Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an OK game, but a terrific DBZ experience

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    The Dragon Ball Z video game series goes where it has to go: into the fluff in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.

    People who like the great outdoors might think that the Dragon Ball Z anime is a crazy, violent show with lots of punches, energy balls, shrieks, and power levels over 9,000. Fans agree that a good, rough fight is an important part of the show, but we also know that Dragon Ball Z is more than just bad guys punching each other crazy. It has to do with shows that drag on for hours on end with characters charging up instead of fighting, or with Piccolo and Goku learning how to drive a cars and truck. The parts of the story that happen between fights take up most of the time. These parts were often skipped over in video games.

    While letting that fluff in mostly helps Kakarot, it might make it harder to sell the game to people who are not already fans of the show.

    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot makes you want to play the whole game, not just the best parts.

    Kakarot tells you right away what it is all about. After a short training fight and some story cutscenes, Kakarot puts me in Goku’s shoes and tells me to finish my goal.

    We fish together, cook a meal over the fire, use our Flying Nimbus cloud to collect materials all over the world, and then we go home to see Goku’s wife, Chi-Chi.

    As always in Dragon Ball Z, some kind of threat appears and needs to be dealt with. But not before Master Roshi gives me a side task to find his dirty picture book, which was stolen by Turtle, the talking sea turtle (which Goku mistakenly calls Tortoise). I run around the small island, talk to Turtle, and click on a bright spot of sand to get the book back for Master Roshi. When things calm down again, Piccolo and I go after Raditz, Goku’s surprise space brother who has taken Gohan hostage and wants to destroy Earth.

    That is kind of the point: the games used to be rushed to get to the “good stuff,” but Kakarot is good at keeping up with the show is flow and speed.

    One reason I go there is to do a few favors for old Dragon Ball characters, like Eighter, the peace-loving robot that looks like Frankenstein’s monster, even though Gohan is in grave danger. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot cares more about the world and characters of the show than about the heroes’ lives in danger, which lowers the stakes and makes the story more fun for fans. I agree that it is an odd mix, but I do not dislike it.

    Once Raditz and Goku are dead, Raditz warns of the threat of Nappa and Vegeta, two Saiyans who are stronger than him. Piccolo then takes Gohan to train, and the real fluff begins. Get ready to wait for the next big fight while you hunt, cook, fish, and train.

    At the end of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot’s first Saiyan tale, which took me six or seven hours to finish, I am on chapter seven of the game’s 33. During the break between the Saiyan and Frieza stories, I spend a lot of time finding and sparring with other Z fighters, since apples are the only fruit on this version of Earth.

    In previous Dragon Ball Z games, this year-long training practice did not get nearly as much attention. Raditz is the first battle in the valuable Dragon Ball Z: Budokai game, while Nappa is the second.
    I get side jobs done for some of Dragon Ball’s other characters as I run around the world of Dragon Ball Z.

    In these objectives, the conversation is often funny and interesting. For example, in one of the sillier side objectives, Piccolo is convinced that Yajirobe wants to fight him.

    As seen in the show, this area makes it seem like everyone is wasting time while they wait for the Saiyans, and Kakarot makes it feel the same way. That might seem like a deal-breaker, but as a long-time fan, the fan service and big fights are enough to keep me going. I am always thinking about taking up the game more.

    Dragon Ball’s characters would just look like muscles with spiked hair if the show did not have its funny and peaceful moments or deep explanations of how to train.

    While Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a fun Dragon Ball Z game, that choice assumes that you already know and enjoy Dragon Ball Z.

    Kakarot keeps track of the program’s strange speed and energy better than any other Dragon Ball game. The characters talk at each other for a long time, and King Kai will sometimes yell at me through the PS4 controller’s speaker. Like most people, when I finish a fun Dragon Ball Z computer game, I want to watch the show again and again to remember everything I missed while playing. But Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is all about combining, and a 2020 watchthrough does not seem necessary after playing the game.

    As a computer game, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot works well. You can soar like Goku and his friends in the cartoon if you practice, even if it is just to get upgrade orbs and see how the huge Dragon Ball Z world fits together.

    I feel like I am getting better as a fighter while I play because of the new RPG features like the Community Board, where I do side tasks to earn the trust of Goku’s friends.

    It is not a terrible game, but it is also not the first Dragon Ball Z game I would recommend to friends who are not into the show. I thought this was my chance to get my wife interested in Dragon Ball Z, but the stories are moving so slowly that it is not working.

    Fans of Dragon Ball Z are thrilled to see this world come to life in a video game, preferably one that does not just send you from one fight to the next. Instead of forcing you to solve every problem, Kakarot gives me a chance to spend real time in the first fantasy world I ever liked as a kid.

    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is not a great game, but it is exactly what Dragon Ball fans like me imagined it would be like as a “program model.” It looks like making a video game so closely based on the show might not have been the best idea in the first place.


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