Dragon Ball FighterZ Nintendo Switch Review


Dragonball FighterZ was released earlier this
year to a lot of positive reception including from myself. It originally came to the PS4, Xbox One and
PC but 9 months later it finally comes to the Nintendo Switch. This version of the game brings the entire
console experience on the go with some technical drawbacks to maintain the solid performance. Dragonball FighterZ’s story is as deep as
most tv anime adapted video game stories, it’s not very deep. In reality it reads like an odd fan fiction. You play as the soul of a human that gets
transferred into the body of Goku so you’re essentially playing as yourself but as Goku. What a terrible time for Goku to disappear
too because Earth is in the middle of being invaded by evil clones of Earth’s Mighties
heroes. Everyone that would be around normally to
help fight them off has been kidnapped too so now it’s up to you, a stranger in Goku’s
body to save the day. Like I said it sounds very much like a fan
fiction you’d find online, I mean not that I would know. Anyway, the story mode is broken into 3 arcs
consisting of the Super Warriors arc, Super Villain Arc and Android 21 arcs. The three arcs come together to tell one single
story that should take you anywhere between 9-12 hours. Like most fighting games, it’s told through
the cutscenes that lead into fights. The cutscenes usually consist of witty self
referencing banter between pairs of characters. There’s an abundance of fanservice here
for people that have been long fans of the anime, it’s pretty funny to see Krillin
finally get called out for not having a nose. Further more, the way the cutscenes are designed
make them look like they can be ripped right out of the anime to anyone just passing by
as you play. They still could have been executed better
though. You see these cutscenes don’t have an auto
continue button so if you don’t press a at the end of them, they drag. I mean they’ll literally just stay frozen
there. I found myself trying to time the a button
perfectly to keep cutscenes flowing only to accidentally skip a cutscene early. I at least appreciate that Arc System Works
didn’t just retell the story from the anime in video game form. It’s a unique story that though it may not
be the most riveting story, at least does some tongue and cheek towards fans of the
series that I’m sure they’ll appreciate. Dragonball Fighterz is a contender for one
of the most approachable fighting games. Gamers new to the genre or who are intimidated
by more technical fighters can easily adopt this one. It adopts the 3v3 fighting style that the
Marvel Vs. Capcom series is known four. As for the controls, it’s a 4 button type
system consisting of light, medium, heavy and special attack. It’s easy to get used to with super attacks
really only taking a quarter circle and button combination. It feels similar some of Arc System Work’s
other games like Persona 4 Arena and Ultimax. The simple control system will let knew comers
to the genre get a hang of things while veteran players can use the simple system to their
advantage for combo heavy fun. Now being a fighting game as you’d guess,
the gameplay is all fighting. The 12 hour story mode is presented in this
board ike interface where each chapters grands you a space to move. Analyzing the board, you move around it fighting
enemies, recruiting allies and taking on big boss fights. It can at times almost feel like an RPG in
a sense because you can swap out characters, add on buffs and so on. It’s an certainly an interesting way to
execute a story mode but not one that felt better because of how it was executed. The arcade mode continues the unique trand
but ditching the traditional fight this list of enemies scheme. Instead you fight enemies by difficulty arches
that deviate towards different paths depending how well you do in matches. It makes the arcade mode feel like you’re
constantly being challenged If you want to just jump right into playing
against people online or offline, you have the option to do both. The 24 player roster consist of fan favorites
like Goku, Vegta and Majin buu but you’ll also come across variations of some characters
like a super saiyan goku. I was a bit disappointed to see that this
brand new version of the game doesn’t included at least some of the dlc characters already
released. However considering the other versions of
the game haven’t gone that much cheaper on sale either I guess it should be expected. Jumping into matches offline I found the gameplay
to be a perfect representation of the PS4 and Xbox version I had played at the beginning
of the year. Matches felt zippy and playing on a Switch
pro controller, I was easily executing the same techniques I was using before. The only oddity with playing this Nintendo
Switch version is playing in handheld mode. Playing with a joyon controller, I found that
my thumb would hit the right analog stick trying to do combos with the face buttons. Luckily the right analog stick doesn’t do
anything by default so it wasn’t an issue but something I had to get used to regardless. I personally would recommend playing with
a pro controller over the joycon but in a situation where you’re playing in handheld
mode, it’ll take some adjusting. When playing online, I found the the connections
for matches to vary pretty often. Depending on who I was playing, I could at
times feel like I was playing someone locally. Other times I’d get weird lag gaps during
supers or throughout the match. It’s a peer to peer connection system so
it really just comes down to have a good connection between fighters. After playing for hours in the offline and
online modes, you can redeem the coins you’ve been collecting and use them on the in game
loot box system. I’m sure just saying that puts a bad taste
in your mouth already but luckily the items in these boxes are at least all cosmetics. They’re earned by using the points you pretty
much get by just playing the game. I found that system to be pretty generous
too, never feeling like I was forced to keep on grinding to get a new chibi avatar for
my online lobby. Overall I found the Nintendo Switch version
of the gameplay to feel right at home. Jumping into matches both off and online (when
the connection is good at least) feel great. The fast pace of matches and the on the go
nature of Switch perfectly went together. Catching matches in the back of an uber of
just breaking out the Switch for some one v ones at a party. Now on to answering some of the biggest questions
people are probably wondering about with this switch port. Performance for Dragonball FighterZ on Switch
targets 60 frames per second but does dip in the mid to low 50s at times. It becomes most noticeable when a super is
on screen that causes an animation transition.I still found the game to be perfectly playable
but to more hardcore enthusiast looking for the stable performance, you may want to look
else where. As for resolution, Dragonball Fighterz runs
at 720p in handheld mode and 1080p in dock mode, sort of. You see the game renders in objects at different
resolutions. So in dock mode the cutscenes all run at 1080p
same with the ui elements. However, things like the character modes during
actual gameplay will render in at lower resolutions. This is all done to help maintain the 60 frames
per second target. It’s a downgrade from other console version
for sure but when I was just fighting people in all the action, I was hard pressed to really
care. It still looks like the anime just came to
life right in your hands, even at the lower resolutions. Like the visuals, the music and audio in Fighterz
feels like it was ripped right out of the anime. The mix of screams, kai blasts and music come
together to perfectly recreate my childhood Saturday morning. You do have the option to switch between english
and Japanese dialogue to fit your preference with a lot of the original cast here. However if you do decide to play in English,
I noticed there was a bit of a lip sync delay at times. It also plays in part to how the cutscenes
can just hang if you don’t press a to continue on to the next scene. Conclusion Dragonball Fighterz on the Nintendo Switch
continues to be the fun game that I originally played earlier this year. As with most triple aaa ports on the Switch,
of course it’s not as nice looking as other version of the game. However, the gameplay still feels like it
was well translated enough to the platform to make it a viable option to play whether
I was at home or on the go. The joycons may take a bit to get used to
if you’re primarly playing this in handheld mode and the frame dips may turn off the fighting
game perfectionist. With that said, if you’re intent is just
to have another way to play this on the go or jump into it for the first time because
you’re switch is the only console you have, I think Fighterz is a pretty good port on
Switch. If I had to give it a score, I’d give it
an 8.5/10.

