Genre: Fighting Game
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Developer : Dimps
Platform : Playstation 4 (Reviewed) , Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
Reviewer: Matthew Gerard
The main selling point of Xenoverse is the fact you can create your own character and venture the DBZ world doing quests, leveling up, obtaining equipment and gaining new skills. You can select from up to 5 races: Human, Saiyan, Namekian, Majinn and "Freiza." There are a hundred or so moves to choose from, hundreds of clothing options and plenty of other ways to customize your fighter into exactly what you want. Everything that works in Xenoverse works extremely well....as for what DOESN'T WORK.
Another issue is the RNG. I am not a stranger to low drop rates. I have played Monster Hunter, Destiny and Final Fantasy 11 so I am not a stranger to how cruel RNG can be. The way the RNG in Xenoverse works for drops is twofold. Each of the 55 PQs have a loot table and certain drops only drop if you clear certain objectives. The objectives are usually kill all enemies within a certain time limit, win with allies above 50% health etc. The problem comes where you can do the hidden objective and not get the event that triggers after clearing objectives.
That is another complaint the AI. Xenoverse is not a hard game but it is artifically hard if that makes sense. One on One fighting Vegito is hard in other DBZ games, but in THIS one you can have 3 people beating Vegito up non-stop this makes the game too easy. So the developers gave enemy AI unlimited Ki and Stamina. This means once you start fighting Super Saiyans (happens ALOT) they are going to spam Ki Ultras and Ki Evasive moves non-stop. This just leads to frustration especially when you are fighting 3 characters solo because the online doesn't work. At least you get to play offline and make use of two AI partners.
These partners either make the team mates in Battle of Z look good or they fight the entire battle for you. There is no consistency with their performance. One story quest everyone I know got stuck on is when you and Trunks have to team up and fight 2 other characters. The fight revolves around Trunks keeping one distracted long enough for you to make the other down to half and MAYBE killing him. This is when Xenoverse is at its absolute worst.
So what is the verdict with Xenoverse? It is the best DBZ released since Budokai Tenkaichi 3. It plays great, it sounds great and there is a ton of stuff to collect and do. While playing it you WILL notice things they could have clearly improved on: the roster (only for more enemies to fight), the rng, more transformations, a better menu interface and an online component that works. I really hope we get a Xenoverse 2 and they fix all of the problems Xenoverse has. Because underneath all of the frustrating RNGand frustrating AI there is a great DBZ game waiting to shine.
As the DLC is released I will be posting about each pack to let you know if it is worth your time! Stay tuned!
We here at Game Rampage give Dragon Ball Xenoverse a 6.5/10