Video Game / Hyper Dragon Ball Z

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Hyper Dragon Ball Z is freeware game developed from the M.U.G.E.N engine by fans of the anime dubbed "Team Z2". The gameplay focuses on the mechanics inspired by Street Fighter and Darkstalkers with other fighting games thrown into the mix (like Marvel VS Capcom and The King of Fighters). Initially beginning as a simple brand of Dragon Ball Z characters to go against the traditional Dragon Ball Z characters introduced into M.U.G.E.N. so far (overly flashy, broken, suffering heavily from Sturgeon's Law, etc.), the Z2 team of Balthazar (idea conceiver) and Cybaster (primary coder) expanded to include various others, including inspiring some other smaller projects in the team's honor. It's come to the point that a game based on the Z2 characters was realized, and the roster expanded from Goku and Vegeta to many more.

A beginning build of the game itself only included Goku, Vegeta, SS Goku, Mr. Satan, and the Saibamen; an updated EVO 2014 build replaced Mr. Satan and the Saibamen (who are still in the game as non playable characters.) with Ultimate Gohan and a beta build of Final Form Frieza, along with some new music for the existing stages and new stages. The "Majin Build" brought back Mr. Satan and included an updated Final Form Frieza along with new characters (Majin Vegeta and Babidi). Piccolo was then released on Christmas 2016, and was included with the Champ Build along with various updates (including, as the name suggests, an overhauled Mr. Satan). Super Buu was then released on August 8th 2017.

Soon to be released characters are Gotenks, Tien, Krillin, Android #18, and Perfect Cell. The download for the sample of the game (which includes the latest build) is here and the page to download characters is here.

This game provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Beam Spam/More Dakka: Some characters with projectiles can do this to an extent, some more than others, but the king of this trope in regards to the others is Vegeta. He can tack on the most amount of non-super projectiles and expands his combo hit further with his super projectiles (the only other person who comes close is SS Goku and he achieves this through teleporting rather than raw beam spamming). The base version of his Galactic Gunfire has the players Button Mashing and rotating the control stick to deliver more hits. His RAGE Mode is even more dedicated to this trope in which he must use his Ki Blasts and (Aerial) Machine Gun Temper very often (he gains an EX variation for his Aerial MGT too) to gain stronger finishers for his Galactic Gunfire while disabling some other moves (Power Charge, Dash Elbow, Zero Counters, and Wolverine Flip). His Majin counterpart does this too but only for his Super Move, "Machine Gun Tantrum" and "Cyan"/SSJGSSJ Vegeta fires at least twice as many Ki Blasts and/or hits twice as much/hard with his projectile-based Super Moves.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: When charging his ki, Gotenks yells "Yeah, Hyper Dragon Ball Z!"
    • One of Vegeta's victory animations has him briefly looking at the screen, and then proceeding to fire a ki blast at the screen (a la James Bond)
    • If Buu wins with little to no damage, he will laugh maniacally, and then fly really close towards the camera, saying "You look like you could be tasty!"
  • Bullying a Dragon: Bulma (in her Dragon Ball appearance) occasionally shows up in (Majin) Vegeta's intros piloting a mech, either boasting about herself or outright talking the opponent down (though the "dragon" part of this trope only comes from when she's doing this to someone who clearly outclasses her in said mech). (Majin) Vegeta literally kicks her out of the fight when he shows up, but she will come back and lay it into him after he's won.
  • Dance Battler: Gotenks's moveset involves the Russian Cossack, and a pirouette
  • Everyone Has A Special Move: Of course, this is a given, but they really make each character stand out, even the super forms of Goku and Vegeta. Gohan is especially this considering that even before he got a sprite revamp, he played almost entirely different from Goku despite being a mere hair swap of him at the time.
  • Extremity Extremist: Gohan is a male Kick Chick, in spades. His UNLEASHED Mode even banks on his Omnikicks and both variations of the Hurricane Kick (giving them substantial power boosts while they fill up the UNLEASHED gauge in return).
