An Open World RPG and a complete package of anime.
Dragon Ball Z, Yes It’s one of my favorite anime show, and I am sure it’s yours too (if you are not a kid of today’s era. They prefer playing video games than watching anime). Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a great game that includes almost everything from the anime show. When I say everything, I mean it. You will be doing a lot of stuff from collecting fruits and cooking meals to Epic Battles. Everything.
For all the newbies here, Just What the heck’s this “Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot”?
Let’s have a short introduction.
Kakarot is the main protagonist of the Dragon Ball Metaseries. Now he is known as Goku, but he is not particularly from Earth. Goku is a Saiyan originally sent to Earth as an infant. However, an accident alters his memory, allowing him to grow up to become Earth’s greatest defender and the informal leader of the Dragon Team. He constantly seeks the strongest fighters in the universe and defeat them to make himself the greatest one. Because of this desire, he really is getting stronger and stronger and had already saved Earth from destruction many times.
For many out there, Dragon Ball Z series is nothing but a ridiculous anime all about screaming, throwing energy balls, huge explosions and leveling up power level at the most crucial time. But a fan (like me) recognize that battle is the key to the series, and they have produced some of the greatest battles in the anime industry. Some are so intense and jaw-dropping and interesting, you can watch them tons of times without getting bored.
Do I need to watch anime show before trying out Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot?
I would certainly say no. The game itself is a complete story of the Dragon Ball Z. Even if you are a complete newbie, you will understand the complete story. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a complete package of the anime show Dragon Ball Z. It even includes those unwanted fillers, that no one wants to watch. Though I personally think, Its fun watching them.
“I am the hope of the universe. I am the answer to all living things that cry out for peace. I am protector of the innocent. I am the light in the darkness. I am truth. Ally to good! Nightmare to you!”~ Son Goku (Dragon Ball Z)
What is a Filler?
“Filler” refers to the story in an Anime that was not in the Manga. These are created because Anime production usually outpaces the Manga. Fillers do not further the story and usually are of a lower quality both visually and narratively.
What the game Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is all about?
From the beginning, Kakarot tells you what it’s all about. After some brief training and some story cutscenes, Kakarot puts me into the shoes of Goku to go and finish my quest. After that, instead of heading directly into another battle against a new enemy, I am standing on a trail and watching Goku’s son, Gohan, toddle into the sunset looking for the apples. I follow behind him, collecting Apples as father and son.
Some won’t like doing this stuff, like collecting Apples, but a true fan won’t dislike as well. Because doing this, we are living Goku’s actual life as a father. We get a close look to his day to day activities and get learn his life better.
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A little Walkthrough…
We fish together, make a hot meal on the fire, fly around the world on our Flying Nimbus cloud to collect resources and come back home to meet Chi-Chi, Goku’s wife. This is quite fun and it keeps me hooked.
Next is Master Roshi’s picture book. Yes, this was my next quest. Master Roshi sent me on a side quest to find his dirty picture book, stolen by the talking sea turtle names Turtle who Goku calls Tortoise. I roam around the Island, talk to Turtle and grab the glowing patch of sand to reclaim the book for Master Roshi. Just after this, the real action begins. I team up with Piccolo to hunt down Raditz (Goku’s brother) who has kidnapped Gohan and wants to destroy the Earth.
It would be a little difficult for someone who hasn’t watched the show for years, but with time, they will come along. The Kakarot is not in any kind of rush to get to the “good stuff”. It is mirroring the flow of the show itself. Fans will get more of what they love about the source material.
Yes, there are some weird stuff like I had to stop to do a few favors for an old Dragon Ball character Eighter (Also known as Android 8), a peace-loving android (though he doesn’t look like one), despite Gohan being in Mortal Danger. This looked me a little odd. I mean, which father is going to help someone else when his own son’s life is at stake.
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After Raditz and Goku both die — and Raditz reveals the upcoming threat of two Saiyans more powerful than he is, Nappa and Vegeta — Piccolo takes Gohan to train. Now, again this is the time to gather resources, hunt, fish, train and wait for the next big battle. Though we all know that we hate the filler content, but you have to be alive if you want to save the Earth (just like an open-world survival game). And for being alive, you have to eat, train and gather some strength. Isn’t it?
That’s the point here, you have to feel like it’s you in the shoes of Goku. So, be ready for these kinds of stuff.
At the end of Kakarot’s opening Saiyan saga — which took me about eight hours to complete, I am on the seventh chapter out of 33 through the game. I spent a lot of time hunting, looking for apples and sparring with other Z fighters during the intermission between the Saiyan and Frieza saga.
The year-long training sessions were very less focussed in the previous Dragon Ball Z games. You could move from one fight to the next after a while, but that’s not the case with this one. And, that’s the new thing here. In Kakarot, these filler parts are a lot more focussed than before. You have to complete the side story character’s quests to move ahead which might be frustrating for some.
Some might find it boring like collecting apples, hunting gazelle, catching fishes, cooking meals and more. Though, even I think that they have included a little more than enough fillers, but I certainly don’t hate them.
Some fillers like watching Yamcha playing baseball, like in the show, is quite fun, but yes, there wasn’t any need to include these extra hours. Still, I don’t really hate them, particularly as a Big Dragon Ball Fan.
Community Board, where I earn the trust of Goku’s friends by taking on side missions, is exciting enough. I make me feel like my fighter is growing as the game progress. Going into battles and side missions earn me XP, which levels up my stats.
Collecting orbs gives me currency to upgrade my abilities on the skill tree. Gathering resources, fishing, hunting and making meals offer some permanent stats, that a good thing.
Talk about performance, Kakarot worked well on my rig. There were a few FPS Drops while flying around the world, but the experience was pretty good. There was no noticeable lag thing during the battles, the last thing you would ever want, which is the most important time for solid FPS. So, overall it was great.
We won’t say that it’s a perfect package, but it’s a solid RPG that effectively covers the entire Dragon Ball Z saga. If you are a Dragon Ball fan, you should really try it.
If you are still confused about whether you should go with the anime show or get the game, you can choose either one. But, I would say get your hands on the game Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot because it holds the entire story including the side life of Goku when he isn’t in a battle. This would keep you more engaged than the anime show for quite a while.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an enjoyable Dragon Ball Z game, but that determination assumes you know and loves Dragon Ball Z already.