Dragonball Xenoverse Review
Dragonball Xenoverse was published in February 2015 on Xbox 360, XboxOne, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows by Bandai Namco Games. With a revolutionized 3D graphics and a HD cartoon gameplay, the game allows the players to have a realistic feeling, as if they were commanding and have complete control over the events in the famous cartoon by the same name. Dragonball Xenoverse features all of the cartoon’s most famous characters. In the game, many famous battles from the cartoon are recreated. Unlike many other Dragonball games, which are repetitive, this games’ story features a custom made character that faces many challenges. You get help and fight side by side with Goku and many more.
The game can be played in Single-player or in Multiplayer mode with many other features and sub-modes. Many games can be finished in less than 6 hours and there is nothing to do after that. Nobody wants to give 40 dollars and get 6 hours of fun. This game gives the ultimate pleasure of constant fun even after you finish the Single-player. You can crush your friends in a 3 vs 3 arena battles. Also, the single player mode features original battles versus Vegeta, Cell, Frieza and many more.
The player customization is a lot of fun and gives the freedom of choice between Earthling, Namekian, Saiyan, Majin and Frieza’s races. The player is facing different challenges and gets new skills and higher levels as he grows. Each race has unique traits and stats at the beginning as it was shown in the Network beta test, before the game was released. Namekians have better healing skills with items and regeneration when health is low. Saiyans have low health and high damage and grow stronger when revived. This gives a nice progression to the game. You start off with a few tricks and mediocre looks and as you progress, you find yourself looking all badass and having many moves and tricks in your sleeves.
There are many new characters, but also, it features all of the old ones. You can recreate a good old Goku vs Vegeta battle or a 3v3 battle with your friends in the Multiplayer mode.
Become an Apprentice
The “become an apprentice” mode is a training experience which enables the custom player to train with many heroes and villains and learn their skills and traits. The player can have only one master at a time. However, you can switch masters at any time in the Toki Toki City.
The masters will help you in your battles. They will appear and assist you in fighting your enemies. After you finish the training with your master, you will gain their ultimate skill and can use it in your battles further in the game. You can even call an assist before casting the ultimate spell and your master’s soul will help you and cast an even more powerful spell which will absolutely destroy your enemy.
The fighters have freedom to free-roam into large arenas and clash on many ground platforms, while flying and in the water. The camera often freezes or show some attacks in slow motion to better capture the fight. The fighters show realistic facial expressions while fighting and the battles feature many dialogs between the main character and his enemies. The world is very large and the players can explore the planet as they progress. It’s what makes the game most fun. All of the skills seen in the cartoon can be executed in this game. You can execute combos, teleport behind enemies, flying at very high speed, firing blasts of huge energy and many more.
I will make this section rather small, because this Dragonball Xenoverse review is meant to inform and give a true feeling of what the game looks and feels like and not give out too many details or give spoilers.
In Dragonball Xenoverse, there has been an interference with the timeline and the Demon God Demira is released. He damages the history and past events are changed. The goal is to defeat Demira and restore the timeline to normal.
Although this game is getting mixed reviews, we give it a rating of 9/10. We think that it feels more real than any other Dragonball game and the great gameplay, storyline and various modes prove this. IGN rated it 6.7 out of 10, GameSpot gave it 6/10, Steam – 9 of 10 and Hardcore Gamer a 3.5/5. The most criticized point is the repetitiveness and poor performance on some platforms.
One DLC packs has been released on March 17 2015 and it features new characters, quests and equipment. Two more DLC packs have been announced and they are expected to bring new characters, quests and costumes for a more realistic and better gameplay.
These drawbacks and bad reviews didn’t stop more than a million people to buy it and it didn’t stop me from spending 8 hours in the first day I bought it. It is definitely worth the money.