I know right?! The original Xenoverse game was a fucking treat. The sequel seems to be going the tried and true method of "the same, but lots more!".
Like last time some bad dudes are screwing with time and you enlist with the Time Patrol to help stop them. Only, hey, if you're in the past anyway why not change a few things for the better? Am I right or am I right? Well, looks like you'll get to make that call! Various choices will effect how the story plays out! Hello multiple play-throughs, my name is Axen.
Expect much the same in the way of character customization options. Though also expect more clothing items. . . so much more!
Same core concept as last time. Improved textures and lighting. Vastly improved server tech. They say 300 players can be logged in to the same city at the same time!
the size of the original Toki Toki City.
Oh and you can totally fly around town! Once you gain that ability of course.
And the arenas themselves will be bigger. God, I hope they made those damn gates easier to find!
You'll apparently be able to choose from different Ki Blasts when creating your character (Power, Burst, Freeze, and Bomb).
Yes, yes of course.
Abilities, Z-Souls, clothing, etc are still the carrot on the stick.
October 25th for XBONE and PS4. 28th for Steam. PC port for the first game was very well done. Still recommend a controller though.
Yet another DBZ game?
Some bad dudes are fucking with time and you are summoned by Shenron to help Trunks and the Time Patrol right history.
And by "you" I mean a character of your own design!
Character creation you say?
At the start you get to choose from one of five races and gender for all but two of the races. Each race has it's own strengths and weakness and can change the way you play.
Everybody knows Saiyans. Hell, people who've never watched DBZ know Saiyans. Though in the context of the game here is their breakdown.
The Saiyan race offers lower health than other races, but balances this with high attack power. A Saiyan's attack power rises even more when their health is below 25 percent. In addition, all of a Saiyan's stats increase if they're KO'd and revived by a teammate. Saiyans also have the ability to transform into Super Saiyan or Super Saiyan 2.
If you're looking for a character with strong offensive potential, choose the Saiyan race. You'll essentially be a glass canon.
And holy crap, watch out when one goes Super Saiyan!
Namekians have lower overall attack power, but higher health. In addition, their Stamina refills faster and items are 1.5 times more effective. Namekians also regenerate their health when it falls below 70 percent. There are no female Namekians.
If your play style favors a defensive approach, the Namekians are going to be a great first choice. The ability to refill Stamina faster means you can use the Vanish (teleport) ability more often to escape combos and other bad situations.
Basically take a beating and keep on ticking.
The Earthling race has fairly balanced stats, offering the well-rounded option for players who don't necessary favor offense over defense or vice-versa. Their Ki refills automatically, with their attack power increasing when their Ki is at maximum.
Playing as an Earthling is great for players who aren't familiar with fighting games. The balanced stats of the Earthling race, plus the automatic Ki regeneration ability makes them much easier to learn than any other race.
Earthlings, Humans, Terrans, whatever they are called and in whatever game they're in they're always the balanced choice.
The Majin race offers higher defense than other races, but lower Stamina recovery speed. However, when their Stamina is at maximum their defense increases even more.
If you're a defensive player then you should probably start as a Majin or Namekian race. Both offer defensive buffs, so it depends on your play style as to which race is best for you. Namekians are easier to play with, while Majins offer more perks for skilled players. For example, if you prefer to use the Vanish ability to escape combos, you should favor the Namekian race because Majins have slower Stamina recovery. However, if you have better defensive skills to avoid taking hits, the higher defense of the Majin race will make your character very difficult to KO.
Truth be told the Majins are a bitch to take out. Very tanky race, but require a little bit of know-how.
While some believe the Frieza's clan is known as the Arcosians, Dragon Ball Xenoverse is currently calling the race simply, "Frieza Clan". They have high movement speed, with lower attack power than the other races. To compensate, their movement speed increases when their health drops below 50 percent. They also have the ability to use a beam that paralyzes opponents.
