Check out the list of the best Dragon Ball games ever released. With over 9.000 games based on Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga and subsequent anime, narrowing the list down to the top 10 titles of all time is far from an easy task. 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 stand out from the crowd.
In 1986, Epoch published Dragon Ball: Dragon Daihikyō for the Super Cassette Vision, marking the iconic series' first foray into gaming. Similar to most early Dragon Ball titles, shoot'em up – yes, shoot'em up – never left Japan. While the West needed another decade to really catch Goku fever, nowadays, a bad year can do without a Saiyan-themed fighting game or RPG hitting the shelves. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot has already been announced for 2020.
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List of Best Dragon Ball Games
Below you will check out several of the best Dragon Ball franchise games released on several different platforms. Most games are fighting games.
18. Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Z (PS Vita)
Released in 2022, Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Z didn't exactly receive a standing ovation. In fact, it's one of the lowest-rated modern games in the franchise, with criticism being leveled at its plot-by-numbers and overly simplistic combat.
While not very good on consoles, Battle Of Z does much better on Sony's PS Vita. Along with the game looking great and running flawlessly, Battle of Z sets itself apart from other Dragon Ball games by emphasizing team building and cooperative play. Even in the long single player mode, the focus is more on building a balanced team than combat. There are better Dragon Ball games on PS3 and Xbox 360, but the same cannot be said for PS Vita.
17. Dragon Ball Z: Attack Of The Saiyans
Nintendo's handheld systems seem to inspire Dragon Ball to try something a little different, at least for the franchise. Dragon Ball Z: Attack Of The Saiyans is a turn-based RPG with a limited roster of characters and some exploration. As the campaign doesn't simply jump from one fight to the next, it only covers a fraction of the Dragon Ball Z storyline, concluding with the Saiyan saga.
Attack Of The Saiyans does very little to separate itself from other turn-based RPGs, but it's a useful game that should please fans of the franchise and the genre. While derivative in the grand scheme of things, this Nintendo DS title is relatively unique in the world of Dragon Ball.
16. Dragon Ball: Origins
Another Nintendo DS game, Dragon Ball: Origins, shines a light on the oft-overlooked original series. Unlike Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball focuses more on adventure and comedy, especially during its early chapters. Consequently, Origins is less combat driven, though there are still plenty of enemies to defeat and attacks to learn.
Split into episodes and featuring solid 3D visuals for the DS, Origins plays very well and comes packed with plenty of captivating nods to Akira Toriyama's ownership. The sequel is also decent, making the Origins series a valid choice 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 tried to adapt this iconic license into a legitimate fighting game rather than an arena fighter. With a curated roster of 18 characters and a combat system revolving around close-range combos, Super Dragon Ball Z is a traditional fighter that prioritizes skill over style.
In terms of combat, Super Dragon Ball Z goes deeper than most of the other offerings in the franchise, but it falls short when it comes to single-player content and unlockables.
14. Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit is the forgotten game in a long line of DBZ games. While it was the first DBZ title for the Xbox 360 generation and received a ton of hype at the time, it's not looked back on too fondly these days.
While there's a reason for this with its tiny roster and story mode ending in Cell, that doesn't mean the game is without merit. The game still looks gorgeous and its in-engine cutscenes look fantastic for a 2008 game. While the fighting is simplified mechanically speaking of the Budokai series, it still plays well and is faster than its predecessors. This is a DBZ game that deserved a sequel that never came.
13. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2
While the Raging Blast series always felt like an inferior version of the beloved Budokai Tenkaichi, that doesn't necessarily mean they were bad games. In fact, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 is one of the most underrated fighters in the franchise. It even works as a much more streamlined version of Budokai Tenkaichi 3, which for some is welcome as BT3 is quite complicated for newbies.
Unlike many fighters with huge rosters, this game features at least one unique technique per character that makes them stand out that much more. Instead of retelling the anime's story, the game has "Galactic Quests," which are isolated fights that focus on a path for characters from Goku to Tarble. It might be a lower version of the later games on the list, but it's still solid momentum.
12. Dragon Ball: Shin Budokai – Another Road
Most people assume that the Budokai line of Dragon Ball games ended with Budokai 3, but players would be wrong to think so. There have been sequels on the PSP, one of which is the underrated Dragon Ball: Shin Budokai – Another Road.
Despite being on the weakest PSP, the gameplay is perfectly comparable to the classic PS2 and even makes some improvements to the formula. Budokai 3's Dragon Rush system is removed and Ultimates come out really fast, so the fight isn't hampered by the need to look cinematic. While the story isn't the best in a Dragon Ball game, it gets credit for having different paths depending on whether fights are won or lost, and for having an original story of Future Trunks dealing with Majin Buu in its timeline.
11. Dragon Ball Fusions
The concept of Fusion in Dragon Ball is extremely popular for something that was introduced in such a divisive saga as the Buu arc. But no other game has focused more on this idea than the 3D game known simply as Dragon Ball Fusions.
The game's premise is so simple that it's surprising it hasn't been done before; what if someone could merge with anyone else in the world of Dragon Ball? This game answers that question with surprising results as there is fan service here from top to bottom. A massive open world to explore, satisfying RPG combat and a wacky story? You can't ask for anything more from a portable DBZ game.
10. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Released in January 2020, one would think DBZ games have told the story so many times by now that gamers would get fed up with it. But DBZ: Kakarot, there is still juice in the fruit.
