These guidelines include random encounters with different colored Saibaimen and enemies that resemble Frieza's henchmen and even the Ginyu Force as well. However, this is one of the most hardest DBZ games that has ever been created. Now when you play this game, it can be nerve-wrecking and tough at times.
Plot. Five years have passed since Goku defeated Piccolo in the Martial Arts Tournament, and since then he has married his wife Chi Chi and had a son, Gohan. Everything seems peaceful, until a new menace arrives to Earth. It is none other than Raditz, a native of the Saiyan species, and brother to Goku. Raditz gives Goku and ultimatum, eliminate all humans on Earth, and in return he'll get his son back. Goku makes an unlikely alliance with his former nemesis, Piccolo, and team up with him to defeat Raditz. They are successful, but Goku dies, but not before Raditz tells them of two more Saiyans, far more powerful arriving in the next year. Soon, what begins as a battle to save the Earth, will turn into a battle for the universe against an enemy far more powerful than the Saiyans.
There are also two major stores in the game, Baba's House and a training center. Fortuneteller Baba will buy cards from the player in exchange for zeni. The training center allows players to improve Ki numbers of the character by destroying a rock.
Concept. First you begin in the Saiyan Saga, where Goku must rescue his son Gohan from his evil brother Raditz. And after defeating the fake one and real one, you get to train Goku in King Kai's planet, and also Gohan. Then you fight against Nappa and Vegeta in the Saiyan Saga, and then going to Namek to get the dragon balls and fight against Frieza himself. For those who have seen the anime and read the manga, you know what it's all about of course.
Design. The game is rendered into sprites, however the animation sequences of characters flying at the enemy look incredibly awesome. Developers did a great job at the animation sequences, and I really liked them. The environments of Earth and Namek fit the setting of the anime very well also. However, some character designs were not as good, like Bulma having purple hair instead of blue.
Tips and Strategies. Since this game's fighting system is very complicated, then I should remind you about training to raise Ki potential. The more you train, the stronger you become. Also, the random encounters are a major pain in the ass, because even after you finish a fight, you move on and suddenly you fight again and again. Also, if you're running out of HP, you have to use the Bulma card, which can cure you. When fighting Vegeta, he will be very tough, you have to strategically use the Oozaru card to turn Gohan into a Great Ape, but at times he will be bested as Vegeta will cut off his tail.
Memories. In August of 2001, I played this game at a friend's house, and come to think of it, we both hated the pain in the ass random encounters of the game. I still remember my friends constant ranting about this game as well.
Rantings. Two things I hate about this game: the random encounters and the music. The random encounters because they are extremely annoying, you could barely move on, and forcing you to waste Bulma card when you are in danger. The music was not too good because it was too repetitive, except for the main theme at the Start Menu of the game, which resembled the main theme of the anime. I also can't believed that some parts of the Saiyan and Namek Saga's were skipped such as Goku falling into the Home For Infinite Losers, Princess Snake's castle and more.
Good Aspects. Well, replay value is average, but it's not that bad. In fact, I like that you are able to fly in the overworld, and also speed up while flying as well. Also, the animation sequences during fights is what I liked as well. The only way to play this game however, is over an emulator, but you have to find a good english version, because some of the translated ones are terrible.
Overall. This game ain't all perfect, but it's not bad as it saved itself from my ultimate wrath. This game gets a 6 out of 10.