Dragon Ball Xenoverse Review – Dragon Ball Done Right
Dragon Ball games have left much to be desired with the last few iterations of the franchise. Does Dragon Ball Xenoverse grant our wish for a good Dragon Ball game, or should you skip it? Check out our honest game review here and make your choice!
Dragon Ball Xenoverse Honest Game Review
This Dragon Ball story is a little different than the ones you normally play. Instead of going through all the Sagas as the main characters from the series, you make your own character. You get to choose from Saiyan. Human, Namekian, Buu, and Frieza’s Race. The only race that can transform outside of Kaioken is Saiyan, Frieza and Buu cannot change into different forms. Each race has different strengths and weaknesses as well some different moves and armor. Overall the appearance customization isn’t too deep, but with tons of different armor choices later on you can make a character look how you want.
After you make your character you will chat with Trunks and he will tell you whats going on. You quickly find out that someone is messing with the time line and things aren’t happening like they are supposed to. For instance the first mission you do is against Raditz with Piccolo and Goku. Instead of Goku and Raditz getting hit with the Special Beam Cannon he dodges and just Goku gets hit. So you go back to before the fight begins and join in to make sure that everything goes according to plan. It’s a great way to make a new character appear throughout the sagas without messing with the lore to much.
Where you will be spending the bulk of your time in Xenoverse is the Parallel Quests. These are side quests that will net you special moves, clothes and other items you will need to use in the Xenoverse universe. These are not restricted to your character so you can use any character you have unlocked and still gain EXP for your character. One thing most people have noticed about these by now is that the bonus objectives are NOT guaranteed even if you do them. This means you will spend at least a few attempts on most missions to get the bonuses. The best part about these though is that you can do them online with two other players and really bust them out. The AI does alright as a distraction but outside of that they are pretty useless. Doing the quests online is the way to go.
Speaking of online, I do have to knock the game for how long the serves have been down. We are going on week two and I still cannot connect to the online lobbies where other players are roaming. I’m not really sure how Co Op quests and PVP work online but we still can’t connect to the main lobbies? My guess is they didn’t expect nearly as many people as they got for this game and the servers are just bogged down still. Whatever the excuse, two weeks is unacceptable at this point.
One of the strongest points of the game is how you can customize your character. You can get new special moves like Galick Gun and Kamehameha as well as less known moves like Double Sunday or Recoome Eraser Gun. You can also get all sorts of different gear from Saiyan armor, to Goku’s Gi and even Dragon Ball’s King Ox gear. Last but not least is the mentor system. You get to pick from various characters in the universe to be your mentor for the game. You train under them and learn their moves while you play the game. After you clear one mentor you can switch to another so you can learn all the moves every mentor has to teach. I think there is 12 in all with room for more in DLC.
Now most people will play the game for the PVP. What I can say is it works. The combo system is a easy to learn difficult to master type of system. The good players can get combos going for 30-40 hits and I can only get up to about 10. I didn’t spend much time here because I got beat pretty badly in most fights. If you want to do this mode you should try to figure out some good combos and get a good super attack. Also be sure to bring healing items because every player does that. They also have the world tournament that will be open sometime in the future, I am excite to play around in that mode.
Over Dragon Ball Xenoverse is a great first step in this generations set of Dragon Ball games. If you are a fan of the series or fighting games you should definitely give this game a try!