  • Final Boss: "Cyan" Goku or "Cyan" Vegeta are randomly selected as this once you've beaten everyone else before them (they're the two in their Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan forms). They're twice as fast on the ground than the originals, hit twice as hard or twice as much than usual, take half damage from all sources compared to everyone not named Mr. Satan, and possess an even higher super gauge that apparently fills up much faster than everyone else's. "Cyan" Goku uses SS Goku's moveset (due to SS Goku and Goku having different palette coding and sprites) and he can arbitrarily spam and abuse his "Zanzoken" and Pursuit Attacks unlike the original. "Cyan" Vegeta uses the stance and movement of Vegeta but combines the special movesets of Vegeta and Majin Vegeta and possibly the regular one (due to the two characters having the exact same palette coding and sprites, although human players controlling him are stuck with Vegeta's moveset), and as mentioned above all of his Ki-based attacks have been doubled in number and or hits. They also unleash a Hurricane of Puns related to the color blue upon beating you.
    • The Champ version replaces both with Golden Freeza. Unlike Cyan Goku or Vegeta, he cannot be controlled by the player if the selection screen is altered to include him, so he is always controlled by the CPU.
  • Irony: Ultimate Gohan is the most aerial-centric character in this game, and yet he doesn't have an aerial version of either of his normal "Hurricane Kicks" unlike the original users of the moves. Gohan does have the "Super Hurricane Kick" that can be done in the air but it can only be done in the air unlike the original Shinku Tatsumaki Senpukyaku which could only be done on the ground.
  • Ki Manipulation: This would not be Dragon Ball Z if the characters didn't have this.
    • Kamehame Hadoken: The Son family all possess this move as expected but each of them have their own differences in execution and style.
      • Goku has access to the Level 1 variant (this game's equivalent of the traditional Shinku Hadoken simply named "Kamehameha") and the Level 2 variant (a chargeable variation of the Marvel VS Capcom and Tatsunoko VS Capcom appearances of the Shinku Hadoken named "Chou Kamehameha"). "Kamehameha" can be fired from the ground or the air, the grounded version can be angled at a diagonal trajectory upwards, the aerial version can only be fired at a downwards diagonal trajectory, and it deals five hits total. "Chou Kamehameha" naturally hits harder while retaining its grounded angling properties, can only be used on the ground, travels faster, and can be charged up from 20 hits base to 40 hits maximum (while also being flat-out unblockable at full charge and instantly firing). If playing with a partner, instead of using his other "Kaioken" finishers, he uses a supped up version of "Chou Kamehameha" that hits harder than before throughout all stages, dealing more damage than the other standard variants of "Chou Kamehameha".
      • SS Goku is the same as Goku but with small yet important differences. His "Kamehameha" hits twice as much than Goku's and he can use his infamous "Zanzoken" during the superpause to teleport to any location he desires (see Teleport Spam below to see where he can position himself), making this variant of the move the most useful and opening up more mindgames than before. His "Chou Kamehameha" is little different other than being able to fire it from the air, something Goku cannot do (and the readme states that he will soon have a "Zanzoken" variation of this move as well). His "Hyper Rush's" Level 2 finisher is the "Ultimate Kamehameha", hitting harder than previous incarnations sans the other Kamehameha user below him.
      • Ultimate Gohan only has access to "Chou Kamehameha" but is otherwise functionally identical to SS Goku minus the future "Zanzoken" cancelling. His "Gekiretsu Ranbu's" last finisher is the "Team Kamehameha" in which Goten joins in to fire his own "Chou Kamehameha"; the two beams spiral around each other and combine, dealing massive damage to the opponent that other variations can't match.
  • Me's a Crowd: One of Piccolo's supers can clone himself up to two times, depleting his HP by a fair margin. The clones each have a rather imperfect AI but are rather helpful. One must be sure to recall them to regain whatever HP was sacrificed in making them before they take too much damage and before he bites it before they do if he's being targeted.
  • Mighty Glacier: Piccolo is the biggest and slowest contender in Hyper Dragon Ball Z, but he's still just as capable as the other fighters; trading speed for power and mobility for high range, he simply does high amounts of damage, often times not really needing an EX move to shave off half of an enemy's health thanks to combo-setups and increased hitstun inflicted on his opponent.
  • Nintendo Hard: The AI in the game so far is said to be aggressive even on the easiest difficulty, but Word of God said they looking for a way to tone it down in an update.
    • In fact, as with most M.U.G.E.N games, the difficulty setting is meaningless, due to each character having its AI coded individually.
