Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z – First Gameplay of Cell Saga

Posted by Dawn Bryant
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At the 2013 New York Comic Con, Namco Bandai Games had an updated playable demo of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z. Playing as Super Saiyan Vegeta with Super Saiyan Trunks, Super Saiyan Goku, and Piccolo as support, Saiyan Island has the opportunity to experience the Cell Saga! The battle begins against Android 16, 17, and 18 and then moves onto Cell!

The second video features a battle against Vegeta from the Saiyan Saga. We provide a few details and commentary on the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z Controls.

You’ll note in the following video, as well as the Cell Saga gameplay, the control scheme refers to “Unique A” (L2 or L1+O) and “Unique B” (R2 or L1+X). These are two special attacks in addition to the Triangle+O combination labeled “Special Attack”. In other words, characters have multiple specials. For example, Super Saiyan Goku’s “Unique A” and “Unique B” are Now I’m Angry and Meteor Smash and his “Special Attack” is Super Kamehameha. Vegeta’s “Unique A” is called Galick Shooting, while his “Unique B” is Big Bang Attack and his “Special Attack” is Final Flash.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is the latest game in the legendary DBZ series. It will host team-based combat with up to 8 players, including 4 on the same team. The game is confirmed for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita in Europe, North America, and Japan in 2014.

  • Shippudencave

    Holy shyt, game looks hotter than I expected! (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧

  • bREAkEr_D

    Thats what im talking about!

  • Zero

    There are a lot of bad things ppl will say about this like: lil destruction (from Vegeta’s Final Flash), the flying, the controls, the story, 2 supers instead of 4, genki meter needs to be filled for your ultimate, same inputs (Unique A/B being L2/R2 and L1+X/L1+square), char roster and etc.

    Butt I think this will be really good (hopefully the controls are customizable haha). Even if this is not what ppl will want/expect, the sequel (like with the tenkaichi series) will most likely fix most problems. I can’t wait to get this for the Vita with my friends!

    Edit: I did like how 18 and Cell popped in and he did solar flare. Not the same as the original story butt it was still kind of cool and different.

  • Jake Brandon

    Not the biggest fan of the new controls but I’m starting to like this little by little.

  • 超サイヤ人神

    When you first look at the character models you think meh but then in game they look amazing

  • Vega D.

    I think it has more than three moves because in one of the TGS gameplay videos, I saw Goku doing a regular/small Kamehameha.

  • narutobleachop

    that was regular goku with the small kamehameha. i think they said this video has super saiyan.

  • Vega D.

    Check the vid above. It showed the regular Goku’s moveset. Kaioken and Ki Blast Cannon were displayed as his default moveset.

  • Randy Cuevas

    k well gameplay doesnt look as bad as previous previews made it seem, im still upset about no in game transforming, but ill stop by the namco bandai booth and give this a try, right after i check out assassins creed and sage kabuto

  • Bobby Jennings

    It really looks much better than it did before. The combos look nice.

  • Murzsa Roland

    does Someone know if you can do meele combo? like actually manpipulet what you doing or you just bashing square or triangle and the character does a regular combo? The game looks swet im defintily buying it for my PS3 I just hope that in my counry the pre order bonus vegitto and SSJ bardock is not seperated!!:D

  • naruto ball z

    i love cell

  • hellninja123 .

    what would you guys think about a ssj turles making his way into this game?

  • http://www.saiyanisland.com/ Fabian Ortiz

    Sounds more like a thing that would come to Dragon Ball Heroes.

    Like how they have Adult Gotenks coming soon.

  • Vendettá

    Problem with the game is, feels way too much the same as the previous games. Cell saga, everything is being played over and over again. Its nice that they added SSGod Goku and Bills and such, but I’m sick of playing the same game constantly with a small added amount of content.

  • FreshSaiyanPrince

    The combos seem a little broken. They just don’t seem to flow as well as the previous games, but still I’ll wait a little more until they release HD gameplay footage. Can’t really judge a game just becuase it wasn’t recorded properly…

  • EdoMadara

    i want to see a Broly gameplay

  • TheGameTagerZ

    “Not recorded properly”

    You act like I was recording the carpet.

  • hickbo97

    Are you serious? It’s almost a completely different game! Sure the story is the same but that’s the dragonball Z story. I’m not going to label everything that’s different but the big thing that’s changed is that Rather than just 1v1 all the time you can have 4v4 it’s probably one of the biggest changes in the series so far.

  • hickbo97

    I’ll give you a like cause this made me laugh xD
    Although I think what he meant was the quality not being 1080p

  • Zenkai

    Of course Tenkaichi 3 is better, but this game looks fun as hell, especially 4v4.

