Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. It's nice to play a game that manages to be fun for the hardcore and casual alike. [Summer 2008, p.48]
  2. From the amazing graphics to the incredibly deep combat system, everything about Burst Limit feels new, and I can't wait to see where this franchise is headed next.
  3. 85
    Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit managed to really impress me. It's not perfect but it's a fast, over-the-top fighter that's an absolute blast. The single-player Z Chronicles mode is perfect for hardcore fans and the multiplayer options are good enough that you'll want to call your friends over for a few matches.
  4. While it comes off as a tad bare-bones, Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit is definitely worth getting if you're a fan, or if you just like fighting games without a great deal of depth, and the newly added online mode will keep the replay value high for quite some time.
  5. In spite of cries that the series has grown too large (and in all honesty, the franchise is at risk of making greedy plumber Mario jealous), Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit is a fine example of a fighter with exciting graphics, fantastic sound and enough innovation to keep things interesting.
  6. Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit is a pretty good game that manages to stay true to the anime series.
  7. Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit isn’t an innovative or groundbreaking fighting game. But with a new, more realistic direction and gameplay you won’t want to put down, Burst Limit is an arcade-style fighter that’s well worth your time.
  8. 79
    Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit is a strong fighting game, with combat mechanics that are both simple and deep. There are some issues in terms of variety, however, with a limited number of stages and characters that are fairly similar to one another.
  9. Perhaps the best Dragon Ball Z videogame to date. Even though the online mode may be thin, there isn't much else beyond the single-player experience, there's still a solid foundation here for future games to come.
  10. It's just too bad that in this case, a DBZ game was finally able to achieve such enjoyable gameplay but the surrounding design was not taken further. A proper campaign is nonexistent, the trials won't stay entertaining for long, and the online mode is incredibly bare-bones. The core fighting essence is an undeniable blast.
  11. The DBZ series' next-gen debut looks and sounds good, but its gameplay has some minor annoyances that are poorly timed, considering Soulcaliber IV isn't all that far off. You're better off waiting for that one instead.
  12. This 3D fighting game can be enjoyed by newcomers to the DBZ universe and Super Saiyan wannabes alike.
  13. Just in case you’re starving for some more Dragon Ball, Burst Limit offers a great visual representation of the series with a solid combat system, but there’s not as much content as the last PS2 entry. With its online modes, Burst Limit is a positive debut for current gen console, but we crave for more. [July 2008]
  14. Burst Limit is a good fighting game for fans, and fun overall. However, those familiar with previous games will frown at some limitations.
  15. Get rid of the drama, though, and Burst Limit becomes a delight. [July 2008, p.78]
  16. The visuals and sound carry the anime style to near perfection and the gameplay, while lacking originality, has lots of kick, even though online battles suffer from lag.
  17. Damn, it looks good. [Sept 2008, p.104]
  18. Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit looks nice and is easy to play. The story is nothing for newbies in the Dragonball universe, because the game gets right into it.
  19. Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit is a truly fun and visually appealing game. Despite recycling much, it's a first step of the franchise into the new generation. The online mode is another high point, but only fans of the anime will be able to truly enjoy the game.
  20. 70
    A shiny coat of paint isn’t enough to hide the fact that the depth in the fighting has been somewhat compromised, the game is the lowest on content since the original Budokai title and the least friendliest to those who aren’t fans.
  21. Bouts also feel genuinely three dimensional. [Aug 2008, p.81]
  22. DBZ games took a big step forward with Burst Limit's visuals, animation, and true-to-show presentation style. Unfortunately, the other aspects seem to have taken two steps back.
  23. Fans of DBZ won’t be disappointed with Burst Limit but for the rest of us out there, this game can be recommended as a fine rental but nothing more.
  24. DBZ Burst Limit is a game that's very clearly made for its fans. A newcomer who picks this game up will have absolutely no idea what's going on in the story, other than seeing a lot of oddly dressed people yelling at the top of their lungs for no obviously apparent reason.
  25. 61
    Looks pretty good and re-creates the television show very well, but it’s a boring, repetitive, nonsensical television show. Plus, even hardcore Dragon Ball fans will be disappointed at the rather measly quantity of content.
  26. We can't help but feel that Burst Limit is an opportunity lost.
  27. 60
    At the end of it all, Dragon Ball Z has a solid fighting mechanic behind it. The controls make sense and are responsive. However, I always felt that I was missing out by not being a fan of the show.
  28. Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit is definitely more a game for those familiar with the series than players looking for a deep, competitive fighting game. While it's visually engaging, those without an interest in the actual Dragon Ball Z franchise will find the fighting too simplistic to be rewarding.
  29. 58
    If you love Dragon Ball Z -- like, love it to the point where tears run down your face as you stare at your Vegeta wall scroll -- then you'll love Burst Limit. Casual fans, like myself, will be impressed initially but ultimately let down by the fact that -- despite the new name -- this is still part of the Budokai family of fighters.
  30. There is nothing in the game to be particularly dismayed by, nor anything that gives the sense that this could be the definitive spin-off fans and non-fans alike could get behind.
  31. Once your eyes adjust to the razzle-dazzle, you find that the gameplay isn't nearly as pretty. [July 2008, p.82]
  32. Another problem that is baffling is that there are fewer characters available for the versus and online play match types than there were in the last game.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. May 30, 2014
    Good looking continuation on a budokai style of gameplay, good graphics, good combo/battle system.
    Pretty mutch everything fans love, BUT a
    Good looking continuation on a budokai style of gameplay, good graphics, good combo/battle system.
    Pretty mutch everything fans love, BUT a very short story mode and serious luck of content and characters.
    If not huge love for chalanging battle it would be 5.9. but as it was fun it deserves what it gets.
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  2. Feb 4, 2012
    If you're thinking, bet this game is another great graphics, think again, it's just another budokai game, if your good at budokai games, thisIf you're thinking, bet this game is another great graphics, think again, it's just another budokai game, if your good at budokai games, this game is that, but with more.... how do i put it?..... pazzazz. it's got cut scenes where your enemy can't do anything while you give them a beat down. and in some levels, when you're being beat to a corner and you can't do anything, about to die, press R3. sometimes a friend will suprise attack your enemy..... i HIGHLY recommend you get this game

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  3. Oct 24, 2011
    Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit isn't an awesome game but offers a few hours of pure fun and this is a big positive point of this game,butDragon Ball Z: Burst Limit isn't an awesome game but offers a few hours of pure fun and this is a big positive point of this game,but unfortunately it has several major flaws and for that reason I think is a good game but not great!!!!! Full Review »