100 thoughts on “Dragon Ball FighterZ Nintendo Switch Review

  1. I remember playing this with a super fan of dbz on Xbox and all I did was mash buttons and I won like 2 games
    (Thank you for the fun matches Alan!)

  2. How the hell could you know when the resolution drops when you're not even a game developer I'm a freelance game developer and I couldn't even tell so stop the bullshit.

  3. I thought the switch version had all the characters dlc included in the the game, that's why I thought it was why the switch version was full price.

  4. I actually couldn't tell it was different and I have the xonex as well running in 4k. Of course that's on my 4k tv while my switch is on the 1080p monitor. Until someone told me to look at the car in one of the main while I was playing and they didn't have all the details but then I thought….I won't ever really see those background onjects because I'm focused on my character Rand the opponent flying around doing combos..

  5. Just wish it was cheaper. Most already own it. Its super late at this point. Now we have to wait for a drop. I went deluxe day 1 on ps4

  6. I’m so infuriated about the pricing. 59€ for a 9 months old game and dare to not even include the season pass or any extra content.

    I signed a petition for this to happen but there has to be some reason behind everything and I’m not buying an old game that I already own on a different console for the full price again.

  7. Do you normally play FighterZ, or 2D fighters in general, with the analog stick? I know theres no D-Pad for handheld play but do you, personally, use the analog on the pro controller?

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  9. Game is phenomenal on Switch. Obviously the texture detail and resolution drops a bit in undocked mode but otherwise it looks and runs great.

