“ Manufacturer: Atari / Genre: Fighting / ESRB Rating: T - (Teen) / PEGI Age Rating: Age 12+ / Online: Online Gaming Support / ESRB Descriptor: Animated Blood / ESRB Descriptor: Cartoon Violence / Max. Number Of Players: 2 / PEGI Content Rating: Violence / Release Date: June, 2008 „
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It doesn't Burst through any Limits!
STORY -- The game is based on the Dragonball Z series, beginning with the arrival of Raditz and ending with Cell's defeat. They didn't cover the Majin Buu saga nor did they cover any of the Movies except for the Legendary super saiyan Broly and Bardock: the father of the series' main protagonist Goku . If you don't know anything about the DBZ universe, head on over to Dragonball.wikia.com; they have the information you need.
GRAPHICS -- Colourful, sharp and containing a fancy blur effect which makes the combat look faster, the graphics are the best I've seen in any DBZ game. Even better than Raging Blast (which was released a year or two after Burst Limit) in my opinion. Environments are also pretty. Even though it's a 2.5D brawler, the vast space around your fighters makes the stages atmospheric. Menus are bland though.
SOUND -- The greater absence of guitar solos is a breeze; I've heard rock riffs so many times in DBZ games. It's refreshing to hear music that sounds more reminiscent to the series it's based on, whether it be the Japanese and English version. On a related note, the voice-acting is over-the-top but eh, it's an anime series about giant apes and killer androids. the Funimation dubbing was and still is very good. FX are stock hit sounds and whooshes. Still work well hear.
GAMEPLAY -- Budokai but with minor alterations. In fact, let's just call this Game "Dragonball Z: Budokai HD". You have a light, heavy, block and ki button. pushing the ki button and ->/<- performs a super move. Each of the 21 characters has their own super moves as well as an ultimate move conducted by pressing the ki button and ^ when your ki bar is full. Other tricks that can be used when your ki bar is full are transformations (which makes you stronger), hyper move by pressing one of the side buttons on your controller (that also makes you temporarily stronger) and dragon rushes (like in Budokai 3).
Each battle in Story mode has one objective: to defeat your opponent. One twist is the drama piece system. When certain conditions are met during battle, cutscenes will trigger and give a player either a temporary status boost or loss. It's more of a buzzkill than anything as it stops the fast-paced action to a screeching halt before returning to the fight. I prefered the capsules from the Budokai games to be honest.
21 playable characters is disappointing considering how many actually exist in the DBZ universe; literally hundreds. Only half a dozen stages? C'mon!
Apart from the flaws mentioned earlier, it's a fun, balanced and entertaining fighting game.
LIFESPAN -- Linear Story mode replaces the open-world, map-style Dragon Universe of Budokai 3. Yeah, not as long or as fun as the Budokai 3's. Still, online mode, survival and the time it takes to master the movesets for each character does make this of reasonable length. However, could've been extended as there are tons of stories to retell that this game didn't.
OVERALL -- This game is like having a regular Magnum ice cream, then having the improved version with double chocolate and caramel a decade later. Sure, we've played similar,older Budokai games. But, this installment has better graphics, better balancing and better inclusions such as Online and new moves. Not the best DBZ game, but far from the worst (that would be Ultimate Battle 22).
Have you ever had the urge to throw a blazing ball of Chi or Nearly destroy a planet in a single move ?. Now you can, in Dragon Ball Z: Burst limit you take on the role of the Z fighters and their friends/enemies. I bought this game second hand having only briefly played a previous Dragon Ball title and i was fairly pleasantly surprised. The game is a fighting game very much like Street Fighter or Tekken but unlike those two it is played using very simple button combinations and makes showing off very easy. The game boasts very decent cell shaded graphics which are just as good if not better than the cartoons which it is based on. Unfortuneatly the play time is shockingly low and even i (who usually takes a WHILE to complete games) managed to complete the story mode and unlock almost everything in just over 2 1/2 hours. As mentioned before the fighting is simple requiring you to press only a combination of two or three buttons resulting in HUGE attacks. While i enjoyed the game for the short time i played it, i personally don't believe anyone should pay full price for it simply because it doesn't have much to it and takes very little time to finish.
