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Alone Against Fate was a satisfying way to relive the Dragon Ball Z anime about Goku’s father! [Review]

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New Bardock DLC in the game Dragon Ball Z Ka:karot.
New Bardock DLC in the game Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. Credit: Bandai Namco

January 12-13, 2023 is exciting for fans of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot! The 4th DLC, Bardock: Alone Against Fate is here and fans are dying to play it.

If you live in Japan or know how to trick your localization systems, you can play it on the 12th. And if you prefer watching Let’s Plays, there are several videos on YouTube.

But what if you’re hearing about Dragon Ball Z Bardock for the first time? Or, if you haven’t bought Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot yet, will this DLC make you do it?

I grew up watching Dragon Ball Z and the Bardock special was one of the best parts of it. And I’m happy to say that players aren’t missing out much on this special.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
A rare sight of Prince Vegeta as a child! Credit: Bandai Namco

The original story of Bardock!

Bardock’s power level is 10,000, which is the same as Broly’s when he was born in the Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie. And it’s also only 1,000 higher than one of Dragon Ball Z’s infamous memes.

And sorry, minus fans, there is no Gine or Raditz to be found. Gine did not exist during the Bardock special and Raditz’ whereabouts are unknown.

It’s highly recommended to explore everywhere and complete as many side quests as possible, as they can disappear as the story progresses. But most fans will know the story, or at least know how it ends.

Most don’t bother with the grinding until near the end. However, Bardock is the perfect Saiyan. He wants to get stronger and hang out with his friends and has no interest in his newborn son, Kakarot.

It’s not until a fateful battle ending in a kanassan, Toolo hits Bardock with his Future Sight Punch. Bardock begins seeing visions of the future throughout the DLC, but none revolve around Bardock.

The visions are definitely one of my favorite parts because they look like they’re straight out of the original Dragon Ball Z anime. But we don’t get to hear the speech that Goku/Kakarot Bardock gives in the anime, which is a shame.

You can play as Prince Vegeta!

I had high expectations for this part of the DLC. However, you must complete Bardock’s story before you can play Prince Vegeta.

But you see a brief scene of him and Nappa before they make their way to Frieza. Here’s a funny note, Bardock is stronger than Nappa in the DLC but he’s still considered a lower tier Saiyan.

When the side story begins we are told it is on Frieza’s home planet, but we cannot see it. Instead, Vegeta takes on several Saibamen for training and has a sparring match with Cui.

People say that he and our favorite prince of all Saiyans are rivals due to their equal power. Cui refuses to believe that because he is a brilliant strategist.

But our boy beats him and decides he can use Cui to improve. An NPC says that Vegeta’s new mission has been chosen, but Vegeta decides to pay his respects to Freiza before setting off.

I loved this scene. It is unclear if Freiza has already destroyed the planet Vegeta and is waiting for someone to tell Vegeta and Nappa about the “asteroid”.

But it is clear that he is amused by Vegeta’s actions and trusts that the Saiyan Prince will “make him proud”. So Vegeta and Nappa head off to a nameless planet and we hear Vegeta think that Freiza still has the upper hand.

Unfortunately, this is the only planet we are allowed to visit. Vegeta’s skill tree is nothing compared to Bardock’s and the gameplay is identical.

Vegeta and Nappa separate and you attack some bases to weaken the city’s fighting power. After that, you can explore a bit, but Vegeta starts at level 30 and depends on your skill and difficulty.

You don’t have to grind, and we see Vegeta’s reaction to Planet Vegeta’s demise. He doesn’t look worried and we have to believe the narrator that Vegeta doubts the official report.

The side story will last around an hour, while Bardocks lasts two to three hours. Slightly more if you want to hunt everything.



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