    Just wish the beams weren’t paper cut outs.

  • Abdulla Buhamood

    This is going to be the best DBZ game in a while

  • DeathPoint Z

    Sounds a little silly, but cool as well. :)

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    Yep. I can’t wait… (^0^) /

  • DeathPoint Z

    Now I know that this game was going to be amazing, right from the start! :D

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    My excitement power level of this game is OVER NINE THOUSAAAAND!!!

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    Yep…^_^

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    That’s the spirit…=D

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    100% true…XD

  • DeathPoint Z

    Really? Mine is over in the god level, only gods can sense my power level.

  • supersaiyaningotto

    no there is only 1 meele attack triangle its disappointing but yeah

  • SUPERDEADLYKING

    and mine is….UNDER 9 LOLOLOL. =D

  • thesagebeast

    this doesnt even looks like the same game from the firsts video damnn they did work

  • Danny123100

    But remember Tenkaichi 3 was as the name suggests the 3rd of it’s series so they were able to polish things up and improve from the previous games since this is a new company and just the first game the sequel for this game if there is one will most likely be much better and improved upon

  • Brandon691

    And they’ve been making these games for how long now? Why are they still taking baby steps with these DBZ games?

    It’s like they take a step forward by adding 4v4 but take three steps back by taking out in-game transformations, half assing the story, and downgrading the amount of characters we get along with their models.

  • Vega D.

    Bakaga….

    Apparently someone didn’t either look at the game closely or how the games were for the past few years. This is a new developer.

  • MW100

    hey if you want a different story try rb2 or budokai 2

  • Vega D.

    They don’t need to make the story “perfect” again. We’ve played it so many times that this time it’s good for this game’s story to be like this. Shows that what-ifs are acceptable, even Krillin being alive during Goku’s fight with Frieza is acceptable. If you want the “perfect” story, go watch the anime.

    The only game in this current generation that almost perfected the story was Ultimate Tenkaichi, and I believe that’s as far as it goes because, like I said, many fans are tired of playing the same story.

  • JJ Stephon Matthis

    Its funny everyone is getting excited for this game that’s not out yet I bet everyone did the same thing with ultimate tenkaichi hahha. Dont get me wrong I love dbz games I have every ps1 ps2 & PS3 dbz game but never again ima get my hopes up for a dbz game after 4 disappointing dbz games

  • Unknown1?

    wish they play as piccolo or trunks w sword

  • Vega D.

    Nope. 85% of us weren’t excited for Ultimate Tenkaichi at the time.

  • UchihaName

    This is what i think: This game, even if it’s a bitter disappointment like S3, will for sure in my mind at least be really fun to play. That’s the thing about S3 is that there were so many things wrong, but still fun to play, and i think this game will be the same, it’s unique and pretty impressive for the first installment. Imagine a 2nd or third sequel to this game! The improvement would be massive, unless their like the developers for S3 making to many fixes to things that aren’t the problem in the first place.

    TLDR: The game will be fun regardless of crazy issues because of the unique game play (if there are a lot assuming)

  • Brandon691

    The story was only one of three points I made.

  • SUPERDEADLYKING

    agreed. im finally tired of namco’s crap with unsatisfying DBZ games. =/ thats how i feel.

  • Vendettá

    Why would you facepalm? I wasn’t talking about the actual company or developers.
    I was only discussing the story aspect. I’m sick of tired of playing the Dragonball Z story, over and over. Thats all.

  • Vega D.

    Well then I actually agree, but this game’s doing the story differently by letting us choose different characters for the story events, which is something fresh.

  • Gin

    will this game have a Japanese voice option ?

  • Nigel Davis

    I was excited, but then I borrowed it from a friend…

  • Raymond Effah

    I am really impressed. Their first try and its amazing!

  • RamenGuy (Tobi)

    Mine is 1006. <– 5 points to whoever gets it.

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    DBZ abridge…=D

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    CELL FTW…<3

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    :O

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    ARE YOU SERIES…:O

  • Zuri A.

    Lets be real, Tenkaichi one still had better gameplay

  • Zuri A.

    The gameplay still sucks in my opinion, does anyone know why they had to change it so drastically from the Tenkaichi/RB one?

    But it has other positives about it so I’ll buy.

  • Maxchiappa

    Haha wow that was really awesome, vegeta was owning everyone :)

  • DesiGamer2005

    You DO realize that Artdink is making this, don’t you? New studio, new take. If it was Spike, we would have continued with the old series. This is THEIR version of a DBZ game. Give it a chance.

