Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Cover.jpeg
Cover art featuring Super Saiyan Future Gohan, Bardock, and Super Saiyan Goku
Developer(s)Dimps
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
Director(s)
  • Yuka Kobayashi
  • Takeshi Sakamoto
Producer(s)
  • Masayuki Hirano
  • Masahiro Kashiro
Designer(s)Tsuyoshi Narabayashi
Artist(s)Shohei Imamura
Writer(s)
  • Kaori Osamura
  • Yuki Hosokawa
Composer(s)Steve Aoki[1]
SeriesDragon Ball
Platform(s)
Release
October 25, 2016
  • PS4, Xbox One
    • NA: October 25, 2016
    • EU: October 28, 2016
    • JP: November 2, 2016
    Microsoft Windows
    • WW: October 27, 2016
    Nintendo Switch
    • JP: September 7, 2017
    • WW: September 22, 2017
    Stadia
    • WW: December 17, 2019
Genre(s)Fighting, role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (Japanese: ドラゴンボールゼノバース2, Hepburn: Doragon Bōru Zenobāsu Tsū) is an action role-playing fighting game developed by Dimps and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment based on the Dragon Ball franchise, and is the sequel to the 2015 game Dragon Ball Xenoverse.[2][3] It was released on October 25, 2016, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and on October 27 for Microsoft Windows. In Japan, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 was initially only available on PlayStation 4.[4] The game was released for the Nintendo Switch in Japan on September 7, 2017, and later released worldwide on September 22, 2017.[5] The game was released on Stadia on December 17, 2019.[6]

According to Bandai Namco, the game had sold over 8 million copies worldwide as of December 2021.

Gameplay[edit]

The game is very similar to its predecessor in terms of gameplay. It is primarily set in 3D battle arenas modeled after notable locations in the Dragon Ball universe, with the central hub being an expanded version of Toki-Toki City, known as Conton City. As reported by the creators of the game, Conton City is seven times larger than Toki-Toki City.[7] Players are able to freely traverse the hub world, and in some areas are capable of flying, once they have unlocked the ability to fly. Players are also able to travel to other hubs such as the Namekian Village and Frieza's ship. Some skills will have to be learned through masters, like the previous game, some of whom are found exclusively in these extra hubs. Xenoverse 2 is the fourth Dragon Ball video game to feature character customization, and allows players to choose from five races: Humans, Saiyans, Majins, Namekians and Frieza's race, each with different strengths and weaknesses. The game also features race-specific quests, minigames, and transformations (the latter of which was available only to Saiyans in the first game, via the Super Saiyan forms). Players also have a much greater role in the story, as their choices can affect how the story unfolds. Multiplayer servers are now able to hold up to 3000 players at once. The game also has a training mode called Training School. The player can use different kinds of ki blasts (Power, Homing, Rush, Paralyze and Bomb), and the ki blast type depends on the player's race or Super Soul. Additionally, players are able to transfer their save data from Dragon Ball Xenoverse. This results in the player's custom character from the previous game appearing as Toki Toki City's "Hero" in the middle of the square. Players may also select a premade avatar to serve as the "Hero" if they choose not to transfer save data.

Plot[edit]

Two years after the events of Dragon Ball Xenoverse, the protagonist receives a mission from Elder Kai, which involves correcting history after it has changed. They meet the Supreme Kai of Time, a deity who watches over time, and her bird, TokiToki. After meeting Elder Kai, they are granted their first mission, which is to correct Goku's battle with Raditz after he's been enhanced by dark magic. Meanwhile, Towa and Mira, who've caused history to change, have gathered allies, from different parts of the timeline.

