[Dragon Ball： Xenoverse 2]This Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Cutscene is Incredibly Odd
The recent Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 DLC brings future Gohan back into the fold, but he manages some new feats that don’t add up as they should.
By Remington Joseph
Published Mar 21, 2021
The recent update for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 reintroduces a fan favorite character, but it made for one particularly odd cutscene on top of everything else. The latest Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 DLC, Legendary Pack 1, brought a ton of new content to the already packed title, something no one can really argue with.
One of the more major additions would be the return of Future Gohan in a brand new storyline.?This has always been a popular rendition of Gohan’s character and it is great to see this version alive and well, but with how far the series has gone since his first appearance, it is pretty weird to see him fighting on anywhere near the same level as Super Saiyan Blue Goku.
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As cool as it is to see future Gohan return to make the big save and reunite with time patroller Trunks?in the new?Xenoverse?storyline, it’s an appearance that might raise some eyebrows. Even accepting that this version of Gohan hasn’t been defeated yet, he’s still far weaker than the past versions of Android 17 and 18. By the end of the of the Cell Saga, Trunks managed to handle both androids with ease, already placing him far above future Gohan in terms of power. Even if their opponent was a vanilla version of the movie villain Janemba, Gohan would be wiped out in an instant. Seeing as this version is granted extra power by?Xenoverse’s mad scientist Fu, Gohan’s added firepower should amount to nothing.
While Janemba’s exact power level is a little wonky due to his placement in Dragon Ball’s exclusive movie canon, there’s no way he could measure up to a Goku infused with god ki. It’s arguable that not even a boost from Fu could push him to the level needed to take on such an opponent. It really does bring up the question that many fans have already been asking since his introduction: How powerful is Fu?
As crazy as all of this might sound, most?Dragon Ball?fans are used to the inconsistencies of?Dragon Ball Xenoverse’s power scaling by now. Trunks himself has been fighting on a level far beyond his own despite never having passed Super Saiyan 2. With an infinite number of timelines and a seemingly endless amount of parallel worlds, it’s always arguable that a character can be more powerful than what fans recognize canonically. Bardock, a relatively weak character by the standards set by?more recent?Dragon Ball?stories?has continued to grow in terms of power, even reaching the level of Super Saiyan 3.
Dragon Ball’s multiple timeline theories have always been a bit of a mess, but the series has always tried to keep things consistent as best it can. The?Dragon Ball Xenoverse?series focuses much more on this aspect of the franchise, however, meaning that the same inconsistencies can occur far more easily. If future Gohan died during his fight against the androids, there should be a halo over his head during this appearance. The window between the time Gohan loses his arm and the second battle was fairly small, so there couldn’t have been time for him to pop into hell to assist his dad while the androids were terrorizing humanity. It’s weird enough that Gohan appears with both arms, but only fights with one, although this could have something to do with age ratings rather than a visual oversight.
Inconsistencies aside, the new Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 story brings a lot of great fan service to the table. As mentioned, Gohan coming to Trunks’ rescue once again is a great sight, especially given the unlikeliness. As a fighter who can only make use of one arm, future Gohan has always had one of the more unique fighting styles in the franchise and Xenoverse 2 does a great job of showcasing it when its his time in the spotlight. Likewise, Xenoverse 2 gives players a chance to watch this rendition of Gohan fight alongside his father for one of the first times ever. There’s a natural sense of synergy between the two that fans hardly even see between Goku and the main timeline version of his son. It was almost touching to see the two perform their own version of the father-son Kamehameha.
One of the coolest parts about the scene might actually be at the very end. After wiping out all of the Janemba clones, future Gohan looks to his father and gives a simple thumbs up, only for Goku to give one in return. This might seem like nothing, but a huge number of Dragon Ball’s major fights have ended with this almost iconic pose. It might be one of the more subtle references, but seeing Gohan immediately use the same gesture that his father used so many times after saving the world allowed Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 to give players a glimpse at what Gohan would be like as the series’ hero, something many Gohan fans still long for to this day.
Ultimately, while it might be easy to get hung up on some of the details that Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 overlooks, the fan service that it provides players with might make it worth doing. The Dragon Ball Xenoverse series sets its own standards that, if players are willing to extend their suspension of disbelief, can be enjoyed for the wild ride that it is.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2?is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.
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