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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot gets a Teen rating from the ESRB

I have to confess to being pretty ignorant when it comes to Dragon Ball Z. Heck, I’m English so I even think it should be pronounced Dragon Ball Zed rather than Dragon Ball Zee. It’s not like I’m oblivious to Manga. There is a lot of Anime that I love. I just have a gaping hole in my knowledge when it comes to Dragon Ball Z (and Naruto as well, if I’m being honest). Well, if you’re a fan of the series then you’re probably excited about the latest game based on the franchise, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. The game is due to come out in January and the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) has just given it a ‘T for Teen’ rating. It gained this rating for mild language, suggestive themes, and violence. You can check out the full summary below along with a trailer for the game –

This is an action-adventure game in which players relive the story of Goku and his friends through the events and story arcs of the Dragon Ball Z franchise. From a third-person perspective, players interact with characters, complete side quests, and engage in story missions consisting mostly of fighting enemies in one-on-one combat. Players use punches, kicks, and perform energy blasts/beams to defeat opponents in frenetic combat. Battles are highlighted by impact sounds, light effects, and cries of pain. Cutscenes depict additional acts of violence: human hunters shooting a character in the stomach; a character’s arm getting severed (no blood depicted); a young character destroyed in a fiery blast; characters impaled by lasers blasts. The game contains some suggestive material: a menu screen depicting adult magazines (women with deep cleavage, no nudity); suggestive descriptions of items and characters (e.g., “A risqué magazine, stored away in a random capsule by Dr. Briefs”; “…he is…quite the pervert, of times getting himself into trouble with women”; “…expelled for stealing his teacher’s underwear…he originally used his power to kidnap young women he liked.”); in one sequence, a character is seen reading an adult magazine (no nudity). The words “bastard” and “a*s” are heard in the game.

Steve Clist
Joint Editor-in-Chief at our sister site XboxEnthusiast, Steve also has a serious love for Nintendo. His first console was an N64 and it was love at first sight. He may specialise in racing games but will give anything a shot. He's also a serious guitar player and musician. Basically, Steve rocks. Need we say more?

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