The best way to describe the Frieza Clan is to say that they offer a runaway play style. Their increased movement speed gives them the ability to move in, use a few fast attacks, then quickly escape before an opponent can effectively counterattack. Lower attack power will make it more difficult to score KOs, and it's possible that the increased speed will make it more difficult for lesser-skilled players to control their characters. However, the paralyzing beam will allow for big attacks, especially when you're playing teams instead of one-on-one.
Get in, do damage, get out.
So those are the races and let it be known that all races are effective and can stand toe to toe with any other race. Depending on your playstyle you way gravitate towards one race over another as each one does feel different.
What about customization?!
You'll be happy to know that character customization is robust
The game offers a multitude of "hair". eyes, nose, chin styles. Various height and weight options. Voice options. And plenty of color options.
On top of all that pretty much every single piece of clothing from the entire Dragon Ball series is available for you to get.
This video actually goes through the options for each race/gender just to give you a good idea.
Besides the physical stuff you have full control over the various abilities your character has.
You can have four "super" abilities and two "Ultimate" abilities.
Super Abilities range from melee strike combos to crazy ki blasts, transformations, power ups, and some other silly things (Ginyu poses for instance).
Ultimates are you're big flashy cutscene worthy attacks.
You can buy, collect, or earn abilities while leveling your dude/lady dude. And these abilities can be changed out whenever you wish.
Okay that all sounds cool, but how does the game play?
A fair question.
Basically it is a third person, over the shoulder fighter.
Battles take place in a large, open arena (taken from the show of course).
Combat is fast paced, sometimes hectic, and absolutely gorgeous.
This video shows off some combat and the guy explains the game better than I could.
So what, it's just an arena fighter?
Well no. There are several game modes.
You have the single player story in which you hop around the DBZ histories and help set the timeline right. This is fun and besides fighting through scenarios from the show the game has its own story going on behind the scenes with new (outside of the Asian MMO) villains for your time traveling, righteous dude/lady dude to fight.
Then you have online battles. 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and whatever combinations in between. Whether vs. players or npcs. Ranked or not ranked. This is whether to test your mettle against the greatest fighters the universe has known!
Parallel Quests. Now this is the fun stuff. PQs are basically side missions that you can do with your friends (that's right, co-op bitches!). PQs have all sort of crazy scenarios. Help Frieza fight the Z Fighters, team up with Hercule to take on the world strongest, collect dragon balls before Frieza's goons do. All manner of situations can be found here.
But that ain't all! PQs have a bit of RNG going on. While the basic premise of each PQ will remain the same, what happens inside it might be different. For instance, in one PQ you might fight Goku and you kick his ass. You then repeat that same PQ, but only this time when you beat Goku he goes friggin Super Saiyan and proceeds to hand you your ass. Certain enemies may join the fight when they didn't before, or certain allies may come and help. Dudes might transform or gain extraordinary power. You never know!
Whatever you decide to do you will always earn XP, money, and loot.
Wait, XP? Money? Loot? What is this an RPG?!
Well yeah, kind of.
As you do battles/missions your character will level up. You can then spend Attribute Points to increase your various stats. How you spend these will depend on your playstyle. Focus on Ki and Ki Blasts? Favor melee strikes? Rather go more a jack of all trades approach? All this is up to you.
The money, called Zenny, is used to buy helpful combat items (health potions, ki/stamina potions, stat increasing potions). It is also used to buy some Skills, accessories (hats, scouters, various other things), or clothing (of which there is A LOT OF).
You can also be rewarded clothing items, skills, and various other things at the end of a mission. Depending on how much RNGesus loves you. Seriously, we literally farmed a mission last night to get the Super Saiyan skill for someone long
before they would have unlocked it through the Story.
It was great.
Okay fine, what system is this for?
All of them.
PS3, PS4, 360, Xbone, PC.
Myself and a few others play the Steam version. Oh, that's right. The PC Port of this is actually really fantastically well done. I still recommend playing with a controller though.