  10. I want it, but I can’t justify the $60 price tag. Waiting for a complete edition with all dlc as usual with all fighting games nowadays

  11. I wonder, if you guys see a meal on the table next to you, do you expect it too to be cheaper if you order it? The game is a few month out on the other systems which makes the price drop due to shrinking demand. Furthermore the developer and publisher had to do additional work. I get it, you want stuff cheaper but at some point you have to understand how prices rise due to additional work and a new system on which the market isn’t saturated already. that’s just how capitalism works…

  12. Damn, looks good, but I just can't spend my money on something with huge bezels… Please Nintendo, it's time for an upgrade. Switch XL!

  13. Yes I'm also disappointed for a ported game not coming with any DLC. In order to use all the DLC characters, we need to spend near so $100 for this game… Although it's still quite new, but it's ported. They should at least include a few dlc.

  14. Framerate is good “for the most part”????? Sorry fps dips are not acceptable in a fighting game considering timing is essential.

  15. fuck all these all new games coming out, now i gotta get fighterz, darksouls, smash, and some other shit😤😤

  16. Can I not transfer data and purchases from xbox to switch? I want it on switch as well but I want to avoid buying the fighter pass again

  17. I have a PlayStation 4 that is just sitting there because my controller broke and I have no money to buy a replacement. I put it on my Christmas list but nobody ever got it for me for some bullshit excuses. But even if I am able to play the PS4 version of the game. Which do you recommend? The Switch, PC, or PS4? I was contemplating on getting this game for the PC but I am thinking it might be more fun to play on the Switch and it allows me to build my Switch library in the process. The Switch has officially become my main console whereas my PC is still ahead of the game. It's becoming difficult now since a lot of PC indie titles are getting released for the Switch now leaving a great big dilemma. What do you suggest?

  18. why did you spend 2 and a half minutes on the story and game mechanics? everyone already knows the story and we want to know the differences between the switch and normal game

  19. Has anyone experienced any problems with the shoulder buttons during battle? Mine don’t active and doesn’t let me use dragon rush or change characters thanks to that.

  20. I regret buying this game since I always lose playing online match 😅. This game makes me wanna to think twice in purchasing fighting games again in the future 😅

  21. Let me ask you this tho….

    is it Good? Not like graphics but i mean in terms of running steady on switch hardware? steady 60 Fps?

    edit i heard framerate dips. damn now i dont think imma get it

  22. Can this be played with 2 players in one console? The reviews that ive see only say can play it with someone online.

  23. Question, can I play DBZ Fighterz in local multiplayer by putting the Switch in tablet mode and one person using the Joy Cons put in their controller form while the other person uses the Pro Controller?

  24. oh great no dlc characters added to a game that came out several months ago which means this is pretty much a $100 game if you want everything included.

  25. Should have done what i did. I passed on this game for Xbox, hoping a switch port would come and my waiting paid off. I only had to buy the game once.

  26. I want this game 🙂 We need an arc systems 2d fighting game based on other anime/mangas like yu yu hakusho ,hunter x hunter , one piece and naruto. I can see the last two happening for sure

  27. I honestly need to get the switch version. I love this game, its my favorite game of 2018 (so far… looking at you smash.), and i do have to say… i either need a new arcade stick or a new adapter.

  28. I want to get this game but I’m not good at fighting games does it play like a traditional fighting game or kinda like xenoverse 2

  29. What technical drawbacks, exactly? The game looks nearly identical on the Switch in comparison with the other versions, and it still plays at 60 fps, even in handheld mode!

  30. I have it for Xbox one x and it has a lips lag when choosing English over Japanese language. Its not the nintendo switch version

  31. Whenever I play on the switch I can't use supers for some reason only on story mode and online battles. Why is that I can't use supers on free mode or while doing challenges?

  32. The gameplay isn’t like choppy or anything when you’re playing in handheld mode right?? Because I’m like always on the go so I don’t know if I should buy fighterz for the switch or my Xbox.

  33. Ah yeah, every time I'm at a rooftop party I bust out my Switch and start playing Dragon Ball FighterZ with the person next to me, for sure. Who needs to be an alcoholic when they can be addicted to playing their Nintendo Switch at rooftop parties?

  34. So I'm gonna get fighterz for the switch and I kinda need a question answered, does it need Nintendo online to play online??

  35. If anyone see this in mid – late 2019, it just went on a 70% sale so now it's 17.99 as well as tax, and it lasts until August 13th. Not sure if this info is useful to anyone now, tho. I'm thinking about it..

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