Dragon Ball Xenoverse

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Time-travelling fighter stuck in place by inconsistent play.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Goal is to win battles. Because fighting is the name of the game, not much of a positive message. 

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Positive Role Models & Representations

You customize your own fighter, but the character's personality, backstory aren't known, so difficult to tell if s/he's a positive role model or not. But violence is used to accomplish his or her goal.

Ease of Play

Although controls aren't as tight as they can be, game is fairly easy to control.

Violence

You punch, kick enemies in melee battles, along with using some weapons (spears) and magic (such as energy blasts). When defeated, opponents often cry out in pain, fall to the ground. Small amounts of blood are occasionally seen on a character's face.

Sex

Some sexually suggestive material. One character has torn clothing, with buttocks mostly exposed. One Trophy/Achievement titled "Lots of Bosoms, I Love it!" 

Language

Mild profanity, including the words "bastard," "damn," and "hell."

Consumerism

The Dragon Ball universe expands outside of video games to TV shows, comic books, action figures, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dragon Ball Xenoverse is a fighting game that involves mostly melee-style battles against opponents throughout history. Players punch and kick enemies and sometimes use weapons and magic to win a match. Occasionally, small amounts of blood can be seen, and opponents will cry out in pain when defeated. The game also has some sexual references, such as one character whose clothes are torn and whose buttocks are mostly exposed. An achievement or trophy is called "Lots of bosoms, I love it!" There is mild profanity, such as "hell" or "damn," used throughout the game. This title is the latest in the massively popular Dragon Ball franchise, so parents should be aware that a fan of the game may want to purchase the other games, comics, cartoons, and other merchandise after playing. It also packs unmoderated multiplayer, which could raise red flags for parents.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byMr.Kellson September 19, 2015

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 t... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bySuperSaiyanNinjaBri September 28, 2015

Forever I have waited for a good DB game. Now it came true!

Dragon Ball Xenoverse is the best game on Earth for your child if your child is a fan of Dragon Ball. This game includes creating a character. And making the vo... Continue reading

What's it about?

The latest in the bestselling Dragon Ball series and the first to support next-generation video game consoles, DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE is a fast-paced, anime-based fighting game. Travel through time to face off against a variety of enemies -- many of whom will be familiar to fans of the franchise -- such as Vegeta, Frieza, and Cell. Your goal is to prevent the future from being altered. Play as Avatar, a new character based on the player's wishes; you get to choose the species, skill set, and look of the fighter. After you create your character, you're brought in by Trunks as a member of the Time Patrol to travel back in time and defeat a number of opponents in mid-air and ground battles (including three-on-three skirmishes, too). Gamers can play against computer-controlled opponents or friends beside you on the same television or venture online through the in-game multiplayer hub to face off against players on another console.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about violence in video games. Are fighting games such as Dragon Ball: Xenoverse a harmless -- and fantasy-based -- way to blow off steam, or could they desensitize players to violence or make them want to fight in real life?

  • Talk about time travel. If you could travel back in time, what would you like to do? Are there certain historical events you'd want to see or people you'd like to meet? Why?

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