Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit Xbox 360

Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 50
  2. Negative: 1 out of 50
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  1. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    72
    Get rid of the drama, though, and Burst Limit becomes a delight. [July 2008, p.78]
  2. 360 Gamer Magazine UK
    70
    Although significantly streamlined compared to the last wave of DBZ titles and perilously confusing at times, Burst Limit looks and feels at home on today’s meaty hardware. Mechanics are generally tight and far more intricate than you might expect from a game like this so while more traditional fighters may still have the edge for all but the most devout anime fans, this is a surprising treat for those with the patience to get to grips with it and the good nature to overlook its relative lack of content.
  3. Although it is a solid fighting game, if you don't appreciate the style of the cartoons then it could get old fast, for example you might have just nailed a complicated combo only to have it interrupted and ended by a drama card which is totally out of your control.
  4. 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 problems.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Its kinetic manga style makes for a refreshing change compared to the more earthbound Tekkens and Dead or Alives of this world, and for those who are willing to invest time in the deep combo system the rewards are numerous.
  8. 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.
  9. If you’re looking for a good DBZ fighter, go to your nearest bargain bin and pick up Budokai 3. If you’re looking for the ultimate Dragonball Z simulation game, go pick up Budokai Tenkaichi 3. Both games are cheaper and provide better gaming experiences than Burst Limit.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. If you are keeping score, Burst Limit's fighting is shallow, the single player is ok if you have pre-existing knowledge of the show's plot but unintelligible if you don't and the online play is marred by disconnects and/or lag issues.
  13. Games Master UK
    61
    What it gains in looks it loses in excitement. [Aug 2008, p.74]
  14. We can't help but feel that Burst Limit is an opportunity lost.
  15. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    60
    A great little fighter though a bit repetitive. [Aug 2008, p.78]
  16. Burst Limit was a poor start for DBZ’s future with the 360, but it could have been worse. The art stays true to the series as do the cutscenes.
  17. 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.
  18. This game does a lot of things well and a few things wrong, but there's just something about this title that doesn't feel right. The presentation is great and the pace is fast, but the fights themselves just aren't interesting enough. It's not a bad game in any way and for short periods of time it can be quite entertaining. But with a lack of depth those periods of time grow few and far between fast.
  19. 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.
  20. X-ONE Magazine UK
    50
    It’s not that Burst Limit is a bad game, it’s just painfully average. [Issue#34, p.96]
  21. 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.
  22. Quite frankly, even long time Dragon Ball Z fans will get limited fun out of this. Burst Limit isn't necessarily bad and can be quite fun at first, but you'll get bored of it after a few days because of the above mentioned issues and go back to playing something else.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. May 16, 2013
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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. Full Review »
  2. JustinC
    Jun 3, 2008
    9
    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!
  3. Grrrrgrrrrr
    May 27, 2008
    9
    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 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. Full Review »