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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (PS4)
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot introduction
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an open world action role playing game developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, based on the Dragon Ball franchise. It was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Nintendo Switch, and for the versions for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S are set to release in 2023. 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 player to take control of Goku and his friends through different iconic events in the Dragon Ball Z story, ranging from the start of the Saiyan Saga to the end of the Majin Buu Saga. The Super Saiyan God form, along with Beerus and Whis, was added in the DLC expansion New Power Awakens – Part 1. The Super Saiyan Blue form, along with Golden Frieza, was added in New Power Awakens – Part 2. It also includes an original character designed by Akira Toriyama himself, Bonyu.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Gameplay
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot brings together all the ideas of the author in a single open world, Dragon Ball fans will immediately recognize the places where the most famous moments in history took place. From the beginning you will find yourself fluttering freely around the world, diving into rivers and lakes, breaking down the rocky ledges that will have the misfortune to bar your way while collecting the Z spheres scattered everywhere, the D medals hidden by the dozen in each area, minerals and fruit.
You can fish at the appropriate piers with a simple minigame, go hunting for game and dinosaurs, even participate in hovercraft competitions once you have unlocked Goku’s license between the Freeza and Cell saga. There are so many things to do and to do. see, but the world, however colorful and detailed, always gives the idea of being there and not being there at the same time.
It is a gigantic sandbox area that mostly serves to prolong the experience with hidden collectibles and materials to be collected to enhance the characters and unlock new content. And yet it has a certain charm, it explores that it is a pleasure and fills the heart with nostalgia at the sight of the sights and places of Dragon Ball.
Each maneuver or special technique consumes the aura, which we can reload at any time by holding down a button like in many other Dragon Ball-inspired video games. Kakarot can be learned in a few minutes and at first it may seem too easy, but the minor enemies that we will encounter while traveling around the world are almost always annoying cannon fodder.
Bosses are much more challenging and require a bit of RPG preparation. Better to get Chichi cooked a treat that increases our stats temporarily, and never forget to spend the accumulated Z Spheres to upgrade special techniques, learn new ones or unlock passive bonuses that help us inflict or take more damage.
The clashes, especially those against the bosses, are a show of colors and special effects that chase each other on the screen at great speed between explosions, energy waves and very fast combos. The camera struggles to follow the action and unfortunately it happens that it gets stuck in awkward positions.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot innovation
Toriyama’s touch in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is also felt in the Side Stories that occasionally crop up on the world map. Marked with blue exclamation marks, these optional missions are temporary and disappear if you go too far with the main campaign. Most of them revolve around old acquaintances that Dragon Ball fans will surely remember, enriching the narrative with the vicissitudes of these characters.
The CyberConnect2 title seeks and achieves a delicate balance between the two natures that make it particularly accessible to the fan who, quite simply, wants to relive the story of Dragon Ball Z in a video game. It is in this perspective that it should be evaluated and that is why the combat system has pleasantly surprised us.
Of course, it is not particularly innovative: we have already played several Dragon Ball Z in which we have direct control of the character in a three-dimensional space, but of all Kakarot is the one that responds best to an intuitive control system that guarantees the player everything he has. need to replicate the spectacular dynamism of the battles seen in the anime. The base is in fact very simple: with a button you attack in melee, with one you shoot the bursts of energy, with another you dodge and another allows you to parry.
The support characters, for example, will keep us company during the clashes, helping us in different ways depending on the category to which they belong. We can order them to execute certain attacks, and exploit them with a minimum of strategy, or unleash devastating coordinated attacks that take the name of Combo Z.
A truly intriguing game, crafted down to the smallest detail. A wide choice of locations, many side missions and many main missions to complete. You can only play alone in the main story, unlike the other Dragon Ball games where you can find the multiplayer, or the various world tournaments to be supported. You can accumulate items to upgrade the character, a brilliant and fascinating thing are the dishes to prepare to increase the statistics of the characters. What impressed me was the landscape, too bad they weren’t able to fit the whole world together, because if you want to move from one side to the other you have to go to the main map and choose the place to go, this maneuver makes a the retoving of the dragon balls is a bit frustrating, but otherwise the game represents for me the real concept of Dragon Ball, an indescribable experience that only a true fan can appreciate.
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