Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Reviews

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is ranked in the 56th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
GamingTrend
David Flynn
Top Critic
80 / 100
Sep 24, 2021

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot on Switch is a stunningly uncompromised port of last year's massive RPG. It looks and runs fantastically, while also including all three DLC chapters in a perfectly portable package.

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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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6 / 10
Feb 2, 2020
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Jan 16, 2020

Overall, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a good game, but it may not appeal to everyone. If you've seen the anime series, you know what to expect already. This can make the entire game seem a bit dull because there are no surprises. However, if you're looking for an experience where you can relive the best Dragon Ball Z moments – and get immersed in an open world with varying environments – then you should pick it up.

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80 / 100
Oct 1, 2021

Sadly, I cannot claim that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot + A New Power Awakens Set is the complete experience. But for the same price as the base game on any other console, the Switch version is definitely the way to go for new players. Anyone who already owns the base game and DLC on other systems might only be interested for portability purposes. Any Dragon Ball Z fan, who has not played Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, need to do themselves a favor and play this strange hybrid of cinematic storytelling, 3D fighting game aerial combat, JRPG mechanics, and open world exploration.

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Daily Mirror
Eugene Sowah
Top Critic
Sep 24, 2021

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot + A New Power Awakens is a great way to experience Goku’s story all over again. If you already own the game on other consoles then it’s probably not worth grabbing again unless the portability is a big bonus for you. But for newcomers having the DLC included is great value for the price of this version and it increases the adventure by a good few hours, plus fans can also look forward to the Future Trunks DLC.

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The Games Machine
Danilo Dellafrana
Top Critic
7.7 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2021

CyberConnect2 knows how to develop and port games, no question about that. It may not run at 60fps, but this pocket-sized version of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is still able to live up to its counterparts on other platforms. A pity that the last DLC was not included, considering it would have made the game even more appealing.

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ZTGD
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2020

My only gripe is that for how much this game wants to be seen like an RPG it never really does anything of interest with it.

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GameMAG
Top Critic
6 / 10
Feb 3, 2020

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a good gift for fans of anime and manga, containing a huge number of references and fanservice. But for everyone else – this is an unremarkable game that too quickly turns into a monotonous routine of constant battles and empty locations. If you want a really cool game based on the popular franchise, it is better to get acquainted with the magnificent Dragon Ball FighterZ.

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7 / 10
Jan 22, 2020

Kakarot is mediocre as a game, but excellent as a Dragon Ball experience. The combat is just okay, the world is mostly empty, and the game has too much fluff, but as a longtime fan I enjoyed myself a lot.

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77 / 100
Jan 24, 2020

All in all Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an engaging and immersive experience that transports the fans back to the very beginning and for me, that came with a heavy serving of nostalgia.

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7 / 10
Jan 23, 2020

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot's inconsistent quality holds it back from being a great Dragon Ball game, but ultimately, its high points do outweigh its problems -- especially if you're a fan.

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Jan 21, 2020

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an easy game to recommend to fans of the series. No, it's not a masterpiece, but there's a lot to love and it's absolutely packed with fan service.

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Jan 21, 2020

Dragon ball Z: Kakarot is a game that has been crafted with a lot of care by Bandai Namco and CyberConnect2. It's the gift that keeps giving, after playing 10-12 hours of the game and still hadn't made it to Namek I was happy with the depth this game has to offer.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 20, 2020

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot takes inspiration from prior games while taking the kind of stylized enhancements to make the final product stand out from other franchise games. Kakarot is not without its own issues, but what it executes well more than make up for it. Kakarot will be one of those games down the line that fans will remember fondly.

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Dave Aubrey
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Jan 20, 2020

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a mixed bag. If you're a Dragon Ball fan, this game will offer so many nice moments and make you occasionally beam from ear to ear. But then during exploration and combat, things quickly become tedious. At full price, it's hard to recommend this game, but when it becomes affordable in a sale, it'll be hard for fans to resist.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 20, 2020

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a fairly good game that qualifies better than the sum of its parts. Some mechanics aren't quite convincing, but overall the game is one of the most inspired representations of Akira Toriyama's work.

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7 / 10
Sep 30, 2021

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot might not do much more than retelling the story of Dragon Ball, but it does that well enough that existing fans will find joy in exploring the world and fighting iconic villains from the franchise. Despite the lack of depth to its combat and a minor internet-based technical inconvenience to work around, the game saves itself by expanding on the already massive amount of Dragon Ball lore available and giving fans the slice-of-life moments we've so sorely needed. Non-fans won't find much to love here, but it's a more than serviceable retelling of an iconic story.

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7.5 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2021

The technical limits of Nintendo Switch are well known, yet the aura of Kakarot expands from second to second even on the hybrid machine of the House of Kyoko, which in spite of the predictions has in fact been able to guarantee us an always fluid experience and a remarkable glance. In this case the compromises are really minimal and negligible, if put in front of the possibility of enjoying Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot even in portability.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2021

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is available now for Nintendo Switch, alongside a variety of DLC packs new and old.

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