The Dragon Balls are mythical orbs that can grant any wish when all seven of them are brought together. One day Goku, who had been living alone deep in the mountains, encounters a girl named Bluma from the city, and from there the two set out on a quest for the Dragon Balls. One year has passed since their adventurous journey. Goku has once again set out on a journey to search for the Four-star Dragon Ball, which is a momento of his grandfather.
Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo is a new action-adventure game for the Wii that lets players control Goku as he battles against the Red Ribbon Army and King Piccolo in search for the legendary Dragon Balls.
Pros: This is a fun romp through the Dragon Ball universe. The graphics are nicely done and very faithful to the anime series, as are voices. The story follows that of the series almost word for word. Many of the cut-scenes between levels will be familiar to fans.
Cons: Content-wise, this game is pretty shallow. All the levels feel the same. The combat system consists of two combos (which don't work on bosses) and two special moves (Kamehameha and a crouching uppercut, which you will never use on normal enemies). There is no experience/level-up system, except for the health meter upgrades, which don't add much to the gameplay.
Other Thoughts: The gameplay is essentially a side-scrolling platformer in 3D (think Super Paper Mario or a modern-day Double Dragon/Bad Dudes). There's no open-world exploration, but you are free to move around within levels. After each level you get a letter grade assigned based on time, number of combos, remaining health, continues used, etc. The higher the grade, the more money you get. You also collect money throughout each level by smashing boxes and killing enemies. The money can be used to buy all sorts of DB paraphernalia (pictures, audio clips, video clips) that have no impact on the game. Money can also be used to buy a health meter upgrade that is unlocked after each world is completed. You can replay levels to improve your grade and earn more money, but there isn't much point. You can finish each level with a 'C' and easily afford the power-up. Which makes the whole grading/money thing pretty pointless.
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