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  • Summary: Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit is the first game of the Dragonball Z series to hit the next generation consoles. During each battle, find conditions to create new dramatic scenes. After the battles, watch a unique story unfold each time you play. There is also a stronger element of offence and defence, due to added energy saving and fighting techniques. Competition grows with the ability to play online in both the co-op and vs. modes. During each battle, find conditions to create new scenes and watch a unique story unfold at the end of each game. Experience visuals and movement reminiscent of the anime due to Z3 shading technology and detailed effects. Increased speed of charge and release on the field, free movement around the field, and increased speed and power of attacks. Use of special skills will no longer drain energy. The lower your energy, the stronger you get, making for a possible turnaround of the battle. Each character in the game has his own "Fatal Blow". If the player successfully attacks his opponent, this would be a finishing move, but if not, it will put the player in the disadvantageous situation, and he must battle with no Fatal Blow for the rest of the battle. [Atari] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 50
  2. Negative: 1 out of 50
  1. Fans of DBZ, both the games and the show, can find enough here to keep them satisfied and coming back for more but fighting gamers may find the slower paced combat and the drama pieces a turn off.
  2. Burst Limit is a well-rounded package in fighting shape, keeping up its momemtum by offering plenty of different modes. As a fighter, it holds its own weight with a large cast of characters, unique and easy to perform special moves, and tight controls.
  3. With a great combat system, good-looking characters, and a ton of unlockables, Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit was poised to be the game that brought in new legions of Dragon Ball Z fans. Unfortunately, the lack of any explanation of the story — coupled with a few nitpicks here and there regarding online lag, boring stage design and predictable AI — means that this one isn't likely to find mass market appeal.
  4. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Too much Ball Z and not enough brawl. If you know what we're Saiyan. [Aug 2008, p.85]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Apr 6, 2014
    i think that burst limit is a good game. not the best but not the worst. the speed in combat is so fast and fun to pull off. it is so easy to get into. and finally it feels like playing out the show Expand
  2. Mar 12, 2013
    Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is THE best DBZ fighters of all time. After playing it and unlocking all the characters and arena's, I was hoping that there will be Budokai Tenkaichi 4. Sadly, Burst Limit isn't one of them and definitely doesn't overshadow BT3. However, for a DBZ fighter, its not so bad. This game plays like the 1st Budokai game on PS2, which is not a bad idea. It's got decent controls, great graphics, and the super moves were pretty damn cool. But I still hope that there will be a Budokai Tenkaichi 4. Expand
  3. May 16, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The lack of characters combined with the relative lack of gameplay modes makes the overall package seem a bit shallow, as if the inevitable sequel will feature more content. Even so, Burst Limit is a quality fighting game. Non-fans will be lost within the convoluted confines of the Z Chronicles, but the improved battle engine can't be denied. Expand
  4. Sep 21, 2013
    This game is... okay. It has it's strong points such as it's gorgeous visuals (and it's still the best looking DBZ game ever released to me!) and great soundtrack, but to me, the gameplay feels much more slow and clunky compared to Dimps last DBZ game Budokai 3. And this game does not have aas much to offer, for example, Budokai 3 went through every DBZ saga and also covered a bit of DBGT (Which to me is not a good thing!) and had a pretty big character roster. This game only goes up to the end of the Cell saga and has a much smaller character roster.

    Overall it's okay, it can be fun at times but it does not compare to Budokai 3.

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