Dragon Ball Fusions brings Namco back to the RPG genre of gaming. People who are not familiar with the series may be wondering what exactly is so great about the adventures of Goku and his friends. The Dragon Ball franchise is already decades old, with a huge fanbase globally.
In Dragon Ball Fusions you do not follow the animated series. Instead, make your own character to learn about the world of Dragon Ball in a unique way. To start, you have to create your own character. Here you can choose from five different varieties (Saiyan, Earthling, Offworlder, Namekian and Alien). Each of these five varieties also represents a specific color of energy that you need to collect during the story by being able to break through barriers and create new explore areas.
Scattered across each area you will see opponents flying around of various power levels. Any opponent that appeals to you, will challenge you to a fight and then you’ll have to fight groups of up to five opponents. When you defeat the the group, you earn experience and your teammates will be gradually stronger. Each battle takes place in a circular arena, where it is possible for your opponents occasionally to hit out of the ring and by launching objects in the environment. You can also choose to attack your opponent from a certain angle, making them like billiard balls collide to each other and thus incur additional damage. Every opponent you defeat also represents one of the colors of energy you need to unlock new areas for. However, it is not simply a matter of defeating opponents in order to meet a minimum requirement. Therefore you should also assemble a team that may increase the limit of one color. Therefore Dragon Ball Fusion has a slightly Pokémon content, since you’re constantly looking to see if you can earn somewhere new team members.
The difficulty I found somewhat irregular, as there is no clear structure in terms of opponents. Of course there are obvious fights that are intended as boss fights, but in between there are heaps of weak opponents who are hardly worth fighting because they give so little in return.
One of the key elements of Dragonball Fusions is that your teammates can merge with each other. This results in unique combinations that you have not previously seen in the anime. Think of members of the Ginyu Force that become new characters. Because all timelines of the series are interwoven in this game, you will also combine characters who would not meet otherwise. Think of Son Goku with his granddaughter Pan or other extreme and hilarious combinations like Hercule and Majin Buu.
Graphic wise, Dragonball Fusions looks fine. The world is colorful and the characters look good. The frame rate is always stable, due to the somewhat simple environment textures.
The music is what you would expect from a Dragon Ball game. Stirring during the battles and humourously at other times. In terms of content, there is plenty of things to do; improving character skills, unlock new characters and move through the story.
The big question is whether an entire game is enjoyable for long. The answer was unfortunately negative for me. I’ve never really played the game in long sessions, for the simple reason that the gameplay becomes quickly repetative. Although the gameplay is solid and works fine, it is pretty shallow.
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