If you were growing up in the nineties then you probably watched one of the biggest shows of the time. Dragonball Z grew to become one of my personal favourite franchises and as the series went on in TV land, the games were starting to take hold. As more and more titles released I was noticing a trend, it was all the same. The same story with the same characters and the same outcomes all of which we have seen a million times over. But now with Dragonball Xenoverse, the timelines we know and love are in danger and it is up to us to solve this mystery. Does the game give us something new to revitalise the DBZ games?
Starting off with something memorable and remixed is the original Japanese theme of the TV series “Cha-La Head-Cha-La”. This time composed by Flow, it is an immediate burst of nostalgia for anyone that is into the series as well as a great theme to rock out to when you open up the game. Upon start up you will have to create your own character who will be the main protagonist in the story. Yes, your own character in the DBZ universe. This is a dream come true for many fans as now you can put yourself in the shoes of Goku, Vegeta and the other Z fighters. The customisation options are few early on when it comes to clothing, but the facial and body touches have plenty to mess around with. You can also choose from a Human, Saiyan, Namekian, Buu or a Freiza species for your created fighter. Each one of these races plays and feels differently, with their own innate specialities in combat that you can either perfect or deviate from. The Saiyans have the ability to go Super Saiyan but only gain immense power when they are on low health. The Namekians may lack in strength but back it up with the highest stamina and stamina recovery rates for evading attacks. Freiza species have great speed and strike power with no ability to launch multiple Ki blasts. The humans are the most balanced race state wise and they have the best Ki recovery speed out of the races. Finally, the Buu species differ pending on their gender. The males have superior health but a lack in stamina whilst it is reversed for the females.