Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot | First Impressions (Stats, Skills & Story) – game Review

I’ve been playing Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot for the past few days, and I am enjoying my nostalgia trip.

The story plays out just like the Dragon Ball Z I grew up, and I really appreciate Bandai Namco publishing a video game that attempts to showcase the memorable events of the television series.

I was skeptical at first because the previous games focused on the fighter elements of the Dragon Ball Universe. However, after realizing that the RPG elements were the focal point of the game, I became intrigued.

Skills & Stats

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot allows for a lot of moments to sidetrack yourself. You do not have to rush through the story if you are not ready to. Like any RPG, I made it a priority to try and set up my stats early in the game, so I would need to untangle and fix things later. I’m specifically referring to the stats and skill tree. You need to use the encyclopedia (there is no other way to do this) to look at your stats and appoint your skills to your character, and that can take some time. Knowing myself, I’ll end up doing this more than anything else in the game.

XP Grind

As a Destiny the Game player, I am inclined to grind for experience in the game. I especially took to finding the orbs because that’s the first thing you start collecting. However, I recently realized that characters get free XP after time passes because while you are away from that character in the DBZ story, they are training. So, moving forward, I may tone down the XP grind and see how easy it is to keep up with the game just by playing through the story. I’ll most likely stop to do side missions when the game requires me to. But, I will continue my orb grind.


At this point in the story, I am enjoying spending time in the DBZ Universe. I am amazed at the amount of the story that I remember. I’m astounded that the creators of this game chose to incorporate small details in addition to the substantial memorable moments in the series.

So far, I have no complaints, and I am looking forward to continuing this game.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot released January 17, 2020, on Xbox 1, PS4, and PC.

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