Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is the newest upcoming game from Bandai NAmco based on the legendary anime property that so many gamers have fallen for over the years. The iconic animation style, engrossing storytelling and absurd characters were all so enjoyable, so it stands to reason that fans would take advantage of any excuse to relive that journey all over again. After all, the story of Son Goku has become a major creative inspiration for so many, that it’s impossible to ignore its impact at this point.
And with this newest game, we get to see that story told in a whole new way, right from the beginning. All the amazing moments from DBZ will be in there, as the game will let you play the story of Goku from the Saiyan Saga through to, at least, the end of the Majin Buu Saga. That means that yes, the best anti-hero in anime history is coming along for the ride, the prince of all Saiyans, Vegeta.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot launches on January 17, 2020. It is currently available for preorder from Bandai Namco’s website. Check it out in the trailer down below.
For much of his life, Vegeta was consumed by rage and hatred for the universe around him, both at the loss of his noble legacy of violence and power, and his personal anguish over the loss of those things he held dear. Vegeta’s story is a tragic one, but at some point he claims some sense of redemption after years of endless pain and struggle. It’s a long road, and one that fans still resonate with today. After all, his analogue for dealing with trauma and grief is one of poisonous influences, and despite him being a complete badass, he demonstrated some tender and selfless moments where his real ambitions show through. One of the most iconic and heartfelt moments of the entire DBZ series comes at the culmination of the Majin Vegeta arc.
Up to that point, Vegeta has been consumed by a desire to beat Goku and avenge his earlier defeats in an attempt to prove his power. That leads to him being thoroughly manipulated by Babidi and turned into a perversion of his true self, Majin Vegeta. The transformation results in a near-apocalyptic battle that shows Vegeta the error of his ways. It’s in this vulnerable moment that he reawakens his inner fire and seeks to protect his son Trunks, sacrificing himself to try and destroy Majin Buu. It’s one of several incredible moments that sold the character extremely well, and is arguably want cemented Vegeta as the favorite character of so many fans.
And given that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an action RPG, the gameplay trappings are a bit different, as we see in the trailer above. Vegeta is a powerful and high-level boss character, and he’s no slouch. The Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Vegeta gameplay trailer also shows Vegeta pulling off some of his iconic moves from the anime. The combat is fast and weighty, and it looks quite fun.
In short, this game looks incredible and is likely to go onto my must buy list for the first half of 2020.