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I guess you could say I am a bit of a fan of the Dragon Ball Z series. I like the Japanese cartoons better then the butchered US versions that everybody watches on TV. Dragon Ball Z has returned once again to the Nintendo Game Boy Advance system. It seems to have found a home on the Game Boy Advance, because there have been many DBZ games released. Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury is the successor to 2003's hit Game Boy Advance title, Dragon Ball Z: Legacy of Goku 2. Many have said that the first Legacy of Goku game was bot very good. And the second was pretty good. I must say that this latest titles is really not that bad at all. I really liked the last Dragon Ball Z fighting game that was released on the Game Boy Advance. But this game takes a break from fighting and goes with different gaming elements.
As for the previously unmentioned graphics and sound of Buu's Fury, they are more than adequate. What it comes down to is whether or not you are looking for a challenging game experience. If so, then this is not your game. However, if you are a Dragon Ball Z fan, or you would simply like to enjoy an extremely fun Action RPG with a good storyline, then Buu's Fury is for you.
Picking up where Dragonball Z "The Legacy of Goku" left off, DBZ Buu's Fury allows players to experience the last major story arc of the cartoon series, that being the Buu Saga.
Still, it’s harsh to compare this game to other, more adult-oriented RPGs, because the Dragon Ball Z franchise on the whole is geared toward kids. Justifiably, then, the gameplay in Dragon Ball Z; Buu’s Fury is well-suited for the younger set, and kids will get a kick out of some of the character interactions and animations. The dialogue, too, made fun of itself and never takes the story too seriously, which is bound to entertain. This game, at the end of the day, is meant to be fun, and Atari hit the mark here.
Though it offers up a new subtitle, Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury is an action adventure game that caps off the storyline established in Legacy of Goku and Legacy of Goku II. The game itself really is a "simple" continuation from last year's sequel, utilizing many of the assets to tell the next chapters in the story. But even though the game goes in a decent direction, it's ultimately a weaker sequel due to its extreme lack of focus and balancing in its newer ideas. These new elements make the game incredibly easy to beat, reducing the difficulty to a level that anyone with the ability to buttonmash on the A button can complete the quest.
Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury marks the third and final game in the Legacy of Goku series. Set during the final sagas of the Dragon Ball Z storyline, this game picks up where the second game in the series left off, right after the conclusion of the Cell Games. Fans of the venerable franchise will be very pleased to relive this action-packed portion of the storyline in the form of an adventure role-playing game, and players that have played the other two games in the series will feel right at home with the game, as it plays very similarly. The small problems that have been apparent throughout the series are still intact, along with a couple of new quirks that make the game overly easy. Even so, Buu's Fury is still a decent game for Dragon Ball Z fans.
In so many ways, this game reminds me of Sword of Mana. Both games were extremely easy, both games were short, both games didn't have really the good plots, and both games weren't really that original. Though Sword of Mana wasn't that bad of a game, the only reason why I liked SOM better was that it had an original plot (even though it wasn' best) and a better leveling up system (because it involved the ability of changing classes). Far from perfect, DBZ: Buu's Fury is still a decent game and worthy a rental if you're a big DBZ fan.
Still, it’s easy to decide whether or not to purchase this next installation of Dragon Ball Z on the Game Boy Advance. If you were thoroughly impressed with the previous installment of the series, then get Buu’s Fury you’ll enjoy it just the same. Otherwise, the next best thing to do is just to imagine what the Legacy of Goku II would have been like if you added on the episodes about Majin Buu to the end.
Take command of Goku, Gohan, Vegita, Trunks, Goten, Vegito, and Gotenks and train your little, spiked head off in preparation for the showdown of the century! Majin Buu’s in town, and he’s turning everyone to candy! Sweet, succulent candy! That great, pink, diapered blob is on a rampage since snipers dropped his puppy, and the only way to subdue his rage is to charge up to SuperSayan3, and drop a sensu-fuelled kamehameha wave on his big, fat face!
When I was in first grade, I wrote a story about flying sentient deodorant invading earth, and it was up to a young hero to stop them. The storyline was incoherent, the illustrations were appalling, and the characters were devoid of personality or nuance. Still, my story was better than Dragon Ball Z: Buu’s Fury. The scope of this title covers the final third of the Legacy of Goku storyline, but it does so in splotchy, episodic segments relying on the most generic "walk around, talk to people, and fight things" formula. If you’re not a DBZ fan, this game will remind you why. If you are, it will fill you with an urge to plug in your VHS recordings of the real show and leave this rubbish alone. Buu-urns.