Initial release date: January 16, 2020
Genre: Action role-playing game
Developers: CyberConnect2, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Publishers: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America
Growing up in the 90s insured I had a plethora of cartoons to watch everyday and especially on Saturday mornings and within the plethora of cartoons were shows that had a different animation style than the bulk of what I was watching and a very very different tone too. At the time I didn’t know that it was called anime but I would catch shows like Sailor Moon, Macross aka Robotech, Gundam, and the crown jewel of them all: Dragon Ball Z! DBZ was unlike anything I had ever watched at the time with animation I’d never seen before, action that drew you in, and characters that were just AWESOME! For years I wanted a video game of Dragon Ball to match the level of what I saw on TV and while we’ve had games like the Budokai series, Tenkaichi series, Burst Limit, Raging Blast, Xenoverse series, Legacy of Goku, and the recent FighterZ; there hasn’t been a Dragon Ball game that had you play the entire Z arc start to finish in an open world action RPG format…..until now. Enter Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, an openworld action RPG that spans the entire Z saga with additional content and over 80 hours of gameplay. Is this the Dragon Ball game we’ve always wanted or is it another good attempt but fails in the execution? Let’s find out!
The story of Dragon Ball Z is effectively 30 years old and stars Son Goku commonly known in the west as Goku and his fights with ever stronger villains and the search for the mythical Dragon Balls which depending on the origin and creator of them will grant a user 1 wish or up to 3 wishes depending on if the Earth or Namekian Dragon Balls are used. The game kicks off with Goku having a mental fight in his mind and then taking Gohan to catch a fish for dinner and then head home which leads to the first episode of the Z series. To say this game is a play by play of the story that’s been told for over 30 years is not true as while it is yet another game to rehash this same story again it also does so in its own way that by giving you an openworld to explore. From the Arrival of the Sayians to the Buu Saga there’s a lot to love and even more to learn and while the game does take liberties with the established canon of both the Anime and the Manga it is still exciting none the less!