Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 looks to solve many of the problems that plagued the first game, with new ways to move around the city, more transformations and a homing dash for more coherent combat. There is one minor thing fans might not have realized, however: where are the tails for the Saiyan avatars?
Anime fans who’ve seen the Dragon Ball anime know that pure Saiyans have tails when they’re born. Goku had one in the original anime, as did Vegeta, Raditz and Nappa. Even Goku’s son Gohan had one and he was a half Saiyan, so it’s kind of odd not seeing these tails for a player’s custom avatar, since they should be present in a pure Saiyan’s appearance.
The game developers in Dimps could have easily stated that the race chosen in the game is a half saiyan, since Trunks and Goten don’t have tails. Fans could argue that they were cut when they were born, but that is a bit contrived, to say the least, even if it is a logical conclusion.
Saiyans with tails have the ability to turn into Great Apes by looking at the moon. Vegeta and Turles also showed that they had custom moons that work just as well as the regular one, which would have been handy for a player’s custom Saiyan avatar. Alas, it seems like that feature won’t be making it to Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
Admittedly, if fans equipped the armor of Raditz, Nappa or Turles, they could have tails, but they add nothing to the gameplay. They’re only seen as belts and are purely cosmetic, so fans hoping they could turn into Great Apes are out of luck in this game and the sequel, which is kind of a shame.
While the lack of Great Ape transformation is disappointing, there is still a lot to look forward to in the sequel. It was recently revealed that Black from Dragon Ball Super would be available to those who pre-order the game. Other characters who didn’t appear in the last game will also debut here, including Android 16, Janemba, Lord Slug and a unique version of Bardock that only appeared in Dragon Ball Online.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 comes out on Oct. 25 for PS4 and Xbox One. A PC version of the game will be available on Oct. 28.