Your wish is granted.
I must hand it to Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for experiencing the latent dreams of folks who spent their teenage years drawing Goku on the notebooks. A whole lot of games provide ability to create a genuine character and be a part of a recognised fictional universe, but almost all of them don’t let you feel just like what you’re doing impacts the already pre-determined narrative world at all.

Xenoverse 2, meanwhile, enables you to participate directly in a few of the series’ most important battles, “fixing” anomalies with time to create the stories of the Z Fighters on your path. It’s like somebody at Bandai Namco realized how fulfilling it could be in order to play out that one fanfiction you wrote when you were 13 involving your chosen character’s long-lost twin brother.

OK, maybe Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 doesn’t go quite that far, but it’s still a fairly fantastic concept: You can make a custom Dragon Ball character in another of five of the series’ main races (Human, Saiyan, Namekian, Frieza’s race, and Majin) and join enough time Patrol, a assortment of colorful heroes who gather in Conton City and so are focused on the preservation of the Dragon Ball Z timeline. Beneath the guidance of the Supreme Kai of Time, your characters will travel over the sprawling timeline of the anime and manga series, looking for things a group of time-traveling villains have meddled with and setting them right. Generally, this calls for most of the energy-amassing, ki-blasting, and high-flying fights that the series is known–though not necessarily.

The adventure has a single-player story campaign that goes through almost all of the DBZ saga (with a few extra twists, because of a crew of shady villains and resurrected classic foes), a complete mess of optional Parallel Quests which can be taken on either single-player or online, or a different group of single-player side quests. The latter has you doing things such as fighting for a faction in Frieza’s army or training to be another Great Saiyaman,and workout sessions with DBZ heroes and villains that may educate you on new skills. To round things out, you can play multiplayer fights versus the CPU, local friends, or online opponents. Suffice to state, Xenoverse 2 is jam-packed with both on and offline content.

Of course, it doesn’t really matter just how much content there is if the overall game isn’t fun to play. Fortunately, Xenoverse 2 includes a solid–if not particularly deep–fighting engine that delivers an excellent foundation for all of those other game to build upon. The controls feel solid and responsive, and the default button layout allows quick access to your entire normal and special attacks, along with crucial guarding and dodging maneuvers when necessary. You can customize your warrior with special gear, helpful consumable items, and a couple of combat skills you get, acquire in quests, or learn through fitness. By equipping a custom loadout and using the special talents innate to every individual race, you’ll create a fighter that both looks and fights how you like in a manner that feels fun and rewarding.

By equipping a custom loadout and using the special talents innate to every individual race, you’ll create a fighter that both looks and fights how you like in a manner that feels fun and rewarding.

Among the game’s big selling points may be the size and feel of its hub city, Conton. Here, you can shop for gear at a bevy of stores, connect to online players and NPCs, and visit a couple of favorite Dragon Ball faces. You can aquire around town by walking, with Capsule Corporation machines, or–eventually–via flight. However, frequently, the hub’s massive size feels as though a detriment. It’s a chore to go from location to place if they all appear up to now away from one another; at least there’s an easy travel option.

Conton City is merely a little portion of the copious fanservice this game offers to fans of the franchise, however. Xenoverse 2’s visuals are stunning, particularly in the in-engine cutscenes during story sequences. Characters are rendered to an uncanny resemblance, and the focus on detail observed in the many locales is equally impressive. The action runs at a smooth 60 fps, making the fights feel fast and dynamic.

Beyond the visuals, however, the games carries a large amount of fun little jokes and exchanges between various characters that fans will appreciate. Bringing certain characters to specific Parallel Quest battles can cause some funny dialogue that reference events in the anime or amusing “imagine if” scenarios. It can help enhance the feeling of being a dynamic part of a big, fictional universe that the overall game captures well–even if, for a few bizarre reason, the English voiceover varies from the subtitles displayed on-screen, which happens peculiarly often.

Eventually, though, the game’s overall grind will learn to wear on you. Having less depth in combat could make things feel repetitive, even though changing up your loadout might help freshen things up a bit, it doesn’t change up the bottom gameplay significantly. The overall game will sometimes make an effort to shake things up giving you missions with different objectives beyond just beating up your opponents, such as for example locating the Dragon Balls in an even and keeping them from pursuing enemies.

Lag can be somewhat of an issue if you need to fight with or against online fighters, though it’s seen some improvement with a recently available patch.

These stages usually are a miserable experience, though, because the game’s engine doesn’t seem to be built for much beyond combat and incredibly basic exploration. (The camera isn’t accurately your friend if you want to find small objects in big, open combat arenas, either.) It’s more pleasurable to play quests online with several other warriors, though not absolutely all quests could be tackled this way–story mode is strictly single-player only. Lag could be a little of a concern if you wish to fight with or against online fighters, though it’s seen some improvement with a recently available patch.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is one of the best games to emerge out of this beloved franchise. It looks stunning, includes a solid gameplay base, and provides persons who love the series ways to feel like they’re part of this big, beautiful universe. Though it has its share of problems, I really was surprised at just how much fun I had with it. I would not be the die-hard Dragon Ball fan that lots of others are, but I could tell through the exquisite focus on detail and the wealth of content that the people behind Xenoverse cherished the series just {jus