Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Short Presentation of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 :

Dragonball Xenoverse 2 is a video game available for PS4, Xbox One and PC Steam. It is developped by DIMS and focuses on team battles and online play but it can also be played in solo and it contains various RPG elements.
The game was published in october 2016 and it is the second episode of the Dragon Ball Xenoverse serie.
In Xenoverse 2, the player has to create a character and has to makes him evolve so he can fulfill the quests.
The main Hub where the different game modes can be reached is Coton City which is 7 times bigger than Tokitoki City (the City Hub in Xenoverse 1).
From here, the player has the choices between several game modes.

The Games Modes availables in Dragonball Xenoverse 2

The Main Quests

This is Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2's Story Mode. By completing this mode, the player will unlock characters, arenas, costumes and objects.

The Parallel Quests

There are around 100 Parallel quests in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. Theses quests put the player in different situations (like for example make the player side with Raditz during his fight against Goku, Piccolo and Kid Gohan). Completing the parallel quests also unlock characters, arenas and objects, plus inside some of the quests, time patrollers controlled by the IA appear and if the player defis them and beat them, he will be awarded additional objects (such as a Dragon Ball for example). The Parallel quests can be played online with others players.

The Distorted Time Eggs Missions

The Distorted Time Eggs Missions are special Parallel Quests. They are 5 of them and the reward after completing each one of theses missions is a Time Egg. If the player complete the 5 mission and go visit the Kaioshin of the Time, an additional mission in the Main Quest will be available.

So in what consist the Distorted Time Eggs Missions ?
Portals leading to 5 arenas have appeared in Coton City and lead to Hercule's House, Capsule Corporation, Guru's House, Buu's House and Freeza's Ships. If the player travel to this areas, he will meet characters who will give him special missions, like for example helping Majin Buu to create a family or help Guru and Neil protect the Dragon Balls.

The Expert Missions

The Expert missions are the hardest missions of the game. In theses missions, the player has to team up with characters controlled by the IA or others players and defeat the enemy in a given time. This is the only game mode which features 6VS1 fights.
What makes theses missions so difficult is that most of the enemies have more lifebars than usual and also 3 special moves which make the player's team loose time. The first move is a giant energy ball that the player and his teamates have to push back. If they don't succeed, the whole team will take a lots of damage. If they succeed, the enemy will be hit by his own attack.
The second special move used by the enemies in the Expert Missions consist for them to send the player and/or some members of his team into Crystals which correspond to others arenas. The player and his teamates have then to defeat normal enemies who appear in theses arenas and use the portals to go back to the arena where the main fight take place.
The third special move consists for the enemy to infect the player and his teamates so they become evil. If the player is touched by the technic, he will be teleported to the Crystals Arena where he will fight his double. Also, if one of the player's teamates are touched by this technic, they will become ally with the enemy. To bring them back to their senses, the player and his teamates who aren't infected will have to defeat them.

The Versus Mode

In the Versus Mode, the player chooses one or several characters and battle it out against the IA, a friend or others online players. The types of matches availables are 1VS1, 2VS2 and 3VS3.

The Training Mode

The training mode is very practical to test combos, special moves as well as the effects of objects equipped on the created characters since in this mode the damages done by each move is displayed on the screen.

The Tournament Mode

Dragonball Xenoverse 2 has a tournament mode but it is available only in online mode (Against others players).

The Training Missions

The Normal Training Missions

There are several trainers in Coton City and if the player talks to them, they will train him. Usually they will give temporally a new move to the player and fight him or make him fight others opponents. If the player wins the fight, he will keep the move. Also some of the training missions have special conditions, like for example finish the opponent(s) with the newly learned move.

The Special Training missions

Sometimes, Some characters will give special training missions and if you complete them you will be rewarded by special money which can then be used to buy clothes and objects.

Choose a master

The player can also ask one of the trainers to be his master (As a result, this character will appear to give his student a helping hand if he's in difficulty in the main quest or in the parallel quest).

The Challenges

The Old Kaioshin who is located near the Orange Star School in Coton City gives special training missions labelled as challenges. Theses special training missions don't grant the player any new moves but will make him learn how to do advanced combos and moves.

Dragonball Xenoverse 2's Story

Like in Xenoverse 1, Towa and Mira tries to change the History of Dragon Ball in order to collect energy and so they
can fulfill their goal. And of course, it's up to the player to stop them by traveling to different eras and
fix the History of Dragon Ball.

