Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is different from other Dragon Ball fighting games. It’s a 4 vs. 4 fighting game, but not a battle royale like the arcade game Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale. Players always are in a team with four fighters, even in story mode where you get three AI controlled characters on your team.
There are three story routes in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z. You can go through the main DBZ story, play through the story from the perspective of the enemies, and a story with unusual scenarios like fighting all of Freiza’s four forms at once.
You can one shot knockout other characters with ultimate attacks like Goku’s Spirit Bomb. This attack has players mash triangle to charge it then input a button prompts (triangle and square) to unleash it. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z does not have any transformations. If you play as Super Saiyan Goku you cannot go to Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3 or Super Saiyan God. You’re locked into whatever form you select when the battle starts. To balance the game, powered up characters get less slots to equip powerups.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is slated for release in early 2014 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PlayStation Vita.