Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Reviews Summary

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.

Nostalgia Galore

Relive the best moments of the Dragon Ball series.

Gameplay Systems

Some gameplay systems, such as character progression, are a bit lacking.

Rating Summary

Based on 146 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

54%

Critics Recommend

Based on 146 critic reviews
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7 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2020

Poor RPG mechanics aside, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a great way to relive the DBZ's story, flaws and all.

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PC Gamer
Liz Henges

Top Critic

76 / 100
Jan 21, 2020

A light and fun RPG that sometimes gets bogged down by its interweaving progression systems.

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No Recommendation / Blank
Jan 23, 2020

While its fighting is fun, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot doesn't do enough to carry the subpar side content.

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7 / 10
Jan 20, 2020

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.

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Easy Allies
Bradley Ellis

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2020
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8 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2020

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

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7 / 10
Jan 24, 2020

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.

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Jan 23, 2020

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.

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7 / 10.0
Jan 20, 2020

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.

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Jan 24, 2020

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.

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85 / 100
Jan 16, 2020

A true gift to any Dragon Ball fan that works really well as an open world ARPG. It's not without flaws, but its length and dynamics are a safe bet.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jan 16, 2020

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a huge step forward in the titles centered on the narrative of Akira Toriyama, and although there are moments that manage to live up to the original anime or even exceed it, the general feeling does not end up being so voluminous.

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7 / 10
Jan 16, 2020

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot displays unparalleled care and respect for the iconic story arcs it adapts. The original music is there, original Dragon Ball characters return, and pivotal moments are gorgeously animated. If these were stories being presented in video game format for the first time, it would be a mind-blowing experience. Unfortunately, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot doesn't push the envelope enough to warrant sitting through the Cell Saga for the umpteenth time and seeing Frieza get obliterated yet again. If you've played a Dragon Ball Z game before, you've basically played this one.

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7 / 10
Jan 24, 2020

Despite the roughness that comes with some of its systems, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is one of the best Dragon Ball Z games we’ve ever seen.

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IGN Italy

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Jan 16, 2020

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot struggles to provide a consistent RPG experience, but fans can enjoy the finest tribute to the series

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Jan 24, 2020

But whether you’ve grown up with Goku and friends, or you’re a first timer who’s never fancied sitting through 300 episodes without getting to play a part in the action, this is still a great way to experience the classic story.

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7.8 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2020

A two-part DLC that expands the endgame with many inspirations from the first movies of Dragon Ball Super. New trasformations, enemies and quests, for those who love Dragon Ball and its Kakarot iteration.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2020

An essential single player Dragon Ball game for new fans and series veterans alike. Although it's a little slow paced and has some painful load times, no game has felt more "Dragon Ball" than Kakarot. Great combat, deep systems and a huge variety of content make this package a joy to sink your hours into

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Jan 22, 2020

While the popular Xenoverse series utilized the RPG genre to try something different, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot offers a more traditional retelling of the series in a single player only experience that should at least get the hardcore fans of the series excited to experience this adventure yet again.

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80 / 100
Jan 25, 2020

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is the best representation of the series' storyline in over twenty years of games. While animations in cutscenes may be too stiff and there are occasional bugs, the simple yet difficult to master gameplay and the sidequests that succeed in building a world we've already come to love make this a must-play Dragon Ball experience.

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