Mixed or average reviews - based on 75 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 40 out of 75
  2. Negative: 1 out of 75
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  1. Mar 16, 2020
    A very few games can compare to Kakarot in terms of sheer love towards the original series and storytelling qualities. Not without its set of flaws that leave only regret not being even greater, Kakarot still manages to be a great game for fans. No, scratch that. It manages to be an amazing game! May they not stop here, and deliver more and more of love-letters like this. If it goes in the right direction, the next one could definitely be legendary.
  2. Feb 10, 2020
    Faithfully recreated cutscenes – featuring not just Goku but all your favorite Dragon Ball Z characters – manage to surpass the quality of the original anime series. With even nostalgic memories from before the Z saga included, Dragon Ball Z Kakarot is best described as a huge treasure box of fan service. While the battle system could have been deeper, flashy special moves keep things from getting boring, and while most quests may feel uninspired, this is still the ultimate game for any Dragon Ball fan.
  3. Jan 28, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot was designed for a specific audience and likely will not draw people who aren’t already invested in the series. For everyone else, Bandai Namco has delivered a gift to Dragon Ball fans the world over, a loving tribute to Japan’s most popular and endearing addition to popular culture.
  4. Jan 16, 2020
    While some of it feels a little dated and the side missions don’t diverge as much as they could, the overall package is a deeply engrossing fresh way to experience an old staple for any Dragon Ball Z fan.
  5. Jan 29, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a buffet of gameplay, ideas and diversions. It is a game that makes no bones at who it has in its crosshairs, aimed squarely at the fans who have made Dragon Ball Z the global phenomenon that it is. Much like its source material, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot isn’t without faults but its enduring spirit of facing overwhelming odds head-on and conquering them, is one lesson that it has succeeded in learning.
  6. Jan 23, 2020
    An intriguing open world filled with content and challenging combat turn Karakot into a game that’s definitely worth your time. The graphics left a bit to be desired, though.
  7. Jan 22, 2020
    An essential single player Dragon Ball game for new fans and series veterans alike. Although it's a little slow paced and has some painful load times, no game has felt more "Dragon Ball" than Kakarot. Great combat, deep systems and a huge variety of content make this package a joy to sink your hours into.
  8. Jan 20, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a different experience that you won't find in any other Dragon Ball game. As for its proposal, is fun and complete, ideal for any lover of the popular anime of Akira Toriyama. Its well-achieved RPG component ensures that we spend hours and hours hooked on a title that doesn't have the best fighting system, but has a lot to offer.
  9. Jan 16, 2020
    A true gift to any Dragon Ball fan that works really well as an open world ARPG. It's not without flaws, but its length and dynamics are a safe bet.
  10. Jan 16, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot establishes itself as a must-buy for all Dragon Ball fans. Although it sometimes falls short of the mark while trying to portray each and every iconic moment in the series, it manages to offer the best representation of the anime in videogames. Also, the gameplay is frantic, fun and visually pleasant, and even though there is sometimes a lack of polish, it stands out as one of the best Dragon Ball Games ever made.
  11. Jan 23, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a feast for anime fans and it's incredible in terms of BOSS fights, story, and the open world.
  12. Mar 16, 2020
    There are plenty of flaws, but they mostly come down to the ambition being a little too high, and the mechanics not quite fitting right. Yet… for all these flaws, this Kakarot manages to hype the fans in the audience like the source material has done for all the years. Key moments from the series are showcased absolutely perfectly. Just like how filler can be abided to see and experience the fan-favourite arcs, the missteps here can be forgiven. At least by the hardcore Dragon Ball fans. This is a series that deserves to continue, let CyberConnect2 perfect its creation. There are still the OG sagas to cover, along with the many movies, and even better, the recent stories of Super.
  13. Feb 19, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is the best way to get acquainted with the Saiyan saga and the series in general. It's strange that the most advertised mechanics of the game, the RPG and open-world aspects, are also the least developed. It's the story and the bombastic fights where Kakarot really shines, so if you're approaching the game from these perspectives, you're in for a thrilling ride. To put it bluntly, stay away from exploring and don't expect any deep, meaningful RPG elements, and you'll have a pleasant time in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.
