Thursday, May 19th, 2022

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot + New Power Awakens Set Review (Switch)

There are few more iconic characters in the anime world than Goku. Saiyans are sent to Earth as babies and eventually become one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Since his debut in manga in 1984, his story has been told in almost every conceivable medium, including anime, video games, and the terrible live-action adaptations we haven’t talked about. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, the latest product in a video game that hits a console based on Dragon Ball, is now available on Switch.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a love letter mainly to fans of the series. From the first moment when Japan’s iconic theme song begins to some of the obscure characters that appear when exploring the world, the game is a nostalgic celebration for anime fans. Given that many years of dub voice actors in both Japanese and English play their role here, it all feels friendly and comfortable from the beginning.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot not only explores anime moments, but also adds an element of Slice of Life to stories that rarely feature such moments. Almost rebelling against the “Goku is a bad dad” joke that has spread among fandoms for generations, Kakarot complains that Goku teaches his son Gohan a fish and is tired. It starts with the simple scene of carrying a child. Short and simple, such small moments are scattered throughout the game, giving fans something new to learn about their favorite characters and the most rewarding part of Kakarot’s story.

Based on one of the most famous combat comics in history, don’t expect too much depth from the battle of Dragon Ball Z Kakarot. This is not Dragon Ball FighterZ, where skill and timing are the most important aspects of gameplay. Expect a lot of RPG systems, how leveling up and grinding is a way to overcome the bosses that are giving players difficulty.

When you complete and complete side missions, your character will be given experience points to level up and strengthen their attacks. On the other hand, as you explore the world, your character’s colored orbs will become nets and your special abilities will become more powerful. Eventually, extensions such as conversions will be available, but the gameplay will remain about the same. Picking up visual clues from the boss and knowing when to block and spam various attacks is usually the best strategy players use.

This game features only manga and anime characters, so it doesn’t offer the customizations of previous games like Xenoverse. There are several opportunities for players to create characters to suit their playing style, but the main purpose of this game is for fans to fight as Goku and his companions in the manga.

Most of the games are well organized and work well on the switch. The character design looks and feels like it came directly from the anime. This is exactly what we were looking for in a game. The only technical problem I encountered during the game was when I took it to the road. If the player is not connected to the internet via either a wired or wireless connection, an error will pop up each time the player exits or starts a cutscene. This could be resolved by going to the game settings and disabling the data sharing feature, but I was frustrated until I found a solution.

Apart from this issue, there were no technical issues with the game during the playthrough. The visuals are a good reproduction of the classic anime style, with a few small touches to make the world feel more lively. Seeing the mountains crumble after being hit by an energy attack, or seeing the character flying near the surface of the water, doesn’t add anything mechanically to the game, but it gives the player some control. The most powerful character in anime history that will help you feel like you are.

The Switch version comes bundled with the A New Power Awakens DLC God’s battle When Revival of F Movies to games. These are presented in the same sophistication as the main story, but deviate further from the original material. Part 1 focuses on a pair of Goku and Vegeta training to be strong enough to challenge Beerus. To do this, they have to fight Beerus attendant Whis in the challenge of increasing difficulty. Some challenges are fun, but quickly frustrated and reveal the shortcomings of Kakarot’s combat system.

Part 2 is a gauntlet rather than a regular battle. Dozens of enemies are lined up and need to be mowed before players can board the resurrected Frieza. Unfortunately, after completing the main story and Part 1 of the DLC bundle, this battle is no longer a big challenge. The visuals are great and you can recreate great moments from the movie, but if you want to experience it, it’s better to just watch the movie.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot may not be the deepest and most challenging of any franchise-based games, but it’s far from the worst. Between the adorable moments added to the story we already know and love and the faithful reproduction of the anime’s visuals, this is a game for existing fans. With a focus on that simple combat and shattering, newcomers will find that it’s not well worth sticking to.


Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot may do nothing more than tell the story of Dragon Ball, but it’s enough for existing fans to enjoy exploring the world and fighting the iconic villains of the franchise. Despite the lack of combat depth and the slightest internet-based technical inconvenience to avoid, the game extends the folklore of the large number of Dragon Balls already available to our fans. Is urgently needed to save itself by giving a slice of life that has been doing so. Non-fans can’t find much to love here, but it’s more than a practical retelling of an iconic story.