  • Now, That's Using Your Teeth!: Super Buu can destroy an oncoming ki blast by simply biting it with his crouching medium punch, taking no damage.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Gotenks incorporates ballet among his attacks.
  • Rubber Man: As per the norm, Super Buu is capable of stretching his entire body to whichever lengths he wants to attack his opponent from any given distance, including his tongue.
  • Sadist/Omnicidal Maniac: Final Form Frieza and Majin Vegeta, natch. Bonus points go to Frieza's emotion system called SADISM which fills up with literally any attack as opposed to having to perform specific actions like the others. Both of them are different in regards to this trope.
    • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Frieza's take on this trope, being the psychopath between him and Majin Vegeta. Shock Dingo's performance nails Frieza's personality perfectly.
      "Black blood churns out of old wounds. This nightmare of yours has yet only begun..."
      "Ever heard millions of screams slowly silenced by a burning atmosphere? Do you want to?"
      "It's not like I'm a monster; I'll let you live long enough to see everyone you love die..."
      "Can you survive in deep space? You just might have to learn to..."
      "Take me to your leader. Hm...I reconsider that sentence; I instead will raze the planet until he presents himself."
      • The above quotes are just some of his spoken lines. Babidi is no slouch in this department either.
    • The Sociopath: Majin Vegeta's take on this trope, being the sociopath between him and Frieza. Unlike Frieza who may slowly degenerate into insanity, Majin Vegata is already balls off the wall crazy who can clear his mind of Babidi's influence.
  • Smug Super: SS Goku, if saying "You can't beat me" in his taunt was not obvious enough, and that's just his taunt too. Frieza and (Majin) Vegeta are naturally this.
  • Taking You with Me: Majin Vegeta's Suicide finisher for his Saiyan Pride Beatdown will do this to an opponent if their health is low enough. It still counts as Majin Vegeta's win.
  • Taunt Button: The Start button functions as one for each character (Goku thinking about food, for example).
  • Teleport Spam: SS Goku has the Afterimage Technique (going by it's original Japanese name "Zanzoken" for HDBZ) built into his playstyle, and as with every other character barring Goku his emotion system (JUSTICE Mode) incorporates it into his ultimate attack, also enabling him to perform five teleports in a single combo as opposed to three while giving him the homing teleport Pursuit Attacks. With "Zanzoken" he can transpose himself in six different either into the air, on the ground, away, toward, or directly behind his opponent if they're close enough; the pursuit attacks place him either in front or behind his opponent with a wall rebounding Smash Punch, in front of his opponent with a launching Flash Kick, or above his opponent with a bounce juggling Bicycle Kick. He can do all of those from either a non attacking position or cancel into them from everything except for his non-Kamehameha supers (except for the Pursuit Attack cancelling from a super). Frieza also has access to the "Counterport" which places him behind the opponent should they strike him (and their movement is delayed giving him a chance to attack). Outside of that move he also teleports after launching someone or whenever he dashes backward when SADISM Mode is active (and behind his opponent if close enough to his opponent). Babidi also has the Wizard's Forward/Backward Teleport, and Super Buu is looking to have a visible transposing move that he can go straight into if he's landing with a jumping heavy punch.
  • Trap Master: Babidi can play this game very effectively along with being a good zoner overall (all of his moves are disjointed bar his grabs, and his Rock Throw command move even has tracking properties before it falls). Piccolo showcases a small amount of aptitude in this, flinging energy bullets into the air that he can detonate at will or until someone runs into them.
  • Troll: Frieza has slight shades of this in both of his walk animations (the "girly" forward walk and the "come hither" back walk), clearly showing that he's not taking things seriously and mostly wanting to rile you up.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Vegeta. His emotion system is literally called RAGE Mode and focuses on Beam Spamming. Majin Vegeta is this in his base form, but he somehow subdues it in his SANITY mode, clearing his mind of Babidi's influence and putting more focus into the fight.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Certain moves will kill the opponent on the last round if the move depletes their health. Of the characters present in the roster (finished or not) there's (SS(GSS)) Goku, Ultimate Gohan, (Majin (SS()GSS) Vegeta, Mr. Satan, Piccolo, and Gotenks. They know each other and any one of them can brutally kill each other (well, maybe except for Mr. Satan killing anyone but you get the point).
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