Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Review
Dragon Ball is one of the most popular anime series of all time. It goes without saying that meeting the expectations of die-hard fans can be a real challenge. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, however, feels like a step in the right direction. At the same time it improves over the first iteration – Dragon Ball Xenoverse (2015).
Welcome Aboard Time Patrollers!
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is based on the Time Patrol plot wherein players assume the role of a customisable character who is sent to different DBZ timelines to fix anomalies. The plot itself does not have a sense of depth. It uses events from the anime and mixes them with twists to create these time anomalies. To add a fresh perspective new villains have been inserted in these events from the anime. For example, during the fight with Ginyu Force on planet Namek you encounter Turles – a character from the movie Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might.
Canton City is the place where you will spend most of your time when not fixing anomalies. The city adds the RPG elements to the game and facilitates the platform to connect with other players. It provides plenty of options to explore, go on side quests, training and leveling up your player, purchase/sell items, online or offline player vs player matches, etc. Spending time on side quests and trainings comes out as more of a need to level up your character rather than being optional. Navigation could have been a better as you need to remember locations of quests/missions in case using the fast-travel option. Fast-travel map does not include locations of these events around the canton city. On the other hand game has unusual long loading times which do spoil an otherwise good experience.
The game really is satisfying when it comes to combat mechanics. It features a full three-dimensional arena with fast paced combat which involves a small learning curve. Gameplay does suffers from not so frequent camera issues and instances where long-range attacks miss. Some combo timings are quite punishing and require numerous attempts to master. Besides these few shortcomings, fighting sequences are fun.
Ki and stamina form an important part of the gameplay. Ki governs the special attacks such as the much famous Kamehameha whereas stamina allows for Dash, Z-vanish, etc. There is a wide arsenal of super attacks available at disposal once relevant training missions have been completed. Game allows you to select special/ultimate attacks and lock them to the slots available in order to tailor it to your fighting style.
Cel shaded graphics look pretty good and do justice to the DBZ name. The game runs in full 1080p resolution at 60 fps on all platforms. It definitely adds to a better experience than the previous game in the series. Fighting sequences feel much more fluid due to the bump in frame rates.
The sound department really lacks in certain scenarios if not a total letdown. Things are fine as far the voices and sound effects are concerned. But the experience is completely opposite when it comes to music and dialogues. Background music never really connects to the environment whereas bad lip sync during cut scenes provide an unpolished feel to the game.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is not perfect but it strives to provides an authentic Dragon Ball experience. Die hard fans of the series should definitely go for the game. Newcomers to the series might feel overwhelmed at first with all the RPG/MMO options thrown in to the arena brawler gameplay. But if you are willing to look past that, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 stands out as a really great DBZ game.