For true fans of the Dragonba series and its games, recent years have been a serious disappointment. The glory days of Dragonball has long since passed for our modern consoles and they are desperately seeking for a return to form. The eras that held the Greatest Dragonball games were those in which we held very different controllers in our hands.
The Gameboy Advance had some of the greatest, if not the best, titles, like Dragonball Z: Legacy of Goku 2 and Dragonball Advanced Adventure (which is possibly the greatest game in series' history). Though we also had remarkable games on the Super Famicom and the Sega Megadrive, way back when! Though I think the most recent successful attempts at making a great Dragon Ball game, came in the form of two great titles for our beloved PS2!
Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and Dragonball Z: Budokai 3 are two of the greatest games the Dragonball universe has gifted us. But why has it been so difficult to return to these days of glory for the developers? The combat and style of Dragonball is so unique and should be able to support an exceptional gaming experience. Unfortunately, this hasn't been the case for a while now.
But as a fan of Dragonball, what do you make of Dragonball: Xenoverse? Do you think that this is the time for the series to return to its original glory? Let's see what we have in store!
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Let's examine the features of the next instalment for the Dragonball gaming series. Battles are set in full 3D destructible environments. Fighters can traverse the levels free-roaming in very large spaces and can be fighting on a platform, go in the air, and fight underwater. They run when on the ground, and swim while underwater.
Xenoverse also has dialogue while fights go on, and fighters show facial expressions when they strike an opponent or take damage. The players have some freedom to explore the planet Earth as it exists in the Dragon Ball universe along with a handful of other locations, including a mysterious new city which is the point of origin for the game's new character.
Speaking of the game's new character, it is confirmed to be a player created character. With the character customisation, players will now be able to customise their character's race, gender, head, build, and clothing (awesome). Player's custom characters for the Story Mode can be five race types: Saiyan, Earthling, Majin, Namekian and Frieza's race. Players will be able to visit the futuristic Tokitoki City, meet up with other players and take on cooperative, time-traveling missions.
The PS4 and Xbox One versions of Dragon Ball: Xenoverse also include unique gameplay features proper to this generation of consoles. Naturally, Sony and Microsoft are attempting to push their new consoles onto any kind of gamer they can, so they include a lot of material in their NextGen console versions that LastGen plyers will be missing out on. How do you feel about this? Have you made the move over to NextGen yet?
Players can also become apprentices of the original Dragon Ball anime characters to equip over 200 special moves and 450 costumes items. The Local Multiplayer does contain a game of 2 Players similar to Budokai (series) and Burst Limit.
Unlike the previous games of the series that usually follow the original Dragon Ball canon, Xenoverse will feature an entire new story. The 2014 V-Jump #7, which announces the game, draws attention to a mysterious figure watching the first battle between Goku and Vegeta from the shadows. With red hair, a scouter, and the Capsule Corporation logo on his sleeve, this character's identity was not clear, though we now know it was player created. Personally, I think that it's great that the game is trying to distinguish itself from the series and come up with its own unique ideas and characters!
Another returning character is Time Patrol Trunks from Dragon Ball Online, who makes a full playable appearance. Two new areas are also showcased: a completely new Hyperbolic Time Chamber like area named the Time Storage Vault, and the other being a high-tech city with what appears to be a Time Machine landed on it. The story is revealed to be about mysterious forces manipulating history, with the player being tasked with restoring the timeline.
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse has massive potential and I really hope that this is the game we've been waiting for all these years! They are attempting to make it more diverse and a standalone game rather than a title that relies upon the Dragonball series too much. Are you excited for this release, what console will you be getting it for? Let us know in the comments!