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By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Jun, 2017 At 02:11 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Dragon Ball Fighter Z is coming for PS4, Xbox One and PC next year, but Switch owners are not down for the count yet.

In an interview with Gamesblog, the developers revealed they may bring the game to Switch still, but there would need to be a large amount of demand for it.

Well, if that is the case, then fans should show demand and let Arc System Works and Bandai Namco know they want it on Switch,

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Jun, 2017 At 10:31 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bandai Namco and Arc System Works have announced a new Dragon Ball fighting game, Dragon Ball Fighters.

Dragon Ball Fighters will use a three-versus-three team battle system, and allow players to determine  what compatibility they want and select a team. The game will also incorporate the “ultra high speed battles” and “flashy special moves” from the series..

According to producer Tomoko Hiroki, while Dragon Ball titles of recent years have been 3D, they chose 2.5D this time because there were some things that can only be done in that style. While it looks like 2D animation at first glance, it has a broader range of expression as they can shift camera angles and incorporate a lot of unique production not possible in 2D alone.

This is really cool news, and the game sounds absolutely amazing. A traditional 2D Dragon Ball fighting game is something many want and now we are getting it.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 May, 2017 At 12:54 PM | Categorized As Animation, Comics/Manga, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 was announced for Switch during the reveal event., but there was a distinct lack of information about the game after that. However, we now have new information thanks to Famitsu, and there are some very interesting details.

The game has  mechanics and systems in this version to add a new experience.

  • Ad-Hoc Co-Op Play – A first for the Dragon Ball Xenoverse series, using ad-hoc correspondence, you can play with up to six nearby players.
  • Ultimate Techniques with the Motion Sensor – For example, by using the Joy-Cons with both hands, you can trigger a “Kamehameha.”
  • Two-Player Joy-Con Battles – Battle against a friend on the same Switch using the two Joy-Con controllers.

The Switch version will also have some great bonuses as well.

  • Limited Time Bonus – Experience the “Time Patrol” main story from the first Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
  • For Early Buyers – A code to unlock the characters from the main story early. By using this code, you will have access to more than 70 characters from the start.

Bandai Namco may have taken their time revealing information on the Switch version of the game, but it was worth it. This sounds like an incredible version of the game with a ton of great content.

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Dragon Ball has had a long history in video games. From Japan exclusive entries, the GBA RPGs, the great Budokai series and more, Dragon Ball has had great representation in gaming. Dragon Ball Xenoverse was a great entry in the series and was a breath of fresh air after some increasingly stale games. Xenoverse gave players the chance to explore multiple points of the series timeline from another perspective. The online was great and it had an excellent amount of characters. So how does its sequel hold up?

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I am pleased to say that for the most part Xenoverse 2 is a worthy follow-up to the original game. It has its issues but it is still fun and enjoyable. We have a great amount of characters, better character creation ( my Frieza race character can now go golden Frieza which is excellent!) and best of all, refined gameplay.

The story is in parts too much like the original but does manage to have its highpoints and when it does, it hits it out of the park. A major difference is that new villains are being put into the scenarios which manages to give things a fresh look for longtime fans who have gotten to used to how things play out. The game has numerous “What if?” scenarios that help shake things up as well. Things play out differently than you are used to and so this is a great treat for longtime fans.  The lineup of characters, as mentioned above, is great. The game incorporates characters from Dragon Ball Super as well as the usual sources. This is a great way to introduce fans to Super, if they haven’t been following the subbed versions. I do feel that some characters should not have been saved for DLC and should have been in the main game right away but that is a small issue really.

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The online play  have been greatly improved and I had a lot more fun with them this time around, then I did with the first game. That said There was some connectivity issues and lag that did get in the way of my enjoyment. And speaking of missions, the central hub from the previous game is back but greatly expanded on. You can go to more areas, visit more shops and interact with more people. You do need to do the parallel missions to progress, same as last time, so there is some basis to fall back on in the game.

