Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit Preview
It took an extremely long amount of time for Dragon Ball Z
games to come back to life, as far Dragon Ball Z: Final Bout GT,
GT Interactive (now Infogrames/Atari) showed no interest in
reviving the franchise in the form of a brawler. Until the
PlayStation 2 came around, and we were graced with DBZ: Budokai
in 2002. Budokai would go on to sell bucket-loads, and thus the
reinvigoration of the franchise in virtual form.
Fast forward six years, with two separate DBZ series' spanning totaling games (Budokai and Budokai Tenkaichi), we're now approaching the release of yet another DBZ game, this one called Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit. Burst Limit will boast a story mode that'll take players through the start of the Saiyan Saga all the way to the end of the Cell Saga. The developers behind the original Budokai series, Dimps, are the ones handling Burst Limit. And while you're playing through the Story Mode, you will be presented with numerous "What If" events, as was common in the past games.
Interestingly enough, the gameplay of Burst Limit is going to be two-dimensional, set on a three-dimensional plane, much like the upcoming Street Fighter IV. But unlike Street Fighter IV, Burst Limit will allow you to fight in mid-air for extended periods of time. Additionally, to make the game feel closer to the anime, pulling off certain moves will trigger a seamless transition into and out of a cutscene. And button mashing when two energy beams clash will be required in order to gain the upper hand.
Fighters will also be able to transforming to a more powerful form; for example Goku powering up to his Kaioken form. So far, the list of characters is looking quite nice, but it's yet to be finalized. We're looking at a total of 35 characters, complete with alternate forms. So far, from screenshots and videos, 23 characters have been gathered up, and Japanese Magazine V-Jump says that there'll be 13 stages in total. Even though 13 may not sound like a lot, considering how massive they're going to be in Burst Limit, we think it's more than enough.
Check out the currently known roster of fighters and their enhanced forms below:
Goku (Base, Kaioken, Super Saiyan)
Kid Gohan (Base, Potential)
Teen Gohan (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2)
Piccolo (Base, Fused with Nail, Fused with Kami)
Vegeta (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan Grade 2)
Future Trunks (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Sayian Grade 2, Super Sayian Grade 3)
Frieza (1st Form, 2nd Form, 3rd Form, Final Form, 100% Full Powered, Mecha Frieza)
Cell (Imperfect, Semi-perfect, Perfect,Super Perfect)
Krillin (Base, Potential)
Lastly, expect online capabilities in the game, as Burst Limit will be playable on both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Unfortunately, according to Atari, it'll be limited to one-vs-one matches, as they're still not accustomed to the development of next-gen consoles. Bummer. Look for Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit to hit June 2008.
3/29/2008 Arnold Katayev
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