  • DesiGamer2005

    Namco publishes, not develops. You mean that you’re tired of SPIKE’s crap. Artdink is behind this game ;)

  • DesiGamer2005

    I miss making Broly a brick in Raging Blast. A super-AI brick at that. It created a very infuriating challenge for me. I hope we can make those “wtf-difficulty” characters again for us to play as/battle against.

  • DesiGamer2005

    Japan gets everything :/. I SOO need to import DB Heroes: Ultimate Mission now :(

  • Zuri A.

    Clearly I didn’t know it was them if I’m asking. And just because it’s theirs doesn’t make the gameplay below average

  • DesiGamer2005

    True, but all the same, you never know until you actually play.

  • UchihaName

    Agreed. I learned that with S3.

  • DesiGamer2005

    I’m sorry, I kept on seeing that abbreviation but it’s unfamiliar to me. S3? Please clarify.

  • UchihaName

    Better than Battle of Z? You’re kidding right? We haven’t played it yet, assuming it’s worse already is ridiculous. And T1 i seriously doubt would be better, maybe T3 but not the first. imo.

  • UchihaName

    Storm 3 lol

  • DesiGamer2005

    OH lol. I was thinking DBZ :p

  • UchihaName

    Haha nope. :P But yeah, people shouldn’t judge to harshly until we actually play this game. Storm 3 showed me that a game that has a sequel can have little to no improvement at all, showing me not to expect to much or to little until the game is out, and i’m playing it. I still think the game is going to be fun though, because how different it is.

  • YourDad

    You do realize that Namco controls everything the developer does right?

  • UchihaName

    It is annoying to see this dislike squad on this page for real.

  • Zuri A.

    No not at all. I said gameplay, not overall. Gameplay wise.. T1 is clearly better, I can tell without even playing the game.. Battle of Z has more to offer, that’s it

  • Patty Lee

    Bullshit

  • Mark Barkley

    Lets be serious, this game is trash and has nothing to offer outside of Battle of Gods and the 4v4 addition. I be back and forth between this and RB2 when the creators want to give that RB3 type of game
    Nostal / Treevax planned

  • Mark Barkley

    Nerd

  • Zuri A.

    Agreed.

  • DesiGamer2005

    Whichever be the case, it’s new spin on an old classic so we should give this game a chance :)

  • DesiGamer2005

    Problem, sir?

  • DesiGamer2005

    ikr, I’ve been getting random dislikes for no apparent reason. If you’re gonna dislike a post, at least have the balls to say why and what you didn’t like. Seriously, this comment system is being abused :/

  • megacool

    gamestyle is good, if it was 1v1 battles or if it required to use four people like in the show did. the 4v4 is good for versus/online matches

  • EdoMadara

    miss the old times…..

  • Abdulla Buhamood

    Yes and even Spanish subs

  • Abdulla Buhamood

    Yeah

  • Abdulla Buhamood

    Now you are the one who is saying bullshit

  • Abdulla Buhamood

    I can’t wait

  • Vendettá

    Didn’t know that, seems more interesting, however I think for this time, I’m going to stick to Budokai Tenkaichi 3 Emulator, love the amount of characters.

  • Bader Alqahtani

    SO DYNAMIC!! SO COOL!!! SO RICH WITH ACTION!!!! I WANT IT NOWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!

  • SUPERDEADLYKING

    what yourdad user said is correct, i refuse to give this garbage team battle party game (in my opinion) a chance UNLESS the fanboy inside of been awakens again….. i am tired of namco’s team wasting crap but i guess its worst for the hardcore budokai players who prefer that to any other game since they had to endure since burst limit though even burst limit was half a$$ed. we had the roster RAPED since after BT3 which featured DB/Z/GT/MOVIES, RB2 is the only one which has a great roster though as a DBZ only game. also the game play imo got downgraded as well but at the same time upgraded a little since we could use 4 supers with characters and we had combo cancel. then after the poor sales of RB2 they rebooted the games AGAIN and ultimate tenkaichi came out which most people hate (though not me but had major flaws imo) then budokai HD collection, no budokai 2, broly’s ultimate censored and more things. then dbz kinect or DISCONNECT LOL. xbox 360 only and no multiplayer offline or online. and now there’s this, always team battles, no ki charge, no transformations, worse graphics ( but they dont look that bad imo) , Z only characters AGAIN!, no offline multiplayer and online they’ll just rage quit and spam anyway unless your playing with decent players which is VERY hard to find but you’ll be lucky if you have people on your friend list who only play for fun cause the majority care about winning and their rank it seems . i wonder if this game even has a tournament mode though i believe i have seen the arena if i’m not mistaken. what really hits me hard that its in teams i guess. again this is just my opinion on this game, there is STILL a chance to fix things if namco get their heads out of their butts since the game will be released in 2014 but knowing namco i don’t trust them since the naruto games are broken and they removed the side combo and refuse to fix the frame rate issues of storm 3 but hey storm 3 sold well, guess thats all that matters to them. oh and also only one new character for full burst is shocking, they are laughing at us, i think they maybe testing it if fans would still buy the game. as for the DBZ games i’ve had enough, i can’t even play my ps2 games properly or its my game disc so i might be screwed, DEADLY screwed. if you get the game i hope you have fun with it =)

