Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiyan Legend (ドラゴンボールzスーパーサイヤ伝説)
|The generic enemy that is in every random battle
The way random encounters work is interesting. The higher level you are, the more likely the enemies are to run away from you. If your level is high enough for a particular area, there are no more random encounters. This prevents grinding, but I rarely grind anyway so I like this feature a lot.
The battles try to graphically recreate the feel of the series, by having every attack animated:
|Piccolo fighting an alien
|Choosing battle cards
You are presented with 5 cards (I already used one in this image). The dots on the top of the card are the attack, and the kanji number on the bottom of the card is the defense. The kanji in the middle is the type — if it matches the type of the character, they attack all the enemies and have a boost for that turn. If you use a card with the 必 kanji (on the right of the above image), you can use one of your Ki powers. The dots on the top of the card also determine the order of fighting. Sometimes when you attack you take damage from the enemy instead, but I’m not clear on why this happens.
|First boss battle
One complaint I have about the boss battles is that you mostly do little to no damage to the boss, and have to use 必 cards (which come up by luck), or some story gimmick. In this case it’s a story gimmick — you use several cards which I understand mimic what happened in the anime, but having never seen it I had to use a walkthrough to figure out what to do. Since the game has no equipment and raising your level has a limit, you have to know about these to win.
|Goku with a halo
Afterwards you’re back to Earth, this time as Gohan, After picking up a bunch of companions, it’s time to fight the next boss, Nappa.
|From 2 party members to 6
Nappa is not too bad as long as you can get some good 必 cards to come up. The problem comes next, when Goku has to fight Vegeta alone, and then Gohan and pals come to save him. I cannot beat this fight — I’ve gotten about 9 game overs without even reducing him to half HP. None of the walkthroughs I’ve consulted offer any advice, and the youtube video I saw somehow had a Goku that’s about 4 times as powerful as the one I have. So I’m not sure what to do. Has anyone played this game? I wonder if I’m missing something about the system, because I’ve seen some people on Gamefaqs wondering how they can stop from killing Vegeta too quickly for him to use his transformation effect. Whereas when I just tried it another time, Goku died on the first round (game over).
(EDIT: I am not going to return to this game. It seems like I might have to start over in order to pass this point, and I’m not enjoying the game enough to do that. In general I don’t intend to abandon games this quickly, but this game is fairly well known — it has multiple translation patches and GameFAQs walkthroughs, so I don’t feel as obligated to “document” it as I might with other games.)