To start with, I must admit, I wasn't a fan of Dragonball Z as a kid, I was more of a pokemon card loser, and as fighting games go, all I cared for was the Tekken, which was abundant on the 360. So when this game came out as a demo a ridiculously long time before it's release I gave it a go and immediately liked it. The battles are quick, the graphics do an amazing job of making a cartoon 3D and I suddenly became part of a strange yet addictive unniverse.
Multiplayer is a laugh, you can literally play your friends over and over again even if they've never played it before because you can literally pick it up and button mash. I've been told the character selection is a bit restricted yet I believe that's because it doesn't cover all the sagas but I'm hoping they'll be covered in a sequal. The combat is great, the basics are done easily, the tricky bits take some time however it all looks stylish and the story mode is great for a fighting game, the cutscenes also look awesome.
- Nearly all of the much loved cast are present!
- They use the same English voice cast as the cartoon!
- The cell graphics are really nice, arguably better than the cartoon!
Price: £34.99 new, used from about £19.99.
- Limited move set.
- Confusing store mode to the non Dragonball Z fan.
My thoughts on this insane game:
A little background first, I love the high flying antics of Goku and friends on the cartoon, I love the over the top fighting sequences, and I love watching them use Ryu from street fighter style dragon balls which are the size of small moons to take out bad guys who are powerful enough to deflect them with there pinkies! Its a cartoon with divided opinions, you either love it and watch it to see just how silly and awesome the next episode is going to be, or ignore it because it can be perceived as a little silly!
Now if you are still reading you have probably gathered I am a Dragonball Z fan! So when I saw that a DBZ game was being released on the xBox 360... I jumped at the thought! I added it to my rental queue and I sat back eagerly awaiting its delivery!
When I first loaded it up, I watched the opening cinematic, awesome guitar riffing following by cheesy Japanese vocals! I was in hyper-anime heaven! After watching the usual "check out how cool this game is" opening scene I went straight to the training mode. I learnt everything I needed to learn and I loved it as the instructions were being told by the cast so it's simply cool!
Now onto the main part... what is the game like? In a word... INSANE. It's simply mad! Its basically the same standard as most fighting games, deplete your opponents energy to zero to defeat them, but the special moves are really cool, and you feel really good pulling them off too! They incorporate button bashing for some parts and it's really a good idea, for example for anyone who has seen the cartoon will realise, some of the moves are so fast that it would be impossible to enter in a command for them, so that's where the button bashing comes into play! Some fighting game purists will not like this but I really like the idea.
Its also really fun for multiplayer modes, I tell you there's nothing more spiritual than lobbing a moon sized spirit bomb at my weakened friend. (Laughs evilly)
Now it's not all good... There are a few downsides, if you have never watched the cartoon series you will not understand this game, you will simply think random enemies are being thrown at you. As they do not explain the plot at all, one minute you are fighting on earth and the next you are fighting on an exploding planet Namek. The Drama scenes are annoying as well, a drama scene is when certain criteria are met a little in game cinematic will appear to either help you or weaken your opponent. These were very cool at first but can get annoying quickly as you cannot skip these.
All in all thought I am happy with this game and I would recommend it to any DBZ fan!
Dragon ball Z burst limit is a fighting game for the Xbox 360 games console.
This game follows the story of the popular cartoon show of the same name, unfortunately it only covers from the sayain saga to the cell saga.
The fighting in this game is very fast paced, it is also quite accessible and easy to get good that as the characters all control very similarly. They have introduced knock away attacks which send your enemy flying and you get a chance to unload on them.
The characters in this game are as you would expect, all your favourites,Goku,Vegeta and the gang are all present. Sadly there are only about 20 characters in this game which is a step down from the hundreds in previous games.
This is a fun fast fighting game that pretty much anybody can enjoy, you can buy this game for 30 to 40 pounds which is a little steep but it is worth it.