It’s a Great Game…Just Saiyan! Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Review (PC)

Even if you have limited knowledge of the Dragon Ball universe (well, universes), you’ll understand the title.

“I found the game’s customization to be diverse, offering me many types of unique and cool-looking eye shapes, hairstyles, colors, and clothing options”

And yes, this review may be late as the game had been released in October last year, but I felt the need to write a review on a Dragon Ball game since the new upcoming game, Dragon Ball FighterZ is hitting the shelves in early 2018.

All that aside, I’m just going to say it now – It’s a great game. I’ve had this game for only about two months, and it’s pretty safe to say for me now that it’s one of my most favorite video games I’ve ever played. That, and I’m also a fan of Dragon Ball.

“See where the different stats are coming to play? As a side note, Namekians do not have gender differences”

Xenoverse 2 allows you to freely create your own warrior. I found the game’s customization to be diverse, offering me many types of unique and cool-looking eye shapes, hairstyles, colors, and clothing options. Many of these customizations come from the anime itself. For example, Goku’s signature messy haircut is available as wig! The game’s customization takes it another step further by providing you with five races to choose from:

An Earthling originating from Earth, who are balanced in when it comes to coming up close and personal with bad guys and blasting them from far away.

“A Majin, a race of magic beings formerly under the rule of the evil wizard Babidi, these humanoids possess higher levels of defense but recover stamina at a lower speed”

A Saiyan, rising from the former warrior race. These human-looking aliens possess even more strength compared to Earthlings, but as a tradeoff to their power, featureless health. A Namekian, green, slug-like humanoid creatures hailing from Planet Namek. Their overall health is greater than that of an Earthling, but their strength is lower. See where the different stats are coming to play? As a side note, Namekians do not have gender differences.

“Customization takes a tiny step backward thanks due to the variety of options you are given. Some articles of clothing are exclusive for certain races”

A Majin, a race of magic beings formerly under the rule of the evil wizard Babidi, these humanoids possess higher levels of defense but recover stamina at a lower speed.The unnamed race, subsequently named “Frieza’s Race” after the space tyrant Lord Frieza, these more alien looking humanoids are much faster than the other races, but offer decreased strength.

“There is only one main area in the game, however, Conton is so diverse that it is bigger than it seems”

Customization takes a tiny step backward thanks due to the variety of options you are given. Some articles of clothing are exclusive for certain races. For example, the unique-looking armor members of “Frieza’s Race” wear is not able to be worn by Saiyans, Namekians, nor Earthlings. Half of the clothing in the game is unable to be colored by the player. An example of this is the clothes the character Piccolo wears in the anime.

“It’s your job to go back in time and set the timeline straight by good ole’ fashioned butt kicking”

Xenoverse 2 plops your character down in the city named Conton City, which was originally named Toki Toki City, the main location in the first Xenoverse. There is only one main area in the game, however, Conton is so diverse that it is bigger than it seems. Various shops are placed in the center of the city, selling clothes, skills, items, and accessories.

The main currency in the game is called Zeni, which is also the main form of currency in the Dragon Ball world. There is also another more limited form called TP Medals, which are gained from completing small quests. And for those longtime Dragon Ball fans, delivering milk. A large portion of the map is made for player-player interaction, and there’s even a very small section that holds PVP tournaments!

“However, as much as I love the fact that Xenoverse 2 allows me to actually play through the sagas I watched the anime before, I feel as though that it’s pretty much the same”

And now, meet your employer’s: Trunks, Supreme Kai of Time, and Old Kai!

These three have selected you for the Time Patrol, an organization formed by the three to protect history, fighting and punishing those who wish to interfere with it. Though the job is serious, the three are depicted as goofs through most of the story, especially Old Kai!

Each story quest follows the same story as depicted in the anime, however, thanks to the changes made by the Time Breakers, led by the main antagonist’s demon Towa and her creation Mira, history has been altered by their evil-doings. It’s your job to go back in time and set the timeline straight by good ole’ fashioned butt kicking.

“Once I had beaten the storyline, I really didn’t have much to do other than complete the short sidequests, which were also nothing but fighting”

Throughout the game, you’ll find yourself fighting against classic antagonists such as Vegeta, Frieza, Cell, the Androids, and more recently Goku Black and Zamasu. However, as much as I love the fact that Xenoverse 2 allows me to actually play through the sagas I watched the anime before, I feel as though that it’s pretty much the same.

Yes, each part of the main quest is fighting past villains, but that’s pretty much all there is to it. There’s really nothing else that it had offered to me. It was all just going back in time, fighting evil-doers, coming back and repeating. And it was never really all that hard too. Well, except for the notorious mission that pitched you against Frieza and his brother Cooler.

“The redeeming factor for me is that I was able to relive the anime as a game and play through what I always loved”

I had always also felt that it was pretty much the same thing not just for the main storyline, but for just… Everything. Once I had beaten the storyline, I really didn’t have much to do other than complete the short sidequests, which were also nothing but fighting. Yes, there’s player-player interaction but it’s all just fighting one-on-one battles and pretty much repeating the story with other people.

Even the Expert Missions were the same, and for me, I really wouldn’t call it Expert. I found that these so-called difficult missions were completed in just a few short minutes. Pretty much the game is just doing the same thing over and over: fighting and a little bit of flying around Conton.

The redeeming factor for me is that I was able to relive the anime as a game and play through what I always loved. It was really fun to actually play through it. I also found the continuous battIes to be a real time killer. don’t know if that’ll go for all of you, but because of my love for Dragon Ball, I’m giving this game 4 out of 5 stars. The missing star is just that the fighting got a little repetitive for me. Pretty much it was just, punch punch, laser, punch punch, repeat. However, I still really liked this game, and I’d love to see how it goes down the road.


 

GreenMan Gaming _____________________________________________________________