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Gameplay 8.7
Graphics 8.7
Sound 8.0
Value 8.7
Distributor: Atari Australia
Review Date:
June 30
Jye Nelson


Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit

The ultimate Dragon Ball Z game has arrived on the XBox 360 in "Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit" that not only uses the XBox 360 to its advantage but continues the engaging storyline of this hugely popular cartoon series.

Once again a plethora of the Dragon Ball Z characters return in another fast paced and cartoon-esq fighting game, however offers the player a variety of different gameplay modes plus the new "Z Chronicles" mode which is a story mode and allows the gamer to play as Goku and co as they fight their way to victory.


  • Online Feature - Competition grows with the ability to play online in vs. modes.

  • Unique DBZ Story -During each battle, find conditions to create new scenes and watch a unique story unfold at the end of each game.

  • Higher Quality Gaming - Experience visuals and movement reminiscent of the anime due to Z3 shading technology and detailed effects.

  • High Intensity battles - Increased speed of charge and release on the field, free movement around the field, and increased speed and power of attacks.

  • Energy - 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.

  • Fatal Blow - Each character in the game has their 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.

The Survival mode that Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit is pure brilliant and is reminiscent of Dynasty Warriors as the player battles virtually hundreds of enemies and is actually quite entertaining, even though it is a little frustrating depending on which character you have chosen to play.

The game also supports an interesting grade system that ranks you on your fighting performance and the more moves you perform, the higher the grade you are rewarded.

Throw in a Time Attack Mode that challenges the gamer with a variety of foes in a set time limit and this makes for some challenging gaming and lastly, no Dragon Ball Z game would be complete without a versus mode that is reminiscent of fighting games such as Tekken, however firmly set in the Dragon Ball Z universe with interesting characters such as Goku and Saiyan. 

The control scheme of the title is rather apt and although doesn't give the genre anything new to the market, it's good old fashioned fighting fun that allows you to perform a wide gamut of moves from throws to combo attacks.

The learning curve of Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit is steep to master the title, however novice gamers will have no problem in picking up the controller and start playing. With that said, nothing is more satisfying than pummeling your enemies in a variety of different and entertaining ways.

The developers have ensured that the player is rewarded through almost every step of the game from new playable characters to interesting storyline twists, keeping the longevity of the title quite enjoyable. 

Graphically, Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit looks almost identical to the cartoon series with over the top animation, an extremely colourful and a varied palette plus great character models taken directly fro the series. 

The sense of speed that the game portrays as well as some of the special effects are impressive and help immerse the gamer into this rich gaming universe. The backgrounds are a little sparse, however the cartoon series was never known for detail. Needless to say, the game is pure anime that will appeal to both fans of the series and for those lovers of anime.

The musical score of the title is reminiscent of the cartoon series and the voice acting is on the money and sound just like they do in the cartoon series. Match that with a variety of sound effects and a touch of background ambience and even though it may not win any musical or graphical accolades, the title is how you would expect it to be on television series. 

In conclusion, Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit is a decent fighting game and will appeal to the younger gamer and fans of the original cartoon series. It may not offer the genre much in terms of new engaging gameplay but at the end of the day, the game is almost a carbon copy of the cartoon series and now allows gamers to experience this rich universe once again as they pummel their enemies to victory with cheesy voices and cartoon like graphics.


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