During the Attack of the Saiyans Saga, Turles attempts to intercept Goku to prevent him from assisting the Z Fighters against Nappa and Vegeta, only to be stopped by the combined forces of the Time Patroller and Goku. During the battle, Trunks and his partner, the protagonist from the first Xenoverse game, try to capture Turles, but he escapes before the Time Patroller can stop him. The protagonist then returns to the Time Nest after defeating Great Ape Nappa and Great Ape Vegeta, and correcting history. There, they are introduced to Trunks and his partner, and it is announced that TokiToki is laying an egg, which gives birth to another universe. During the Namek Saga, the Time Patroller helps Gohan and Krillin from escaping from Dodoria and Zarbon. After the battle, the Time Patroller returns to the Time Nest only to find out that Captain Ginyu had switched bodies with Vegeta. The Time Patroller and Trunks attempt to fix this but in doing so, Ginyu switches bodies with Trunks. After the mishap, Ginyu finally switches bodies with Goku. After fighting the Ginyu possessed Goku, Ginyu returns to his body and attempts to switch bodies with the Time Patroller but Goku throws a Namekian frog in the beam, causing Ginyu to switch bodies with the frog. The Time Patroller must then help Nail fight Frieza in order for Gohan and Krillin to obtain the Dragon Balls, causing Trunks to intervene and help Gohan and the Time Patroller. During Goku's fight with Frieza, Cooler, Frieza's brother, arrives to help Frieza kill Goku, but is eventually defeated by the Time Patroller and Goku. In the Androids era, Trunks tries to help Gohan defeat the Androids once and for all, but is stopped by the Time Patroller. Trunks must take a break from time patrolling. The Time Patroller then travels to the Majin Buu era to fix the distortion in which Majin Vegeta sacrificed himself to defeat Majin Buu. Broly arrives, and attempts to kill Goku, Vegeta, and Buu, but is stopped by the Time Patroller. Vegeta sacrifices himself to destroy Majin Buu, restoring the current flow of history. The Time Patroller then goes to the timeline where Goku and Vegeta defeat Kid Buu. The Time Patroller chases after him and teleports to the era where Beerus and Goku are fighting. The Time Patroller defeats the Sayian, breaking his mask and revealing him to be Bardock. Mira arrives and engages in battle with the Time Patroller. Beerus interrupts the battle with the intention to destroy Mira, Goku, the Time Patroller, and Earth. Soon after, the Time Patroller travels to the Golden Frieza Saga, in which Frieza has been resurrected and wants revenge on Goku. During the battle, Cooler shows up again. Towa hacks into the Time Nest and tricks Beerus and Whis into leaving the battle, which allows Frieza to destroy the planet. Whis is able to rewind time and the Time Patroller, along with Goku and Vegeta, kill Cooler and Frieza. There are over 80 characters in the base game.

Development[edit]

The game was originally teased by Bandai Namco Entertainment on May 16, 2016, as a new "Dragon Ball project", with it being announced on May 17, 2016.[8][9] A Bandai Namco spokesperson confirmed that the game would be released on the PlayStation 4 in Japan, and for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows in North America and Europe.[10] Bandai Namco announced at E3 2016 that the game would run at a frame rate of 60 frames per second on all three platforms, would have a hub city that is seven times larger than its predecessor, and would also feature a new transportation system.[11]

An open and closed beta for Xenoverse 2 was announced by Bandai Namco in August 2016.[12] Both the open and closed beta were available exclusively on PlayStation 4.[13] The closed beta began on October 8, and ended on October 10, and the open beta began on October 14, and ended on October 17.[13]

The Collector's Edition of the game includes the game disc, a soundtrack CD, a collector's box, an exclusive steelbook case, a Time Patroller's Guide artbook (including an exclusive manga illustrated by Toyotarou based on the game),[14] and a statue of Super Saiyan Goku. It is available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.[15]

A Nintendo Switch port was revealed on January 12, 2017, in the Nintendo Switch's "Software Line-Up" Video.[5]

On March 20, 2019, a free-to-play "Lite Version" was released on PS4 and Xbox One with a subset of the full game's content and a lower level cap.[16]

The Stadia port was revealed on December 17, 2019, on the "Stadia Community Blog" by the official Stadia team and released three hours later.[6]

Downloadable content[edit]

A total of 15 downloadable content packs have been released. Each pack includes two to four characters, extra story mode missions, extra stages, new moves, skills, parallel quests, and other elements for the added characters.