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Xenoverse 2 has a great selection of music but the voice synchronization is terrible. It really feels like an awkward dubbing from the past, and not up to par with some great English voice acting in modern games from Japan. It isn’t a deal breaker but it is noticeable. I would say that Xenoverse 2 is a good sequel to the original Xenoverse. It is not perfect but it is a good game. I would recommend it greatly,

By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Jul, 2016 At 12:53 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBandai Namco Games has released a new trailer for their upcoming game, Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2.  The game shows off many improvements on the first one and looks to be a great experience as well. Check out the trailer below.

 

By Garrett Green On 29 Apr, 2015 At 11:11 PM | Categorized As Animation, Featured, International News, News, ROG News, Television | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIt’s been 18 years since the last Dragon Ball anime, Dragon Ball GT, concluded in Japan. And let’s be honest, a lot of fans would like to forget that series ever aired. The series is not considered to be canon and had very little input from the original series creator. A few years ago the Kai series began, which cuts out much of the fluff and filler from Dragon Ball Z and also redraws many scenes to give the show a shiny new coat. But not we are about to get an all new anime titled Dragon Ball Chou. Chou can be translated to “super” and it seems that the english title will infect be “Dragon Ball Super.”

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Dragon Ball Chou will take place after the events of the Majin Buu saga, the last saga in the Dragon Ball Z series. It hasn’t been confirmed if it will take place before or after the recent movies Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’, which are considered cannon. But like the movies, series creator Akira Toriyama will over see the new series and be heavily involved.

In an official press release from Toei Animation, Masako Nozawa, voice actress for Goku, Gohan, Gotten, and Bardock, had this to say. “I’ve used the word ‘cho’ (super) in so many commercials, games and other media, it is fantastic that the long awaited Dragon Ball Super will finally begin. I hope that this series will last a long time and have the same impact around the world as its predecessor.”

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Osamu Nozaki, a producer at Fuji TV said, “As I read the plot I’ve a;ready received from Akira Toriyama, my dreams for this begin to expand. An enemy even stronger than Buu or Freeza may appear…”

Dragon Ball Chou is set to air this July on Fuji TV on Sundays at 9:00 am.

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By Garrett Green On 11 Apr, 2013 At 06:56 AM | Categorized As Animation, International News, Movie News, News, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

No GravatarDragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods has been battling the box office in Japan, and in true Goku style, is dominating. In its opening weekend, the film pulled in ¥683,925,000 in it’s first two days of March 30 and 31. That is about $6.8 million making it the number 1 non-American movie and number 5 movie in the international box office behind G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Croods, Jack the Giant Slayer, and Oz the Great and Powerful. Now this might not sound like much but to put in a little perspective; those 4 movies are being shown in over 50 territories while DBZ was only shown in Japan on 3828 screens. That is impressive. It should be also noted that it also played on IMAX screens, which is a higher ticket compared to normal screens.

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In it’s second weekend, 9 days of being in theatres, Battle of Gods and earned a total of ¥1,772,955,800. Toei Animation has stated it expects this movie to earn over 3 billion yen and it is well on its way. The last Dragon Ball theatrical movie was released 17 years ago. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods marks the first Dragon Ball movie with the original creator, Akira Toriyama, actively participating in the story of the film. It takes place a few years after the end of the Majin Buu saga where the Birus, God of Destruction, (Hakaishin Birusu) is awakened looking for an opponent to give him a challenge. And anyone who knows Goku, knows he loves a challenge.

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With the success of the film, DBZ fans abroad would hope that there would be a fast release of a dub by Funimation. Well, it might take longer than we would want. 20th Century Fox distributed the movie over in Japan and gets the first option to release it internationally. So if they decided to do so and release their own dub, they have the option to do so. If they decide to do nothing, Funimation can step in but they do not think that we’ll see it on our shores until next year. Here’s hoping Funimation get to dub with the voices we all love, or hate for some people, and Fox doesn’t decided to pack it full of celebrities who know nothing about anime. But I doubt that will happen.

