Video Game Review: DragonBall Xenoverse
Kamehameha! Every anime and manga’s favourite martial art series which went from simple roots of an exaggerated combat style, with more energy beams than any sci-fi movie in history, to the big screen… Of your computers that is! Timlah has finally gotten his hands on DragonBall Xenoverse and has spent some time getting to know it with his brand new Sayian hero. Will Timlah be able to stop the evil bad guys of the game? Are you reading this in the narrators voice? Find out now in GeekOut’s review!
Man, I love DragonBall and I’m not even afraid to admit it. It’s a little bit cheesy, even today, but I really do still love to look back and remember the absolute carnage that was DragonBall Z and the films around it. Whether Goku was fighting Frieza on planet Namek, or if he was fighting Beerus in Battle of Gods, it was and still is such an absurd show that you can’t help but get oddly caught up with all of the drama and tension. It didn’t matter who was fighting who, each fight had weight behind it, even those ones where the enemy was so many leagues lower than the hero (or Z-Fighter, pronounced Zee-Fighter). I was a big fan of some of the minor characters personally, such as Tien and Vegeta (who was of course a major character for a long time before getting a more minor role).
I used to sit up and love watching the show as a child, so how would a fighting game based around DragonBall look to me? How does it play, does it have that right element of weight to it and most importantly: Does it faithfully represent the brand? Let’s have a look!
|Platforms||Steam (Windows), PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One|
|Windows Release||February 2015|
|Price on Steam||£39.99 (I got it on sale for under £15 during Steams recent Anime Sale)|
Effectively, the story of DragonBall Xenoverse is… Well all of the stories of all of the arcs of the series. However, something is messing around with time and is trying to change the past, you’re on course to go and rectify that by making sure the past isn’t altered. They never explain how you can get involved without impacting these peoples lives, but apparently you can. Trunks is your guide to changing the past at the beginning of the game which is a nice addition as he was a bit of a time traveller in DragonBall Z. By ensuring that the time isn’t altered, you allow the world to continue on the course that it should go down.
You pick a race, either a Sayian, Human, Buu or “Frieza Race”. Um, okay guys… Once you’ve picked your race, you create your own custom character and away you go with the story mode.
The game is a fair bit more than just a single player story experience however, it’s got a pretty awesome online battle system and local battle modes too. If you’re looking for the most solid fighter experience, you certainly won’t find it here: This game is way more fun than a serious solid fighter (This is coming from a major Tekken fan). When I sit down to play Tekken, I play with the intent to just straight up beat my opponents. In DragonBall Xenoverse, I don’t feel so… Inclined to win. I mean I always want to win in a game, but I’m having too much fun with the visuals and the flying around, which does take away from the fighting experience somewhat. It’s no fault of the game, I just find the style is visually pleasing and the flying is too much fun for me to think “now I will deliver this combo!”
In terms of its online play, I experienced no problems with it. Considering my computer has quite low specs by modern day standards, I was happy and amazed that not only did this game run well, but it was able to run on WINE on Linux and it was pretty much lag free. It was a really good fun experience, but for all of you interested, these are the main specs you need to know:
- Intel Core i3 Overclocked to 4ghz p/core (dual core)
- Resolution: 1920×1080
- GeForce 9600 GT
- 4GB RAM
Compare this with a modern computer which typical has a quad core processor, 8-16GB of RAM and a way better graphics card than that (Most graphics cards these days have 1GB Memory built into them, my GeForce 9600 GT only has 512mb Memory.) Now, when I say this runs smoothly, that is on the lowest settings – But as you’ll see in the screenshots all around, it’s not bad looking for a game on the lowest possible settings!
Oh okay, you want a gallery. Here’s your gallery:
I personally think the game looks gorgeous, even on such low settings. It is very faithful to the DragonBall franchise and all of the characters are immediately recognisable. It’s nice seeing an “anime game” that looks true to how it should look – but in 3D! It takes a little while getting used to seeing your favourite characters in 3D, but hey: they translate quite nicely. Even Mr. Satan looks amazing in this!
Great. It sounds crisp and clear, with none of the characters sounding off. The music in the game is also very good, along with a really cool remix of the DragonBall theme playing in the title screen. I seriously can’t fault how it sounds, with most of the characters being pretty faithful to the originals. I don’t believe all characters in this game are spot on, for instance Trunks himself does sound a little bit off, but it’s nothing that takes away from the core experience.
Impressive is the word I’d use to sum this game up. It manages to somehow capture the purely epic combat experience you would get from watching the anime, but this time you’re able to control the characters yourself. Now when we compare this game to the Budokai series, I’d argue Xenoverse is a step above. Budokai however might win on an “Immediate access” point of view to players. If you’re looking for a game to sit down and play together on a big screen, you might want Budokai over Xenoverse, especially due to the nature of Budokai following a traditional fighting game with a proper roster already filled out. You do have to spend time on Xenoverse unlocking everything and even unlocking the roster.
All in all, I’ve enjoyed my time so far and hope to be playing it some more. But now it’s over to you: What do you think of DragonBall Xenoverse? Have you had a chance to play it yourself? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.