To be fair, he did state that it met the hype. That's quite a good compliment.
The server has in fact been annoying me all day though. I really want to play online, because playing with others is more fun than computers. It's really annoying when you're doing a 3v3 match and the enemies focus only you. I'm not good at the game yet. How am I supposed to take on three enemies at a time? When they hit me, I can't hit back. The second I try to, I'm hit with a Kamehameha from whoever else is there. I just stand no chance. And my stamina goes down too quickly if I try to teleport away. At least when playing with others, everyone can take one opponent and not have to worry about that issue.
But this game is amazing. The server allowed me to join the multi lobby today, for the second time. It was just pure fun, walking around the city, looking at all the cool characters that people had made, trying to do the fusion dance with as many people as possible, trying to set up a five-way Ginyu Force dance, trying to communicate with the limited options for speaking...
Slowly but surely I'm getting better and progressing at the game. I'm Level 35 or something around that. I began the Buu Saga. I've got a few skills, including Kaioken and Super Saiyan (still haven't tried it though). I have 5 Dragon Balls. I did a 50-something hit combo with Frieza... Crazy stuff.
One thing I REALLY have to talk about is the Story Mode.
Absolutely gorgeous visuals. When games like The Order: 1886 are coming out nowadays, it seems ridiculous that you could doubt the visuals of an anime game, but I certainly had a few. There are a few different art styles that have been tried, but this one is like a super-HD anime. The English Dub doesn't sync with the lip movements, which is sad, but I don't really care. The biggest issue I have with the translations - because I'm assuming this doesn't happen in Japanese - is that everyone seems to think I'm a male. "Is he with you?", "Wow, he's strong", "Check out his power", etc. I'm a female Saiyan. You should refer to me as "she."
The story itself. It's pretty good. For a Dragon Ball video game, it's a huge change, and it's about time. I'm in the Buu Saga and - spoiler alert - I've only had to do about 15 fights to get there. There aren't that many fights to do, so sagas are over pretty quickly.
Except "quickly" would be the complete wrong adverb to use in this situation. My absolute FAVOURITE thing about this game is that it does something I've never seen before, personally. It may exist, but I haven't played a game that achieves this, so this is a big thing for me. The story mode is so difficult that you have to do Parallel Quests to level up. Now, a lot of people think this is a "grind", but I don't at all. Well, technically, it is exactly a grind. But I certainly don't see the negative connotations with the word in this game. A lot of people, including myself, wanted to just finish the story mode, and then think about multiplayer. At first I thought that Parallel Quests were just in the way of the story. But actually, I'd almost be happy with just a game based on PQs alone. This wasn't always the case. As I said, I thought they were just in the way of the story. Had I completed the story ASAP, I'd look at the PQs and play a few, and a few more and then I'd assume I'd get bored. I mean, what would be the point of completing them anyway, except for being a completionist? By making these quests crucial to progress with the story, I had to learn everything the game had to offer.
Dragon Age: Inquisition had a fantastic Multiplayer mode. I played it a few times, but there was nothing drawing me in. I just wanted to see what it was like. Yes, it was still my Game of the Year 2014, but that's just because of the main story. Honestly, the MP mode meant nothing to me. I've always been a "main story first, multiplayer second" kind of guy. But with Xenoverse, I have to be a "main story first, multiplayer first as well" kind of guy. Where the story mode would only be a few hours long, this increases that length by a huge amount. And it feels realistic too. You actually have to train your character, or you're no match for the next enemy. In other games, you just go forwards seven years and are miraculously stronger.
Whether Parallel Quests are fun or not is a different discussion (I totally think they are), but I've never seen a game force me into what seemed to be a secondary mode. And it just so happened that I would come to like it.