Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Among all the great and legendary anime series out there, probably the biggest and most popular has to be Dragon Ball Z, And there are tons of games made about the series, for every platform they come in all shapes and sizes. But somehow Dragon Ball Z Kakarot is one of the most unique titles made by the show.
While there are plenty of great games about Dragon Ball Z, CyberConnect2 did an amazing job of making this one different from most of them. But let's talk about what makes this game different from the many Dragon Ball Z games.
About the game
Dragon Ball Kakarot is an in-depth appreciation of the storyline of the Saiyan Kakarot, and all about its legend. As we all know, Kakarot, AKA Goku, is the main character of the series. Dragon Ball Kakarot is an Adventure Role-Playing Game, and it will take us through the life and adventure of Kakarot.
To do so, the narrative sticks more closely to the manga and the anime than what we've always seen in the previous games. Starting when Raditz, Kakarot's brother, arrives on the earth. And goes all the way up to the Buu saga. It covers the entirety of Dragon Ball Z in the most excellent way.
The game makes the player feel as if they are playing the anime, and not just a game based on the anime. What makes this game different is that they tackle the main story of the game from a more personal point. It shows a normal day in the life of Goku and all the personal relationships.
But of course, the game also features excellent fights, as they are adapted amazingly from the anime. There is plenty of cinematics and great direction put into this game, and it's a fresh face in these series of games.
More personal fighting
One of the best looking Dragon Ball Z games is Dragon Ball Fighter Z, and while it's incredible in how it looks, it's original story isn't all that great. On the other hand, Dragon Ball Kakarot looks amazing, and it takes us to the much-loved story of Dragon Ball Fighter Z. Only this time, it adds more personal content. Much of which is present in the anime, but is usually forgotten in the games.
Dragon Ball Kakarot is an incredible take on the beloved series. However, there are maybe too many games that narrate the same story here, for the most part. While the personal story development is excellent, and the cinematics is great, it can be pretty repetitive to play the very same story over and over again.
We can recommend this game with our eyes closed if you're a big fan of the show. But if you're looking for a Nice Dragon Ball Fighting game, you should skip this one. It is nice and all, but it isn't focused on the fights as much as Dragon Ball FighterZ is. Don't take us wrong, that's a completely valid take, it's just that it's a very different one.
Graphics and visuals: The game looks amazing. It's hard not to compare it with FighterZ since that's the best looking Dragon Ball game around. But Dragon Ball Kakarot takes us to a more cinematic direction. Including scenes directly from the manga and anime, and they make you feel as if you're inside of the anime. It's visually pleasing and enjoyable.
Gameplay: The story mode is the main part of this game, but the navigation through the game still feels like a fighting game, and that's a big problem. It doesn't feel nice to play, but it's still a great experience. The game includes direct fights from the series, and it's amazing in the way they do it. The fighting parts of the gameplay are excellent, it's simple and fluid. it's nice to see how they implemented solid fighting game mechanics into this ARPG.
Sound: The soundtrack is solid. It has plenty of the themes from the show, plus some extra songs that are just excellent and fit the game and source material perfectly.