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POSTED 12/3/15


DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE

Bandai Namco



If youíre thinking a Dragon Ball is something that dangles between the legs of a mythical creature and has been curiously capitalised, go away.

We donít mean to be rude, rather weíre trying to save you a few minutes of life that you could otherwise utilise better.

Play LEGO with your kids. Give your partner a cuddle. Heck, run around in circles until you turn into butter. Just donít bother with this game Ė only as itís purely for those dedicated to the lore of Dragon Ball, which is a Japanese manga series of long standing thatís extremely popular.

Obviously not with you though.

So fans, acknowledging that gameified versions of DB have a chequered history, whatís in store here? Well, first up you get to go all Dr Frankenstein and create your own character to slot into the universe. Yep, itís crazy mullets and banana bunch hairdos a-gogo.

Thereís also a certain amount of open worldliness, as you trundle about the minitropolis that is Tokitoki City and discover that nothingís open. Well, until things get going.

When they do, youíll face all manner of main fighting missions and side projects, with a thin veneer of RPG applied. Youíll even get to go all Marty McFly and travel through time to accomplish them, as key to the story mode is a villainous cad whoís messing with timelines and, naturally, changing history. The Time Patrol are having none of this and require a great warrior to go back and fix the fights (so to speak). Thatís you, that is.

Gameplay doesnít differ greatly from past DB experiences, with mashing fine for a few rounds until you realise Ė upon being pummelled into pulp - that perhaps working on nailing combos would be prudent. It can still be somewhat repetitive, too.

Graphics are decent, multiplayerís fun and controls still confound.

Another year, another DB game. But donít the fans love it?!

take me back to the start...

 



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