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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 Xbox Enthusiast as well as a contributor for Nintendo Enthusiast and PlayStation Enthusiast. Steve is a musician and gamer who loves sharing his passion for each. You will normally find him at the front of the grid in racing games or on the other end of the kill cam when you've just been killed in a first-person shooter.

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