Kamehamehooray! Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse isn’t terrible

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I have zero love for Dragon Ball Z. I can’t say I particularly care about Goku, Gohan, Krillin, Piccolo, Vegeta or any of the other asinine characters that seemingly take days to hurl fireballs at each other. Still, a great, great many of you do – and tomorrow, there’ll be a new Dragon Ball Z game for you to play. Is it any good though?

Well, our own Darryn seems to think so. He’s putting the finishing touches on our own review, but he’s pretty pleased with the game. It seems quite a few other critics also think it’s worth playing – though admittedly, scores are rather mixed.

Push Square – 8/10

DBZ (1)“Sadly, if you’ve been holding out for a more traditional Dragon Ball fighter, Dragon Ball XenoVerse isn’t it. It is, however, a well realised and refreshing take on Akira Toriyama’s universe, which allows fans to appreciate the source material from a whole new angle. Accessible, bombastic combat, entirely customisable characters, and some fantastic online functionality give the game a unique identity, and arguably make it one of the most ambitious licensed titles that we’ve seen in years.”

God is a Geek – 6/10

DBZ (2)

“At this point in time, it is not unreasonable to expect spectacular, fully destructible environments. When playing a Dragon Ball game, one expects to be able to punch someone through a mountain, drive foes deep into the earth leaving an epic crater, and generally smash things to smithereens. The level of damage you are actually able to inflict is pretty underwhelming. Soaring through the skies or diving beneath the surface of the water is thrilling, seeing the way your opponents grimace when you beat them, or cackle after laying the smack down on you, is excellent. But this is far from being everything a fully interactive Dragon Ball Z battle could and should be in 2015.”

Xbox Achievements/PlayStation Trophies – 55/100

DBZ (3)

“A love letter to fans, Dragon Ball Xenoverse features almost every character, masses of content and the trademark vibrant and frenetic art style. Unfortunately, it’s not really much fun to play, succeeding in being something of a repetitious slog. A game for the Dragon Ball purists, Xenoverse is unlikely to appeal to anyone else.”

PlayStation LifeStyle – 7/10

DBZ (4)

“So, while fans of the series will find a great deal of content to keep them entrenched into the world of Dragon Ball, anyone who hasn’t had a history with the seasoned mechanics will undoubtedly find themselves button mashing their way through the confusion and hoping for the best until things make sense. While anyone who doesn’t know anything about the history of the series, or just been away from it for some time, will be completely in the dark through most of the experience, as it does rely wholeheartedly on your understanding of who is who, but, also given that the story is far from the reason anyone is going to want to play this, I guess that doesn’t matter all that much either way. “

4 Geeks Like You – 8/10

DBZ (5)

“I never imagined that any Dragon Ball Z game coming after the mess we got with Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z could earn a spot next to the top games in the series. I mean, even when I received my copy, I still thought to myself that I might have to walk away from this during the following week.

I can say with 100% certainty that Dragon Ball Xenoverse is a must have for any Dragon Ball Z gamers out here. The game isn’t without fault, but I believe that if Dimps fixes the problems with Xenoverse & expand on making the battlefields expansive & the fights more engaging, the next possible game to come from the Xenoverse series could end up close to perfect.”

Worlds Factory – 78/100

DBZ (6)

“A unique storyline, lovely graphics, and intense but sometimes awkward battles make for a great Dragon Ball game, even though I can see its flaws. Getting used to battles was tough, but rewarding and now my Saiyan Cabbage almost feels like a true Dragon Ball character.

While this is a game I wouldn’t recommend to all fighting game fans, I would definitely suggest it to everyone who enjoyed the Dragon Ball anime and manga. If you ever wanted to feel truly a part of Goku’s world, this is the closest we’ve ever been able to get. A beautiful, yet flawed game that is hugely charming despite never feeling perfect.”

While I’d rather eat my own face than play this, it seems that it’s a pretty good one for fans of DBZ and its universe.

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Last Updated: February 26, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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