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"Break The Heavens"
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Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero, stylized as Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO,[3] is a new entry in the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi series. The game was first announced in March 2023 following the end of the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour finals. It will be released for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Steam on October 10, 2024.

Gameplay

Engage in heart-pounding, high-speed 3D battles that stay true to the anime and video game series, with breathtaking visuals and authentic combat moves like beam clashes, rush attacks, movements too quick for the eyes to see, and planet-razing ultimate attacks.

Step into an arena that reacts to your every action. As you transform or unleash your most devastating attacks, watch the environment respond with stunning realism. Leave a trail of destruction in your wake as you battle to your heart's content.

Sparking! Zero will feature 164 characters, surpassing Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3.

The game proposes two different types of controls:[4]

  • Standard: the recommended controls for the game.
  • Classic: enables you to enjoy similar controls to those of the previous Budokai Tenkaichi games!

New Features

The game keeps the core mechanics of the series, but new ones are added to better express the high-speed and authentic battles:[5][4]

  • Skill Count - A number that rises as you execute moves during the battle and is then spent to trigger special abilities.
  • Short Dash - A technique that lets you move at lightning speed. This change opens up more possibilities such as dodging an opponent's attack with a short dash, unleashing a charged attack or even a Ki Blast while moving, or linking to a dragon dash to pull off a huge move in one go.
  • Revenge Counter - A technique that lets you strike back while absorbing an opponent's attack. It is an action that enables high-speed attack and defense as seen in the original story where characters can launch an attack even while being hit.
  • Super Perception - A counter command that lets you counterattack in anticipation of various attacks, even Ki Wave types of blast.
  • Vanishing Assaults - A technique that lets you approach an opponent instantly and pounce.
  • Customization - Customize every character in the game to make them fit with your taste and playstyle.

Game Modes

Episode Battle

In this single-player mode, players can control eight different characters. In each stage, there will be an introduction before going straight into battle. These battles come straight from Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super. The amount of cutscenes varies between characters, and some cutscenes are in first-person to provide a more immersive experience. Choices can be made in certain stages that differ from the original story, allowing players to change the outcome of the story.

Custom Battle

In this mode, players fight in battles with original scenes. Custom Battle also contains Bonus Battles, a mode with numerous original battle situations. In Bonus Battles, there are some battles that have different victory conditions, and some that have event cutscenes trigger during the middle of battle.

Edit Mode allows players to freely select characters to be played as, along with camera cuts, poses, facial expressions, effects, captions, BGM, and even title screens. These battles can be uploaded for other players to experience. Bonus Battles can also be edited as a base.

Multiplayer

Challenge players online across various tournament modes and victory conditions to become a champion.

Local split-screen multiplayer is available to play with friends, exclusively in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.

Playable Characters

Returning characters

Name Returning transformations New transformations Available at Start
Android 16
Android 17
Android 18
Android 19
Bardock
Burter
Cell
  • Semi-Perfect Form
  • Perfect Form
Chiaotzu
Dabura
Dr. Gero
Frieza
Gohan (Kid)
Gohan (Teen)
Gohan (Adult)
Gohan (Ultimate)
Gohan (Future)
Goku (Z - Early)
Goku (Z - Mid)
Goku (Z - End)
Goten
Gotenks
Jeice
Krillin
Majin Vegeta
Majin Buu
Master Roshi
Mr. Satan
Nappa
Piccolo
Raditz
Saibaman
Spopovich
Tien
Trunks (Sword)
Trunks (Melee)
Trunks (Kid)
Vegeta (Scouter)
Vegeta (Z - Early)
Vegeta (Z - End)
Vegito
Videl
Yajirobe
Yamcha

New characters

Name Transformations Available at Start
Anilaza
Android 17 (Super)
Beerus
Bergamo
Broly (Super) No* (Yes via Early Access via DLC)
Caulifla
Dyspo
Frieza (Super)
Fused Zamasu
Future Trunks (Super)
Gogeta (Super) No* (Yes via Early Access via DLC)
Goku (Super)
Goku Black
Hit
Jiren
Kakunsa
Kale
Kefla
Ribrianne
Roasie
Toppo
Vegeta (Super)
Whis
Zamasu

DLC Characters

Name Transformations DLC Pack
Gamma 1
Gamma 2

Battle Stages

Pre-Order Bonuses and Editions

Standard Edition

Sparking! Zero Standard Edition

Standard Edition

The Standard Edition includes the base game. Pre-order bonuses include:

  • Early unlocks for Gogeta, Gogeta (Super Saiyan), Gogeta (Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan), Broly, Broly (Super Saiyan), Broly (Super Saiyan Full Power), and a character to be revealed later.

Deluxe Edition (Digital only)

Sparking! Zero Deluxe Edition

Deluxe Edition

The Digital Deluxe Edition includes the base game and a three-day early access to the game and DLCs. other bonuses include:

Ultimate Edition

Sparking! Zero Ultimate Edition

Ultimate Edition

The Ultimate Edition includes all the bonuses in the Digital Deluxe Edition, along with more:

  • Ultimate Upgrade Pack: A Goku (Super) costume with Power Pole, an Emote Voice Set, 2 Player Card backgrounds, and 1 Customization item.
  • Summon Super Shenron to unlock new items.

Collector's Edition

Sparking! Zero Collector's Edition

Collector's Edition

The Collector's edition includes all the bonuses in the Ultimate Edition, as well as physical items:

  • Lenticular card with an Ultimate Edition Upgrade Pack Voucher Code.
  • Exclusive Dragon Ball Sparking! ZERO diorama.
  • Double-sided metallic bookmark.

Premium Collector's Edition

Sparking! Zero Premium Collector's Edition

Premium Collector's Edition

The Premium Collector's Edition can only be purchased from the Bandai Namco store, and includes everything in the Collector's Edition and more:

Trivia

  • This is the only Budokai Tenkaichi game that retained its original Japanese title for its overseas localization.
  • This is the first Dragon Ball game to be exclusive to the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.
    • This is also the first Budokai Tenkaichi game to be on Steam.
  • This is the first Budokai Tenkaichi game to feature content from Dragon Ball Super.

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