Words: Ian Dean, PlayStation World UK
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit is completely out of control. To anyone who knows the animated series, that's no bad thing. What starts out looking like a standard 3D fighting game soon gets turned on its head when the big-eyed brawlers start flying and shooting insanely damaging energy beams from their fingertips.
It's still a one-on-one beat '-em-up, that somehow carves a new niche into the well trodden way of the warrior, and this was a genre that brought us the likes of PowerStone and Guilty Gear. Dragon Ball Z is way more insane than those, and the fact that a single round can last up to ten minutes has a lot to do with it.
For those unacquainted with the original manga or anime, it's a series with a reputation for ridiculously epic battles that span several episodes at a time. The typical scenario is just when the hero Goku thinks he's defeated one of his extraterrestrial enemies, they either evolve into something even more powerful, or come up with a special desperation move. Said move takes five minutes to blow up a planet and by "five minutes," they mean 26 episodes.