Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is bringing a lot to the table. If playing within the largest and most detailed Dragon Ball world ever developed doesn’t immediately sell you, a plethora of new features and upgraded mechanics will surely do the trick. I had the pleasure of sitting through a presentation for the game in a small theater at E3 – from the looks of it, the improvements made upon the original’s formula are astounding.

Character-specific moves and beautiful graphics make for some epic encounters

Next-gen technology is being utilized to make Xenoverse 2 look, play, and ultimately perform far better than its predecessor. Despite the flaws made apparent by critics and fans alike, the original Xenoverse established a community that resonated well with the game’s core identity thanks to an effective utilization of its source material. Conton City is the brand new city hub introduced in the sequel, and it’s seven times the size of Toki Toki City from the original. 300 players can simultaneously exist within a server of the city at any time, creating a much more lively atmosphere for players to live out their wildest Dragon Ball fantasies.

Perhaps the most welcome addition is the ability to fly autonomously whether for travel or battle. Thanks to Capsule Corp., players will also have the ability to use capsules to materialize various vehicles for other options when navigating around environments – and yes, this definitely includes hoverboards. Frieza’s ship as well as Namek are both included as possible locations to explore, and new characters and boss fights accompany these additions (and more) to the game.

Environments are often a casualty of war

Character creation has its own share of beautifully fitting improvements, offering multiple classes and races to choose from while providing a multitude of in-depth options to personalize your character precisely to your liking. If you have an original save from the original Xenoverse, Xenoverse 2 will import the save data to be transferred to the new and improved sequel – your character will certainly live on, no worries. Character customization is a lot more fleshed out this time around, and newer characters to the series like Turles and Future Gohan have now joined the fray as well.

As you play through Xenoverse 2, you’ll be traveling through time to protect and preserve historic moments that make up the Dragon Ball universe. Graphically speaking, the game completely nails the anime aesthetic and feels like a natural transition from show to video game. Xenoverse 2 is locked in at 60 fps, and even when the presentation showed off the game’s new underwater battles it did not once dip in frame rate. Environments are destructible as well, but no amount of chaotic carnage seemed to be enough to negatively affect the game’s performance.

With updates and post-launch support for at least a year after launch, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is shaping up to be everything fans wanted from the original iteration, and then some.

In-game fights emulate the series’ fast paced action splendidly

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is developed by Dimps and published by Bandai Namco. Look for it to release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in 2016.

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Zachery Bennett

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Zach's eternal preoccupation with video games became cemented at an early age. His first memorable journey away from reality began with a text-based Football game on a dirty Apple II; he's chased fantasy ever since. Having took English classes as electives in college, Zach decided to pull the trigger on a merger between the two obsessions.