If you’ve never played the game before, the first mission acts as a tutorial and explains all the fighting moves you can do. Essentially the face buttons do a variety of combos, and combining them with the shoulder buttons in various ways can unleash super attacks, or throws. The combos themselves normally consist of mashing the square and triangle button. You can guard attacks with the left shoulder button, and can dodge behind an enemy by tapping X at the right moment. This tutorial will also teach you how to fly and increase/decrease your altitude, although you don’t go up that high. Circle can be used to do some Ki blasts that are useful if enemies are quite far away.
The learning curve for this game is not too steep, but there is an aspect of training to make sure you don’t struggle in later battles. The first missions are almost too easy, and can be cleared in a few minutes by randomly mashing buttons, but later quests will start to get more difficult. You can take part in Parallel Quests online or offline to build up more experience, these tend to be shorter and a little easier than the main quests so can be quite useful if you’re stuck on one of the main missions.
This game ships with the option to use Japanese voice-over and English subtitles, so if you are a purist you can choose this option. One thing I noticed that was a little strange is that you can’t then switch back once you are in the game. The other thing that is a little disappointing is that interactions in Conton City aren’t voiced at all, you just get a strange gobbledegook sound when your character is talking. However, there is voice acting in the fights themselves when the main characters speak, but your Patroller can only really grunt and scream. The user interface is quite good though as almost everything, including the starting logos can be skipped, meaning you can read through the text quickly and move forward.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is genuinely a good game for everyone, even if you haven’t watched the anime. You might find some of the voice acting irritating, as I personally believe that even with the Japanese voice-over, a lot of the character’s voices just don’t work. Also it can take a while to understand certain aspects of the game, but this is definitely a game that fans of the series will love. I recommend it to anime fans for sure.
This review is based on the PS4 version of the game.
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