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  • Platform: Game Boy Advance
  • ESRB: Teen
  • Players: 1
  • Online: No
  • Developer: Webfoot
  • Publisher: Atari
  • Suggested Retail: $29.99
  • Graphics: B-
  • Sound: B+
  • Gameplay: B+
  • Replay: B-
  • Fun Factor: B+
  • Reviewer’s Wild Card: B


By Troy Roberts     October 28, 2004

© Atari

The third and final installment of the LEGACY OF GOKU series from Webfoot and Atari, DRAGON BALL Z: BUU'S FURY picks up at the television show's final storyline dealing with the most powerful enemy yet, Majin Buu. Fans of the game series will feel right at home, as will fans of the show. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem much was added since the last game.

BUU'S FURY begins with the end of the Cell Games, the final part of LEGACY OF GOKU II. Goku, the main character of the show, chooses to not return to life after the defeat of Cell, meaning you get to play with a variety of characters this time around including Gohan, Vegeta, Trunks and Goten, as well as a few secret characters here and there. Fans of the series will obviously know what episode this picks up at, and will also understand that there are quite a few episodes to cover in this one, action packed game. The game takes only around seven hours to complete, and covers the final sixty or so episodes of the series. Even with the added side quests, this condenses a lot of story into just a few short hours of gameplay.

Webfoot Designs did a good job in capturing the feel of the DRAGON BALL Z universe this time around. In the newest title in the series, there are sample sounds scattered throughout the game, pop-up faces of who your character is speaking with, a TV related music. Graphically, the game looks exactly the same with a few minor touch ups here and there. Even some of the maps have been borrowed from the previous games, as some of the levels are laid out exactly the same as ones from LEGACY OF GOKU II.

Of course, the biggest change in the game is the ability to monitor your speed statistic by what clothing you are wearing. At the beginning of the game, you are given heavy clothing to wear if you choose. While you may be slower at the beginning that you would be if you're not wearing it, you gain more experience the longer you have it on. Continue wearing it and your character will adjust to it. Take it off and you'll be much faster.

There is a problem with this, however. This seems to make your characters stronger than they should be, resulting in boss battles being too easy. Of course, since you can just back your boss into a corner and pummel him into oblivion, I guess it doesn't really matter how powerful your character is. It really is sad to see this exploit left in the game, as it really should have been taken out.

DRAGON BALL Z: BUU'S FURY is a fairly exciting game that fans of the series wouldn't want to miss.

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