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DRAGON BALL: THE BREAKERS Review

Survive or slaughter

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS4 on 😨

DRAGON BALL: THE BREAKERS is also available for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

DRAGON BALL: THE BREAKERS is rated Teen by the ESRB

If you enjoy online games with a unique approach then DRAGON BALL: THE BREAKERS likely piqued your interest. But, is it any good?

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Looks like this group all shops at the same store

When I watched the trailer for DRAGON BALL: THE BREAKERS, I was very invested in its premise. The concept of playing as a regular human while an iconic DRAGON BALL adversary hunts folks down on their path of destruction is a fantastic idea for sure. Considering I love the 1-vs-many approach as seen in games like Friday the 13th, I just had to give it a go. Now that I have, I must say that it definitely fell short of my expectations but it's still an occasionally fun game, especially when you get a solid group together. v1d30chumz 44-210-77-106

So, how exactly do you play DRAGON BALL: THE BREAKERS? Well, most players will control human survivors while 1 will play as an enemy such as Cell, Frieza, or Buu. As matches progress, the survivors will acquire items and gain power that they can use to temporarily inhabit a DRAGON BALL hero. Meanwhile, the villain will evolve into more powerful forms as they hunt the survivors.

As a survivor, it's your goal to collect keys and place them where they belong to power-up an escape machine but even if you fail, you can still escape via cute little helicopter-like vessels. Of course, if you defeat the raider which is usually very difficult to do so you'll need a strong and cooperative group then you'll win. With so many ways to survive, you'd think that the fun stays fresh, right?

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I'll rescue you, ma'am; just let me check my emails first

Unfortunately, even after playing DRAGON BALL: THE BREAKERS for only a few matches, you'll begin to realise just how repetitive everything is. My enjoyment of it went something like this: learn how to play effectively and keep an open mind, discover that it's a pretty fun game once it all clicks, and then become disappointed as soon as the repetition sinks in. Now, that isn't to say that it becomes a completely unfun game over time because even after the simplistic gameplay turned tedious, I still had the occasional match that ended up being rather exciting due to well-matched players but unfortunately, such occasions are rare.

One aspect that I appreciate about DRAGON BALL: THE BREAKERS is its sense of tension. While you play as a survivor, you'll hear a heartbeat whenever the villain is nearby so you can then run to a hiding place and press a button to remain stealthily hidden. Sometimes, it doesn't work as the enemy player spotted you without you realising it so they'll then blast the structure that you're hiding behind. This results in a formula that's surprisingly scary at times despite the otherwise cute and colourful aesthetic of the game world.

As you play, you'll amass various currencies that you can spend on unlockables with the most substantial of which being the transpheres which allow you to utilize the powers of additional DRAGON BALL characters. However, nearly everything else is simply cosmetic which is boring, especially after you dress your character up however you wish as there won't be much else to care about unlocking. Another disappointing aspect is that DRAGON BALL: THE BREAKERS can feel unfair at times such as when the raider singles you out while your allies are far away and they won't let you escape until you're dead so you have no choice but to quit or watch the match unfold.

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Well, that's a new one...

When it gets down to it, DRAGON BALL: THE BREAKERS has a clever premise that makes its gameplay occasionally fun but that often feels like the stars have aligned because otherwise, it's a generally repetitive and monotonous affair.

  • + Clever premise for an online game that can be quite fun when it clicks
  • + Decent sense of tension
  • + Fun items and survival mechanics
  • - Gameplay is incredibly simple and gets repetitive very fast
  • - Unlockables are mostly cosmetic
  • - Sometimes feels unfair
6.3 out of 10
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