Ask any fan of the Dragonball manga or anime what the best game based on the series is and the answer will almost invariably be Xenoverse. The game was focused around the players inserting themselves in the world and playing a part in the epic storyline, instead of simply reliving specific moments. It garnered acclaim for the ability to create a fresh character and live in the world. That and plenty of people enjoyed the ability to create random havoc for the fun of it. Just saiyan. (Har har)
Bandai Namco know that they have struck a chord with the fans and are now working to up the game with the forthcoming sequel, Dragonball Xenoverse 2. The promises made are quite heady. There will be a brand new hub city to explore, boasting a size roughly seven times larger than what was found in the original, allowing three hundred players to be online at the same time.
They also have plans to make the story worthwhile this time around. In it, the player is tasked with traveling through time with the purpose of protecting key moments in Dragonball history. It seems some folks didn’t quite like the way that things turn out. Instead of working with the present, it seemed easier to travel back and putz with history. Nobody ever claimed that simplicity was the series’ strong suit. Bandai Namco are also promising more characters and boss fights. Beyond this, they seemed tight lipped for fear of spoiling the surprise.
One aspect of the title that truly stood out was the art design. Using the power of current gen consoles and PC, the developers have crafted a vibrant, cartoon like world evocative of the series. Hearkening back to old animation doesn’t mean that they skipped on the textures and design. This world is clean and bright, making as pleasant on the eyes as it is to the most fervent hopes of the pickiest fan. This extends to the animation, which is smooth, but ensures that the anime fan will feel right at home. It helps that it runs at 60FPS, and that they are introducing a dynamic camera system to help keep the fights better in frame.
What’s really most exciting about this game is Bandai Namco’s plan for post-launch support. They fully intend to listen to their fans and provide a continuing stream of free updates as well as additional content for over a year. While patches are expected, the attention that the developers promise to pay to a niche title, even one that is a sequel to the bestselling title in the franchise, looks to go above and beyond expectations. So, people excited to fly through the air and pull out surprise combos on unsuspecting opponents will have plenty to do just that when Xenoverse 2 launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam later this year.