Overall score 78

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is now out and portable thanks to the release of the Nintendo Switch version. In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 you once again take up the role of a Time Patroller who must stop Mira and Towa from interfering with the past, present, and future. As you progress within the story you’ll find yourself battling across all parts of the Dragon Ball mythos including OG, Z, GT, and even Super.


Dragon Ball Xenoverse is a 2016 fighting game, it is developed by Dimps and published by Bandai Namco. It is currently available on PC, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.

One of the first third party AAAs to come to the Nintendo Switch is also one of the best.

Editor’s Note: A Nintendo Switch review copy of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 was provided by Bandai Namco.

Having played the original Xenoverse 2 on Playstation 4, outside of having never played the game prior I can see people finding appeal in the Switch version due to the fact that it’s a portable Dragon Ball game alone. While not as pretty as it’s PC and PS4/Xbox One counterpart, it still does a damn good job when pitted together graphically in a comparison contest. Gameplay, while unchanged from the other versions feels fluid enough whether in docked or portable mode, though obviously there’s a few struggles while playing in portable mode here and there.

Graphically, Xenoverse 2 on Nintendo Switch still looks quite good compared to it’s console counterparts.

THE GOOD: For the most part what you get for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is essentially the same experience you’d get on any other version outside of PC maybe. Core gameplay is the heavy, fast paced style from the original release, and the story is pretty much the same as well. The real winner for the Nintendo Switch version is definitely the portability however. You can get nearly 3-4 hours of gameplay completely undocked and it mostly holds up throughout a full run of the battery.

Portable mode holds up well for Xenoverse 2.

THE BAD: Fair warning: this game will turn your Switch into a portable heater, and by that I mean that it gets hot though not enough to worry too much. There’s some glitches while playing in portable mode such as freezes and lag, but they’re more annoying than anything else.

A nice port of an already fantastic game.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: While there’s some obvious issues that vary depending on which mode you play it on, the Nintendo Switch port of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is an excellent first step towards giving the hybrid console some reliable third party support for the very near future. Almost every aspect of the game feels as fluid as the Playstation 4 and Xbox One version, though it will get quite hot and suffer from a bit of lag and freezing when playing in portable mode.


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