If there was one show that I idolized as a young child, it was Dragon Ball Z. I can still vividly remember sitting down at my grandma’s house and watching Dragon Ball Z on Toonami whenever I had the chance. Dragon Ball Z was just the right show at the right time and it completely encapsulated mine and my friends’ lives for years and years after we saw it. My love of the series has waned a bit since I was younger, but when I saw the press release for the newest game in the Dragon Ball series, a huge smile hit my face and a rush of nostalgia came with it.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse is the newest installment in the Dragon Ball video game series and is made by the studio Dimps, the studio behind the Budokai series.
When I first got the press release for this title, I was pretty uncertain about it due to the past few iterations being considered not all that great by the gaming industry. The surprise I got when I took a look at what I was sent though made me feel like a kid all over again.
The biggest thing for me was the art style. This game is looking damn good from a design perspective and I think it pays homage to the series incredibly well. I also believe that it’s art style will stand the test of time due to it being a sort of cell shaded direction.
It’s hard to express exactly how I felt when I saw the screenshot of Cell battling it out with Goku. It gave me that feeling of seeing Goku turn into a Super Sayain for the first time against Frieza. It evoked that childhood excitement from me and honestly, that’s why I’m so excited for this game to see a release.
Being someone whose childhood featured DBZ so prominently may make me a bit biased towards this sort of game, but I’ve seen other Dragon Ball game that I just didn’t care for. I can’t tell exactly what it is, but it feels as if the folks over at Dimps have captured that fire and that love for the series and I think so far it is translating pretty well. I can’t wait to get my hands on this game.
From the video and screenshots that I received this game is looking like a big helping of fan service and that’s exactly what I want from a Dragon Ball game at this point. I want to relive those classic battles, I want to create awesome scenarios and I want to be able to share these experiences with my friends while we reminisce about our childhood playing past games.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse will be available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A release date is yet to be set, but be sure to tune into Gaming Tech United for more news on this title in the future!
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