  • UchihaName

    Lol agreed. Bunch of childish morons. Me and you are having a conversation without anyone else, so why do they care what we say? Idiots…

  • UchihaName

    Nerd? You ARE on a website about a damn anime game, you’re most likely a nerd too.

  • UchihaName

    #Trueshit

  • John Ross

    Yo! This was an awesome gameplay! O_O

    I like how they did everything in one whole part instead just playing one part at time for the story. Cell was snapping against four people, Trunks entrance was awesome (I like how he came down with his sword), and did everyone saw Android 18 heart move? That made me laugh because the guy who was playing was like “What the ****?” lol that was funny. I’m pretty sure that move will only work on Krillin lol. I’m really hype for this game, they were not lying about it being fast pace.

  • John Ross

    Disagreed.

  • Cloud AC

    I wouldn’t call it trash but it’s clearly a step back. RB was on the right track until they decided to scrap everything and make UT. We need RB3!

  • John Ross

    I like Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi.

  • Vega D.

    So you want another financial failure just like both the RB games were?

  • Vega D.

    After how bad both the RB games flopped, all the bashing the fans did to them and saying that they are getting tired of played the “same game”, you still ask why? And I thought you too saw how it all went down the past few years.

  • Zuri A.

    Um I didn’t complain and enjoyed both games so I don’t apply to that group

  • Vega D.

    I’m not saying you were, I was just saying that I thought you saw how it went down back then too by fans crying about how crappy the games were and compared it to Storm 2 at that time. And that’s why they made Ultimate Tenkaichi, stopped making the Tenkaichi games as of right now, and didn’t do a RB3 after RB2.

    Maybe if the fans gave them proper feedback like giving credit where it was due and lesson them on the negatives instead of pretending both the RB games are crap from head to toe, we would’ve gotten RB3 last year or the year before that, but as of right now, it’s too late.

  • Zuri A.

    From what I saw the complaints was based on them going from the all star roster in T3, then going back to the basic in R1 (instead of new characters we got what ifs and lost some regulars as well)… R2 no storymode with new characters

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    Oh, I’m sorry, did I offend you?

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    Me too…^_^

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    Thank you! For a second I thought I was a bit like you!

  • John Ross

    How is Anarchy Reigns crap? .___.

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    My bad didn’t mean to say that, I didn’t like t that much.

  • John Ross

    It’s okay. We all have our own opinions on things. I was wondering why. Anarchy Reigns has kind of the same gameplay like J-Stars Victory Vs, but in an anime way gameplay style.

  • Cloud AC

    Not, it does not. The free flight doesn’t make this game like RB. The animations are clunky as hell. RB was already refined and almost a perfect recreations of the character’s movements in the show. Just look at the last Final Flash in the first video above. Vegeta doesn’t even join his hands to fire it. Even J-Stars Victory VS got that right… Ki-based moves look generic and powerless in Battle of Z. They even go through the floor and walls!
    I have to agree with you in what regards RB2′s story (or lack of it) but in terms of gameplay and presentation, which is the core for every game, it was a lot more loyal to the source material than this game appears to be.
    The gamble presses they added to UT’s gameplay was what ruined that game. It was an experiment and let’s leave it like that. I liked the world destruction on that game though. That’s something they should bring back.
    And if you think Battle of Z is going to have a legit story mode, you couldn’t be more wrong. It’s going to be just a collective bunch of made-up battles in iconic settings.
    Don’t think I’m bashing Battle of Z. I love me some DBZ games, as long as they are playable, but I can’t ignore the facts. It’s not as detailed as RB or any other DBZ fighting game series, for that matter.

  • DeathPoint Z

    Well that was a long read.

  • DeathPoint Z

    Problem?