Xenoverse 2's features :

The Xenoverse 2 Gameplay

To say it simply, Xenoverse 2's Gameplay is an improved version of the Dragon Ball Xenoverse's 1 Gameplay.
And so it is still a mix between Tenkaichi 3, Zenkai Battle Royal and Battle of Z with many gameplay elements from Budokai 3.

Returning from Xenoverse 1 :

The fighting style is entirely in 3D and and the characters can run, fly and swim, use melees attack, evasive moves, energetic beams and ultimates.
If they take enough damages, the characters switch to their battle damaged outfit during the fight.
The matches can end by double KOs.
During some missions, it is possible to travel from an Arena to another.
The Type of battles availables are 1VS1, 2VS2, 3VS3 and even 6VS1 in some missions.
The Characters can teleport behind the opponents.
It's possible to throw light punches or charged ones.
All characters have a throwing move and Namekians and Majins can grab their opponent from far away thanks to their extensive arms.
Melee clashes are included in DBZX2.
Energetic clashes aren't included : If two technics collide, their effect is negated (but some technic perfor the opponent's beam and hit).
When a character is hit by a powerful melee attack, the action is slowed down and the camera closes up to show the deformed
face of the character who is hit by the attack.
Most of the game can be played online : For example parallele quest can be played alongside others online players.

Novelty and improvements in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 :

The saiyan characters created by the player can transform up to the SSJ3 form.
The Namekians characters can transform into Giant Namekians.
The Frost Demon characters can now transform as well.
The Majin characters can transform in their Kid Buu form.
The Humans have an awakened form where they get the Magic pole and the Magic Cloud.
The characters can use several transformations during the fights (Example : The Saiyans can transform in SSJ1, SSJ2 and then SSJ3).
A Dragon Dash has been implemented (which is very practical to continue the combos after the opponent has been projected).
A new endurance bar has been added and it limits how many times the characters can teleports (and this novelty effectively limits spams). Also if when the endurance is at zero and the character is knocked down, he will be out on his feet for some times.
It's now possible to break the opponent's guard.
The impacts when characters are hit by melee attacks have been improved.
There is now a Training Mode.
Tokitoka has been renamed Coton City and is 7 times bigger (according to Dimps).
It's now possible to use a vehicle to visit the City Hub and it's also possible to fly (When your character will have completed enough quests).
The roster is bigger and includes more movies characters and some more Dragon Ball Super characters.
It's now possible to send back small energy attacks thrown by the opponent.
In Xenoverse 2, the player hasn't to do again and again the same parallele quests in the hope to get rare artifacts.
The visual effects have been slightly improved since Xenoverse 1 (For example, there are beautiful new effects when characters charge their ki).
The game runs at 60fps per seconds wether you play on PC, Xbox One or PS4.

Flaws which were presents in Xenoverse 1 and which are still presents in Dragonball Xenoverse 2 :

It's impossible to play at the tournament mode in single player.
If you play against a friend on the same PC or Console, you can only select the Tournament Ring Arena.
The Ring Out rule hasn't been implemented in the Tournament Ring Arena (It would have been cool if it was for the 1VS1 fights).
Beam Struggles are still not implemented.
Some punches and kicks, charged or not, miss the target (Collisions, distances and angles problems).
If you give a powerful right to an opponent, he's projected backward. Normal. But if there is an obstacle behind him, he will be projected in a direction which avoids any contact between him and the obstacle (So some time, the enemy can be projected at 45° ... it's ridiculous).
When a character is blocking , even if you are behind him and hit him from behind, he won't be hurt.
If you teleport behind a character who is doing an ultimate and hit him, he won't be hurt and you can even be hit by his ultimate.
Some arenas are still a little too small for a game which focus on team battles.
When saiyans transform into SSJ1 and SSJ2, their hairs keep the same form (but they get the SSJ3 hairs when the transform in SSJ3).
The IA of your teamates is perfectible : In a team battle, if hen you do a combo, your allies may stop it by engaging the opponent you are hitting. Also they do very little damages to the enemy but are useful to reanimate the members of the team who have been Knocked out. Also they can be quite useful when your team fight a giant opponent
The roster has been improved but some characters' forms are missing (Also some characters forms are considered as independent characters).
The character created by the player still doesn't speak during the Main Quest.
There are still annoying camera problems, especially during big team battles and when the character you control is near an obstacle.
When the enemy is too far, impossible to lock them (so in some arenas, if you go too far from the action while fighting an enemy, you will have to search where the others enemies are).
Damages done to the levels still disappear after 3 seconds.
Some character's forms are still missing and some transformations are considered as characters by the game (not as transformations).

