'Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot' Storyline Is Everything Fans Could Have Hoped For
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, the upcoming open world action-RPG from Bandai Namco really is shaping up to be the game fans of the original series have been dreaming of for quite some time. Gorgeous cel-shaded visuals, all of our favourite characters, cinematic battles, and the biggest sagas of the original run all wrapped up in one delightful package - what's not to like?
If you've been following Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot since its announcement, then you'll be aware the game is essentially a faithful retelling of the mainline anime series. As Bandai Namco revealed in a press release, "players will be able to experience the entire Dragon Ball Z story from launch, taking control of characters from across each saga, including Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo and more - in addition to many other supporting characters."
Promising the entire Dragon Ball Z story sounds a bit much, but based on what we've seen and learned so far it looks like Bandai Namco and developer CyberConnect 2 might just have pulled it off. We were originally told that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot would follow Goku's journey through some of the most iconic events of the show, kicking off with the original Saiyan arc and ending with Gohan overcoming Cell, but we now know that the game goes right up to the epic Buu arc and runs until at least the end of the Kid Buu Saga, with the Frieza and Cell arcs in between. That's an awful lot of Dragon Ball Z.
Fans of the series will be excited to learn this means we can expect to see a number of iconic fights and emotional moments in the game, including Vegeta's sacrifice and eventual resurrection during the Buu Saga which, according to a colleague of mine who loves Dragon Ball a hell of a lot more than me, "still slaps to this day." Whether or not we'll see that moment when Hitler - sorry, The Dictator - crawls out of hell in the Fusion Reborn movie remains to be seen, but I would sincerely doubt it.
While it seems the majority of the game will adapt the the OG series with a few modern twists, we can still expect the occasional deviation from CyberConnect 2, who'll offer new characters and content in some of the game's sidequests, some of which should even answer "burning questions of Dragon Ball lore for the first time", according to Bandai Namco.
The best news of all is that we don't even have too much longer to wait, as a recent trailer during the Tokyo Games Show confirmed that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on January 17, 2020. Mark your calendars now.
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