Gamers of all stripes have taken to DBFZ – not only for the exquisite anime style and fluid mechanics, but because it brings back the fun and community of early-90s fighting titles
As a teenager in the early 90s, there was only one real threat to my academic future. It wasn’t drugs or alcohol and it certainly wasn’t a doomed love affair (if only!). It was Street Fighter II.
Capcom’s superlative fighting game arrived in 1991, revolutionising the genre with its flamboyant characters and elaborate special moves. I’d played martial arts sims for years, blowing all my pocket money on formative titles such as Yie Ar Kung-Fu, Way of the Exploding Fist and International Karate, but this was something different: a brilliant, frenzied combination of magical warriors and super-precise control systems that used joystick rotations and button combinations to produce eye-popping attacks and counters.
Why Dragon Ball FighterZ is this generation's Street Fighter II