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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. MartijnV.
    May 14, 2008
    One of the best games I've played so far.
  2. Grrrrgrrrrr
    May 27, 2008
    Played the demo and was surprised its a really good game. I grew up watching DBZ so this feels like im watching/playing the show. Can't wait for it to come out. Expand
  3. JustinC
    Jun 3, 2008
    This is just an all around fun and excitting fighter that takes the visuals to a new level. A great, great game for fighting and anime fans. Enjoy!
  4. BenH
    Nov 16, 2008
    Very nice looking game. Very fun. However i fail to understand why they did not continue with the "Budokai Tenkachi" style. I much prefer the full 3D version to the side scrolling "Street Fighter" like style. Im a little gutted that the xbox 360 version is nowhere as good as the PS2 version.. i mean next generation consoles.. cmon. Expand
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. KyleN
    Oct 3, 2009
    This game has less than all the other DBZ games with less characters less emersive gameplay and only a 2 hour story mode and only takes about 5 hours to get 100% complete. worst DBZ game ever ifu want a good DBZ game try Tenachki 3 or boudokai 3 Expand

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