With there being well over 9000 video games based on Akira Toriyama"s Dragon Ball manga & subsequent anime, narrowing down the các mục lớn the best 10 titles of all time is far from an easy feat. Admittedly, this is less about being spoiled for choice and more a case of there just being a ton of mediocre Dragon Ball games that barely try to stichồng out from the crowd.
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In 1986, Epoch published Dragon Ball: Dragon Daihikyō for the Super Cassette Vision, marking the iconic series" first foray inlớn gaming. Similar to most of Dragon Ball"s earliest titles, the shoot"em up - yes, shoot"em up - never made it out of Japan. While the West needed around another decade to truly catch Goku fever, nowadays, a year can barely pass without a Saiyan-themed fighting game or RPG hitting shelves. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot has already been announced for 20trăng tròn.
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Updated March 11, 2021 by Mark Sammut: Dragon Ball is a forever expanding franchise, at least when it comes to lớn games. More than a year after its initial release, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is gearing up for its third DLC package. Meanwhile, 2016"s Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 continues to lớn be active sầu, with a new Legendary Paông xã dropping on March 18. Not lớn feel left out, Dragon Ball FighterZ will bring season 3 to an end with the introduction of Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta. It is safe lớn say that there is a bit of a demvà for Saiyan-themed games, & Dragon Ball"s resume is absolutely massive sầu. There are also some gems out there that deserve some more attention.
18 Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Z (PS Vita)
Released in 2014, Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Z didn"t exactly receive a standing ovation. In fact, it is one of the franchise"s lowest-rated modern games, with criticism being leveled at its by-the-numbers storyline và overly simplistic combat.
While not up khổng lồ much on consoles, Battle Of Z fares much better on Sony"s PS Vita. Along with the game looking great and running quite smoothly, Battle of Z differentiates itself from other Dragon Ball games by emphasizing team-building and co-op play. Even in the lengthy single-player mode, the focus is more on crafting a balanced team rather than the combat. There are better Dragon Ball games on the PS3 & Xbox 360, but the same cannot be said for the PS Vita.
17 Dragon Ball Z: Attaông xã Of The Saiyans
Nintendo"s handheld systems seem to inspire Dragon Ball to lớn try something slightly different, at least for the franchise. Dragon Ball Z: Attaông xã Of The Saiyans is a turn-based RPG with a limited roster of characters & some exploration. As the chiến dịch does not simply jump from one fight to lớn the next, it only covers a fraction of Dragon Ball Z"s storyline, concluding with the Saiyan Saga.
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Attaông chồng Of The Saiyans does very little lớn separate itself from other turn-based RPGs, but it is a serviceable one that should please fans of the franchise và the genre. While derivative in the grand scheme of things, this Nintenvì chưng DS title is relatively quality in the Dragon Ball world.
16 Dragon Ball: Origins
Another Nintenbởi vì DS game, Dragon Ball: Origins shines a light on the often overlooked original series. Unlike Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball focuses more on adventure and comedy, particularly during its earliest chapters. Consequently, Origins is less driven by combat, although there are still plenty of enemies to defeat và attacks to learn.
Split into lớn episodes and featuring solid 3 chiều visuals for the DS, Origins plays quite well và comes packed with plenty of endearing nods to Akira Toriyama"s property. The sequel is also decent, making the Origins series a worthwhile piông chồng for anyone looking for Dragon Ball adventure games.
15 Super Dragon Ball Z
Long before Arc System Works got its hands on Akira Toriyama"s series, Super Dragon Ball Z took a stab at adapting this iconic license inkhổng lồ a legitimate fighting game rather than an aremãng cầu brawler. With a curated roster of 18 characters và a combat system revolving around close-quarters combos, Super Dragon Ball Z is a traditional fighter that prioritizes skill over style.
In terms of combat, Super Dragon Ball Z is deeper than most of the franchise"s other offerings, but it does fall short when it comes lớn single-player nội dung & unlockables.
14 Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit is the forgotten game in a long line of DBZ games. Although it was the first DBZ title for the Xbox 360 generation and received a ton of hype at the time it isn"t looked baông xã fondly too much nowadays.
While there is a reason for that with its minuscule roster và the story mode ending on Cell, that doesn"t mean the game is without merit. The game still looks beautiful & its in-engine cutscenes especially look fantastic for a game from 2008. While the fighting is stripped down mechanically speaking from the Budokai series, it still plays well và is faster than its predecessors. This is a DBZ game that deserved a sequel which never came.
