Since 1986, the Japanese media franchise “Dragon Ball” has released tons of fighting games. Each year promises a new Dragon Ball game (or port), and this year is no different. On October 14th, 2022, Dragon Ball: The Breakers will come to PlayStation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One and will be compatible with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. From the trailer and the Open Beta, which ran from September 21st to September 25th, it's clear that Dragon Ball: The Breakers will be different from other fighting games in that it will have asymmetrical gameplay. But it won't be like asymmetrical horror games like Evolve, Friday the 13th, and Dead by Daylight, which are very popular.
Instead, Dragon Ball will stick to its more comedic approach, with seven ordinary citizens, including the shape-shifting pig, Oolong, Bulma, and the Farmer, battling the Raider (Cell, Frieza, or Buu) for survival. The odds are certainly not on the survivors' side, making it an interesting, panicky, outwitting game against an enemy that is so obviously more powerful. But, if you’d like to try out similar games ahead of the release date to practice your survival techniques, perhaps, here are the five best games like Dragon Ball: The Breakers you can check out.
5. Astral Chain
Astral Chain is an action-adventure hack-and-slash game that leans into anime styling and over-the-top action. It’s more than just unleashing all the rage on the world, though. Astral Chain encourages working with others and helping them out of danger. Astral Chain is, above all, the kind of game that hooks you with its constantly intense, rewarding gameplay and jaw-dropping graphics. The more you play, the better it becomes at solidifying its top spot among the best action games to play.
Earth is doomed, so you’re forced to seek refuge in a neon-lit Ark. Not so long after, these mysterious, alien-looking creatures invade your safe haven, and you’re once again called to restore peace. You’ll play as part of a special anti-alien task force fighting against the alien creatures invading your world. There is clever leeway to control two characters at once seamlessly and intuitively. And the “Astral Chain” latched onto your personal alien-detecting robot that lets you spot the aliens within the ship.
As far as dystopian worlds go, Astral Chain comes pretty close. And though it’s slightly futuristic from Dragon Ball: The Breakers‘ fantasy universe, you’ll be right at home whether fighting the Rider or alien invaders in a wacky ride.
4. Street Kung Fu Fighting
Street Kung Fu Fighting is about showing off your karate, taekwondo, or muay thai moves and role-playing as one of your favorite MMA characters like Rocky, The Rock, Bruce Lee, Ryu, and others to down your opponent. Getting started is pretty easy. With its intuitive touch controls and a love for the 90s beat ‘em up genre, this two-dimensional action arcade game will feel like a walk in the park.
You’ll have three rounds for each match, so you must win at least two matches with a timer on-screen to keep you on your feet. Otherwise, your health bar will determine whether you’re good to go into the next match. While Street Kung Fu Fighting isn’t as grand scale as Dragon Ball: The Breakers, it’s a great game to practice your fighting skills on the move.
3. Remnant: From the Ashes
Picture this. You’re just four humans left in a nearly extinct world of ruin. Normal is out the window, and what’s left is a post-apocalyptic world roaming about with power-hungry mythical beings. The only way out is to survive the deadly monsters by crafting weapons, engaging in melee combat, and opening portals to realms with the resources and firepower you require. Just, you know, the usual.
Remnant: From the Ashes has you and three of your friends, the remnants, thinking on your feet against obviously powerful monsters. Sounds familiar, right? Of course, Dragon Ball: The Breakers takes a more comical approach, nothing like Remnant: From the Ashes, a dark-souls-inspired sinister shooter where everything is at stake. Still, there’s no better way to challenge yourself than shooting your way out of the impossible.
2. Garena Free Fire
You might also want to make the stakes even higher by playing a 10-minute survival game on a remote island with 49 other people. Similar to Fortnite, players pick a spot on the island with their parachute and try their best to stay within the safe zone for as long as they can.
You’re free to move around on foot or in vehicles, exploring the vast island crawling with opponents, or use stealth to hide in grass or rifts and attack at the most opportune time. Like all good things, Garena Free Fire comes in three: quick, easy-to-learn matches; satisfying combat; and the cutest pets. Though the pay-to-win system may rub off on you the wrong way, it’s a great game where you don’t do much except ‘free fire’ your way to victory.
The not-so-popular Omensight action RPG might be the hidden gem you’re looking for if unique, quirky art styles and dystopian, gripping stories are your thing. It's the sequel to the adventure title Stories: The Path of Destinies, where players would go through action and choice-based quests with multiple endings depending on their choices.
Similarly, Omensight tasks players with the role of a celestial being, the Harbinger, whose mission is to prevent an apocalypse. You'll have one day to figure out what's going on by talking to cleverly made characters, taking different paths, and putting together the pieces of information you find. If the day ends without preventing the apocalypse, you’re teleported back in time to start the day anew.
Unlike Dragon Ball: The Breakers, Omensight throws you into a story-driven adventure with twists and turns, where nothing is as it seems. Your choices determine the future, with each step as intriguing as the last and the combat just complex enough to keep things interesting.