  • DLC Pack 1/DBS Pack 1 - Includes Frost and Cabba from Dragon Ball Super as playable characters.[17]
  • DLC Pack 2/DBS Pack 2 - Includes content from the Universe 6 Saga: Vados and Champa as playable characters, the Universe 6 Saga for story mode, and the Nameless Planet stage.
  • DLC Pack 3/DBS Pack 3 - Includes Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) and Zamasu from Dragon Ball Super, and Bojack from the film Bojack Unbound as playable characters.[18]
  • DLC Pack 4/DBS Pack 4 - Includes content from Future Trunks Saga: Fused Zamasu and Vegito (Super Saiyan Blue) as playable characters, the Warrior of Hope Saga for story mode, and the Future in Ruins stage.[19]
  • DLC Pack 5/Extra Pack 1 - Includes Super Buu (Gohan absorbed) and Dabura from the Buu Saga, and Android 13 and Tapion from the films Super Android 13 and Wrath of the Dragon as playable characters.
  • DLC Pack 6/Extra Pack 2 - Includes Goku (Ultra Instinct), Jiren, and Android 17 from Dragon Ball Super, and an original character named Fu as playable characters, and an expanded story mode.
  • DLC Pack 7/Extra Pack 3 - Includes Kefla (Super Saiyan) from Dragon Ball Super, and Super Baby Vegeta from Dragon Ball GT as playable characters.
  • DLC Pack 8/Extra Pack 4 - Includes Gogeta (Super Saiyan Blue) and Broly (Legendary Super Saiyan) from the 2018 film Dragon Ball Super: Broly as playable characters, and the Tournament of Power arena from Dragon Ball Super.[20][21]
  • DLC Pack 9/Ultra Pack 1 - Includes Ribrianne and Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue Evolution) from Dragon Ball Super, and another variation of Vegeta (Super Saiyan God) from the 2018 film Dragon Ball Super: Broly as playable characters.
  • DLC Pack 10/Ultra Pack 2 - Includes Uub in his "Majuub" form from Dragon Ball GT and Android 21 from the video game Dragon Ball FighterZ as playable characters.
  • August 2020 Free Update - Includes Supreme Kai of Time as a playable character in honor of the game selling 6 million copies worldwide.
  • DLC Pack 11/Legendary Pack 1 - Includes Pikkon from the film Fusion Reborn and Toppo (God of Destruction) from Dragon Ball Super as playable characters.
  • DLC Pack 12/Legendary Pack 2 - Includes Kale and Caulifa in their Super Saiyan 2 forms and Jiren (Full Power) from Dragon Ball Super, and Gogeta (DBS) from the 2018 film Dragon Ball Super: Broly as playable characters, and the Volcanic Wasteland stage.
  • DLC Pack 13/Conton City Pack/Awakened Warrior Pack- Includes Goku (Ultra Instinct - Sign), Dyspo and an unrevealed 3rd character as playable characters.
  • Masters Pack - Adds 5 Masters: Android 16 from the Android Saga, Bardock and Future Gohan from The Father of Goku and The History of Trunks television specials, Cooler from the film Cooler's Revenge, and Whis from Dragon Ball Super. Included with the base game on Stadia.
  • Anime Music Pack 1 - Includes 11 songs from Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT. Not available in the Stadia version.
  • Anime Music Pack 2 - Includes songs from Dragon Ball Kai and Dragon Ball Super, and extra songs from Dragon Ball Z. Not available in the Stadia version.
  • Pre-Order Bonus - Includes Goku Black from Dragon Ball Super as a playable character and the Tao Pai Pai Stick as a hub vehicle. It is also included in the Nintendo Switch version and Stadia version.

Reception[edit]

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 has shipped over 1.4 million copies worldwide.[42] As of November 27, 2016, the PS4 version has sold 87,105 copies in Japan.[43] The Nintendo Switch version debuted at number three on the Japanese sales charts, with 24,045 copies sold[44] and later sold 500,000 copies worldwide, by 2018.[45] Total sales reached over 5 million copies by the end of March 2019.[46] Bandai Namco announced sales of 6 million copies sold worldwide in May 2020,[47][48] over 7 million copies sold worldwide by December 2020, and Over 8 million copies were sold by November 2021.[49][50]

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 received positive reviews. Critics praised the game's anime visual style, sound, and fighting gameplay but criticized the controls, repetitive nature and overall similarity to the previous installment. Aggregating review website Metacritic gave the PlayStation 4 version 72/100 based on 57 reviews.[22]

IGN awarded it a score of 7.5 out of 10, saying "Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is an ambitious, if rough-edged experience, with deceptively deep RPG and brawling elements."[33] Hardcore Gamer awarded it 3 out of 5, calling it "a minimal improvement over its predecessor while sharing a lot of the same issues, but there's just something so endearing about how it all came together."[31]

Heidi Kemps of GameSpot awarded the game a 7 out of 10, praising the combat and fan service, while criticizing the combat for being repetitive and the missions with a non-combat focus as "generally poor".[30] Kyle Hilliard of Game Informer also awarded it a 7 out of 10, praising the addition of Conton City, but criticized the combat system for being almost identical to the first Xenoverse game and the soundtrack as "consistently awful".[28]

Ashley Fonte from Games Mojo awarded it 4.3 out of 5 stars stating that "Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is an exciting anime game with a unique and ambitious concept that is familiar to the fans of the Dragon Ball Z series and will give them an enjoyable playing experience."[36] Alastair Stevensons gave a score of 3.5/5 on Trusted Reviews, and said that "Combat is fun if you know how Dragon Ball works, but newbies will struggle to get their bearings, as Xenoverse 2's tuition system is, at best, hit-and-miss".[37] "Smoother combat and great multiplayer options make Xenoverse 2 worth a play for fans of the series" was Benjamin Shillabeer-Hall's conclusion on PlayStation Universe, with a score of 7/10.[38]

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