Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Summary: While certainly not a masterpiece, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is one of the best ways to experience the Dragon Ball universe. With a lengthy story and plenty of content, this is one of the best Dragon Ball games to date.
Dragon Ball Universe
A game that fans can enjoy and be proud of.
Relive the best moments of the Dragon Ball series.
Some gameplay systems, such as character progression, are a bit lacking.
Top Critic Average
While its fighting is fun, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot doesn't do enough to carry the subpar side content.
A light and fun RPG that sometimes gets bogged down by its interweaving progression systems.
Poor RPG mechanics aside, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a great way to relive the DBZ's story, flaws and all.
A competent adaptation of the original anime but there's a serious danger of déjà vu even for series fans, and the solid but unremarkable action is unable to overcome it.
Some of the content is hit or miss, but the story is told nicely throughout and ends up being an enjoyable way to relive this saga
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot's emphasis on making the world and character interactions of Dragon Ball as important as the fights makes for a solid action-RPG experience.
Dragon Ball Z: Karakot distills 291 episodes of Dragon Ball Z down into a 40-hour action-RPG experience. While the pacing is a bit off, seeing the story of Goku and friends told in wide swaths mostly works. The combat also manages to capture the feel of the series in certain boss fights. Unfortunately, the RPG side of things is lacking, with muddy progression, systems that feel useless, and random enemy encounters that can grow tedious. It's a good start, but more training is needed to reach its final form.
This game is aimed at a particular audience, and those who get a rush of nostalgia from seeing Goku and his friends duke it out with the universe’s biggest baddies will love it. Others may need a proper introduction with the series before they soak up everything DBZ: Kakarot has to offer.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is not the anime game to end all anime games. It's not going to convert any non-believers or onboard them into this decades-old classic universe. Even as someone who still re-watches DBZ, it can be grating at times — but the juice is mostly worth the squeeze.