Burst Limit does bring online play into the mix, and it can be great, if you and your opponent have good connections. However, if your connection is dodgy, then the lag can really effect the outcome of the battle, not being able to do simple manoeuvres like sidestepping ki blasts from the other end of the screen can be terribly frustrating and would even cause you to turn the game off. But like I said, if you have a good connection, you’ll be fine.
The one category that brings Burst Limit down the most is the lack of content, with only 21 characters and a handful of stages there isn’t much variety to be had within the battles. The lack of characters would be acceptable if some of them weren’t so bad, they’ve inserted some that only appear for 5 minutes in the show, or in one or two battles, while left out some pretty big ones. I myself was pretty horrified at the inclusion of some meaningless characters, luckily the fact that some of them can transform makes up for this, but not much.
The main focus of the game is the story mode, and this is the part the fans are going to love, it stays 100% true to the story, with the drama pieces filling in even the specific battle details. Its pretty great, my only complaint for the story mode is that it only goes up to the end of the Cell Saga, doesn’t touch Majin Buu, leaving out many characters and the possibility of fusion, but it makes up for it slightly by adding in two movie stories, Brolly and Bardock.
The game is very simplistic when it comes to the soundtrack, it’s just the generic bouncy music you get with most of the Dragonball Z games, it’s not great, but it’ll catch on pretty quick and before you know it you’ll be enjoying it. The only discrepency is the voice acting, it’s alright, but can and will give you a headache after a while, the high pitched voices are just too much to handle sometimes.
Dragonball Z isn’t a bad game, it just doesn’t reach its full potential: it could be so much more. Fans of the series will love it, and even regular gamers will get a kick out of it for a small time. But in comparison to the other great fighting games being released around this time, it really won’t stand a chance to anyone but the hardcore fan. If you have nothing to do for a night, rent it, and see what you think yourself.
Reviewer’s note: The Playstation 3 version was tested for this review
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Nice visuals, but doesn't wholly support the style.
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Simple but fun fighter, battles can get repetitive.
Musically it's okay, but the voices will have you cringing.
Good for a night or two, but you'll tire pretty quickly.
Its not bad, but doesn't stand up well against other fighting games.