Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Preview
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 takes you on a journey as a time patroller. After events in history have been altered it is your job to correct these changes and to stop enemies from changing it any further. This time travelling journey shows more iconic scenes from the original anime and is similar to the first installment in the series, yet on a grander scale. With more unlockable characters, and more locations to travel to, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is even more fun than the first Dragon Ball Xenoverse installment.
The beta shows off a new and improved hub world, Conton City, different quests, and a boss battle alongside five AI characters. The main story quests offers an opportunity to hone your skills and these missions delved deeper into the storyline than Dragon Ball Xenoverse originally did. There are a large variety of customization features available ranging from different races, to colours of clothing and voice overs. Throughout the game, and after acquiring some currency, you are able to buy some different outfits as well, which adds to the enjoyability of the game as well, especially if you care about what you look like. Each of the different character races available have advantages and disadvantages. For example, the Human race is equally balanced in offense and defense, whereas the Saiyan race has a more powerful attack, yet a weaker defense. All in all, the variety and customization available is quite impressive.
“Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is a better version of the original game in the series, and it is quite the nostalgic experience for fangirls and boys alike.”
Throughout the story quests you are able to not only play as the character you customized, but also as iconic characters of the Dragon Ball series, including Krillon and Goku, which adds variety to the entire game. On top of the single player modes, you are able to take part in online battles, with up to three players on each side. One thing is for sure, there was no shortage of content available for the beta.
The actual mechanics of the game are smooth, and there were no glitches or bugs to speak of within the beta. Being less than two weeks away from launch, this is exactly where the game should be. The one criticism about the beta would have to be the range in difficulty along the main story, as it seems to be quite easy to defeat the enemies without losing much health. Button mashing does wonders, however the difficulty needs to be adjusted slightly in these quests to keep them just as challenging as they are interesting.
The graphics are more detailed than ever before, bringing you right back to the original Dragon Ball Z anime. All of the cinematic scenes are very well illustrated and impressively right on par with the original anime. The controls are complex but not overly, and with a bit of practice they become easy to use. Because Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is based as much in the air as it is on the ground, there are always going to be a few extra controls to master, but ultimately the ability to use the maps completely makes the game even more fun. Each of the AI characters have personalities of their own, and even though it was not available in the beta, it seems that they will be quite interactive with the story, lending a hand in battle should you ever need it. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is a better version of the original game in the series, and it is quite the nostalgic experience for fangirls and boys alike.
After playing the beta, there is no doubt that the full game will be fantastic. If you are looking for a quick fix of Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is definitely the way to go!