During our hands-on preview with Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, we were able to explore some of the game’s features that are overlooked when focusing on the game’s battle and story system. One of those features is called “Community.”
Communities is a prominent feature in where players will have full control over various in-game bonuses. Currently, there are seven different Community boards available in the game, which each have a different effect on gameplay. For Example, Granpa Roshi’s primary board allows players to place Soul Emblems, small coin-like objects with avatars of characters, on the board to increase the level of the community and receive the reward of better prices at shops.
Soul Emblems are acquired as players advanced the story and meet new characters. After received, players will need to place the Soul Emblem on a board. A Community’s rank is influenced by the overall community level of the Soul Emblems that player’s place on the board. As Soul Emblems are added, the community’s rank increases, and players will gain access to more community skills, such as a board adding ATK +1% to melee attacks. Soul Emblems are more proficient on specific boards, so moving them around might prove beneficial as you acquire more.
Players are also able to give gifts from the Community menu to increase proficiency in a community. Different items will increase diverse community proficiencies, along with Friendship levels. The friendship between characters also has an effect on how a support character will perform in battle.
Support characters will travel with the player and assist in battles. During fights, players can have a support character perform a Super Attack by holding the R1 button and select a corresponding attack from the menu. However, these do come with a cooldown meter. Support characters have three different styles of assist actions. When the Support Gauge is half full, the character will perform an assist that is either offensive, defensive, or Special, but this depends on the style the character uses. While offensive and defensive characters are self-explanatory, Special support characters can do things like restoring HP and Ki as well as hindering the enemy during an attack.
You see the systems in the game each work together to improve your chances of getting through the adventure. However, we are excited to see how these features evolve in later parts of the game as you gain access to other Soul Emblems and more powerful supporting characters. This is a feature that isn’t really highlighted, so we thought we’d do our best to introduce you to it because we found it to be unique.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC-via Steam on January 17, 2020.
In case you missed it, check out our fight with Vegeta and a look at the game’s battle system in our preview below:
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