Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero Reveals Extended Gameplay Footage And Its Unique Mechanics

Experience what it’ll be like to play this game first-hand by taking a look at the following gameplay showcase, featuring Goku vs Vegeta!

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Bandai Namco America’s official YouTube channel uploaded extended gameplay footage for the much-awaited Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero video game on Mar 20, 2024, where producer Jun Furutani runs through exclusive scenes never seen before and explains the game’s unique mechanics!

First of all, he affirms the well known fact that Sparking! Zero isn’t some brand-new game but is a sequel to the Budokai Tenkaichi series. Experience what it’ll be like to play this game first-hand by taking a look at the following gameplay showcase, featuring a clash of the age old rivals – Goku vs Vegeta!

The producer lists down the new features that make Sparking! Zero a sequel to the beloved Budokai Tenkaichi series.

1. Short Dash

One of the biggest changes was to boost the normal movement, making it as fast as the dash in the previous title, and to allow a short dash that lets you move at lightning speed with a button that is to be used for dashing. This change opens up more possibilities for movement, attacks on the go, and even more complex actions.

In fact, you can perform various actions to suit your style, such as dodging an opponent’s attack with a short dash, unleashing a charged attack or even a Ki Blast while moving, or linking to a dragon dash to pull off a huge move in one go.

Besides the basic actions, this new addition also introduces actions using “Skill Count” which builds up over time during battle.

2. Revenge Counter

It lets you strike back while absorbing an opponent’s attack, an action that enables high-speed attack and defense that are unique to DRAGON BALL, as seen in the original story where characters can launch an attack even while being hit.

3. Super Perception

It is a countercommand that lets you counterattack in anticipation of various attacks—even Ki Wave types of blasts. Both can only be triggered when you have enough “Skill Count” and this new element expands the choices you have in combat and makes the game more fun, while retaining the iconic elements from DRAGON BALL.

4. Vanishing Assaults

Last but not least, we’ve added a new action using Ki called “Vanishing Assaults” that lets you approach an opponent instantly and pounce. I’m sure you’ll love this new option at mid-range, where it’s hard to choose whether to attack from afar or get up close and personal.

In addition, the producer affirms that Sparking! Zero: was created while keeping in mind the essence of what made the Budokai Tenkaichi series so popular: an enjoyable, dynamic 3D-action battle experience that deeply captures the elements of DRAGON BALL.

Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero will be the latest edition of the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi Arena Fighter franchise.

Although no release date has been announced, the game will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi, aka Dragon Ball Z: Sparking!, is a 3D fighting game released in 2005 for PlayStation 2.

In October 2006, the second installment, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, aka Dragon Ball Z: Sparking! Neo was launched in Japan.

The game was later released in Europe, North America, and Australia next month.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, aka Dragon Ball Z: Sparking! Meteor launched in Japan for PlayStation 2 and Wii in October 2007.

In November 2007, the PlayStation version of the game was released in North America and Europe. The Wii version hit the American market in December 2007 and then the European and Australian markets in 2008.

In 2010, the latest installment of the series, Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team, was released for PlayStation Portable.

About Dragon Ball:

Dragon Ball is a manga series by Akira Toriyama. It first began its serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1984.

The manga was later adapted into a multitude of animated series, movies, and games.

The franchise consists of five different anime series, about 21 animated movies, and around 10 games spanning various platforms, from Famicon to Playstation and Xbox.

Synopsis of the Dragon Ball anime:

The story of Dragon Ball follows the life of Son Goku, a monkey-tailed boy loosely based on the traditional Chinese folk tale Journey to the West, from his life and adventures as a child all the way up to being a grandfather.

During his life, he fights many battles and eventually becomes (arguably) the strongest martial artist in the universe. He is not without help, however: the comic boasts a large ensemble cast of martial artist heroes and villains which provide the conflict that drives the story.

Source: Bandai Namco Europe’s Official Site