Parents' Guide to

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Anime adventure for fans is deep on content, light on fun.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

its sutible for all ages over 8

the game involves mostly fighting but none of the fighting is too graphic. it may show a tiny bit on blood from time to time but its very tame. in this game someones hand is ripped of and someone is impaled with a lazer and some blood is shown but its very tame. the main character Goku can be a good role model he wants to make friends with his enemies and does not want to kill people unless he has too.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (8 ):

If you believe the hype, you'd think this RPG would be the first major blockbuster game of 2020. But it may only satisfy serious fans of the franchise -- for nostalgia's sake -- rather than deliver a compelling game experience. On one hand, Kakarot offers a lot of variety in game styles, but it doesn't excel at any one of them. Fighting is fun, especially when you learn to link together damaging moves and combo attacks while simultaneously hovering in the air and avoiding enemy fire. But despite leveling up and facing new kinds of enemies and bosses, the action grows stale after a short while. Many of the side quests, like collecting items, can also get tedious as you complete them over time. Worse, the open world isn't very open, so you'll hit invisible walls often and hear repetitive audio tied to completing your task. Some adventuring elements are fun, like racing, but others are boring (such as collecting apples). There are also several cutscenes you have to sit through, which include painfully fake dialogue with your son, spouse, and master (as you'll see at the start of the game). Also, the long load screens really start to annoy, and don't seem to have any explanation as to why they're so lengthy.

Gameplay does get more interesting when you encounter (and then play as) other fighters, and the story takes a few twists and turns. Again, there's a ton of content here, but by the time you get to the fourth section, Majin Buu Saga, you realize the game doesn't really build up to anything significant. It's just more of the same. For the most part, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot -- while pretty, long, and easy to control -- eventually comes off as a somewhat bloated collection of gameplay mechanics that doesn't really excel at any one of them. Die-hard fans of the franchise may disagree, and that's OK, but if the game developers are looking to broaden the appeal of this beloved series and amass new fans, this isn't the title to pull it off.

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