Dragon Ball: The Breakers – The Definitive Preview

I’ll admit that I found the idea of ​​an asymmetric Dead By Daylight-inspired multiplayer game based on the Dragon Ball universe a bit absurd at first. I had so many questions about how it would work, what it would look like, and if it could stand out as its own experience not carried by its very famous name.

After learning about the ins and outs of Dragon Ball: The Breakers gameplay minute by minute while playing it myself, the answer to that is complicated. While there are many different strategic options you can try to use to try and win when you’re a survivor, it takes a lot more than general gameplay at face value to achieve a win.

Dragon Ball: The Breakers is a 1vs7 multiplayer game in which seven civilians try to survive a “raider” trying to destroy the entire map. The robbers you can play as are well-known villains from the Dragon Ball universe like Frieza and Cell. The goal of the attackers is simple: kill all survivors. Each raider starts out in their base form with the ability to evolve into stronger ones after meeting certain requirements. Once evolved, the raider can destroy part of the map, giving survivors less freedom to explore. Each Raider has abilities their in-universe characters are known for, including the Special Beam Cannon and Perfect Kamehameha

Playing as a survivor seems to be where most of the gameplay nuance lies.

Playing as a survivor seems to be where most of the gameplay nuance lies. Survivors are equipped with various abilities that improve their survivability against the attacker – like using a smoke screen to escape tight situations. They can also go on the offensive by accumulating energy on the field and using it to transform into a Z Fighter. You won’t be as strong as the attacker, but it can be a good tactic to distract him when needed, or even kill him if his health is low enough.

Meanwhile, attackers and survivors alike can summon Shenron if you assemble all seven dragon orbs and complete the ritual, but that’s easier said than done. As an attacker, you can either heal or increase in power, while as a survivor, you can transform into the highest possible Z fighter – making you strong enough to fight the attacker on an equal footing.

Dragon Ball: The Breakers more than proved that it’s not your average Dead by Daylight clone with a Dragon Ball skin on it.

The goal of the survivors is to get five power keys hidden on the map and place them in different places in each of the areas. These keys power the Super Time Machine. Once activated, it repairs the timeline and stops the raider. If an area with a power button is destroyed, the Super Time Machine can still be activated, but it will take longer to boot up. The attacker can stop the machine from activating and, if successful, prompts the survivors to escape via a miniature time machine.

Initially, I found these buttons frustrating to find as I was unfamiliar with the map – it felt like I was running aimlessly, hoping to stumble upon not just a power button but something. A big part of Dragon Ball: The Breakers is learning the map layout. Covering your base isn’t just important to success, but working together with your teammates is the ultimate key to victory.

Dragon Ball: The Breakers shows promise and has more than proven that it is not your average Dead by Daylight clone with a Dragon Ball skin. It cleverly implements items and mechanics into its gameplay that fit into its universe. Knowing that both in-game voice chat and cross-progression will not be features at launch or planned for the future, I am concerned that this will be short-lived. We’ll soon find out if it resonates with the gaming community as it’s out on October 14th.

https://www.ign.com/articles/dragon-ball-the-breakers-the-final-preview Dragon Ball: The Breakers – The Definitive Preview

Isaiah Colbert

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