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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot launches on January 16th, 2020, cover art looks pretty bad as expected

Xenosaga

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Oct 27, 2017
5,781
The boxart is worse than my already low expectation...


I just don't get the PR with this game. Why is the subtitle Kakarot? Why so much focus on Goku when:

1. The game doesn't seem to cover kid Goku days
2. You get to play as other characters during the game.

So far I don't see what's so special about this game bringing Goku's story to life other than some ordiginally life thing you do in-between like fishing and driving we have seen so far.
 

sweetmini

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Jun 12, 2019
793
I knew this motif looked familiar.
Eh at least the atari artist and i were like minded... it's a manga franchise, it's important to have manga reference xD
Though notice how pretentiously i put in the discarded original design of Goku on the bottom left, sneaky me ;)
Or how i aligned the The End draft with Goku's face on top of it, because i hope we go from beginning to end with it (didn't want to follow the time span covered in the game so i don't know if the game stops halfway through).
 

marzoo

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Jun 1, 2018
2,364
OP your opinion is wrong and you should feel bad. the cover looks great and reminds me of the old covers of dragonball z
 

Mekanos

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Oct 17, 2018
8,732
Yeah that is not good cover art, oof. Doesn't look even a little bit like the OG Toriyama art. Also that shadow and the orange background. This is amateur hour lol
Is it supposed to look like the OG Toriyama art? Looks like Yamamuro, who's been the character designer for anime-adjacent material since the mid 90s.



(I don't think his modern art is great but the point still stands.)
 

Nora

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Oct 25, 2017
2,293
Is it supposed to look like the OG Toriyama art? Looks like Yamamuro, who's been the character designer for anime-adjacent material since the mid 90s.



(I don't think his modern art is great but the point still stands.)
I don't know man, all I know is it doesn't look like the early DBZ period it's based on at all and I don't like this style.
 

Mekanos

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Oct 17, 2018
8,732
I don't know man, all I know is it doesn't look like the early DBZ period it's based on at all and I don't like this style.
In all fairness, basically all the DBZ games have the same homogenous Yamamuro art style regardless of the era it's based on.

It would be great to get a DBZ game that calls back to Minoru Maeda's style though.

 

Dark_Castle

Member
Oct 27, 2017
4,185
The boxart is worse than my already low expectation...


I just don't get the PR with this game. Why is the subtitle Kakarot? Why so much focus on Goku when:

1. The game doesn't seem to cover kid Goku days
2. You get to play as other characters during the game.

So far I don't see what's so special about this game bringing Goku's story to life other than some ordiginally life thing you do in-between like fishing and driving we have seen so far.
When I was younger and in love with DBZ, I've always wanted a DBZ open world game where you can just explore and stuffs. But these days, I'm starting to realize the world of Dragon Ball Z is just not that interesting. DBZ doesn't do a great job in building its world (OG Dragon Ball actually did it far better), there's nothing really interesting out there, unless they're referencing a lot of people and locale from DB which they might, but then why not just make a DB game at that point. A DBZ game with emphasis on exploration is just meh as a result.
 

Strings

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Oct 27, 2017
8,802
Honestly don't mind the cover. It's nice and clean, and probably the part of the game I have least problems with :P
 

henhowc

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Oct 26, 2017
14,256
Los Angeles, CA
It would be cool if they made the cover like one of the Japanese manga covers with the font and aesthetics but this one is nice and clean. Most of the older game cover art was either too busy or just reusing old art that looked poorly slapped together.
 

BobbeMalle

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Dec 5, 2017
590
I like it, it may be boring but it's not terrible
It's identical to Spiderman PS4, some people are just biased
 
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2CL4Mars

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Nov 9, 2018
214
I like it, seriously...

It's not bad at all and same with the spider man cover which I thought was good.
 

RocknRola

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Oct 25, 2017
7,110
Portugal
So, why is it bad? Is it because it's simple or the art itself is bad (which, IMO, it's not)?

I really don't get this take. Feel free to hate it, by all means, but to me it looks good. Much rather this than the FighterZ covers for example.
 

Massicot

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Oct 25, 2017
1,592
United States
So, why is it bad? Is it because it's simple or the art itself is bad (which, IMO, it's not)?

I really don't get this take. Feel free to hate it, by all means, but to me it looks good. Much rather this than the FighterZ covers for example.
For me it's the specular highlights on his skin and hair (more generally, the yamamuro style in general) and the fact that the shadow makes little sense (is he flying next to a giant orange banner?)
 

RocknRola

Member
Oct 25, 2017
7,110
Portugal
For me it's the specular highlights on his skin and hair (more generally, the yamamuro style in general) and the fact that the shadow makes little sense (is he flying next to a giant orange banner?)
Orange overkill has a simple reason, best said by TFS:


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The shadow seems like an extra detail that doesn't make much sense, but I kind like the orange highlights tbh. Then again I'm a sucker for very simplistic covers... and since I don't dislike this piece of art (Yamamuro has produced much worse for the actual shows >.>) it works really well for me.