Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku Online
Release year: 2002 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Webfoot Technologies
Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku (GBA)
Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku is a 2D adventure role-playing game (RPG) developed by Webfoot Technologies and released by Atari for the Game Boy Advance (GBA) in 2002. This game is made for anime fans and was followed by two sequels: Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II, released in 2003, and Dragon Ball Z: Buu’s Fury, released in 2004.
The game’s plot almost follows that of the anime series, only deeply condensed—and not in a good way. Some would even say that it is substandard, pointing to the fact that the entire game can be finished in merely four hours.
The main problem is that it lacks depth and creativity. Although it features 16 TV-inspired levels, there are very few things to do in-game. It needs improvement in terms of item trading, character interaction, as well as side missions. All in all, there are only 26 different missions to complete. Anyway, who does not love all Dragon Ball Z games?
Another problem is that the quests themselves aren’t really challenging. Although the starting mission is somewhat hard, with Goku being mauled by different creatures, the latter stages just have enemies that can be defeated with mere Ki blasts. The only upside here is that the controls are relatively simple. There are no button combinations to master.
The missions are generally restrictive for a role-playing game. Once a task is completed, there is no way to backtrack to earlier locations to further explore or just goof around. Side quests are also very limited in terms of number and difficulty. There’s not much freedom when it comes to dialog options either.
But as for the game’s good aspects, there are two—its audio and visuals. The sound effects and music are straight from the original TV series. Some speech samples are also faithful to the anime. Graphically, the game flaunts colorful backgrounds with fine details. Characters are also well-designed that each one can be differentiated from other characters.
That becomes even more impressive once you take into account the limitations of the GBA. What other titles have you played that have actual voice work and show-accurate soundtracks? You will surely have a hard time coming up with more than a handful.
Overall, due to its shortcomings, Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku is just really recommended for younger players or those that deeply like the TV series—everyone else should look for a better DBZ title, like Hyper Dimension, for example.
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