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A legacy not worth keeping
The Legacy Of Goku (GBA)
Member Name: Siibillam-Law
The Legacy Of Goku (GBA)
Advantages: It looks pretty good, and its pretty faithful to the plot
Disadvantages: The game. Like every single aspect
The Legacy of Goku on the Gameboy Advance was one of the first games I bought for it, back in 2002, when I was still really into Dragonball Z. I had never heard of the game before (and back then reading reviews online wasn't the first thing that came to your head) but the fact that it said Dragonball Z on it sold it to me.
The game covers the few couple of sagas of the Dragonball Z series, beginning at Roshi's house on Kame Island, when Raditz kidnaps Gohan and, well, you know the story. Goku goes off to fight him, he dies and goes to see King Kai, comes back and fights Vegeta, and then the game ends after the Freiza Saga.
The main characters in the game include Goku, Gohan, Piccolo, Krillin, Frieza and includes appearances from Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu, Master Roshi, Bulma, and Chi-Chi. This might sound well and good until you learn that you only get to play as Goku, and the rest are just there for sake of it.
Now onto the gameplay. If there's one thing I have to say about the game is that it's boring. Boring, boring, boring, boring. You walk around at the slowest of paces, punching or kicking everything within a pixel's distance from you. You also get to shoot ki blasts but they take a second to change and you have to stand there looking like a bit of a tit while you do.
If you get tired of walking, though, you can always "fly", which means you can travel much faster - but you can only fly as long as you have energy to do so. You see, you get these "feather" tokens which you collect and then can spend at will on flying. However use them all up and you won't be able to fly until you find some new ones, which makes everything a bit irritating as you never know if you're going to need them for some fight that may or may not be coming up. And occasionally (neigh - all the time) you'll fly into invisible barriers, using up precious flying energy doing so.
The game follows the plot pretty well (except for a couple of canonical errors but whatever), and I guess the graphics are pretty cool, but that's about as far as the good things go on this game. It kind of plays out like a typical episode of Dragonball Z, now that I think about it. You spend a lot of time being fed filler - endless dialogue in the show, and just having to walk around towns and forests in the game, and then you get a fight which is over in a couple of seconds.
It's too easy, too slow-moving and all together a complete waste of time. Your character starts out stupidly weak for someone who's World Martial Arts champion, you get treated like everyone's slave doing mindless chores for most the game. It's not fun, it's not interesting and even the most die-hard Dragonball fan will want to Kamehameha this thing into a million pieces.
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