Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Time-traveling anime brawler loads of fun for series fans.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

No positive, negative messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You can customize your character, a Time Patroller, in multiple ways, but you don't know much about your role. You must time-travel to face off against antagonists from anime series, protect historic moments in Dragon Ball universe.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn. Camera issues sometimes hinder view of action. Switch motion controls can bring player more into the game but lack precision, responsiveness.

Violence

Players punch, kick, use special magical attacks like fireballs to defeat an opponent. Enemies can cry out in pain, occasionally show a spot of blood. Some non-interactive scenes show violence between characters.

Sex

Some mildly suggestive imagery, such as a female character's torn clothing, partially exposing buttocks. In another non-interactive scene, a man stares at a bikini-clad woman in a magazine called Sexy.

Language

"Ass" infrequently in dialogue.

Consumerism

Based on the Dragon Ball Z anime television series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is an anime brawler based on the anime series. Players punch, kick, and use special magic attacks to defeat adversaries, with a little blood shown but no gore. There's some mildly suggestive imagery, like a woman with torn clothes revealing partial buttocks, and in an unrelated scene, the word "ass" can be heard.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byZamasu did noth... August 27, 2018

This game is magnificent

From my 336 hours experience in the game, I can inform you that there are little curses in here. They are mostly damn it. There are positive role models, the pr... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLilMadKId January 31, 2017

Again a DB game again a Bad game

First of the game it self is not like Tenkaichi 3 or Tenkaichi 2 I grew up with Dragonball Z and the series is intense ! Fighting , blood , Roshi etc. The gam... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byEpisode2gaming February 4, 2018

Game is fine for young kids

This game is fine. It’s essentially a Dragonball version of Pokken Tournament. (Pokken tournament is a 3-D Pokémon fighting game). There is some mild cursing,... Continue reading

What's it about?

DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 takes place a few years after the events of the original Dragon Ball Xenoverse and is based on the Dragon Ball anime series. Players slip into the boots of a Time Patroller whose mission is to once again set the history of the Dragon Ball world on the correct course by fighting various adversaries who stand in the way. Fighters engage in melee combat -- punching, kicking, and some special attacks -- and unlock new moves, combos, abilities, and upgrades along the way. Along with enhanced graphics and many customization options, a new hub city called Conton City is seven times larger than the hub city in the previous game, and the game adds new characters to its already comprehensive roster. Multiplayer modes deliver six-vs.-one cooperative ("co-op") fights, allowing gamers to band together to take down giant boss fighters, as well as Switch-exclusive six-player boss raids and three-vs.-three fights via local ad hoc connection.

Is it any good?

A better overall game than its predecessor, this fun and frantic brawler is packed with loads of content for longtime franchise fans. Mastering the movies and chains/combos takes some time and serves as a dangling carrot for gamers -- just like the various environments and mostly familiar roster of characters. The time-traveling story may be weak, but it's the gripping fighting scenes that will keep players coming back. Controls feel good and are very responsive, but the camera angles can be unruly at times and even obstruct your view in the middle of a battle. Switch users gain the use of motion controls that mimic characters' special moves, though they're likely to stick with standard button use. Still, the Joy-Con controller does come in handy and is surprisingly effective for quick team play on one system.

On top of the 40-odd-hour single-player campaign, the multiplayer mode feels like a scaled-down MMO (massively multiplayer online) game. Here, other anime characters fly around looking for folks to quest with or adversaries to fight to bump up their power (with up to 300 players at a time). Both offline and online players can replay Parallel Quests to unlock even more skills. This is a solid game that's definitely recommended for Dragon Ball anime fans who like fighting games, and it's great for some brawling fun. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about violence in video games. Are fighting games such as Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 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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