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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Review


It’s time to look at the DBZ game that came out recently. It definitely looked like a real game of the year contender from the instant that we got the first teasers. Interestingly the game kept focusing on the first two arcs so for a while there I was wondering if Arc 3 would be included at all. Fortunately it is here so the game ends up feeling pretty complete. The story took me around 20 hours which is pretty good for an action title. It’s quite rare for any to rank all the way up there. It’s an excellent game and one I definitely recommend.

The story follows the events of the DBZ show/manga. If you don’t know what that is, here’s a quick recap. Goku is a hero who has saved the planet many times. He ended up marrying Chi Chi prior to the game’s start and they had a kid named Gohan. That’s when an alien named Raditz arrives and kidnaps Goku’s son. Goku has to then team up with Piccolo to stop him. Along the way more aliens show up such as Vegeta and Frieza as well as androids like Cell and even mythical beings like Majin Buu. Goku will have to keep on training in order to keep up with these guys, but he believes that he will be up to the task. Goku’s never turned down a challenge before and he doesn’t intend to start now.

The gameplay is similar to the Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi series although styles in more of a single player fashion. You’re using less advanced combos here and more flashy moves to take the opponent down. It’s fun using all of the signature attacks from the show and you can learn new moves/upgrade old ones as you go through the game. I didn’t touch the upgrading part until deep in arc 2, but it’s a handy feature. You won’t be able to upgrade all that much without going through some Roshi training though. Once you beat the game you can unlock all of the training lessons and then you can make your characters really strong. If you want to beat a powerful enemy without leveling up then just buy a lot of health items. Those come in handy although of course it will make getting S ranks a little more difficult. I got an S rank on almost every level but I don’t believe there is much of a reward for doing so here so it’s not a big deal.

In combat you’ll be fine if you just go with your instincts. Typically I like to just stick to physical attacks and don’t use the special moves much unless the opponent is shooting a laser and I don’t want to wait for it to end. Sniping the enemy with a laser of your own is a really good way to counter such a technique. If the opponent is blocking your hits a lot then I would recommend landing a few hits, teleporting, and then attacking more. The opponent is forced to either drop his guard and get hit or let his shield be broken. Either way works out quite nicely for you. There is a good amount of depth to the gameplay so you have the liberty of finding what method of fighting works best for you. The toughest fights for me were the ones where you have to fight multiple opponents. The Cell Jrs that launched at you were no joke.

Meanwhile the graphics here are definitely top tier. There are a lot of animated cutscenes to watch where the characters duke it out and even the normal cutscenes look really good. The engine works really well for a game like DBZ and it feels like you are back in the TV show. The most impressive cutscene was probably Vegito’s battle against Super Buu. The animators definitely had a lot of fun with that one. The scene of Vegeta and Kid Buu punching each other was also styled really well. It keeps up with FighterZ as the two best looking DBZ games. Then you’ve got the soundtrack which is really great. You’ll recognize a lot of the themes from the anime which is a nice touch. We also get an insert song at the very end of the game which was pretty neat. There was certainly no corners being cut in this title.

The sheer amount of content here is also impressive. As I mentioned I beat the game in around 20 hours. That’s considering that I didn’t stop to do any side quests or things like that. I just plunged right through the story. If you consider the side quests, extra boss, and leveling up then you’ll be here for quite a while. The Platinum trophy in this game actually sounds pretty achievable so if I start trophy hunting again then this would be one of the first games that I would focus on. I’d estimate that the game should take you around 40 hours to complete everything. That’s a lot of time and really helps to justify your purchase. Even just wandering around the hub world driving your car and fishing can be a lot of fun. The game did a good job of adding a lot of different gameplay options to have fun with. The game even let you play Baseball for a second which was nice.

Kakarot is a reasonably challenging game, but not one where you will ever be stuck for long. It all feels pretty fair and balanced in part because there are always workarounds. If a boss is too difficult for you right now then you can go and train somewhere, unlock new attacks, re-position your stat medals, cook some food, buy potions, etc. There is no way you will actually be stuck for very long but at the same time you may enjoy just retrying the battle a few times when the opponent is hard to beat like this as it really helps you learn the fighting style. Before long you’ll be racking up S rank after S rank.

Overall, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a superb game. It’s easily one of the best DBZ games I’ve played. I’ve seen it compared to Attack of the Saiyans quite a lot. While that game is also very good, I would have to give this one the edge. I’d put it in third place right behind FighterZ and Budokai Tenkaichi 3. I hope we get a sequel to this game which adapts GT, the movies, and Super. I’m sure they could also do that through DLC as well, but a sequel would be ideal because then it could be a full 20+ hour experience with a lot of cutscenes. I feel like you are slightly more limited with what you can do when it’s DLC but that’s not necessarily true. If you haven’t gotten this game yet then I’d recommend changing that. It’s one of the most complete DBZ adaptions you’ll ever see. When you finish the story you’ll feel as though you just scratched the surface of what the title has in store for you.

