Game Title: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Let's get one thing straight right now, I LOVED the first Dragon Ball Xenoverse. For those who've played DBZ games but not that one it took the awesome gameplay of Budokai Tenkaichi 3, added an RPG system, and the choice to create your own character (Human, Saiyan, Namekian, Buu, Frieza) in a completely unique story to the Dragon Ball universe. The first story revolved around time being disrupted by an unknown force, and you having to correct the timeline and ensure the events played out as they did in the show.
This game starts out the same but adds a little depth by pulling in characters from the expanded universe like Turles and Lord Slug as main villains and just a lot more stuff I can't summarize in a sentence. One big thing added is the inclusion of other worlds that you can join as a faction of sorts. Joining these factions give you special missions as the game progresses that result in rewards and unlockables for your character. Currently, I'm helping out the Namekians and Buu but you can do something for every race it seems and your involvement in one doesn't conflict your involvement in the other.
Everything from the former game is turned up to 10 in this version. The overworld where you travel to missions is 7 times larger than the first, the number of Z fighters to train with has increased, I can't even begin to count the amount of customizable items, accessories, and special moves for you collect...it's nuts.
On top of training with Z fighters, completing side missions for other factions, doing the story mode, taking on random challenges from NPC's in the overworld, collecting items you find randomly, and collecting Dragon Balls to make a wish to the dragon...you can also fight against other fighters online or cooperate to complete "parallel quests" which make their return.
If you're worried about a lack of content in this game, don't. I've had to revise the above paragraphs a couple times already while writing because I keep thinking of more stuff you can do in this truly expansive game.
That being said you're doing a lot of the same thing...fighting and sometimes collecting. There's absolutely no problem with that, as the customization system and increasing move set always guarantee that every battle feels as unique as the last. Put simply, if you feel bored battling the same way over and over again...it's your own fault for not mixing things up.
I remember thinking the initial game was the "ultimate DBZ fan experience" and that a sequel was pointless as there was nothing they could add to make the experience more complete. Having played this game for several hours I can say that's not the case. Somehow the Xenoverse team managed to up the ante yet again and add even more content to make Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 a must own for any fan of the series.