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So it’s finally happened. The MMO genre has gotten so godforsakenly large that every game developer/publisher and their mothers think they can produce a smash hit and rake the mounds of cash in. And its hard to argue with them. With World of Warcraft breaching the 11 million players mark just a couple weeks back and competitors such as Warhammer Online, Lord of the Rings Online, and Star Wars: The Old Republic on the horizon, its no surprise a lot of companies are trying their hand at competing with the best.

However, as time has shown, the beast that is WoW will not go down easily, if it ever does. Yet, Namco Bandai (huh?) is taking their turn with hopes that a predominant anime series cultivates enough of a following to give them an edge over Blizzard. The series? Dragonball.


What? Ex-squeeze me? Baking powder? They’re making an MMO with hopes that a manga/anime, which hasn’t seen new content in over a decade, will attract enough gamers to produce a viable experience? An anime, mind you, that had poor animation and ridiculous, asinine, repeating storylines that only a ten year old could find entertaining. Now, don’t start flaming the forums yet. Dragonball, as a series, was a building block for many modern animes, as well as a pioneer in japanamation in the western world. I’d be lying if I told you that I don’t know who Goku, Frieza, Vegeta and Majin Buu are, but then again, I was also a ten-year-old action-addicted kid when the episodes were being dubbed into English. And it was that fast paced action and glitzy transformation that mesmerized me as a boy, even leaving a soft spot in its wake, though one that has been rapidly hardening over the years.

Yet, as I stumbled upon Dragonball Online (boy, do I love the originality there), I became slightly intrigued. Now, in terms of gameplay, I have yet to read anything groundbreaking or innovative, which is a hard thing to do in an MMO. However, in order to take down a giant like WoW, a game must create a new spin on an old product in order to attract a gamer base, an aspect Dragonball Online has yet to show.

As details get slowly released from overseas, much of the news is mediocre at best. Watching footage from the gameplay vidoes (see: Dragonball Online Trailer + Gameplay), players can choose from three different races – Namekian (Piccolo), Human and Majin, which are pink, demonic looking creatures. Each race offers only two classes, which simply breakdown to fighter and healer. The human does offer one extra class, revolving around technology, such as the character Bulma from the series, yet, two classes does not offer much depth, and I hardly see this game remaining interesting without a quick fix to that.


Although DBO may not exhibit such innovation (see: Fighter and Healer. Really?), it does stay true to Dragonball’s fast paced action, over the top energy blasts, and high flying tactics; combat is exhilaratingly swift. This rapid style offers many options concerning PvP, especially with the added air combat. We’ve seen all this before in the past three, four, or five past DBZ games, and those were amazingly fluid and we’re not turn based, something that, in my opinion, will hinder the flow of combat that Dragonball is known for.

Thankfully, Akira Toriyama has had a strong creative hand in character design and plot development, a diamond in Dragonball Online’s rough. I hope we’re not left out in the cold on this one, since the beta has been open overseas in Korea and Japan for some time now, and there’s been no news of release for us westerners. We’ll have to wait and see.

Oh, on a side note, is this a joke?

Dragonball: The Movie: The Game?

  1. Tim, this is a great story. Keep ‘em coming!

    I remember getting excited for the Dragon Ball Z Quake II mod

  2. Haha same I loved the Dragon Ball Quake Mod, except it got all butchered because of the licensing issues.

  3. My god… I never thought I’d see the day when such an abomination might rear its head from the depths of the abyss… But heck I know I’d give it a whirl. Speaking as a fellow former action-addicted ten year old, DBZ will always hold at least a thin veneer of attraction… no matter how ridiculous it gets…

  4. avatar GameLegacy

    world of warcraft… 11 million players… more like 11 million SUCKERS. when i play a fun mmo game, i make sure there’s no trial of play. 30 day trials then you gotta pay for it. its stupid.

    • avatar Mariana

      Que bueno, la verdad es que no se me anojta una pelicula de Street Fighter, ni siquiera he visto la que hicieron af1os atras con el Van Dame (ni pienso verla)

  5. avatar Suck it up

    Fuck u DBZ is awesome, and as for classes… think about it nimrod theres the Z Fighters and then Dende and bulma…. What they just gunna Spontaneously create a new class for a game, then ud be like “Hey where was Flying Chicken dancer in DBZ i dont remember seeing that”
    Cant judge something til uve done it, and then thats personal opinion. So Play something before u try and review it

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