Thanks to Bandainamco I got some hands on time with the closed beta for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. I am a huge fan of Dragon Ball Z and have been since waking up early before school to watch new episodes daily on TV. Dragon Ball Z has a certain spot in my heart so of course when presented with the opportunity to play some of the game before release I was ecstatic.
When you jump into Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 your first job is to either bring in a character from the first game or create a new one. I wanted a fresh start so I went to create a new character to see what has changed in their character creation suite. I had a quick look through each race, already knowing I was going to pick the Saiyans race because why the heck not. I was actually impressed with the Frieza race however which seemed to have a lot more different options, so I may have to toss a coin to decide which race to go with.
Each race also has its own perks. Saiyans for example become stronger when close to death and the human race are the more balanced stat wise compared to the other races. So for this beta I chose my Saiyan character and brushed him up to my liking and got stuck into the city. The city itself Conton City is a big step up from the previous games hub world Toki Toki city as it isn’t separated into different sections and feels less clinical and empty than the first game. It isn’t leaps and bounds above the first but it is definitely an improvement. Aside from running to get around the much larger hub world you also have the option of using your hover board or by speaking to one of the transportation clerks scattered around that will help the more impatient gamer. Flying in the hub world is possible however that will be available in the full game and can only be used when you get a license to fly. I do not want to spoil much of the story as for what I played seemed to be the actual beginning of the game itself and it was very story heavy with who you would be going up against as you progress. I will say to those who may not have seen through videos or screenshots that are out there that villains from the past game and past movies reprise their roles as well as a new yet familiar looking character are front and centre in what seems to be an interesting story for any Dragon Ball fan.
Combat has been improved and by far my most favourite addition is the ability to actually control the direction and movement of certain bigger KI blast waves like the well-known Kamehameha. Combat is much faster and yet still not as difficult to pick up and go at it. Aside from your basic, super and ultimate attacks each race also has its own special form that they can achieve further on down the track of the story with completing missions and meeting certain objectives. Parallel Quests are back both offline and online and they are basically the games missions, each with their own objectives and side objectives to complete. Much like the previous entry you will find yourself playing the same quests over and over again to unlock special outfits, moves and even new characters to play with.
I was overly impressed with what I saw and played. I had enough time with the beta to notice that this is a big step up from the previous Xenoverse title. Xenoverse 2 is beautifully animated and characters really stand out with the much improved look that has been added to each individual character. The changes to combat as well had me smiling as this felt more like the fast moving combat from the TV shows and the closest a game based on the show has ever gotten to depict that. Flying around Namek for example is one thing that I pray they work on as it felt very slow as I flew to different areas. Only when locked onto an enemy did the speed of my flight amp up a little.
I was hoping for a different Dragon Ball game was coming this year kind of like the old Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi titles but after the time I spent with Xenoverse 2 I came to the conclusion that I cannot wait to get my hands on the game when it hits shelves in just a few days. It is a definite improvement and I didn’t come across any bugs or issues which was great to see. There is a lot more of Xenoverse to come and I am eagerly awaiting Xenoverse 2’s release next week.