Just when you think Bandai Namco has devised every possible way to feature the popular manga and anime characters for which it has the rights to create mobile games, the company surprises you with something new. Notice we didn’t say revolutionary, because all that Dragon Ball Legends does is the most obvious possible thing, which is to make a fighting game about super powerful characters from a franchise that just so happens to mostly be about them fighting each other. This stuff isn’t always rocket science, folks.
So while we’ve had good games in other genres about the Dragon Ball gang, this is the first one in a while that focuses strictly on them beating the tar out of each other with fists, kicks, power blasts and other moves that look pretty impressive in the grand scheme of things. It’s pretty close to a full-on fighting game, albeit with very simple controls and some card game elements, but it totally makes sense given the IP.
It’s also reliant on the gacha-style “goodness” that you’d probably expect, meaning that getting your anxious mitts on the most powerful characters requires equal parts hard work and good luck. That said, there are ways to make even fighters who are pretty sad into capable combatants over time, and all without spending a dime unless you really, really want to do that. We’ll get to that shortly, but first, how about a quick overview on how to throw down in Dragon Ball Legends, eh?