  14. Jan 27, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is the best representation of the series’ storyline in over twenty years of games. While animations in cutscenes may be too stiff and there are occasional bugs, the simple yet difficult to master gameplay and the sidequests that succeed in building a world we’ve already come to love make this a must-play Dragon Ball experience.
  15. Jan 27, 2020
    DragonBall Z: Kakarot isn’t necessarily trying to reinvent the wheel, but it doesn’t have to. After years of adding more and more “new” lore to the canon, it’s nice to take a trip down memory lane and re-experience the characters and story that makes DragonBall so special. While the open world isn’t necessarily the most engaging aspect of the game, the combat is epic and the characters are always entertaining. Simply put DragonBall Z: Kakarot is fun and is sure to please new and old fans alike.
  16. 80
    While Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot doesn’t really do anything new “overall”, it’s still an amazing time because of the way that everything has been put together. Those new to the series and long time fans alike have plenty to find and enjoy, as the pacing is just right to both let you relive some of the iconic fights of the series, and just live a little with your favourite characters.
  17. Jan 25, 2020
    If you approach Kakarot for the story and the harrowing battles, it can be amazing. Outside of collecting Soul Emblems, the RPG elements are mostly lacking, even if they do push you to keep leveling to take on harder foes. All told, CyberConnect 2 gives fans a fun way to reexperience this saga.
  18. Jan 24, 2020
    This game is aimed at a particular audience, and those who get a rush of nostalgia from seeing Goku and his friends duke it out with the universe’s biggest baddies will love it. Others may need a proper introduction with the series before they soak up everything DBZ: Kakarot has to offer.
  19. 80
    While the popular Xenoverse series utilized the RPG genre to try something different, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot offers a more traditional retelling of the series in a single player only experience that should at least get the hardcore fans of the series excited to experience this adventure yet again.
  20. Jan 21, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a solid Dragon Ball Z game that is dragged down largely by a lack of polish in some areas. The combat system is probably too repetitive, and the content is too shallow to be of much interest to non-fans, but it's the Dragon Ball Z game that fans have dreamed of as kids. It doesn't matter if it's punching Frieza or playing baseball; the game captures the spirit of Dragon Ball extremely well, even if the gameplay doesn't always keep up.
  21. Jan 20, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a fairly good game that qualifies better than the sum of its parts. Some mechanics aren't quite convincing, but overall the game is one of the most inspired representations of Akira Toriyama's work.
  22. 80
    The sheer volume of events to play through, spread across a meaty 40-hour campaign, with easily double that for a 100% completion rate, combine to make a game that fans should be pleased with.
  23. 80
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot takes inspiration from prior games while taking the kind of stylized enhancements to make the final product stand out from other franchise games. Kakarot is not without its own issues, but what it executes well more than make up for it. Kakarot will be one of those games down the line that fans will remember fondly.
  24. Jan 16, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z Kakarot has become one of the best games in the Dragon Ball saga. It is an above average anime game, but some playable and technical elements keep it from excellence.
  25. Jan 16, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z Kakarot explores a new way to revisit Toriyama's creation. Exploration, adventure and nostalgia shine in an Action RPG with simple combat and some repetitive missions, but with the most impressive recreation of Dragon Ball Z story in any videogame.
  26. Jan 16, 2020
    Kakarot is one of the games based on this manga we’ve enjoyed the most. It’s a fantastic adventure, and even if it’s not perfect, it’s made by fans for fans. If you are one of those kids who sit in front of the TV waiting for the next episode to air, you’ll enjoy every second of it.
  27. Jan 16, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is the best way to play through the entirety of DBZ's story. No other Dragon Ball game even comes close when it comes to immersion. While imperfect (the frequent and long loading screens are a pain for example), the game is a must have for any fan who has ever dreamed of living in the Dragon World.
