To many of us, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse was a disappointing chapter in the Dragon Ball gaming series. While its campaign was exciting, its character creation system was dynamic and the degree of fan service was exceptional, Dragon Ball Xenoverse was not a great fighting game. The RPG elements weren't all that great either, but when a fighting game doesn't give you enough range and variation with your combat approaches, it's bound to disappoint.
The Dragon Ball Anime series is such a rich source of material for Video Games. Unfortunately, the days of great Dragon Ball fighting games seem to be long since past. I don't think I've really enjoyed one of these titles since the PS2 era. But what are the games that Dragon Ball Xenoverse and the next Dragon Ball game are going to be compared to? Are these the best Anime fighting games ever made?
The Two Fighting Games the Next Dragon Ball Z Game is Up Against!
In the mind of the general community, there are two anime series that have dominated the gaming industry - both in terms of sales and quality. Naruto Shippuden and Dragon Ball Z. However, I think the Naruto series has been far more successful in terms of critical success. In fact, I think a lot of people would agree that 2013 featured the greatest Naruto title to date.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
The only downside that I found to this fantastic fighting game, was how easy it could be. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 accelerated the pace of combat and gifted players extremely responsive control over their fighting style. The connections with characters and the story was also remarkably satisfying. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 was everything that I hoped Dragon Ball Xenoverse would be!
This series has had its ups and downs, but it was so refreshing to see CyberConnect2 really connect with what makes a great fighting game. Bandai Namco have produced some terrible fighting games in their time, but this is one of their finest hits and a model for the future of the series and other Anime fighting games!
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3
The first two games in this series were pretty good, but no one saw the Dragon Ball Z series reaching such heights when Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 was released for the PS2 in 2004. This was the golden era of Dragon Ball Z games and the series has never returned to the height of this instalment! The Ultimate Attacks, Super Saiyan 4 modes, Fusion moves and Dragon Rush mechanic made Budokai 3 one of the best fighting games ever made!
But where do your loyalties lie? Can the next Dragon Ball Z game compete with these two giants? Will it have what it takes to compete with such remarkable competition? Be sure to let us know what you want from the next game in the comments below!