The game I will be featuring here is a 3DS RPG that was released in Japan on August 4th 2016, in America on November 22nd 2016 and finally in Europe on 17th February 2017.
Also, Team Four Star have been playing through this particular game on their TFS Gaming YouTube channel – my intent to watch only the first video of that particular series went out the window and now I’m keeping up to date with it.
Dragon Ball Fusions starts with your custom avatar and their Saiyan friend, Pinich, gathering the seven dragon balls and wishing for the ultimate fighting tournament.
Apparently the ultimate tournament involves 5 vs. 5 battles, so you’ll need to gather a team of fighters to participate alongside your custom character. Being a Dragon Ball game, there are plenty of familiar faces (ranging from OG Dragon Ball all the way up to Super) who you can recruit. In addition to that, there are also original characters who you can recruit as well.
When you first start the game up, you have to create your character. There are five different races to choose from – human, Saiyan, off-worlder, Namekian and alien. Gender, hair, clothing and name can all be changed to suit your tastes afterwards. Different races have access to different attacks, and their traits differ as well.
As you may be able to tell by the word ‘Fusions’ being in the title, you can fuse two characters into a single more powerful being. Whilst familiar fusions such as Gotenks and Gogeta are present, there are over 700 possible fusions which means there are plenty of new characters to discover. Also, your avatar can fuse with any other character, providing they’ve met the correct requirements – this could be reaching a certain level or completing a specific event.
As you play through the main story, you’ll come across other characters who will have requests for you. Completing these side quests earns you rewards such as energy (which is effectively the game’s currency), experience and even new allies.
Alternatively, you can recruit new allies by besting them in battle with a ‘zenkai attack’ once Master Roshi has taught you how.
Battles take place in aerial arenas, and are turn-based. When one of your fighters’ turn comes around, you can either attack, charge ki or flee. Attacks can be melee or ki blasts. Special attacks fall into the same classifications, along with support techniques. Special attacks require a certain number of Ki orbs to perform – those can be gained by charging ki, or just by attacking or getting attacked.
There is also an ultra gauge that fills by performing actions – once it gets half-full, you are able to use aforementioned zenkai attacks and ultra fusions.
An ultra fusion is where all five of your fighters fuse into a single powerful entity for a short while.
Ultra fusions can deal a lot of damage, but if you don’t defeat your foe you do end up with your five characters gathered together and susceptible to area-of-effect attacks.
One of the most satisfying parts of battle is the way that it is possible to knock opponents around and have them bounce off each other or get kicked around by your fellow allies.
Dragon Ball Fusions is a fun RPG, and a game I strongly recommend for fans of the Dragon Ball franchise. After all, you can create your own avatar and have them fuse with any of your favourite Dragon Ball characters.