Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
|Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot|
|Publisher(s)||Bandai Namco Entertainment|
|Engine||Unreal Engine 4|
|Release||PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
|Genre(s)||Action role-playing, fighting|
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (ドラゴンボールZ カカロット, Doragon Bōru Zetto Kakarotto) is an action role playing game developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, based on the Dragon Ball franchise. Released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, the game launched on January 17, 2020. The game follows the main protagonist Goku and the Z-Fighters throughout the events of the Dragon Ball Z anime series, including anime-original storylines and moments.
The game received generally mixed reviews upon release, but has sold over 2 million copies worldwide as of March 2020[update].
Kakarot is primarily an action RPG with fighting game elements. The player can battle opponents and do activities like fishing, collecting Z orbs, eating, driving in a hover car, training, and putting characters in soul emblems. The game's plot follows the progression of the anime series, as the player interacts with the surrounding world as the different playable characters. Players can explore the world and complete side quests to progress the story. The game is broken up into four storylines: Saiyan Saga, the Namek Saga, continued with the Android Saga (where the player acquires their hover car), and the Buu Saga.
Bonus storylines can be purchased as downloadable content; including a retelling of the Battle of Gods and the Resurrection 'F' storylines seen in Dragon Ball Super. A DLC original storyline set after the events of Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks, featuring Future Trunks' confrontation with Babidi to prevent Majin Buu's awakening (a scenario previously seen in Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai: Another Road's story mode and briefly covered in Super), was released on June 11th, 2021.
There are currently seven playable characters in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot that the player will guide throughout the story. These include Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Piccolo, Future Trunks, Gotenks, and Vegito. As the player progresses through the game, they will unlock new characters to play.
In addition to the playable characters, the player will be able to select two supporting characters to aid in their battle each with their own special moves. These current characters include Krillin, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu, Android 18, Goten, and Kid Trunks.
The bosses that appear in-game include Raditz, Nappa, Vegeta, Cui, Dodoria, Zarbon, Ginyu Force, Frieza, Android 19, Android 20, Android 18, Android 17, Cell, Cell Jr., Pui Pui, Yakon, Dabura, Majin Vegeta, Majin Buu, Super Buu, Kid Buu, Beerus and Mira. Bonyū (ボニュー), an original character designed by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama for the game, also appears as a boss.
In April 2020, Bandai Namco Entertainment announced the first DLC for the game titled A New Power Awakens - Part 1, with a scheduled release date of April 28. The DLC introduces characters and storylines from Dragon Ball Super, allowing the player to play as Goku and Vegeta in their Super Saiyan God transformations. The second DLC, titled A New Power Awakens Part 2 , lets players battle 1000 enemies, including Golden Frieza, as seen in Super's Resurrection 'F' Saga.
A free update was released on the October 27, 2020 called Dragon Ball Card Warriors. An online card battle game that allows you to play cards battles with people around the world. There will be a monthly event on the new card game.
A new DLC storyline was announced to be released in Summer 2021. The DLC features an original storyline taking place in Future Trunks' timeline, seen in The History of Trunks and loosely based on Shin Budokai: Another Road's story mode. It was released on June 11, 2021.
|PC Gamer (UK)||76%|
Kakarot received "mixed or average" reviews. Metacritic awarded the game with scores of 73 for the PC version, 73 for PlayStation 4, and 73 for Xbox One. IGN's Michael Saltzman gave Kakarot a score of 7, praising its combat and story presentation, but criticized its poor RPG elements.
Kakarot was awarded 7/10 in GameSpot's review, with Heidi Kemps saying that its "modern, semi-open approach to telling the saga of DBZ - despite some minor issues - is a good one." Kemps concluded that "[i]f you're looking for an enjoyable way to see the life and times of adult Goku through a new perspective, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will grant your wish."
The game was the second best-selling game during its first week on sale in Japan, with 89,537 copies being sold, behind Yakuza: Like a Dragon. In the United Kingdom, Kakarot debuted at number one on the sales chart.
In a conference call, Bandai Namco revealed that the game sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide in its first week release, rendering it a commercial success. As of March 2020[update], the game has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, combining total shipments and digital sales.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot was the best-selling game of January 2020 in the United States, and became the third highest-selling game in the Dragon Ball franchise, behind Dragon Ball FighterZ and Dragon Ball Z: Budokai.
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