  • picmanreborn

    I want to do a 1v4 battle using Vegito and fighting all buus

  • John Ross

    I did liked Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 1 & 2 tag team moves though. I know some things in this game was not accurate, but that wasn’t Vegeta’s real special like Goku’s Sprite Bomb (If you saw the pictures). I’m sure that Vegeta’s special will be just as good like Vegeta in J-Stars Victory VS. I think this game going to have good story because the cutscene remind me of Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World. And if Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi was like Dragon Ball: Raigng Blast 1 & 2, I’m sure lots of people will like it.

  • Goku’s Brother From Dif Mother

    Im sure im not the only one who noticed Cell squating down on 18

  • Enturax/Turbotrup

    TBH I haven’t played a single DB game that’d have more boring gameplay than BT1′s…

  • Lee

    well too bad you’ll have too wait.

  • SUPERDEADLYKING

    true lol

  • micheal johnson

    The game has potential, if they fix the clunky mechanics. The graphics looked horrible in pics but they look amazing while he is playing (exept in the cutscenes). I like how this game is different than raging blast and bt it feels like the gameplay is being taken to another level. If they fix all the technical issues (the game isn’t done) and later add more characters (more z and some from the original db) this would be a great series.

  • Miles Jones

    If Goku wasn’t there, that fight actually would have looked EVEN MORE amazing. I went from being impressed by this game, to disappointed, to being amazed.

  • Super Sayin GOD

    I sure hope this is good because there hasn’t been a legit good dbz game since Burst Limit. I bet im gonna get trashed by the Raging Blast fanboys for saying that. I do like what i’m seeing though. I think this is a nice change. Lets just hope it lives up to the hype

  • mmmmm

    I don’t like it

  • TheGameTagerZ

    They aren’t a new studio. They have worked on a lot of games on the ps2, ps3 and psp.

  • Steed

    I agree (except for that burst limit thing) that this is looking a lot better. It just looks a little smoother to me.

  • footballartistfeb5

    lol, I saw the row of dislikes, and I’m like what was said badly.

  • footballartistfeb5

    All I saw…

    Yup pretty much. :)

  • Steed

    Personally, I never cared for for RB/RB2 cause it felt slower to me. BT2 is my favorite because it had fast and seamless gameplay. And not a lot of useless characters. But this is looking pretty nice to me. I think it’ll smooth out later

  • Asaid AieezyOle Falah

    I agree fully. Especially about Burst Limit

  • subsamuels

    Burst limit was great, I wish they had made a sequel to that. The only thing that bothered me about the game was the powering up and the cut scenes but the gameplay was fun, it was more of a fighting game than a brawler. I have high hopes for this game, hope it doesn’t disappoint.

  • Chris Winkowski

    Bring back the tenkaichi’s those were the best

  • ThatGuy

    Kinda like this game. Would’ve liked a bit of in-game transformations but it’s whatever. I’d hope that characters actually get stronger as you play as them more like really leveling up. I’d hope you can also just go 1v1 or 1v Whatever you choose

  • Matt Green

    A lot better than Ultimate Tenkaichi.
    Not sure if better than Raging Blast 1/2.

  • DesiGamer2005

    I meant new studio as far as the ones who have worked on DBZ games, not new as in new to the industry :p

  • MW100

    it depends on what you want to be better because in characters the ragging blast games win, in game-play depends on your liking, on graphics battle of z, in online battle of z, in offline raging blast games and other aspects that depend on you

  • Mustafa Al-sayegh

    OMG i think DBZ battle of z is gonna be the best dragon ball game EVER!!!!!!!! To ps4

  • Mustafa Al-sayegh

    OMG i think DBZ battle of z is gonna be the best dragon ball game EVER!!!!!!!! To ps3

  • Son Gohan best of B!!

    how do play it game please tell me!!!!!!!!!

  • Son Gohan best of B!!

    oh!! oh!!!

  • Son Gohan best of B!!

    oh!!! yeeee!!!!!!!!!!! it’s working I LiKe It

  • Son Gohan best of B!!

    hen!! mustafa stu… man i’m sorry

  • Max Power

    It IS nice to see them doing different combos. So use to those Tenkaichi games…..(sigh)

  • James

    Do u have an xbox dude

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    I have but it’s broken, I may get Xbox One next year.

  • James

    Cool me 2 hopefully by then they’ll have battle of z for the xbox one

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    I don’t think so.

  • Fahd Al Zarooni

    Ignore him, don’t listen to a word he says Battle of Z>Tenkaichi 1 plus it even have more characters, he’ll just waste your time, why do you think I stopped replying to him.

  • UchihaName

    Lol thanks, and yeah i stopped replying to him as well because of that :D

  • Donta

    How come my ps3 demo didnt get this saga

  • Donta

    How do i update the demo