their own powers and personalities and go up against enemy groups or bosses.