Thursday, 03 November 2016 10:00

REVIEW: Dragonball Xenoverse 2 (PS4)

Written by Brett Hale
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Bandai Namco are at it again, releasing the much anticipated Dragonball Xenoverse 2, on PC, Xbox One and the PS4. However only if you own a PS4 will you be able to play it in Japan.

It has a staggering amount of characters in game. Now, i've never seen the cartoons, nor have I played the first game, sure I got a bit lost in the world of Dragonball (Z) but it’s directed at fans of the franchise mostly.

My first thoughts of the game before playing was I assumed it was just straight up fighting, like Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter, but it’s not anything like that. It has a story and you’ll interact with almost anyone you see in the games hub.

This sequel is much like the first, Dragonball Xenoverse 2 is set two years after the first game. The story is about correcting what is wrong, and the only way to do so, is by battling. The story is driven by the choices you make. There aren't many rules for the game except, when in Coton City, you must not fight with others. Every choice you make is crucial.

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There is much to do in the world of Dragonball Xenoverse 2, there are plenty of shops, but buying from shops requires you to have Zeni (In Game Currency) or TP Medals, you can also sell items you might have laying around. Shops include, clothing,skill shop and an item shop just to name a couple. Walking around can take alot longer then say when using your hoverboard, a hoverboard that unlike the ones we can by in the real world.

Before you can play, you’ll need to create your character. I made my guy a Saiyan race, being pink and green... but maybe i'm a little crazy when it comes to making game characters, but anyway! There are five races you can choose between. Earthlings, Namekian, Frieza Race, Majin and Saiyan. When playing the Single Player side of the game, you’re character is the only one not speaking, all other people you interact with all talk and speak english. If you've played the first, you'll be able to transfer your character into Dragonball Xenoverse 2. I’ll note that some skills will not carry over to the new game. The start is pretty prolonged, I think I sat there staring at my TV for a good 10 mins before even pressing a button. Once past the prolonged start it’s very easy to play. You’ll be shown how to use the games map, as well as being shown the controls. Knowing where to go, such as the right direction is a walk in the park. My only dislike was how sensitive the camera control was with the right stick.

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I had the game prior to its public release, which was why I thought the servers may have being down. But after the game's full release I still was unable to get onto the servers, which you’ll need to be connected to play online. But I wasn’t about to give up on the online aspect, and finally the servers allowed me to connect and I was straight into online battles.

But after the excitement of finally being able to connect to the servers and play online, there was a bit of drama that unfolded... It’s quick to find people to have a battle with, though some people kick you from the lobby straight away, and those that don’t had a tendency to kick my ass David and Goliath style. Online battles are full on, fast paced action when compared to offline battles versus AI. Dragonball Xenoverse 2’s multiplayer isn’t n00b friendly. So new players need to consider this before purchasing the game.

Online has some key things you can do. Online battles consist of Ranked Matches, Player Matches and Endless Matches. Now depending which mode you’re playing online, some incur penalties. I’m not one to play a lot of fighting games online, verse me and you’ll see why.. There are also Online quests to play.

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I am 50/50 on the game's soundtrack. Mostly because one minute I liked listening to it and while other times I wished I was deaf. It’s a mixture of upbeat circus music, with some crunching guitars. From jumping in the air, flying across the skies all make weird 90’s space sounds.

Visuals were definitely something to look at, their crisp looking, popping with all the colours of the rainbow, it’s very cartoony as much as it could possibly get, and I totally love the look, might I add that the game ran effortlessly. I did a little google search just to see if character’s in game look as they did in the cartoon and the ones I seemed to find were much to their likeness.

Sure i’m not a fan of the franchise, but I didn’t dislike the game. I can say in my own opinion that this certainly is for people that either watch the cartoons, or any of the games that have released over the years. For anyone else, you may enjoy it, battling was fun, but at the same time I just got put in my place whilst battling online. Fan’s of the first are sure to love the new and improved game.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Genre: Multiplayer, Action / Adventure, Fighting