Unlike many other DBZ games, this is a single-player story-oriented RPG with combat similar to the Xenoverse series, but smoother. Presentation is where this game shines, however, as it's the best representation of DBZ's main story in a video game and the side quests have clever easter eggs for the most dedicated fans. It's not without its flaws, but it's a substantial game worth its weight for any fan of the franchise.
9. Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission
In Japan, Dragon Ball Heroes is an extremely popular trading arcade game that debuted in 2010. Aside from the occasional insane clip of a Super Saiyan 4 Gohan or Broly hitting YouTube, western gamers had to wait until 2022 to get a preview. -off series rotation.
World Mission takes place in a universe where Dragon Ball exists as an anime that spawned a popular card game. As the virtual and real worlds begin to collide, the protagonist must collect the cards of his favorite Z fighters to fight a multitude of villains. The story is corny, the turn-based gameplay has depth, but it's also incredibly repetitive, and there are hundreds and hundreds of cards to collect. The last part gives World Mission a spot on this list.
8. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
After the Budokai Tenkaichi series, Dragon Ball console games were a little difficult. Burst Limit has solid combat but suffers from a limited roster, Ultimate Tenkaichi may well have "out of ideas" stamped on the box cover, and Battle of Z is a decent team-based action RPG that pretends to be a fighting game.
Xenoverse 2 is the best of a rather sad bunch, but the 2022 sequel improves just enough over its predecessor to be worth recommending. Based on Dragon Ball Online, Xenoverse 2 stands out for its deep customization system and quantity (if not quality) of content. Combat is good, but lacks depth to support a campaign that can easily last 20 hours.
7. Dragon Ball Z: The Legend
Dating back to the mid-90s, Dragon Ball Z: The Legend is the only valid PlayStation 1 release in the franchise. Developed by BEC and Tose Software, The Legend runs through all the main arcs of Dragon Ball Z and features a respectful roster of over 30 fighters.
Gameplay mostly takes the form of team battles, with both sides trying to balance the pace in their favor. While still technically a fighter, The Legend injects an element of strategy into the process, as there's no point in winning your fight if the rest of the team is experiencing a demolition. Graphically, the 1996 title features stunning 2D sprites and stunning 3D backgrounds.
6. Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors
Surprisingly, Toriyama's license is more consistent on handheld systems than it is on home consoles. The Game Boy Color might not possess the power of a PlayStation 2 or a GameCube, but the system's limitations mean that Banpresto had to think outside the box when creating Legendary Super Warriors.
The end result is a highly respectable fighting game that combines turn-based mechanics with a card system. Characters level up by assigning attack, support, and defense cards; however, each fighter is limited to just a few upgrades per playthrough. Legendary Super Warriors has a robust campaign and a ton of replayability, even though the unique gameplay might not be for everyone. Super Famicom's Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu also deserves a special mention as it explored some ideas similar to the legendary Super Warriors.
5. Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension
Hyper Dimension is the most influential and important Dragon Ball fighting game of all time. Super Butōden is the only one that comes close, but Hyper Dimension improves on so many aspects of the experience that the 1996 release completely overshadows everything that came before and much that was published later.
Covering all the major Dragon Ball Z Sagas, Hyper Dimension has just ten playable fighters; That said, all characters play distinctly enough to require each one to be mastered individually. Along with a wide range of special or situational moves, combat is dynamic and highly responsive. Even after all these years, Hyper Dimension is still fantastic.
4. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3
Released in 2004, Budokai 3 was the pinnacle of Dimps' 2D fighting game series on PlayStation 2. With tight combat mechanics, gorgeous cel-shaded graphics, and an expansive "Story Mode" boasting campaigns for eleven different characters, Budokai 3 It's everything a fan of the series could wish for.
Compared to other 2D fighters, Budokai 3 is a little above average. Stacked against another Dragon Ball or even anime fighting games in general? Budokai 3 is simply brilliant.
3. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
Deciding whether to give the upper hand to Budokai Tenkaichi 3 or Budokai 3 was the hardest part of compiling this list. In the end, the former gets the nod due to it truly feeling like the series' final love letter, even if the 3D combat is less refined than the mechanics of Budokai 3.
Budokai Tenkaichi 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” scenarios. While the combat isn't particularly complex and the cast shares most of the combo attacks, Budokai Tenkaichi 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 Game Boy Advance's The Legacy of Goku has a better chance of landing on a list celebrating the worst Dragon Ball games, the sequels securing such a high spot is honestly remarkable. Focusing on Cell and Majin Buu Sagas respectively, The Legacy of Goku 2 and Buu's Fury highlight the source material's sense of adventure that is often not represented by most adaptations.
Action RPGs with multiple playable characters, side quests, unlockable attacks, and temporary transformations, The Legacy of Goku series should be considered a must-play not only for fans of the franchise, but anyone looking for a fun experience. with the hand. Buu's Fury introduces elements like assignable stat points and equipment, but it 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 a doubt, the most worked out game based on Toriyama's franchise. Speaking only in terms of gameplay, FighterZ is comfortably ahead of the pack. Sporting a visual style that often threatens to overtake the animation of Dragon Ball Super, the extremely fluid combat system is accessible and a totally accurate representation of the source material.
FighterZ allowed Dragon Ball to finally be accepted into the competitive scene, something none of the previous releases came close to accomplishing. Due to the single player campaign going over the welcome threshold, FighterZ mostly shines as a multiplayer title. Depending on what one is looking for, Budokai Tenkaichi 3 , The Legacy of Goku 2 or Budokai 3 can be equally rewarding.