As many of you know, I'm a big fan of Dragon Ball Z. There was once a time where no Dragon Ball Z games (for America anyway) were around, but now there is more than enough to forget. Battle of Z caught my attention as not only is it fairly new, but it also features characters from the recent (and currently Japan-only) Dragon Ball Z movie Battle of Gods.
I was honestly expecting a fighting game similar to Dragon Ball Z: Budokai but Battle of Z is quite different. You can freely move around the areas including the ability to fly. You also have less variety of attacks including melee and energy waves.
While the game has several modes, most of your game-play will be against many opponents often with the strongest villain at the end. You get some allies who help you defeat enemies until the map is clear. You can also play online, which runs fairly smoothly.
However while it has decent graphics and plenty of characters to make fans happy in a way, the rest of the game is a complete mess. Being able to move freely on a large map makes enemies harder to see and even more difficult to fight. Leaving missions to feel very tedious rather than fun. While it's good to see a little variety other than a fighting game, it doesn't make much of a difference if the game isn't up to par.
Score: 4 out of 10