Dragon Ball: The Breakers Review
Asymmetrical multiplayer games are a dime a dozen nowadays, but few have managed to touch Behaviour Interactive’s Dead by Daylight. Dead by Daylight’s formula of pitting original and licensed horror villains against helpless survivors is a winning one, and so it’s no surprise that others have taken notice. Other developers have tried their hand at making a Dead by Daylight-style game with varying degrees of success, with the latest to enter the arena being Dragon Ball: The Breakers from Dimps and Bandai Namco Entertainment.
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Combining Dragon Ball and Dead by Daylight may seem like a ludicrous idea to many, but it works much better than expected. Dragon Ball: The Breakers is a 1v7 affair, with seven survivors facing off against a single villain, or “raider,” as they’re called in the game. Dragon Ball: The Breakers’ villains roster is a who’s-who of famous DBZ baddies, including Frieza, Cell, Majin Buu, and others. The raiders in Dragon Ball: The Breakers are tasked with wiping out all the survivors, while the survivors have to work together to activate a “super time machine” and make their escape.
The survivors in Dragon Ball: The Breakers have to collect keys and activate the super time machine by holding a button in specific areas of the map. This is not unlike activating generators in Dead by Daylight, and the resulting action feels very similar to Behaviour’s horror game. The survivors in Dragon Ball: The Breakers are a little more capable of defending themselves than the DBD survivors, though.
Dragon Ball: The Breakers survivors are equipped with a gun that, while not all that useful in fighting off super-powered foes like Cell and Majin Buu, can be used to destroy objects to find items. They have various skills they can use to evade capture, and they can also summon the power of various Dragon Ball heroes to give themselves a boost in combat. Survivors can only transform into these characters for a brief period of…