Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot – The saga of Goku on the controller

by Nathan Dutil

Marcelo Jabulas – Japan specializes in creating long sagas in comics and animations. Star Patrol and Pokémon are among them, as well as Dragon Ball, in which the Z series is considered the best of all. If your friend was born in the 1980s, you certainly know what Dragon Ball Z means. The animation produced between 1989 and 1996 took the world by storm. In Brazil, it packaged children’s morning content until the mid-2000s.

The story revolves around Goku, a warrior with supernatural powers who ventures on a journey in search of the seven Dragon Balls. According to the game, whoever managed to get them all would have all their wishes granted. Do you remember the Infinity Stones? Well, the idea is somewhat similar.

The series’ rich universe has been portrayed in dozens of games. There are more than 70 titles published since the 1980s for the most diverse platforms. And Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot has just arrived as an experience that promises to shake up the series’ 325 episodes.

the game

To understand the game, you have to situate the player. As the name suggests, the game puts the player in the shoes of Goku, as Kakarot – or Kakarot, the character’s real name – was sent to Earth as a child to decimate life, but ended up having an accident and lost his memory. In the game, Goku has already grown up and has a family.

The game recalls several moments of the series, in addition to putting the player in front of all the characters of the plot, such as Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Majin Buu and many others.

As it is an RPG, the game has a huge map. In it, the player has an infinity of tasks. Fishing, cooking, picking fruits are some of the activities that a Saiyan warrior family man has to take care of.

At the same time, the player is immersed in countless dialogues and animations that follow the aesthetic standard of anime. The conversations often have a dramatic tone that enriches the fantasy of the story. Let us simply recall that, in the drawings, a large part of the time of each episode was composed of dialogues with close-up, almost frozen animations.

This immersion was something fans of the series were looking for in a game. After all, because Dragon Ball Z focuses on its characters’ battles, the vast majority of games have always been about combat.

On the other hand, the game also includes fights. They have conventional fighting game mechanics. However, there are many commands and combinations to apply blows, blocks and powers like the famous Kamehameha, which is the energy attack of the Saiyan.

Graphic

Kakarot garnered mixed opinions on its graphics. There are those who complain about the anime style and would have liked to see something more modern. However, the game seeks to provide the player with an experience that transports them to the series. Thus, cartoon graphics contribute to the production proposal.

Ray Tracing lighting effects (which simulate the casting of light onto objects, depending on the character’s gaze) wouldn’t fit in a game that’s inspired by a late 1980s cartoon.

last word

With versions for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a reunion of old fans of the saga. A reminder of TV Globinho’s lazy mornings. For beginners, a way to get started in the series. Ideal for applying your child who thinks nothing is funnier than Pikachu.

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