  28. Jan 20, 2020
    As a fully fledged action RPG, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a entirely unbalanced product: the action and cutscenes are way better than all typical roleplay elements and open world conventions. But in a strange, cute way it adds to the authenticity of the whole Dragon Ball Z experience.
  29. Jan 17, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is the best videogame adaptation of the beloved manga/anime by Akira Toriyama but it has a repetitive campaign.
  30. Jan 27, 2020
    All in all Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an engaging and immersive experience that transports the fans back to the very beginning and for me, that came with a heavy serving of nostalgia.
  31. CD-Action
    Feb 18, 2020
    Some of the fights seem too repetitive but many of the game’s shortcomings are made up for by its fantastic atmosphere of the original anime. [03/2020, p.60]
  32. Feb 2, 2020
    Alongside FighterZ, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is our favorite Dragon Ball game of all time. It just could've been a bit better.
  33. Jan 29, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z Kakarot is a declaration of love to the universe imagined by Akira Toriyama. The game is faithful while offering some new details to make the story even more coherent. The gameplay is easy to understand and the fast progression of the characters allows one to immediately take pleasure despite a capricious camera... All the narrative arcs are explored and thanks to the few original re-marketed musical pieces, we are totally immersed in the animated sequences. However, the RPG aspect is not explored enough and the world lacks some consistency. Fans and those who want to discover the story of Son Goku and his friends will be enchanted by this imperfect, but touching, title.
  34. Jan 28, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a good game with fantastic battle system, great fan service and amazing scenes replicating the show. It's the shallow role playing elements and the lackluster side missions that prevent it from achieving greatness.
  35. Jan 23, 2020
    An ode to the Dragon Ball Z era of the franchise. As a game it has its share of flaws and problems, but as a tribute and a fan service, Kakarot is probably the best thing that has happened to avid fans of the anime series.
  36. Jan 21, 2020
    Kakarot delivers an action-packed Anime to replay, which lacks playful class in the long run.
  37. Jan 20, 2020
    Definitely not a masterpiece, but a huge video game for a true Dragon Ball Z fan.
  38. Jan 19, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a fantastic avenue for new and casual fans alike, providing a deeper level of insight and immersion into a beloved franchise. However, more seasoned veterans of the series may not be as easily impressed. Fluid, fast, and visually stunning combat combined with some intriguing ideas gives Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot plenty to root for, but it still doesn’t feel as fleshed out and creative as its Xenoverse cousin.
  39. Jan 17, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is the ultimate telling of Son Goku legend. It is an experience designed to please generations of fans, that will certainly enjoy all the content available. In general, the battles against the final bosses are awesome, but somehow the experience feels empty, tedious and unnecessarily long.
  40. Jan 16, 2020
    Some playful choices that are not always coherent and shareable weaken the aura of a product that is still fun and long-lived, which fans will welcome with open arms, albeit with the awareness that the fusion between the imagery of Dragon Ball and the role-playing game has failed to perfection.
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  1. Jan 23, 2020
    While its fighting is fun, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot doesn't do enough to carry the subpar side content.
  2. Jan 16, 2020
    As an RPG, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot struggles a bit too much to provide a consistent experience, but fans can enjoy the finest tribute to the series.
  3. Jan 17, 2020
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is mediocre as a game, but as a Dragon Ball experience, a sort of “show simulator,” it’s exactly what fans like myself have hoped for. I guess what I’m finding out is that a game based this closely on the show may not have ever been the best idea. [Impressions]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 940 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Jan 17, 2020
    So far from what I have played its every DBZ fan's wish for a proper RPG addition to the franchise :) its good and I am having fun with it.
  2. Jan 17, 2020
    Simply fun and amazing. Not bored at all I would love to play this game for hours and hours
  3. Jan 17, 2020
    This game is amazing. So much fun so far. I just went to explore the whole world and do the quests later like this is the game I've alwaysThis game is amazing. So much fun so far. I just went to explore the whole world and do the quests later like this is the game I've always wanted for dbz anyone that says its borning needs a reality check. Full Review »