Retro Gaming 10’s- Dragonball Xenoverse: (2015)

Its hard to believe that Dragonball Xenoverse was released about seven years ago for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. Xenoverse was a Dragon Ball Z game that stood out among many within the past decade or so because it was very different from what fans of the series were used to seeing. Normally, Dragon Ball Z games have the same characters with the retelling of the main story presented in the original Japanese manga along with the anime. However, the story of Dragon Ball Z from the Saiyan saga wall the way down to the Buu arc has been retold in countless DBZ titles for over the past twenty years to a point where it has become very repetitive. But when it came down to Dragonball Xenoverse the video game developer Dimps decided to do something a little different with the main story of the DBZ series. Dragonball Xenoverse added a creative twist to the original DBZ story with time being slightly altered due which made the game itself more intriguing. The main villain for Dragonball Xenoverse was a fictional Demon God named Demigra who was obsessed with destroying history in order to change things to his liking. Demigra was responsible for making Goku’s enemies more powerful than they originally was hoping to change history which was an event that would occur within the game across multiple sagas. Dragonball Xenoverse gives players the opportunity to be the main protagonist within the campaign mode as a unnamed future warrior who is summoned by Dragon Balls used by Future Trunks who is basically the main deuteragonist in this game.

Dragonball Xenoverse was a pretty unique DBZ title because it was an action-role playing fighting title people could sink their teeth into; opposed to your typical arcade themed fighting title which many people were accustomed to seeing in relation to the DBZ series outside of the Legacy of Goku trilogy from ’02’-’04. Dragonball Xenoverse included many popular names from the DBZ series including Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Future Trunks, Piccolo, Frieza, Cell and more. Also one of the coolest things about Dragonball Xenoverse was the character customization feature. Dragonball Xenoverse gave players the ability to customize their character’s appearance, gender, race along with how their voice sounds. Dragonball Xenoverse was a game that felt balanced in relation to customization because players were given specific advantages and disadvantages depending on what race they selected. Saiyan, Frieza’s race and Majin’s were generally more powerful than Namekians and Humans which added to the realism to Dragonball Xenoverse. There were multiple stages throughout the game that provided players with breathtaking open world aerial brawling gameplay which was one of the strong positives of Dragonball Xenoverse. Another strong positive in Dragonball Xenoverse was the soundtrack because it added life to each battle and scene within the campaign mode and most of still holds up nicely in the early 20’s. Dragonball Xenoverse eventually went on to sell over three million copies across multiple gaming platforms while spawning a highly successful sequel in 2017. Along with Dragonball FighterZ and Xenoverse 2 the original Xenoverse title from ’15 will easily be looked upon as one of the best DBZ titles of the 2010’s decade.

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