reviews\ Nov 1, 2005 at 7:00 pm

Dragon Ball GT: Transformation - GBA - Review

The Dragon Ball series is one of the most popular and well-known anime series in the United States. This series has spawned three TV shows, many movies, various merchandise, and games on several of different systems throughout the years. Well it is time for the GameBoy Advance to receive a new Dragon Ball game, and the one it gets is based off of the Dragon Ball GT franchise. I must say that out of all of the Dragon Ball games that I have reviewed this is one of the best done yet. Read on to find out why that is the case.

Dragon Ball GT: Transformation is the first part of a two-game series that covers the beginning of Dragon Ball GT all the way up to the Baby saga. If you are unfamiliar with the story, let me explain what has happened up until now. Basically ten years have passed since the end of Dragon Ball Z, and Goku and Uub have gone off to train and hone their skills. One day Emperor Pilaf accidentally wishes that Goku be transformed into a child by the black star Dragon Balls. After the wish the balls scattered all over the galaxy, and if they are not recollected on Earth before a year, the world will be destroyed. SO it is up to Goku, Trucks, and Pan (Goku’s granddaughter) to find the Dragon Balls to prevent the destruction of the Earth.

Unlike a lot of other games that this franchise has spurred on, Ball GT: Transformation is a beat 'em-up game, similar to Battle Toads or Streets of Rage. Players will get to select their team of three and then go down to a world. Then you will fight myriads of enemies, getting to freely switch between their characters, to eradiate them and their boss to progress on to the next level to repeat this process all over again.

There are two different game modes that players can take part in. The first one is the story mode which will take players throughout the different levels of the game and follows the story of Dragon Ball GT’s first two sagas. After you finish story mode you can play in single-player mode. In this mode you can play through the levels in story mode at your leisure; in this mode you can choose between nine different characters.

There are two really bad things in this game. The first one is that this game can get extremely repetitive. The developers really should have put some other factors in the game to make it have a little more variety in the game play. All you do is land on planet; beat up people on various stages until you get to the end. Then you will have a big boss fight. After all of that is complete you just go to the next planet and repeat the process. One of thing that saves this somewhat is the different environments the players will go through but this game needed just a little more variety. The other thing is that this game screams for is a nice co-op mode, which is mysteriously not included. A game of this nature demands a co-op mode and we are left without one. It is such a shame.

One of the first things you will notice about Dragon Ball GT: Transformation is how crisp the graphics are. This game makes every use of the power for the GBA and it definitely shows and is greatly appreciated. The game is rendered in 2.5D backgrounds and each level has multiple levels that you will be able to walk around which gives each level more depth. The characters are also really well created in this game. Each of the characters looks exactly like their cartoon counterparts and has a very nice level of detail. If you think you have seen it all then wait till you get to some of the boss battles, you will be truly impressed.

Unfortunately the sound on the other hand, did not receive the same treatment as the visuals in this game. Each of the levels that you will go through has its own set of music, which helps with the variety. The explosions, attack “grunts,” and various other noises are very generic and get the job done. While the sound for this game is not bad it is just not as refined as the graphics section in this game. The audio could have been better, but what we have is palatable.

Dragon Ball GT: Transformation is rated E10+.

Review Scoring Details for Dragon Ball GT: Transformation

Gameplay: 6.5
The game is fun, but it gets really repetitive. Even thought you will be fighting many different types of enemies you still do the exact same thing on each level just with new backgrounds and enemies. There needs to be a little more variety in the game to really make this a must-have game.

Graphics: 8.6
The graphics for Dragon Ball GT: Transformation is one of the best things about this game. The backgrounds and characters are crisp, clear, and move very fluidly.

Sound: 7.0
The sound for this game is palatable but it is not in the same league as the graphics.

Difficulty: Medium
This game can be pretty challenging at times, especially against some of the later bosses you encounter in the game.

Concept: 6.9
The game really doesn’t innovate this genre any, but I did really like having the option and ability to freely switch between any of my characters during the course of a mission.

Multiplayer: N/A
I was not able to test this feature out at the time of the review.

Overall: 7.2
Dragon Ball GT: Transformation is a really decent beat 'em-up game. It is a shame that the developers didn’t include a co-op mode, which this game screams for it. If you are a fan of this series, then you will enjoy this game.


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