Overall 9/10

Battles, Buu Battles, Jiren Battles

Jiren vs Buu



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The final round has finally arrived! How fitting is it that the big boss of Super should rise to fight the big bad of DBZ? It cements the fact that this verse is one to be taken very seriously. They also had quite a few reps in this tourney as well. Buu’s regeneration is great, but it has been shown to not be absolute. Jiren’s attacks would still take their toll and eventually Buu would be put down for good. He is outranked in every physical category by an incredible amount. I just don’t think he can do much to counter that. Jiren wins.

Battles, Buu Battles, Lightning Battles

Buu vs Lightning




It’s time for the first semi’s match. Both of these fighters made it pretty far but only one can reach the championship. Lightning’s got a plethora of great attack options up her sleeve, but they won’t do much against Buu. He can regenerate from just about anything and his attack power is basically off the charts as well. You just can’t do much to slow this guy down at all. I’m afraid Lightning is pretty much out of her depth here as even she can’t survive a whole galaxy being blown up. Buu wins.

Battles, Buu Battles, Cell Battles

Cell vs Buu




These two characters are certainly iconic DBZ villains. Their overwhelming power was stunning and the heroes really had a tough time against them. Of course this match is a no brainer if you’re just looking at the main material, but these two have gotten many power ups over the years in spinoffs and video games. Still, Cell hasn’t quite gotten a form that lets him surpass Buu yet. Buu has done a good job of keeping pace with just about everyone. Even now there aren’t too many villains who are actually stronger than him. Buu wins.

Battles, Buu Battles, Marcus Battles

Marcus vs Buu




Marcus may be coming off a big win, but I’m afraid that it’s all over here. He doesn’t really have any way of hoping to stop Buu. Buu is way stronger than Marcus and he is also considerably faster. He has absorbed Gohan in the past which gave him a form that can barely even be comprehended. He could end the solar system many times over with a single attack. If that isn’t true power then I don’t know what is. Things aren’t looking good for Marcus. Buu wins.

Battles, Buu Battles, Oga Tatsumi Battles

Oga Tatsumi vs Buu




Oga Tatsumi has been through his share of fights and knows how to throw a good punch. You can’t count him out of any match but Buu isn’t your average opponent. Buu can regenerate from just about any hit and his raw power was enough for him to go up against Super Saiyan 3 Goku. Oga just doesn’t have that kind of firepower and he will also be out of his league when it comes to speed as well. Better luck next time Oga, but your run is over. Buu wins.

Basil (Dragon Ball) Battles, Battles, Buu Battles

Basil (Dragon Ball) vs Buu


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Considering that this fight happened recently, it’s time to have these two duke it out on the blog. Nothing much will end up changing here though as Basil is still completely outgunned against Buu. His kicks simply aren’t strong enough to do much against Buu’s regeneration. When Buu enters his Super mode he also has access to the Kamehameha which will easily blow Basil away. There’s just not much that the fox can do against such overwhelming power. Buu wins.

Battles, Buu Battles, Byakuya Battles

Buu vs Byakuya


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Suggested by Destroyer Buu is definitely a very powerful DBZ villain and not someone that you want to mess with. In his Kid Buu form he was even able to go up against Son Goku and Prince Vegeta. That’s not an easy feat for any character. Byakuya may be insanely fast, but at the end of the day he just isn’t quite on the same level. He simply won’t be able to keep up with Buu or even react to his attacks. This Majin is simply on a completely different level. Buu wins.

Battles, Buu Battles, Hao Battles

Buu vs Hao




Suggested by Destroyer With Buu recently getting his big intro fight in Super it was time to bring him back into the fold. He is still one of the stronger DBZ characters even if he hasn’t gotten to show his stuff as of late. Hao has a lot of powerful abilities and being one of the Great Spirits gives him a good amount of regenerative abilities as well. Still, none can top Buu in that area and Buu’s raw power is still at a high enough level where he definitely won’t go down easy. Buu wins.

Battles, Buu Battles, Uryu Battles

Uryu vs Buu




Suggested by Destroyer Uryu may be good at shooting arrows but he tends to come up with some pretty terrible plans so I doubt whether he could come up with a decent strategy to stop Buu. Buu will regenerate from any attack that Uryu has up his sleeve and a single hit from the pink monster would quickly take Uryu out of the fight. This Quincy has reached his limit. Buu wins.