When Atari released DRAGONBALL Z: LEGACY OF GOKU on the Game Boy Advanced last year, the sales really showed how big the DBZ license is. The game was probably the best selling non-Nintendo GBA title of the year, and while the game was only a little over mediocre, fans of the series gobbled it up. Only a year later, Atari has released the sequel to LEGACY OF GOKU, building upon what the first game brought to the system.
LEGACY OF GOKU II picks up where the last game left off. If you're not familiar with the storyline of the anime, you may feel a little left out in the game; there really isn't much of a backstory, and the game practically picks up in the middle of the series. LEGACY OF GOKU II covers three sagas; Trunks, Android and Cell Sagas to be specific. Basically, the game takes parts of numerous episodes and places them together, ending up with a game that takes around 20 hours to beat. You also get to choose from five playable characters in the game; joining Goku is Vegita, Trunks, Piccolo and Gohan.
To be perfectly honest, the game plays a lot like THE LEGEND OF ZELDA series. You'll wander around from location to location, picking up items and fighting off bad guys while you level up. The combat system is pretty basic, like the first game, and you have hand-to-hand combat and ranged combat (shooting a Kamehameha for example).
As far as presentation goes, Webfoot Technologies really made a step forward in the graphical engine. While the first game attempted to recreate the anime style graphics for the previous game, it really didn't come off well. Luckily, they went back and reworked the graphics engine and it shows. The environments are a lot slicker, the animations are smoother, and the game as a whole just looks better. Even the dialogue is easier to read and less confusing.
One thing that people have to keep in mind is that this game really is aimed towards DRAGONBALL Z fans. Other gamers probably would rather look elsewhere unless they plan on playing the previous game first. Or, they could go watch all 200+ episodes of the anime. Whichever one they prefer will work fine.
But either way, DRAGONBALL Z: LEGACY OF GOKU II is a vast improvement over the first game. The game is much sharper in the gameplay and in graphics, and is a much more enjoyable experience all around. A definite pick up for fans of the series.