Dragon Ball has made it’s way onto the Switch this year. Is it any good? The answer is both a yes, and no.
I like being able to create my own DBZ character. I didn’t grow up attached to this series. My knowledge of DBZ ends at the Cell saga. I didn’t bother to keep up after that. The only way I’ll bother playing any game in this series is if I can create my own character. The character creator isn’t great. It’s decent, but the real meat of this game comes from me being able to customize my character in many different armor sets. The armor sets aren’t just for making my character pretty to look at. They also provide both positive and negative stat boost to my character. If I want a character that focuses on their Ki I’ll wear something that boost my Ki blast.
The Main Hub:
I like the main hub in this game. I can fly around, talk to different characters, learn new skills, buy new outfits, and go on short side missions to level my character up. The city itself is really nice to look at in both handheld mode and on the TV. There are some issues, but I’ll get into them in the negative part of this review.
It’s disappointing that this game didn’t do much to separate itself from the first game in the series. This game feels like Xenoverse 1.5 instead of a true sequel. How many times do we have to play through the same ole DBZ story, which is average to me, before we get a chance to do something new. Going back in time, again, to fix the exact same story segments from the last game. The gameplay is fine. It’s not the best and it’s not the worst. It’s just okay and that was enough for me to push on and finish the main story.
This game can be pretty. Conton City is both beautiful and ugly at the same time. None of the maps that I fought on stuck out to me. They were okay I guess. The character models are nice and different armor sets are too. The graphics are mixed bag, but they’re not horrible. I can’t name a single map that I fought on though. I can name the enemies that I fought, like Frieza, but I can’t for the life of me remember the names of the different fighting zones I was in. They’re that unmemorable.
A fighting game lives and dies by it’s roster. The roster here is fine. You’ve got your usual characters like Frieza, Goku, and Vegeta. The problem is that they have too many forms. Why not just have Goku and have us slide through his different Super Saiyan forms? They added many of the same character to make the roster look bigger than what it actually is. We also get completely useless characters in the game like Zarbon. The only character I bothered to play as was my own created characters.
I don’t care about what happens to the timeline in this game. The lip syncing is awful and this story just retells the story that we had in the first game. I give the developer props for giving us the original story along with the new one, but both stories are uninteresting to me. I never cared about the fate of the world, my silent protagonist, or anything in between. I just wanted to fight shit and customize my character.
I considered putting this in the good category because of the voice acting, but then I remember the horrible soundtrack and changed my mind. The soundtrack in this game is horrible. The most annoyingly loud music plays as soon as I boot the game up and it only got worst from there. The voice acting is fine on almost every character in the game. The lip syncing on the other hand isn’t. It’s hilariously bad. I had fun making fun of everyone during every cutscene in the game.
This game runs like shit on the Switch. I spent a lot of time Conton City. It’s the main hub and it’s where everyone will go to buy new items, and learn new skills. The game cannot keep a stable 30 fps here. In battle it runs flawlessly, but whenever I’m walking around town and trying to get shit done it lags a lot and it annoyed the shit out of me.
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 is more of the same. If you loved the first game you’ll probably love this game. For everyone else there is a better fighting game out there called Pokken Tournament and I recommend that game over this one. That’s not to say that this game is bad. It’s not actually. I think if I had played this game on PC I would have praised it more than I did. The fact is that the Switch version of this game is not the best version. It’s the worst one and I can’t recommend spending $50 on game with performance issues. I did have fun playing this game. I still play it almost every night before I go to bed and that’s saying something since I’m not a fan of DBZ.