Dragon Ball Z Kakarot PS5: Toei Animation created the anime series Dragon Ball Z for Japanese television. It continues the Dragon Ball media property and adapts the remaining 325 chapters of the original Dragon Ball manga by Akira Toriyama.
The first Dragon Ball anime series aired in 1986. From April 1989 until January 1996, the series aired in Japan on Fuji TV, and it has since been dubbed for broadcast in at least 81 countries worldwide.
Dragon Ball Z follows the adult Son Goku as he and his friends fight aliens (Vegeta, Frieza), androids (Cell), and magical beings to protect Earth (Majin Buu). The story also tracks the growth of his enemies, Piccolo and Vegeta, and his son, Gohan.
Dragon Ball Z was the original title under which Viz Media released the manga chapters that make up the tale of the popular anime in the United States.
The success of the anime has led to a proliferation of media and items based on the series, which now constitute the bulk of the franchise’s canon.
Despite many iterations and re-releases, including a remastered broadcast titled Dragon Ball Z Kai, the original series of Dragon Ball Z continues to be a cultural icon.
Since then, two more series have come out using the Dragon Ball name: Dragon Ball GT (1996-1997) and Dragon Ball Super (2015–2018).
Sony’s PlayStation 5 Is the Platform of Choice for This Approachable Action Role-Playing Game
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a reimagining of Akira Toriyama’s classic series that is accessible to both longtime fans and newcomers. This is a faithful translation of the source material, presented as an action role-playing game set across expansive, freely explorable environments.
It includes all of the key moments from the novel and fleshes them out with some fantastic cutscenes.
Even yet, the game’s presentation isn’t always the best. To be sure, the fully animated cinematics we described is a pleasure to behold, but they’re frequently intercut with painfully static speech sections.
Some liberties were taken to ensure that all significant plot events are covered in Kakarot, even though a complete playthrough will probably take approximately 40 hours or more.
Goku’s escapades aren’t always of the highest quality, but they’re still enjoyable if you can look past that. Simply soaring through the air and discovering new places in Dragon Ball’s vibrant world is a joy. Outside of the primary goals, it is fun to take on side quests, talk to different NPCs, and defeat optional bosses.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot’s PS5 upgrade launches in January alongside new DLC Additional Scenario: -Bardock- Alone Against Fate.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) January 11, 2023
Fighting is an integral component of the adventure. While the system is simple to pick up, there is sufficient depth in learning your opponent’s attack patterns and figuring out how to include super moves into your combos.
The game succeeds in recreating the speed, intensity, and awe that are hallmarks of Dragon Ball Z’s signature action. However, repetition sets in later, especially when grinding through the essential enemy encounters scattered over the landscape.
The PlayStation 5 is the definitive gaming platform for all of these titles. This modern port includes a performance option that runs at 60 frames per second, making combat feel more fluid than before.
Since fighting can progress at a breakneck pace, having more frames available means more responsive controls.
Better character models, environments, and lighting effects make for some aesthetically pleasing moments in the game, provided you can look past the distractingly murky textures.
Anime fans of all skill levels will enjoy Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. Though it’s simplistic and a touch rough around the edges, the gameplay ultimately hits the point, and it’s easy to argue that this is still the best rendition of the Dragon Ball Z story in video games.
With the PS5 upgrade, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is more fun than ever
There seems to be an increasing number of new-gen updates for PS4/Xbox One games, though the degree to which individual games use the system’s capabilities and the price at which they can be purchased can vary greatly.
I’ll let you guess which of these games was made available to existing players at no cost and which was made available to new players only by purchasing a new copy; some games, like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, represent a massive overhaul with substantial facelifts and functional improvements on top.
That’s where the Kakarot episode of Dragon Ball Z comes in. The new-gen update for CyberConnect2’s generally well-received RPG based on the beloved Dragon Ball Z story, which was released today on PS5 and is currently delayed for Xbox Series X|S but coming soon, adds to the game’s visual quality on top of improved performance and costs nothing extra for those who already own it.
I never really got into Kakarot when it first came out in 2020, but I always meant to. As someone who spent their childhood mornings watching Dragon Ball Z on Cheez TV (after having to sit through Aerobics Oz Style because they were impatient to turn the TV on), this is the only Dragon Ball video game in which I have had any genuine interest in participating.
And it’s terrific, too, making effective use of the source material and retaining the series’ spirit while providing a genuinely enjoyable pseudo-open world JRPG with an exciting action battle system that reminds me of the Budokai Tenkaichi titles I used to play on the PS2.
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot PS5 Platinum Trophy! pic.twitter.com/7eN6g2xcmS
— Burcol (@Burcol) January 14, 2023
Thankfully, an early copy from our friends at Bandai Namco has given me a reason to revisit the game on PS5, and I’m happy to report that it’s not only just as much fun as I remembered it being but that it also looks and plays substantially better than it did on PS4.
For starters, the framerate has been increased to 60 frames per second from 30 on the previous generation of consoles while using the new Performance visual mode.
The improved fluidity and responsiveness are immediately noticeable in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, and the fast-paced arena fighter-style combat looks fantastic.
There is still a 30fps “Quality” option, which is odd, but when I tried switching back and forth between the two (unfortunately, you can’t do so mid-game), I couldn’t tell the difference between the two, save for a slight loss of sharpness in the Performance mode.
CyberConnect2 has redesigned many graphic assets and effects in this game version to take advantage of the more capable hardware, so the improvements aren’t limited to fidelity or performance.
The improvement in lighting is immediately noticeable, making the game’s landscapes look much more lively thanks to the sun’s more prosperous and warmer light, improved shadows, and expanded effect draw distances.
Everything from the foliage to the trees to the environment’s textures and geometry to the character models has been improved.
The overall appearance has been drastically altered, while some of the world’s base ground textures still look a little flat in places with little grass coverage.
I lost my PS4 save the file, so I can’t compare the two versions directly, but this developer screen says it all:
So far, DualSense integration has been the only thing I’ve been missing from my time with Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot on the PS5.
It would have been wonderful to feel Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, and the others powering up their attacks with haptic feedback or to sense the pulse of a well-placed Kamehameha or Big Bang Attack in the adjustable triggers.
Hardly having DualSense support is not the end of the world, but it does feel like a missed opportunity at a time when most PS5 updates have DualSense permission.
It’s worth downloading the update even if you don’t care about the trophies; we can now transfer our save games, and the second trophy list will be updated to include everything we’ve already unlocked.
Additionally, I haven’t had the opportunity to completely immerse myself in the game’s newest expansion, Bardock- Alone Against Fate, which was released alongside the new-gen upgrade as an additional purchase, but I’m eager to do so as soon as I can.
I’ve had a great time replaying Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot and the new generation update is just what it should be: sizable and cost-free.