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There are few things as enduringly popular as the Dragon Ball franchise. For over 30 years, fans have been enthralled by the adventures of Goku and his friends (and enemies). And one of the best ways to enjoy those adventures is through video games.

The franchise presents a multitude of anime that players can use to fight each other in the game of strength. Choose a good character, battle your opponents and collect seven Dragon Balls for a victorious win. While winning the game is almost always guaranteed, you must be well versed with the character's control.

With that in mind, here are the five best Dragon Ball games of all time! Hopefully, this list will help you find a new favorite game to enjoy. Or, if you're already a fan of the series, maybe it will help you relive some old memories. Either way, let's get started!

5. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3

Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3 - Trailer E3 2004 - PS2

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 presents a series of competitions in the battle of strength. Budokai 3 purely features a tournament between the most powerful warriors in Dragon Ball games. The goal is to become the last one standing.

The game offers four different types of game modes that you can pick. After which, you choose your character and battle the anime on the opponent's side. Be ready to witness some twists, though; as old friendships do not matter. For instance, Goku can and will at one point have to fight his son in this intermittent game of royalty. 

Looking deeply, DBZ: Budokai 3 does not allow shyness. The game is simply a showcase of strength that needs you to go all-in and display your most powerful skills. Use the Ki blast, high-speed runs, perfect ground and air combats to put your opponent down. This title is undoubtedly the ideal game for the best fusions and action-packed experiences with short to zero narratives.

4. Dragon Ball Z Kakarot

DRAGON BALL Z KAKAROT Gameplay Walkthrough Part 1 [1080p HD 60FPS PS4] - No Commentary

Dragon Ball Z Kakarot is the newest release in the series and one of the best action-filled games of all time. The game focuses on DB games' usual player punch and ki-blast aspects. However, these aspects are presented with a simple storyline to make you have more fun rather than fight a continuous series of battles.

The game is pretty simple and allows us to experience the fatherly aspects of Goku. The missions here are adorable, ranging from fishing with the son, eating, driving in a hovercar, and training together. The only time Goku engages in battles is after he explores the lands to find some side quests.

Winning any side quest unlocks new levels in the game, thus progressing the story. In this series, we also dive into the beginning of Goku's young son's involvement in battle. The great graphical layout, magnificent turn controls, and perfect air and ground displays add to the excitement. Simply put, the game is appealing and relaxing, unlike the other games whose goal is to leave you all sweaty.

3. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 FULL Walkthrough Gameplay No Commentary FULL GAME English 1080p 60fps

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 has been a must-play for many fans who love fighting games. The sequel takes us into an adventure of time control. Here, the player moves into different dimensions and time frames to battle and stop evil characters from changing history. 

The game provides several challenges that will have you coming back for more whenever you need to fill your blood pump. First, you need to be careful not to change history while saving it. Then, you have to engage in rigorous fights with mighty opponents. Not to mention, there are several geographical setbacks and inexperience with every new dimension you explore. 

This title has managed to bring in new aspects while still maintaining the excellent battle experience from every character. The graphics in the game do not disappoint, and the layout comes out perfectly. Now looking into the vast possibilities of imaginations on offer, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is undoubtedly one of the best games Dragon balls has ever offered.

2. Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku 2 & Buu's Fury

Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II - Longplay | GBA

Amidst the modern array of DB games to play, it is always fun to go back to the classics. Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku 2 & Buu's Fury takes us back to where it all started. The journey down memory lane unveils nicely with a complimenting touch of the best aspects in the old-school games.

In Buu's Fury, we pick up from the narrative in the Legacy of Goku II, where Goku dies after saving his son. The new epilogue revives Goku in the supernatural world, where he needs to train in the preparation to fight the mightiest supernatural being.

Appreciate the nice cameo of the 2D representation of our anime engaging in fights characterized with straight punches and kicks. Level up and unlock even better skills and a more illustrated fighting maze. The most incredible nostalgic feeling the game gives you is that you don't have to kill all your opponents. You battle those who you have to while navigating past your other opponents to the next level. 

1. Dragon Ball FighterZ

DRAGON BALL FighterZ - High level Gameplay #1 @ 1080p (60ᶠᵖˢ) HD ✔

Dragon Ball FighterZ is the one game that has perfected a complete shift in DB games as we know it. The game introduces a distinctive aspect of a three-to-three combat style. 

The fight requires that two teams, each consisting of three mighty warriors, engage in a duo. Now, the player who clears all three competitors becomes the winner and can then unlock the next game to continue the process until only the mightiest is left standing. 

In the FighterZ Edition, both fighting and decision-making skills matter. Especially because you'll be going against the baddest and deadliest characters in the series. Therefore, to stand a chance of victory, always select a combo that is as powerful as your opponents. 

However, though the matches sound tough, the game is actually very friendly both to rookies and newbies of the Dragon Ball games. Wrapping up, Dragon Ball FighterZ is by far the best  Dragon Ball game fighting game ever!

That’s it for the five best Dragon Balls games of all time. Do you agree with our listing? Are there other spin-off games you enjoyed playing more? Do let us know in our socials here or in the comments below.

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