Dragon Ball Z fans are on the edge of their seats! Their beloved franchise returns to the video gaming world once more when Dragon Ball: Xenoverse finally hits North America on February 24th for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and with a PC release on February 27th. But how will it sit with Dragon Ball fans? What will reviews be like? What will our review be like? What will fans reviews be like? Will they follow Famitsu and agree that Dragon Ball: Xenoverse is worthy of 30/40?
There have already been impressions from the industry and from fans of DragonBall Z themselves online, which have indicated towards the upcoming instalment's issues and achievements. And when it came to looking at Famitsu, which hands out their aggregate score based on four individual's opinions, Dragon Ball XV actually scored lower than Dragon Ball Battle of Z...oh dear.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse - How Will It Sit With Fans on the Xbox One & PS4?
Dragon Ball fighting games are highly unusual cases in the fighting game genre. To be honest, I adore the change of pace, and rather than continuously fighting on the ground in the likes of Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, it can feel great to take to the skies bombing around an open area attacking your foes. But then Namco Bandai and Dimps have managed to make a lot of mistakes with the franchise over the years.
We've seen some ludicrously awful entires into the Dragon Ball series, with games that haven't been able to supply us with fan service or any form of enjoyment present in the combat system. Battle of Z being the prime example here. So can we believe that Dragon Ball Xenoverse is actually worse than this? Have Dimps made a mistake with DBXV? What have impressions been like?
For starters, the RPG-style levelling up system was criticised, as many players stated it felt out of place. The system introduces a lot of grinding into Xenoverse, rather than allowing your character to level up in a more fluid manner that fits the style of the game. A number of side quests were said to be repetitive in many ways also.
The game has such an intensely fast pace, that when one is suddenly expected to grind outside of the battlefield, a number of players found the experience a bit jarring and would have preferred the fight's energy to transfer over to the grinding elements of Dragon Ball XV.
The areas were also said to be quite restrictive in many ways, cordoning off players into small arenas that would have been far more effective with a bit more space to fly around in. Also, the destructibility of the environments was said to be rather limited with a small amount of surfaces only presenting this option.
However, we've heard great things about Xenoverse's captivating story and combat, with the music and fluid animations on the Xbox One and PS4 really showcasing the big step up DBXV has made for the series. So far, I can say that I've seen some potential in this game, but has it actually surpassed other entries in the series and heralded the revival of Dragon Ball Z's glory on consoles? We'll just have to wait for that review embargo to lift until we find out!
So what about you fans? Has anyone received insights into how this game is coming along? Are you hopeful for Dragon Ball Xenoverse's success and excited to get your hands on DBXV? What platform will you be getting it one? Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 or PS3? Or will you be patiently waiting for its PC release date?
Let us know in the comments Dragon Ball Z fans!