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Dragon Ball: Xenoverse

About This Game:

Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Developer: Dimps
Publisher: Bandai Namco
ESRB Rating: T
Length: 20+ hours

Get ready for the battle you’ve been waiting for! I’m a huge fan of the Dragon Ball franchise and I’ve played just about every game that has come out for this series since the Playstation 1 and I’ve got to say that I’m very impressed with how well this game is! Dragon Ball: Xenoverse is one of the better implemented Dragon Ball games since Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 or Dragon Ball: Budokai Tenkaichi 3. With whole new battle mechanics, a sleeker look, and a whole new story, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse is a game that Dragon Ball fans should try!

The story starts off with Future Trunks and the Supreme Kai of Time who learn that there is a mysterious force changing various outcomes of the events throughout the Dragon Ball Z (and GT) timeline. Trunks then makes a wish on the Eternal Dragon for a warrior to help return balance to those events. That’s where you, the player, would come in. Training in the city of Toki Toki, you must battle throughout time and space to restore the history that is Dragon Ball Z (… and GT for those who like the series/characters).

Custom Characters:

Dragon Ball: Xenoverse gives you the ability to customize your own character. As opposed to Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, there are more options to choose from and you won’t be upset. You can choose what race your character is,¬†from a set of 5 different races, and depending on that race you can choose whether or not you are male or female. You can customize facial features along with a voice for your character as well. Along side with the physical features, the player can choose what fighting style they want for their character that is unique to them.

As the game progresses, the player can choose to change the special moves of their custom character to moves such as the Kamehameha wave or the Big Bang Attack, according to the player’s reference and chosen master. Also, if the player happens to choose to be a Saiyan, they can transform into a Super Saiyan as well.

Combat System:

The combat system on Dragon Ball: Xenoverse has much improved in comparison to its predecessor Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z. Instead of just mashing buttons, the player will now have a set of combos to work with. Each character has their own set of fighting style in the game so there wouldn’t be much repetitive behavior in the battlefield. There are moves such as Instant Transmission, and the Final Flash Attack that will keep you on your toes!

There are some battles that you can’t win on your own, so usually the game will give you NPCs (Non-Playable Characters) to fight with you for such an occasion. Sometimes, even having partners on the battlefield won’t do and you will have to have extra items such as capsules to replenish your health or ki along with increasing your physical strength or defense.

While fighting, make sure that you have your character facing the opponent or else you will look like the Ginyu Force trying to do one of those weird dances they excel at. They have a targeting system in the game, which made me question why I missed my foe half of the time, however, after a while of playing I realized that the developers probably did that so you can fight multiple enemies at one time instead of just focusing on ONE person at a time, which is an improvement compared to past experiences.

The developers also put in the World Martial Arts Tournament in which the player can go against other players around the world! This is an online event only but it will give the player a chance to test their character’s might!

For people who love fighting the giant enemies, rejoice! They’ve brought back the Great Apes to fight against. This time the battles are more fair than they were in Battle of Z, meaning that the Apes have an actual weak point.

One major negative about the new combat system is that the camera can start freaking out on you. During combat, everything can be going well, you’re winning and then the camera decides to do some wild spin out of nowhere! While you try and regain camera control anything can happen from you losing your target or a comrade dying in battle (which could end the fight depending on the lose conditions).

Story:

I was skeptical of the story at first. Previous villains are being controlled by some dark force, making them stronger and knowledgeable of events such as Gohan headbutting Raditz (a tiny spoiler… But not too bad I hope). But then, you find out whose been doing these diabolical things to the poor Z-fighters and sometimes you see that these changes have a bit of a comedic twist. Since your special character is part of everything that is happening, the game becomes rather immersive and the want to improve this character becomes an addiction.

While outside of the main story and missions, the player can choose to do parallel missions in which there are “what if” scenarios that the player can do for extra training and fun. The parallel missions can be played either online with other people or offline by themselves.

RPG Elements:

Since there are custom characters in the game, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse gives the player a bit of an RPG feel. You can buy outfits of favorite DBZ characters which can improve your character’s abilities by either a small or large margin. The player will level up throughout the game, gaining more abilities and increasing in the number of attribute points in which you, the player, will distribute to how you sit fit. This is especially helpful for the type of person you may be, whether it be a person who likes to do energy attacks from a safe distant or that guy who likes to smash faces in up close.

Overall Impressions:

Dragon Ball: Xenoverse is a roller coaster ride that would not stop. Sure it has it’s frustrating points where you would have to grind before you can progress, but what game wouldn’t have that? It has a lot of what a Dragon Ball fan can ask for in a fighting game. From beautiful visuals to a decent combat mechanic, this game will make you feel like a kid again. Goku and his friends need your help. Will you save the Universe?Dragon-Ball-Xenoverse1

Pros:

New combat mechanics are out of this world.

Beautiful graphics.

New story for all fans to enjoy.

Different combat style for each Z-Fighter leaving a variety of abilities at your disposal.

New and returning characters that make the game fun and immersive.

Massive, dynamic stages that take damage.

A large library of customization for the player's character that increases variety of unique experiences for all who own the game.

Cons:

Camera controls will mess up sometimes.

Always having to face your opponent will get frustrating, especially when you already targeted him/her.

Inability to reset your attribute points so you could change your characters strengths and weaknesses will leave you grinding until you fix your mistakes.

Multiplayer functionality isn't the best, especially when the server constantly updates.

Dragon Ball: Xenoverse
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About the Reviewer: Jessman

I'm that super nerd guy who likes computers and video games and is not embarrassed to tell the world! I have an extremely large collection of games and I've done extensive research on the game design paradigm! I love all kinds of games except for the sports genre. Prepare for war video game companies, for you've met your match!


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