Coming from fighting game developer Arc Systems Works, Dragon Ball FighterZ rides the fine line between being an accessible yet complex enough fighter for hardcore players to sink their teeth into. While it may seem daunting to dive into the game as a newcomer, and certainly watching an average battle can be overwhelming, you’ll come to find that the game does well to make sure fresh players can pick up the systems in no time. Still, there’s plenty to learn about the game’s more nuanced mechanics.
In this video above, we’ll break down what you’ll need to know when trying to test your mettle against Dragon Ball’s strongest fighters. Much like other fighting games, Dragon Ball FighterZ’s roster of characters–spanning the history of Akira Toriyama’s anime and manga series–have their own unique strengths and weaknesses, along with their own unique styles of play. While you can certainly dive into the game and button-mash your way to victory on occasions, you’ll need to learn the inner workings of FighterZ to survive on the harder difficulty settings and during online play.
For more of our thoughts on the game, which is set for its January 26 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, be sure to check out our Dragon Ball FighterZ review. And if you’re curious about what sort of Easter eggs and gags found their way into the game–including how Yamcha finally redeems himself–check out our full write-ups and videos about all the things that await you in DBFZ.