SUPER DRAGON BALL HEROES WORLD MISSION - Announcement Trailer | Switch, PC
Who it Caters to
The way of strategy has existed in humanity for as long as we can remember. The term derives from the late 15th century French (stratagème), Latin (stratēgēma), and Greek (stratēgos) influence. It directly translates to ‘leading an army’, devising a plan to outwit the opponent and seek achievement. Trading Card Games (TCG for short) have existed for decades as well, and they truly embody the strategic mindset that’s necessary to win. Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission is all about strategy, collecting as many powerful cards as you can, and creating a unit that works in harmony in order to defeat the opponent with the greatest of ease. There’s something truly savoring about developing clever tactics and seeing your plans prevail, in spite of the challenges that you had to experience along the way. Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission is a game that rewards you for making intelligent decisions, while relying on your reaction time in order to prevent any significant damage from harming your team. If this sounds alluring to you, then continue reading!
What to Expect
With a plethora of TCG titles out on the market right now, ranging from Hearthstone to GWENT, Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission is the TCG for the anime connoisseur, one who understands the ebb and flow of TCG but is also a fan of the Dragon Ball franchise, and who can appreciate all of the strategic action that unfolds. One striking feature that separates Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission from the conventional TCG framework is the real-time action sequences that take place between your turns. These are known as ‘Phases’ with both you and the enemy experiencing them over the course of 4 rounds. You choose your favorite cards prior to battle and are then transported to the battlefield, where you watch your characters come to life right before your eyes. Expect a great deal of challenge as Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission contains a wide variety of features such as Arcade Mode, a fresh new Story Mode, Deck Creation Mode, Network Mode, and much more! All of these modes will provide players with something exciting and enough replay value to keep you coming back for more.
Just for reference, Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission is a port of the incredibly popular series, which originated in Japan arcades. We’re saying this now because on a visual level, this game isn’t groundbreaking by any means. It does lack in this area quite a bit, with character models resembling more of a mobile game feel than fleshed out models like you’d find in titles such as Dragon Ball FighterZ. This isn’t to discredit the game by any means as the gameplay itself is truly where this game shines, but it’s something to point out if anyone is coming into the game expecting to see glorious visuals. Be that as it may, Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission does in fact show off a lot of flare and style, especially during special effect moments where characters unleash their powerful super attacks to eliminate the enemy. Transformation modes look fantastic and fusion sequences are truly exhilarating to watch. The overall UI and presentation in the game is certainly a plus as well, maintaining simplicity while still looking attractive to the eyes.
The music can get a bit repetitive at times, although it’s still a very exciting soundtrack to listen to especially during heated battles. The menu screen music is charming and very Dragon Ball-esque, and the Story Mode provides enough substance with its decent voicing from fan favorite characters. On the topic of voicing, there were times in the game where the special effects would overpower the voicing of the character to the point where you couldn’t quite understand what was said. It didn’t really change our perspective of the game in any significant way, but it definitely did interfere with the overall consistency, and that may come as an issue to some players who want to hear their favorite characters speak.
The shining factor of this game and why everybody should pick this up: the gameplay. With a variety of modes to choose from there’s an unlimited amount of replay value, which gives you hours upon hours of gameplay time. The Story Mode allows new players to become acquainted with the Dragon Ball Heroes universe, introducing something entirely fresh to enjoy. We won’t go too far into specifics regarding the flow of the story but we’ll say that for the most part, your job is to take out the evil enemies that await you on your journey to become the greatest card player. We didn’t spend all of our time in the Story Mode admittedly, simply because we’re hardcore fans of TCG and just wanted to hop straight into the competitive side of things. This isn’t to belittle the Story Mode in any way, we simply just wanted to explore and dive deep with all of the cards available to us.
This brings us to the next positive point of Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission, which is the abundance of cards to choose from and collect. We mentioned Story Mode being a relatively enjoyable experience and through the mode, you’re able to collect what’s known as ‘Gatcha Tickets’ that you can use in the in-game shop to purchase more cards. Much like other TCG titles, each card represents a certain level of rarity and so you’ll want to collect as many of the stronger cards as possible, only to create a deck that suits your playstyle. The best way we found to quickly unlocking cards was to play through Arcade Mode, which to be honest was incredibly fun and very challenging, especially the Ultra Boss battles. You can receive tons of Gatcha Tickets which will allow you to grab as many cards as possible, but if you want the rare Gatch Tickets you’ll need to complete the more challenging missions. Overall, Arcade Mode is where you’ll want to grind most of the time, to ensure that all cards are in your possession to create the best team synergy.
Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission requires that you read a lot, because every card presents a requirement that you’ll need to follow in order to achieve the best results with said card. Throwing together a bunch of cards with your favorite characters may serve some purpose in the early stages of learning the ropes of the game, but as you continually grow and develop a stronger strategy, knowing how cards synergize will be the deciding factor in whether you win a lot or sit at the bottom of the barrel. It’s a game that truly encapsulates the true essence of strategy and depth, encouraging players to think outside of the box and using creativity to their advantage.
Keeping track of your stamina and power level during engagements is very crucial, since low stamina results in higher chances of stun, which can ultimately turn the tide of the match in the blink of an eye. By winning Phases you’ll accumulate what’s known as Hero Energy, which is then used to allow your team to pull of special attacks that deal massive damage. This is where understanding the cards become pivotal because choosing a group of cards that have too high Hero Energy can actually be a problem, so don’t just chase after the top tier but use a smart combination of low value Hero Energy cost cards to stay consistent. Once you have the hang of the game, it’s time to take your power to the next level and become the best of the best in the Dragon Ball Heroes universe!
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission is such a stimulating game because it incorporates not just mental acuteness but it also teaches you to develop quick reaction times with its unique Attack/Defense Battle Phases. It’s a battle between the mental and the physical because you’ll need to devise the right tactics to overpower the enemy, but you’ll also need to make sure you press buttons on time in order to incur any damage. The same can be said if you’re the aggressor since you’ll need to time your actions in order to deal damage to the enemy, so it’s truly a battle between you and the opponent to see who can outpace the other. Whether you win or lose, there’s always a reward waiting for you, which is another big positive of Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission. Take what you’ve learned and adapt, recreate decks in the Deck Creation Mode and return to battle with something new to work with. This constant cycle is what really creates a lot of thrill and excitement, and so we highly recommend this game to anyone who’s looking to truly test their potential!
An unlimited amount of replay value in this game. Truly amazing.
A very popular game in Japan arcades, now available on the Switch and PC? What more can you ask for!
Explosive non-stop action with a bottomless pit of depth and exploration.
TCG fans will enjoy it and of course fans of the Dragon Ball franchise certainly will.
The visuals definitely reflect that of the arcade version, which isn’t very groundbreaking by any means.
TCG titles aren’t going to be for everyone, and this game will require a lot of dedication to truly understand the flow.
Honey's Final Verdict:
Time to strap up and get ready for some explosive action in this game of extreme depth, exploration, and tactical prowess. Do you have what it takes to be the champion? If so, then definitely grab this game, grind it out for as long as you can, and devise the right strategy in order to come out on top as the best Super Dragon Ball Hero on the planet! Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with our daily activities in Japan, and catch us live on Twitch where you just may find us playing your favorite titles!
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Author: Rob "NualphaJPN" B.
A passionate fan of gaming, writing, journalism, anime, and philosophy. I've lived in Japan for many years and consider this place to be my permanent home. I love to travel around Japan and learn about the history and culture! Leave a comment if you enjoy my articles and watch me play on twitch.tv/honeysgaming ! Take care!