LOS ANGELES – Most Dragon Ball Z video games are one-on-one fighting spectacles, which is hardly surprising given how the anime plays out. But the series has dabbled in other genres over the years, from collectible card battlers to role-playing games. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is not the first action/RPG to follow the life and times of perpetually hungry protagonist Goku, but it’s easily the most ambitious — and the prettiest.

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I went hands-on with Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot at E3 2019, and even though it’s a little slower-paced than some other recent DBZ titles (Dragon Ball FighterZ comes to mind), I was still impressed by both the scope of the game and how much fun the moment-to-moment gameplay can be. Kakarot isn’t really giving DBZ fans something they’ve never seen before, but they are presenting classic stories in a novel format, and that may well be enough.

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