Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Reviews

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is ranked in the 56th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Renan Fontes
Top Critic
6 / 10
Feb 24, 2022

While far from bad, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot + A New Power Awakens is a hard sell for anyone who is not already a fan of the series. Even then, franchise diehards will likely notice the changes and omissions in adaptation to the point of annoyance. Combat also leaves much to be desired, lacking in depth and devoid of real strategy more often than not. At the same time, overworld exploration is surprisingly relaxing, side content outside of side quests is engaging, and the story mode does make for an enjoyable way to revisit Dragon Ball Z thanks to stellar cutscene direction. Those who connect with the gameplay will also be delighted at the sheer amount of content available, from the three DLC packs to new playable characters. Kakarot is a Dragon Ball love letter that often forgets to be an action RPG, but never loses the unique charm that has defined the series.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2021

DBZ: Kakarot + A New Power Awakens Set is packed full of epic fights, side quests, and a good amount of free DLC. The game looks and plays great on the Switch. I highly recommend it for fans of the series.

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7 / 10
Oct 27, 2021

Full of reference material, any long-running fan of Dragon Ball will marvel at the game world, soundtrack, and voice work. This is also a top-notch conversion work, with the Nintendo Switch handling this gem with impressive skill. Those less keen on Dragon Ball will be less impressed and are most likely to spot the game's flaws, namely how its world is smaller than those of other JRPG games, and the excessive repetition of the same dialogue lines. As it is, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is mostly aimed at fans.

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74 / 100
Oct 25, 2021

Although it is the weakest choice in terms of graphics among the platforms, it has the advantage of experiencing the Dragon Ball Z adventure on a portable console. Anime lovers should not miss it.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2021

Overall, this Switch version stands up right next to the other versions of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, and I was pleasantly surprised by it. While some things could be better in the game as a whole it doesn't deter from the overall enjoyment of the story of Dragon Ball. I personally would like to have seen this one start all the way back in Dragon Ball when we first meet everyone, which would truly be a Kakarot story. It is now available on the Switch for 59.99 USD. Have fun with it.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2021

If you're a Dragon Ball fan and want to explore the story again in a more immersive way, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is sure to please. Some gameplay moments may show its slowness and become a bit repetitive after a while, but the experience is, in general, quite fun and complete for fans of the series.

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4.3 / 5.0
Oct 2, 2021

Overall, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a highly entertaining game that's faithful to the franchise. It accurately depicts the nostalgic events of the series' earlier stories, and the gameplay engages the player while doing so.

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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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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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8 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2021

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot for Nintendo Switch is not the best version of the game, but it is the most comfortable. Having the entire adventure of Goku and the Z Warriors in the palm of your hand is a delight for manga fans who have no other playable alternative. In addition, the game comes with two additional content, which translates into more hours living the new transformations of Goku and Vegeta that adds value to the general title.

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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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9 / 10
Sep 27, 2021

EXCELLENT - Eat, train, and fight like Goku and all the other Z Fighters now from the comfort of your Flying Nimbus! The Switch version is a great way to play through this lengthy game!

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9 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2021

For the Nintendo Switch owners, who also happen to be fans of Dragonball Z franchise, one of the best of all has now become available for the popular handheld. New addition of difficulty adjustments allow you to enjoy the game as close as the original manga’s anointed amount of power levels for each character and new story contents will let you extend the play time up to 50 hours of gameplay. But if you’re new to the immense world of DBZ, there will be several obstacles that may bring some disappointments. It’s a fitting game to remind you of the grand sentiments that you felt from the original animated series.

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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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7 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2021

That's really what this whole thing comes down to in the end: for people that are already big fans of Dragon Ball Z, as a whole, Kakarot has some value as a walk down memory lane and a way to re-experience the show in an entirely different manner. However, if you're not already a big fan of Goku and Co's adventures, Kakarot sadly has absolutely nothing for you. Without the nostalgia factor this game ends up being a slow slog of samey gameplay that likely won't keep your attention for very long.

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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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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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Noisy Pixel
Heather De Boer
8 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2021

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot on Switch delivers the same high action available on other platforms at the cost of some visual graphics. Frame rate is crucial to the experience, and if things have to get a little out of focus to keep the fights moving, so be it. There’s so much to enjoy about this game, and the Switch is a fine place to experience all the stories, exploration, and intense battles that it has to offer.

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Spaziogames
Top Critic
Unscored
Sep 23, 2021

With just a few flaws concerning the framerate and the overall aesthetics, Dragon Ball Z Kakarot for Nintendo Switch it's a pretty solid porting.

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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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