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I played a giant ape and destroyed the city in Dragon Ball: Sparking Zero and I haven’t had this much fun in a fighting game since 2000

I didn’t become a Dragon Ball fan until I was an adult. Maybe it’s an odd way to enter a series that appeals to the 11-year-old boy in all of us, but it meant I never got into the Dragon Ball Z video games I had in the mid-2000s, and the legacy of the Budokai Tenkaichi series completely I missed it. But as I watch the latest installment of the series at Summer Game Fest, I feel like I might be able to catch something I’ve been missing. Dragon Ball: Sparking Zero is a delightful mix of toys and destruction that gets to the heart of what has made the series so popular for so many generations.

Notably, this game is not titled Budokai Tenkaichi 4, instead returning to the original Japanese series Dragon Ball: Sparking. “Now the moment has come where games are released all over the world at the same time and under the same name,” producer Jun Furutani tells me through a translator, “and we also see the community and players interacting with each other regarding the same game and the same experience, which is why we thought it was important that these games have the same name around the world.