Defaults and glitches inherent to Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 :

Some energetic attacks are very difficult to use, unless you break the guard of your opponent first.
Musics are very average, especially when you wander in the City Hub.
The loading time is a little too long (but the issue has been greatly diminushed by the November 2016 patch).
There are glitches with the enormous ultimate kikohas in the experts missions : If the ultimate is a success and hits, the performing CPU character may be teleported OUT of the stage's limits and sometimes even below the map.

Contents of the game Dragonball Xenoverse 2

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2's Characters

Without the DLCs characters and the bonus characters, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 has 75 playable characters (without counting some characters' transformations which the game count as independent characters). Some characters from Dragon Ball GT, Dragon Ball Super and the Dragonball movies are included into the game but there are no characters from Dragon Ball.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2's Roster :

Here is the list of the characters included in Dragonball Xenoverse 2 :

The characters included in the game Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
Saiyans

Broly LSSJ, Evil Broly LSSJ

Bardock Base form, SSJ, SSJ2 and SSJ3

Turkes

Raditz

Nappa

Vegeta (Scouter), SSJ, SSJ2, Majin Vegeta, SSJ4, SSJ Blue.

Goku base form, Kaioken, SSJ SSJ2, SSJ3, SSJ God, SSJ Blue.

Kid Goku GT base form, SSJ1, SSJ3, SSJ4.

Pan.

Kid Gohan

Teen Gohan SSJ1 and SSJ2.

Adult Gohan base form SSJ1, SSJ2, Ultimate Gohan and Great Saiyaman.

Future Gohan base form and SSJ1

Future Trunks base form and SSJ1, Time Patroller Trunks, Trunks GT and Trunks from Dragon Ball Super.

Kid Trunks base form and SSJ1.

Songoten Base form and SSJ1.

Gotenks base form, SSJ1 and SSJ3.

Vegeto base form and Super Vegeto.

Gogeta Super Saiyan and SSJ4.

Cabe base form and SSJ1 (This character is included in the DLC Pack 1).

Humans

Krillin.

Yamcha, Evil Yamcha.

Mr Satan.

Videl, Great Saiyagirl.

Tienshinhan.

Namekians

Piccolo, Piccolo fused with Kami.

Neil.

Slug.

Aliens

Jaco.

Raspberry (Freeza's Soldiers)

Saibaiman.

Dodoria.

Zarbon.

Appule.

Guldo.

Recoome.

Burter.

Jeece.

Ginyu.

Freeza forme 1, final form, 100%, Golden Freeza and Evil Golden Freeza.

Cooler 4th form, Final Form, Metal Cooler and Evil Metal Cooler.

Frost final form (This character is added by the DLC Pack 1).

Androids / Cyborgs

Android 16 (C-16)

Android 17 (C-17)

Android 18 (C-18)

Super Android 17

Unperfect Cell, Perfect Cell, Super Perfect Cell and Evil Super Perfect Cell.

Cell Junior.

Majins

Majin Buu.

Kid Buu, Evil Kid Buu.

Super Buu.

Dragons

Nuova Shenron.

Eis Shenron.

Omega Shenron, Evil Omega Shenron.

Gods and Demons

Super Janemba, Evil Super Janemba.

Beerus (Bills), The God of the Destruction.

Whis.

Hit.

Mira, Evil Mira.

Towa.

Goku Black (Pre-Order Bonus and he can't transform into his SSJ Rose version, but it could be added with the next patches and/or the DLC Packs).

The non-playable characters in Dragonball Xenoverse

Vegeta Oozaru (Enemy).

Raditz Oozaru (Enemy).

Nappa Oozaru (Enemy).

Bardock Oozaru (Enemy).

Baby Vegeta Oozaru (Enemy).

The Supreme Kai of the time (Story Character).

The Old Kaioshin (Story character).

Tokitoki (Story character).

Bulma (Story character).

Guru (Story Character).

The avatars : Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 contains a characters editor

Like in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 1, in DBXV2, the player can create his own unique character with the ingame characters editor.

The characters types :

Like in Dragonball Xenoverse 1, there are 8 types of characters availables in Dragonball Xenoverse 2 :

- Saiyan Male
- Saiyan Female
- Humain Male
- Humain Female
- Namekien
- Frost Demon (Freeza race)
- Majin Male
- Majin Female

Same as for Xenoverse 1, in Xenoverse 2, the player can create up to 8 characters.
And it is still possible for the player to change completly how his character looks like without having to begin a new party, thanks to the Dragon Balls.

Same for the possibility to create alternate versions of each created character, each ones equipped with a custom moves set and outfit, this feature is back.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 arenas/stages

DBZXV2 has 21 maps playables as well as several arenas which can be played only during the main quests and the side quests.