What are you're actual thoughts on the game?
Well, I wouldn't of made the thread if I didn't enjoy it.
What we have here is a legitimately fun game. I haven't played a DBZ game in forever, I had no idea this one was even a thing, and if you told me a week ago my favoritest game of the year (so far) would be a friggin Dragon Ball game I'd have called you insane.
The game actually runs on a modified version of the SFIV engine so the gameplay is smooth and beautiful.
The visuals are great.
The game is so much fun!
The sounds are well, hit or miss for people. The sounds are taken straight from the show. For some this is awesome and nostalgic. For others they sound a little weak and dumb.
PQs are a total blast to play with friends and probably a good chunk of the time played for me has been in co-op PQs.
The online stuff feels a lot like Phantasy Star Online. I don't know if this is by design or accident. Either way they should push more towards the PSO side of things for a sequel.
However all is not perfect.
The online stuff can be cumbersome. There is no easy way to add someone to your favorites (luckily Steam friend lists bypass this).
There are network issues, however I give them a pass on this (for now) because the Devs had zero idea the game was going to be so friggin popular. Seriously, from what I hear sales for the first week outpaced the total sales of all past DBZ games combined! And they've been hard at work upgrading their servers since the game's launch.
Weirdly enough you can't just quit a mission during a mission. Which means you have to ALT-F4 if you want to quit. I've no idea why this is how it is.
Some other things.
There is a season pass you can get. It looks like the DLC will be adding a fair chunk of content. The first one is releasing this March and looks to include one Story-Arc from GT along with a lot of GT related characters, items, and clothing stuffs. Plus a dozen or so new PQ missions.
They seem to be gunning for 3 DLC packs total, though with the crazy success of the game I wouldn't be surprised if this gets expanded.
To help facilitate people getting together, I've started Axen's School of Martial Kung-furate Arts
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Ki and Stamina
gain bars at 25 (5 bars), 50 (6 bars), 75 (7 bars), and 100 (8 bars) points invested. The 4th bar comes automatically with levels, but can be gained early by investing some points into the stats.
bonuses/penalties for stats are a static +1 or -1 to a stat for every > or < arrow, and not % based.
Height & Build
The taller you are the harder your character hits while the shorter they are the faster they move. The bulkier you are the harder your Strikes are and the skinnier you are the harder your Ki blasts and powers do.
You also left out the gender bonuses/differences in the races, which is on top of the normal race traits.
Male Saiyans - Stronger Basic Attacks and longer buffs (Kaioken, Super Sayan, etc.), weaker Super/Ultimate Attacks.
Female Saiyans - Faster Ki and Stamina recovery bonus, Health penalty.
Male Earthling - Stronger Basic Attacks.
Female Earthling - Stronger Ki Blasts.
Male Majin - Health bonus (coupled with the Defense bonus, this makes them extremely tanky), Speed penalty (makes them the slowest race).
Female Majin - Speed bonus (makes them the second fastest race next to Freeza), Health penalty.
There are race exclusive moves. Majin get attacks and abilities based upon some of Buu's moves (Candy Beam, etc.), some exclusive by gender. Saiyans and Earthlings get sword moves. Saiyans of course get Super Saiyan.
All damage buffs stack with each other. This makes Humans monster physical basic attackers because the Max Ki buff + Kaioken buff + and buff from a Pose-type move all combine on top of each other.
When you beat the game, your other character slots unlock. All your Outfits, Skills, Publish Quest unlocks, Mentors, etc. carry over. Basically only Level and Story Progress are specific to character with everything else account based.
Friendly tip for multiplayer. You don't actually have to connect to the Multi-Lobby or the XENOVERSE server to play with friends (at least on Steam). On your Steam Friends List you can Join Game on someone who has created a PQ Room (don't even need to be connected to the server for that either).
Here is an in depth breakdown on stats, sizes, gender differences