Parents' Guide to

Dragon Ball Xenoverse

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Time-travelling fighter stuck in place by inconsistent play.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

nice game

good game there is a tinny bit of blood but a kid 10 and up can handle that right ! they do say hell or damn couple time but you could mute the volume or turn the sound of in the options and anyway its not like you have to hear them talk or anything plus its just like the anime cheack it out

Is It Any Good?

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse isn't bad, but it could've been a lot better. First, the good news: There's a lot of variety and customization in the fighters; an interesting story; and, along with a robust online component, a supplemental game mode called Parallel Quests, which serves up dozens of scenarios, including fighting alongside baddies such as Frieza. Plus, it looks great on current-generation consoles. But Dragon Ball: Xenoverse falls short in a few areas, mainly in its inconsistent experience. At times, it has unfairly tough and unbeatable enemies compared to your customized fighter who's clearly at a disadvantage. At other times, AI opponents are way too easy to defeat. That makes the combat sequences (especially one-on-one fights) feel repetitive.

Another inconsistency is that your character reacts perfectly to the controls in some moments and completely unresponsively in others. The frame rate isn't stable, so the game will slow down during action sequences, which interrupts the flow of the fights. Plus, over time, you may think the leveling-up system doesn't seem to make much of a difference as you advance through the narrative. Finally, you have to complete the story mode before unlocking the aforementioned Parallel Quests or Versus mode (online and off), so your freedom in exploring the game is restricted. Although it may be fun for younger fighting-game fans and those who follow the Dragon Ball universe, Dragon Ball Xenoverse probably needed a couple of extra months of testing, balancing, and refining to make it a better overall experience.

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