List of the 21 playable stages in Dragon Ball Xenoverse :

- Kaioshin's World.

- The Namek Planet (Normal and destroyed version).

- Cell's Ring.

- The Time Chamber.

- Kami's Lookout.

- Plains.

- Big hole Stage (Cell Ring arena after it has been destroyed).

- Rocky mountains.

- Tournament Ring.

- Space near Planet Vegeta.

- Space near Earth.

- Desert.

- Town 1.

- Town 2.

- Town 3.

- Rocky spikes.

- Cavern (The one in which Goku and Beerus fight in the anime Battle of Gods).

- Mont Paozu.

- Arena of the Tree of Might.

- Hell.

- Tsufuru Planet (From Dragon Ball GT)

- Crystal Room.

Also, like in Xenoverse 1, during the quests, there are jump gates dispatched into the arenas which allow the players to travel from one arena to the others. For example, if a fight takes place in the Rocky Mountains map, it's possible for the players to use the jump gate found in this level to travel to the Plains map, ect ...

And same as in Xenoverse 1, the interactions between the characters and the environnements are fews. Again, only some objects within the maps can be destroyed (like houses or a very small number of landscape objects) and when characters are projected on the gound, a hole forms ... only to disappear 3 seconds later.

Also, if the maps' size is decent, some of them are still a little to small (IMHO) for a fighting game involving multiple characters.

Arenas playable solely during the story mod and secondary quests in Dragonball Xenoverse 2 :

- Interior of Freeza's vessel (And like in Xenoverse 1, there are still cameras problems with this map).

Conclusion (Is Dragonball Xenoverse 2 worth to buy ?)

Dragonball Xenoverse 2 is a pretty decent game which is slighly better than Dragonball Xenoverse 1 in every domains but which doesn't fix all its flaws.

So, the best Dragon Ball Z games are still Tenkaichi 3 and Budokai 3 for their gameplay and Tenkaichi 2 and Budokai 1 for their story mode. Nonetheless, Xenoverse 2 is still a pretty solid game.

So, Buy or not buy ? It depends :

- If you didn't like Xenoverse 1, don't buy Xenoverse 2 because it's an improved version of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 1.

- If you liked Xenoverse 1 however, Xenoverse 2 may be worth buying : In top of fixing some existing flaws, the developpers have managed to make the fights faster and more technicals, they have also added 10 new characters (without counting the DLCs), the quests are more numerous, including special ones like the Expert missions which are very interesting to play, many annoying flaws (like the spams problem for example) have been fixed, ect ...
That said, this game is the better DBZ game since the Raging Blast Serie so for thoses who didn't buy Xenoverse 1, Xenoverse 2 is definitely worth buying (Just don't expect it to be a game as technical as Tenkaichi 3 or Budokai 3, but DBXV2 has others qualities).

- If the game targets online players, the game is still fun to play in solo and people who like modding can have a lots of fun with the game if they buy the PC version (Since with this version, it's possible to create new costumes for the characters and even new characters and make them selectables in the menu).

All in all, I have fun with Xenoverse 2 as a Solo player (I didn't tested the online yet) and the gameplay is more technical than I though even if the game has some annoying collisions, glitches and camera problems (I hope theses issues will be fixed by the next patches, just like the long loading times issue was fixed byt the 2016 November Patch).

Dragonball Xenoverse 2 is available in several versions

Below are listed the different versions of the game, the bonuses granted for thoses who have pre-ordered the game or bought the Day One Edition and also what each DLC contains.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Standard version

This is the game without the DLCs : If you buy this, then you will have the possibility to buy the DLCs Packs 1 by 1 (If some of them interests you) later.

Buy Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (Playstation 4 Version, Standard Edition). Buy Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (Xbox One Version, Standard Edition). Buy Dragonball Xenoverse 2 for PC Steam / PC Digital (Standard Version).

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Season Pass

For thoses who have bought the Standard Version of Dragonball Xenoverse 2, you can get all the DLCs by buying the Season Pass or you can buy only the DLCs which interest you.

Buy the Season Pass for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 on Playstation 4. Buy the Season pass for Dragonball Xenoverse 2 on Xbox One. Buy the Season Pass for Dragonball Xenoverse 2 on PC Steam (PC Digital Version).

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Deluxe Edition

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Deluxe Edition contains the base game plus the Season Pass (= All the DLCs) as well as an early access to Future Trunks with blue hairs from Dragon Ball Super.

