Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (September 2017)

System:
Nintendo Switch
Publisher:
BANDAI NAMCO Games Inc.
Developer:
Dips
Series:
Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is a celebration of all the years of the Dragon Ball Z anime. From the fight with Raditz to Resurrection F. Overall, I’d say it’s a pretty decent collection of all the best moments in one package. You even get to play them with your own original character (OC) based on the Dragon Ball Universe.

But, how does Xenoverse 2 hold up on a switch? Let’s find out!

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The Review

Gameplay

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

One Puuuuuuuuunch!

The shining moments of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 are comprised of your original character that you create. You pick a race and a gender out of five options; namely Saiyan, Majin, Earthling, Namekians, and Freeza races, respectively. Then you build up what moves you want your character to have by collecting moves from all of the games various masters. These masters come from different points in the Dragon Ball timeline. Everyone from Krillin to Hercule Satan is available here.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Freeza Goku fight! Oh yeah, baby!

You use these characters’ special moves in combat against a slew of Dragon Ball villains and fighters.  The combat is a straight up brawler button masher. Get used to hammer that basic attack button.

You don’t have to be fluent in the controls of fighting games to be good at Xenoverse. You just have to know two things: when to mash basic attacks, and when to use your stamina to get out of someone else’s basic attack.

It’s pretty fun to boost around the map and fly everywhere, but overall this doesn’t amount to much when the combat feels so chunky and simple.

Nonetheless, creating your character and watching their super moves are awesome. My main goal was to create a character that looked cool while fighting.

A Grindfest

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Any character you’d want to be is here!

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is a total grind fest. To get the best gear, powers, and items, you need to grind for a very long time in mission mode.

It was fun for a bit until I had to wait for a rare drop item. I completed a mission about 15 times and still didn’t get what I wanted from it. So I gave up and moved on to something else. It was extremely frustrating.

Story

Your OC signs up as a Time Patrol Agent. Your job is to patrol the past and make sure events play out as the should. You go around fighting people who are trying to rewrite the history of Dragon Ball Z as we know it.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

I made a Majin

This is the perfect setting for your OC to fight on the side of the series’ longtime heroes. Fight alongside Krillin to recover the Dragon Balls on Namek, or fight alongside Goku to stop Majin Buu. It’s the ultimate fan service and provides nothing really more than an excuse to go throughout all the series again.

I enjoyed the story, especially since it helped me piece the arcs of Dragon Ball together a little better.

 

Visuals

Honestly, the game doesn’t look super great on the Switch. However, the Toriyama style still shines through the cell-shaded graphics.

Most of the game doesn’t run at a constant 60 fps, especially in handheld mode. It also lagged a little bit here and there. It felt like I was playing an early PS2 game and less like I was playing something in the latest console generation.

Sound

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Who’s that man in the mask anyway?

I dislike many of the tracks in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. Most of the music could be comparable to noise. A lot of the synth used doesn’t mesh together very well and isn’t terribly well mixed. There were a couple of themes that were still good, mainly because they were from the original anime, but that’s about it.

The voice acting was very good and fairly faithful to the original anime. Out of all the sound design, it seems like this is where the majority of the budget went.

Conclusion

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Fight that Great Ape!

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is perfect for any fan of the series. It’s the ultimate fanservice experience, down to creating your own OC. My Majin was a ton of fun to play. But, if you’re looking for a real in-depth Brawler in the vein of Street Fighter or Tekken, then you might not enjoy the game that much.

All in all, I enjoyed Xenoverse 2, but the vanilla mechanics grew stale fast, and the terrible amount of grinding to make a great character was kind of annoying. I definitely can’t recommend the game to everyone.

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Dragonball Xenoverse 2

$59.99
Dragonball Xenoverse 2
7.2

Gameplay

7.4/10

Story

8.4/10

Visuals

7.4/10

Sound

7.0/10

Difficulty

6.0/10

Pros

  • Play beside your favorite heroes
  • Make your Dragonball OC
  • Building a play style based on famous moves is fun

Cons

  • Gameplay gets stale
  • Grinding is horrible
  • Random drops in missions



Skylar DeWeese

Hello, my name is Skylar DeWeese. I’m a long-time Nintendo gamer. I’m also a Video Game Composer. My favorite series are the Super Mario, Metroid, and Pokemon series.