Dragon Ball Z Kakarot begins right where the animated movie: introduces us to Goku and his son Gohan just before the Saiyan prepare to invade the earth, revealing Goku’s true Saiyan heritage and establishing a chain of events that threaten the entire universe.
It’s a story we’ve seen in many Dragon Ball Z games over the years, but unlike recent examples, Kakarot tells his story by playing an RPG based on the story rather than a game focused on fighting. It gives life to the world and the story of DBZ in a new way, giving us a glimpse of the life of Goku and many of his companions outside the battles to decide fate. of the universe.
All of the main story arcs of Dragon Ball Z are here: the Saiyan invasion, the battle against Frieza on the planet Namek, Androids, the battle against Cell and the story of Majin Buu. But among all these giant sagas, earth-shaking and intense battles, there are countless smaller stories and character interactions that many simple games have covered.
The structure of the game is divided into several sections: free exploration / roaming scenes with a half-open world, fight scenes against big and small enemies, and cutscenes where you watch a number of moments when DBZ’s most dramatic story takes place in a breathtaking motive. There is a good balance between all these; rarely feel like you spend too much time watching a cutscene or you get pushed into a constant battle without being able to take a moment to regain your breath.
Sometimes the exploration sequences may seem too long, but most of the time depends on how much time you want to spend on side quests and collectibles such as power-ups, supplies of food and ingredients for activities. side effects like cooking and manufacturing. There is no need to spend a lot of time on extra activities, but it is beneficial – and while you’re flying around large, vibrant environments, it’s easy to get caught up in exploring the world. DBZ, home to huge fish, aggressive dinosaurs and futuristic cities.’
One thing that stands out about DBZ: Kakarot is the way it introduces the big cast of the anime. You start the game as Goku, but as the story goes on, you take control of several other characters, like Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta and Trunks, to name a few. Familiar faces like Krillin, Tien Shinhan, Yamcha and Android 18 also appear to assist you in your battle as an assistant. Many other DBZ support team members also participate in side missions and story scenes.
Build friendships with characters through finding and giving you a character symbol, and by placing it on the city’s community board, representing a group of fellow travelers. Goku, you can earn enhancements to fight, collect items, cook, and more to pursue adventure.
But these rewards are only part of what makes Dragon Ball Z Kakarot so satisfying. Dragon Ball Z is a series where the characters’ relationships and interactions are very important, and that actually appears in non-combat stories. You see Piccolo warming up with the young Gohan, Chi Chi’s tough mother role, the warriors sticking out of the battle, teen Gohan doing the stupid antics Great Saiyaman, and more.
Even relatively small characters like Yajirobe, Launch and Puar also have side quests that show humorous interactions, silly scripts, and truly sad and touching moments. Seeing so many DBZ characters for their moment of shine is great, and it helps you forget that a lot of side quests are pretty typical RPG killers or collect this item.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Dragon Ball Z if it weren’t for combat. Although 3D, action-oriented combat is accustomed to getting started, once you have handled the controls well, you will fly around, firing ki and Kamehamehas explosions like a pro. You control a single character with two basic attacks – melee and ranged attack ki. If you have a companion in battle, the CPU will control them and you can order them to use special attacks.
In addition to basic attacks, you have a number of exceptionally strong skills, increasing your strength to get close to your opponent, some defensive techniques to protect, dodge and catch your opponent off guard, and even (eventually) the ability to turn into stronger forms. Most likely this may cost you to be charged in the middle of the battle but makes you vulnerable to doing so, making ki management very important.
A measure of stress fills over time and when it’s full, you can put your warriors into superpower status, where you can chain special attacks together, causing serious devastating destruction.
It’s an engaging combat system and a very unique 3D aerial motion element, but lacks depth – most normal enemies and even a few bosses can be molded to help them fight easily. Much easier. On top of that, the variety of enemies outside of the main battles tends to be lacking, especially those that annoy annoying cannonballs will interrupt you during times when you just want to explore. But fighting still has some outstanding moments in big boss battles when enemies launch extremely dangerous energy attacks, causing a rapid change in strategy.
Overcoming some of the hardest things Dragon Ball Z’s iconic villains throw at you by clever dodging and timely attacks is incredibly satisfying, and it somewhat compensates. For all the time wasted combat at the same time repeated.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot‘s modern, semi-open approach to telling the story of DBZ – albeit with some minor issues – is a good way. Zooming in on the environment and seeing the world close by is a blast, and it’s great to be able to interact with so many fun DBZ characters and see the stories often passed on to adapt the game.
And while fighting may be a bit lacking, when big battles happen, they feel fit and epic. If you’re looking for a fun way to see Goku’s life and time growing through a new perspective, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will fulfill your desires.