13 Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2
While the Raging Blast series always felt lượt thích lesser versions of the beloved Budokai Tenkaibỏ ra, this doesn"t necessarily mean that they were bad games. In fact, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 is one of the more underrated fighters in the franchise. It even plays lượt thích a much more simplified version of Budokai Tenkaichi 3 which for some is welcome as BT3 is quite complicated for newcomers.
Unlike many fighters with massive sầu rosters, this game actually introduces at least one chất lượng technique per character which makes them stvà out much more. Instead of retelling the story of the anime, the game has "Galactic Missions" which are isolated fights that focus on a path for characters from Goku to Tarble. It may be a lesser version of later games on the list, but it"s still a solid time.
12 Dragon Ball: Shin Budokai - Another Road
Most people assume that the Budokai line of Dragon Ball games ended with Budokai 3, but gamers would be mistaken to lớn think that. There were sequels on the PSPhường, one of which is the underrated Dragon Ball: Shin Budokai - Another Road.
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Despite being on the weaker PSP, the gameplay is perfectly comparable to the PS2 classic and even makes some improvements lớn the formula. The Dragon Rush system from Budokai 3 is removed and the Ultimates come out much fast so the fighting isn"t hampered by the need to appear cinematic. While the story isn"t the best in a Dragon Ball game, it gets credit for having different paths depending on if fights are won or lost and for having an original story of Future Trunks dealing with Majin Buu in his timeline.
11 Dragon Ball Fusions
The concept of Fusion in Dragon Ball is extremely popular for something that was introduced in such a divisive sầu saga as the Buu arc. But no other game focused on this idea more than the 3Ds game known simply as Dragon Ball Fusions.
The premise of the game is so simple that it"s astonishing that it wasn"t done before; what if anybody toàn thân could fuse with anyone else in the Dragon Ball world? This game answers that question with amazing results as there is tín đồ service in here from top to lớn bottom. A huge open world to explore, satisfying RPG combat, and a bonkers story? You can want nothing else from a handheld DBZ game.
10 Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Released in January 20đôi mươi, one would think that DBZ games have told the story enough times at this point that players would be fed up about it. But DBZ: Kakarot there is still juice left in the fruit.
Unlượt thích many other DBZ games, this is a single-player, story-driven RPG with combat similar to the Xenoverse series but smoother. The presentation is where this game shines however as it"s the best representation of the main DBZ story ever in a video game and the side quests have clever easter eggs for hardcore fans. It"s not without its faults, but it is a meaty game worth its weight for any bạn of the franchise.
9 Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission
In Japan, Dragon Ball Heroes is a hugely popular arcade trading game that debuted in 2010. Putting aside the occasional insane clip of a Super Saiyan 4 Gohan or Broly hitting YouTube, Western players had to wait until 2019 to lớn get a proper taste of the spin-off series.
World Mission takes place in a universe where Dragon Ball exists as an anime that spawned a popular thẻ game. Once the virtual và real worlds begin to lớn collide, the protagonist must collect cards of their favorite Z-fighters to battle a wild plethora of villains. The story is cheesy, the turn-based gameplay has depth but is also incredibly repetitive sầu, and there are hundreds upon hundreds of cards khổng lồ collect. The last part earns World Mission a spot on this danh mục.
8 Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Following the Budokai Tenkaichi series, Dragon Ball"s console games hit a bit of a rough spell. Burst Limit has solid combat but suffers from a limited roster, Ultimate Tenkaichi may as well have "out of ideas" stamped on the box cover, and Battle of Z is a decent team-based action-RPG pretending lớn be a fighting game.
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Xenoverse 2 is the best of a rather sad bunch, but 2017"s sequel improves just enough on its predecessor lớn be worth recommending. Based on Dragon Ball Online, Xenoverse 2 shines through its deep customization system and quantity (if not quality) of content. The combat is fine but lacks the depth to lớn tư vấn a campaign that can easily last 20 hours.
7 Dragon Ball Z: The Legend
Dating bachồng to the mid-"90s, Dragon Ball Z: The Legend is the franchise"s only worthwhile PlayStation 1 release. Developed by BEC và Tose Software, The Legend runs through the entirety of Dragon Ball Z"s main arcs and features a respectful roster of over 30 fighters.
