Dragon Ball Z: Goku Gekitōden takes place immediately after Goku's battle with Vegeta and ends with Goku's final battle with Frieza (similar to the 1991 video game Dragon Ball Z II: Gekishin Freeza). Most characters from the Namek Saga can be fought during the story mode, including ones such as Zarbon and Frieza's transformed states.
The game features five playable characters, as well as Goku's Super Saiyan transformation. In Goku Gekitōden, moving about and fighting is in real time, unlike its predecessor. The game also features many extras, such as minigames and a tournament mode.