 

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By otakuman5000 On 16 Dec, 2012 At 10:07 PM | Categorized As Animation, Comics/Manga, Featured, News, News, Previews | With 0 Comments

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When I saw that there was a new DBZ movie in the works and it was being written and directed by series creator Akira Toriyama for 2013 I lost my mind. The movie is entitled Battle of the Gods and it will be released on March 30 2013 in Japan only with Toei Company Ltd and 20th Century Fox, the US release has yet to be announced and the plot is as follows.

“The events of Battle of Gods takes place several years after the titanic battle with Majin Buu, which determined the fate of the entire universe. Bills, the God of Destruction who is tasked with maintaining some sort of balance in the universe, awakens from a long slumber. Hearing rumors that a Saiyan defeated Frieza, Bills tracks down this warrior: Goku. Ecstatic over the new challenge, Goku ignores King Kai’s advice and battles Bills, but he is overwhelmed and defeated. Bills leaves, but his eerie remark of “Is there nobody on Earth more worthy to destroy…?” lingers on. Goku and his allies must aim to stop the God of Destruction before all is lost. A mysterious character named Wiss also appears in the film”


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By otakuman5000 On 29 Nov, 2010 At 04:55 AM | Categorized As Tales of Real Otaku | With 1 Comment

No GravatarHello everyone! My name is Tion. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. You can say that I pretty much came out the womb as an Otaku! I owe my ‘Otakuness’ to my mom. She may not look like a geek (she’s far too beautiful), but deep down she is one. My mom exposed me to Marvel comics, anime, and video games at a very young age. I started playing video games when I was two years old. The first system that I owned was the NES. Most of time I played Super Mario/Duck Hunt, Final Fantasy I, Dragon Quest I, and Tetris.

Draining HP:  I would switch  from Final Fantasy to Dragon Quest or vise versa, every time I got stuck on a story ark. Talk about living (wasting) my life!

My favorite genre of video games (if you haven’t already take the hint) are JRPG’s; Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest are my favorite JRPG series. Final Fantasy II, IV, VI, VII and  Dragon Quest III, V, VI, and IX are my favorite entries. I’m not a fan of new-school Final Fantasy  games. I hated everything from FFVIII, and beyond with the exception of FFXII.

Final Fantasy VII had the BIGGEST impact on me. It changed my way of thinking, actions, and my attitude towards the people around me. I’ve been told by friends that I am  “dark and gloomy”, and  “too serious”  like Cloud at times. However, deep down I ‘m a funny and down to earth person to talk to. As for Cloud, I don’t mind the comparison. I admired the REAL Cloud, those who have played FFVII know what I’m talking about. He has gone through a lot like I have, so I can easily relate to him.

Artwork by Final Fantasy veteran character designer Yoshitaka Amano, who also worked on the Gatchman TV show.

It wasn’t until I was in middle school that I really got into anime and manga. At that time I was into the popular, “bubble-gum” manga like Ranma 1/2, Bleach, and Dragon Ball. Naturally, over the years my tastes have evolved. As I got older, I gravitated torward superhero-type manga like Devilman, and Akumetsu. The very first, and my personal favorite, anime that I watched was Science Ninja Team Gatchman. What I found unique about it is that the superhero genre in manga and anime is not that popular in Japan.

Hahaha, that’s me at Anime Expo ’04.

Aside from anime, I like to watch a lot of movies. I’m a HUGE horror, or should I say slasher-horror, sci-fi, and fantasy film fan.  Star Wars (the original trilogy), and Halloween (the original film; the Rob Zombie remakes aren’t that bad to take a glance at) are some of my favorite all time movies.

When I’m not writing for Real Otaku Gamer, I attend college majoring in Art and Japanese. Anyone who wants to practice, learn, or teach me something that I don’t even know, feel free to contact me by leaving a comment below.

It has been a blast! Cheers!