As someone who is a life long Dragon Ball Z fan, I felt it was my duty to give my thoughts on the new game. What took me so long? I wanted to really think long and hard about what I wanted to say.
The first thing I want to say is that Dragon Ball Kakarot is by no means a bad game. The biggest issue here is that there is so much they could have done with the game. Especially with the direction they tried to go with it. Unfortunately, they failed miserably in what they were trying to accomplish.
Kakarot was an attempt to take Dragon Ball Z to the current generation under a more RPG genre. We ended up getting the same old thing we’ve gotten a million times before. Granted, they did a lot of things better than previous games. Even though the level up system might as well not have even existed. The game was way too easy. Sure, they could add difficulty modes in feature updates, but it doesn’t fix the overall problem with the product we’ve been given.
Kakarot was a half fast RPG because they really had no idea what they wanted out of this game. If they wanted a real Dragon Ball RPG they should have done it the right way. Create a SERIES of games starting with the original Dragon Ball and go all the way to Super. This gives enough time for a real story/character development in each game. Giving great detail to all the important stories.
That is something that has never been done before in Dragon Ball. A real RPG in this generation that has a real game for all Dragon Ball timelines. Imagine a Final Fantasy-esque game where you’re walking around freely in huge worlds and you level up by fighting certain villains. Along the way you fight real bosses. With a game that has a real story and cut scenes.
Imagine fighting an evil King Piccolo and General Tao. Along with the other Z fighters who weren’t friends with Goku back in original Dragon Ball. After that game sells well you can move on to Dragon Ball Z. I would actually split that into TWO games because it’s so huge that you would have time to properly give each story some development. End the first game with Frieza. The second game can be where Buu ends.
It would actually help that all you had was the Cell/Android saga and the Buu saga for the second game because it gives you a whole game to stretch out those stories. Instead of what we always get, which is barely seeing first form cell, and going straight into perfect cell because “we gotta rush the story”.
Especially the Android saga, which is the most underrated. I want real emotion from the games. Show me why these bad guys are so feared. Show me why Goku wants to stop them. Show me some of the good side to some of these “bad” characters. Every DBZ game is cut and dry. There is only emotion for the most important parts of the show, but aside from one or two scenes where Goku gets emotional that’s all we get.
The androids were never really bad people. Yet, every DBZ game just shows them wanting to kill us without ever really explaining what’s going on and who they are. Once you learn their story you kind of feel bad for them. It’s why 17 and 18 were liked after the saga. People could understand and connect with them.
Same with Cell. Every game just portrays him as a killing machine, but there’s more to it than that. He is made up of cells from many of the Z fighters. Fighting is in his blood. There are many times in the show where Cell actually shows mercy to the fighters and other people in the world because he just wants to prove that he is the best fighter. Why do you think he decided to hold a tournament rather than just killing everyone right away? The only reason he killed people prior to his perfect form is because he wanted to get stronger. he had to absorb people to transform.
Explain all of these back stories. Show everyone why we should care about these characters. We always get just a very copy and paste format. It sucks. Give us something new.
Super might be the best one. We’ve never had a Super game yet. At least not in an RPG story mode fashion. Going all the way from Beerus to the tournament of power? I think that would be really cool. This is where the idea for Kakarot fell apart. They’ve already done DBZ again. It’s a little too late for them to go back to the drawing board. The rebirth of a franchise that could have been. Makes me sad to know this will not happen anytime soon, if ever.