Dragon Ball XV is the latest video game designed based on the Dragon Ball franchise and was released on February, 2015. XV is the first Dragon Ball game to be launched for the eighth generation consoles. It was developed by Dimps and published by Bandai Namco Games.
It uses an in-house modified Street Fighter IV engine with Havok physics and YEBIS 2 post processing middleware solution.
- Microsoft Windows
- PlayStation 3
- PlayStation 4
- Xbox One
- Xbox 360
XenoVerse is set in a full 3D environment. Players have the freedom to explore the planet as it exists in the manga, and the game also has a point of origin for a new character at a mysterious location known as Toki-Toki city. The environment is destructible and the fighters can roam free, fight on a platform, up in the air, and fight in underwater. The new character is a player-created character, that allows gamers to customize the character’s race, clothing, gender, etc. with the help of the character modifying option. They can create a character from multiple races like Majins, Saiyans, Earthlings, Namekians, and Frieza’s race.
Players can train under the original Dragon Ball anime characters to learn over 200 special moves and gain 450 costume items. A leading website has revealed that, at least 47 characters can be played in the game. There are 12 Master quests and 50 parallel quests, and the players have the option to equip various types of KI charge ability, at the cost of a super slot, which will affect the user’s KI blast stat.
XV features an entirely new story based on the player’s custom character. A mysterious character watches the first battle between Goku and Vegeta from the shadow. Donning red hair, a scouter, and a capsule corporation logo on his sleeve, this mysterious warrior is in fact a purposely created character and is the back bone of this storyline. Time patrol Trunks, who helps you restore time, is another returning character from Dragon Ball Online. The story reveals to be about two villains named Mira and Towa, who manipulate history’s timeline and Trunks tires to restore the time with the help of the player. Mira is an artificial creature that strives to be the strongest in the world and Towa is a dark scientist from the demonic world. The Supreme Kai of time is tied with a bird called TokiToki, a powerful and legendary life form that can create time.
Players will revisit all famous battles from the series through their custom-created character and he is connected to Trunks. Travel through time and intervene the past to help Trunks restore the timeline.
Three downloadable content packs have been announced named GT1, GT2, and GT3. GT1 was launched on 17th March, 2015 and has three additional characters (Goku, Trunks, and Pan from the GT series) in addition to new time patrol, attacks, and equipment.
To sum it up, Dragon Ball XV is a great game for someone who enjoys role-playing and fighting games. Probably, one of the best anime games for the die-hard Dragon Ball Zee fans. It has a unique story line that features a change of pace from the anime’s sagas and revisiting them with a custom-made character is truly exciting. The 30-hours single player campaign might seem very short, as distractions are hard to come by once the game has started. The game lingers on some technical difficulties and poor performance in certain platforms and with various other issues, it gets a positive review. You wouldn’t be bothered to play the XV again, once the game is completed.