Buy Dragonball Xenoverse 2 Deluxe Edition for Playstation 4 (PS4). Buy Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Deluxe Edition (Xbox One Version). Buy Dragonball Xenoverse 2 Deluxe Edition (PC Steam / Digital Version).
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Deluxe Edition.

Dragonball Xenoverse 2 Collector Edition :

Xenoverse 2 Collector Edition (US Version)

The US version of the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Collector Edition contains the base game (without the DLCs), an Exclusive SteelBook case, the Official Music Soundtrack, The Goku figure "Son Goku Master Stars Piece (13" tall) and a Collector’s Box.

Xenoverse 2 Collector Edition (European Version)

The European version of the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Collector Edition contains the Dragonball Figure "Son Goku Super Master Stars Piece" (34cm tall), an Exclusive box design with Metal Shenron and a Time Patroller's Guide.

The Collector Edition is available for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

Dragonball Xenoverse 2 Collector Edition (US Version).

Dragonball Xenoverse 2 Pre-Order and Day One Editions

For thoses who have pre-ordered the game or bought the Day One Edition (whether it's the base version Deluxe Edition or the Collector Edition), they will get Black Goku as a Bonus Character and Tao Pai Pai's Stick which can be used as a special vehicle to wander around Coton City.

The bonus you get if you pre-order Dragonball Xenoverse 2 or buy the Day One Edition.

The DLCS Packs for Dragonball Xenoverse 2

The Free DLC Pack (Available in 2016 December 20th)

Everybody will get this  DLC pack, regardless of what version of the game you have chosen to buy.

The Free DLC Pack contains :

- 1 New skill for Goku SSJ Blue : "Awakened Skill Kaioken times 10".
- 1 New skill for Hit: "Awakened Skill Pure Progress".
- 6 new costumes.
- 4 new attacks.
- 1 new event : Frieza’s Siege! Be ready to defend Conton City against Frieza’s Army, there are 10 new Jersey costumes to win!
- 1 new Raid Quest featuring Evil Yamcha, with an exclusive title to win.
- 5 new teachers: Future Gohan, Bardock, Cooler, Android 16 and Whis.
- 20 new attacks (Taught by the new teachers).

The DLC Pack 1 for Dragonball Xenoverse 2 (Available in 2016 December 20th)

The Dragonball Xenoverse 2 DLC Pack 1 will be automatically available for thoses who have bought the Season Pass. But it's also possible to buy it individually (In this case, it Cost : 9,9€).

The DLC Pack 1 for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 contains :

- 2 New playable characters : Cabe and Frost (Both are characters From Dragon Ball Super).
- 1 New Master : And that is Hit.
- 5 New Attacks.
- 3 New Parallel Quests.
- 2 New costumes.
- 5 New Super Souls.
- 2 New Emotes.

The Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 DLC Pack 2

The DLC Pack 2 for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 was published in February 2017 and it contains :

- 2 New playable characters : Champa and Vados (Both are also characters from Dragonball Super).
- 1 New Arena : Unamed Planet (It's the Tournament ring where the Universe 6 and 7 battle it ou in Dragon Ball Super).
- 3 New Costumes.
- 1 New Story Event : The God of Destruction Champa approaches Coton City.
- 8 New Attacks.
- 1 New Vehicle : The Saiyan Space Pod.
- New Super Souls and Emotes.

The Dragonball Xenoverse 2 DLC Pack 3.

This DLC 3 for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 will be published in April 2017 and it contains :

- 3 New playable Characters : Goku Black SSJ Rose, Zamasu and Bojack.
- 3 New Parallel Quests.
- 5 New Attacks.
- 4 New Costumes.
- 2 Emotes.
- 1 New Master : Bojack.

Note : Others DLCs should be published so we can expect more additional characters and clothes.

The Dragonball Xenoverse 2 DLC Pack 4

- 2 New characters : Vegeto Super Saiyan blue and Fused Zamasu.
- 1 New Arena : Devastated Futuristic City.
- Additional missions for the Story Mode (Consacred to the Zamasu Saga).
- 3 New Parallel Quests.
- 5 New Attacks.
- 6 New Super Souls.
- 2 Accessories.
- 2 New Costumes.

Xenoverse 2 Cheat Codes

Cheating isn't a thing I recommand for online games, unless it is for playing in solo, which is, fortunately, one of the game's feature. In the video below, for testing purposes, I changed the maximum level of my main character to 99 instead of 80, which was the maximum level reachable before the DLC 1 was published and which increased the limit from 80 to 85.
NB: I did this only to compare the difference in power between level 80 and level 99 which you can see in the video below :

Level 99 Cheats for Dragon Ball Xenoverse