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The gameplay mainly takes the shape of team battles, as both sides try to lớn swing the momentum in their favor. While still technically a fighter, The Legend injects an element of strategy inkhổng lồ proceedings, as there is no point in winning your fight if the rest of the team is on the receiving kết thúc of a demolition. Graphically, 1996"s title boasts stunning 2 chiều sprites & impressive sầu 3D backgrounds.
6 Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors
Surprisingly, Toriyama"s license is more consistent on handheld systems than home page consoles. The trò chơi Boy màu sắc may not possess the power of a PlayStation 2 or a GameCube, but the system"s limitations meant Banpreslớn had to think outside the box when creating Legendary Super Warriors.
The over result is a highly respectable fighting game that blends turn-based mechanics with a thẻ system. Characters are leveled up by assigning attachồng, support, & defense cards; however, each fighter is limited to only a few upgrades per playthrough. Legendary Super Warriors boasts a robust campaign và a ton of replayability, even if the chất lượng gameplay may not be for everyone. The Super Famicom"s Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu also deserves a special mention, as it explored some similar ideas to Legendary Super Warriors.
5 Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension
Hyper Dimension is the most influential và important Dragon Ball fighting game of all time. Super Butōden is the only one that comes cchiến bại, but Hyper Dimension improves on so many aspects of the experience that 1996"s release completely overshadows everything that came before & most of what was published after.
Covering all of Dragon Ball Z"s main Sagas, Hyper Dimension has only ten playable fighters; that said, all the characters play distinctively enough to require each lớn be individually mastered. Along with an extensive sầu array of special or situational moves, the combat is dynamic & highly responsive sầu. Even after all these years, Hyper Dimension remains fantastic.
4 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3
Released in 2004, Budokai 3 was the pinnacle of Dimps" run of 2 chiều fighting games on the PlayStation 2. With tight combat mechanics, gorgeous cel-shaded graphics, và an expansive "Story Mode" boasting campaigns for eleven different characters, Budokai 3 is everything a bạn of the series could possibly desire.
Compared lớn other 2D fighters, Budokai 3 is just slightly above sầu average. Stacked up against other Dragon Ball or even anime fighting games in general? Budokai 3 is nothing short of brilliant.
3 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaibỏ ra 3
Deciding whether lớn give sầu the edge to Budokai Tenkaichi 3 or Budokai 3 was the most difficult part of compiling this danh mục. In the kết thúc, the former receives the nod due to truly feeling like the ultimate love sầu letter to the series, even if the 3D combat is less refined than Budokai 3"s mechanics.
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Budokai Tenkaiđưa ra 3 boasts one of the biggest rosters in a fighting game of all time, while the "Dragon History" mode covers the original Dragon Ball, Z, GT, the movies, and even includes some "What If" scenargame ios. While the combat is not particularly complex and the roster tóm tắt most of the bộ combo attacks, Budokai Tenkaibỏ ra 3 adapts the license"s trademark visual spectacle better than most other titles.
2 Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku 2 & Buu"s Fury
Considering the trò chơi Boy Advance"s The Legacy of Goku has a better chance of landing on a danh sách commemorating the worst Dragon Ball games, the sequels securing such a high spot is honestly remarkable. Focusing on the Cell và Majin Buu Sagas respectively, The Legacy of Goku 2 and Buu"s Fury highlight the source material"s sense of adventure that is often left unrepresented by the majority of adaptations.
Action-RPGs with multiple playable characters, side quests, unlockable attacks, & temporary transformations, The Legacy of Goku series should be considered a must-play for not only fans of the franchise, but also anyone searching for a fun handheld experience. Buu"s Fury introduces elements like assignable stat points và equipment but also requires more grinding than The Legacy of Goku 2.
1 Dragon Ball FighterZ
Is anyone surprised? Arc System Works" Dragon Ball FighterZ is, without doubt, the best-crafted game based on Toriyama"s franchise. Speaking solely in terms of gameplay, FighterZ is comfortably ahead of the pack. Boasting a visual style that often threatens to lớn surpass Dragon Ball Super"s animation, the extremely fluid combat system is accessible và a totally accurate representation of the source material.
FighterZ allowed Dragon Ball khổng lồ finally be accepted into the competitive scene, something that none of the previous releases ever came cthất bại to accomplishing. Due to the single-player campaign overstaying its welcome, FighterZ mostly shines as a multiplayer title. Depending on what someone is seeking, Budokai Tenkaichi 3, The Legacy of Goku 2, or Budokai 3 can be just as rewarding.