- System: PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PC
- Genre: Action RPG
- Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
- Developer: CyberConnect2
- Release Date: Early 2020
It seems that every year we get to try out a new Dragon Ball game at E3. This year, “Project Z” was officially announced and unveiled as Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. In this exciting new addition to the Dragon Ball franchise, players get to relive all of the best battles and moments of the Dragon Ball Z series and then some! At this year’s E3, we got a chance to fly around the DBZ world and battle a powerful opponent all in beautifully rendered and animated 3D. And what better name for a game all about Goku than “Kakarot”, his Saiyan name.
About Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is different from other Dragon Ball games in that it encompasses the entire DBZ world and story—presumably set up in different levels for each arc, each with its own boss/villain. This doesn’t just mean meeting the villains and squaring off against them, though. In Kakarot, you don’t just watch how Goku—or Kakarot—lives and fights through the DBZ series, you get to fish, eat, train, and grow with him! All in preparation to face all the villains we all know and love. Every exciting arc is included and ready to be experienced and there is even new content in each area!
Besides the known arcs and characters, the world has been set up so that you can explore new areas and adventures as you advance through the story and form
powerful bonds with other heroes from the Dragon Ball Z universe. Minor characters from the series may turn out to be close, trustworthy allies this time around!
The controls are easy to use and you can fly the Nimbus—and Goku without the Nimbus—from one place to another, doing loop de loops to collect tokens and such. Switching from sightseeing to interacting with characters to traveling and to facing opponents is very fluid and only marked by cinematics that make the old DBZ some of us grew up with look the best it ever has.
While flying, you have access to a map where you can see the location of your partners, as well as enemies and you, can mark places to visit as well. In the demo, we were able to talk to Bulma and Picolo and explore the vast play area, and faced Raditz! This is where things get tough. Kakarot was designed to make you experience DBZ from Goku’s point of view. This is his story and you’re going to live it. Raditz was very strong in the demo and we honestly struggled a little to keep Goku alive long enough to feel like we were going to win. But that’s the point, the battles are just as unbalanced as they are in the anime and so are the bad guys. Maneuvering in the sky while dodging and pulverizing anything that gets in Goku’s way when battling the villains is fluid, with combos not being very hard to pull off. You can fire Kamehamehas and use your Ki in battle as well as good old fashioned punches and kicks, that is until you level-up and Goku learns more moves!
Expanding the Story and Pulling Us In
One of the great things we’ve mentioned about Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is that it not only follows the story of Goku closely, but delves even deeper than we’ve ever gone! Talking to characters who only showed up for a few seconds in the anime can lead to strong bonds in Kakarot and previously unknown canon information that even the creators are excited to share with life-long fans who’ve been wondering what everyone’s been up to! These extended interactions that include never-before-seen moments are almost like bonus content on a deluxe box-set!
Of course, finding out more about Goku and his life pulls us in deeper into his story and puts the cherry on top of this run action RPG that allows any fan to relive their favorite epic battles—and the silly side-quests and jokes too! We get to know Goku in all a variety of roles and as a person, not just an OP hero.
Playing Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is like watching DBZ again except with bonus content, control over what you explore, and you’re right there in the action throwing punches and Kamehameha waves, all in an awesome 3D art style that fits Dragon Ball so well. And while the battles are indeed epic and the jokes hilarious, it is exciting that so much work went into giving us the chance to get to know Goku/Kakarot as a person, while bringing back nostalgic feelings with iconic scenes and moments.
But we’d be lying if we didn’t say that we’re the most excited about getting to battle the likes of Frieza, Cell, and Raditz in the actual DBZ world and getting to destroy our surrounding like they do in the anime!! Kame-hame-HA~~~! Looking forward to playing Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot? We are!