The other day, and I’m saying the other day like it was a long time ago, yesterday I listened to the Besties, and they’ve got some excellent cold opens. Oh yeah, I still haven’t listened to them yet. I know it’s one of your favorites, and other people of course listen to them a great deal. But there’s more than just two of them, right? There’s four. There’s four of them, that’s right. Okay, that’s a lot of banter. Like, just between four people, that’s impressive by all accounts. Okay, what was their cold opening then? It sounds like you want to share one. I do. I don’t want to steal their cold opening. Go on. The one guy said how in a pizzeria… I think a pizzeria is what the pizza place is called in the US. Yes, that’s true. He watched the commercial for a pizzeria from Canada in the 50s, and they called it a pizzeria. Wow. Okay, yes. Fair enough. Maybe that’s how you say it. But yeah, I don’t know Maybe that is but the rest of the cost kept dunking on it on how dumb that was Not just how dumb the name Pizzeria is but That’s what you’re bringing to the table for the podcast. Oh, look, so we’re sitting around here and all you can bring is an old definition of the word pizzeria, right? Not just an old definition, an old pronunciation. An old pronunciation, no of course. Well yeah, that’s a great cold opening, you’re right. And then, but then he slapped back hard by telling everyone, well, pizzeria is one half diarrhea. Which… He’s not entirely wrong. Or gonorrhea, depending on how hard you want to go. That’s right. Let… I mean… Wasn’t that something though? Isn’t that something? I’m sure that’s something. But come on. Half of the word pizzeria is also half the word diarrhea. But that’s one thing that also bugs me in this country. How many people have you seen say the word pizza in this country, in South Africa? Pizza. Okay, okay. With a T. None. No, come on. I’ve met like two of like eight people I’ve ever met in South Africa. Say pizza. Pizza? Yeah, with a T. Oh, pit pit. You’re right! Okay, now that I think about it, but they’re mostly old people who really can’t talk English. That’s my circle of friends, ladies and gents. Old people who can’t talk English. back to a brand new episode of everyone’s favorite podcast the critical okay podcast I’m your co-host Nick and I’m Dave hello Dave hello Nick are you well yes I’m well I’m well thank you I really cannot explain how well I am so I’m just not gonna do it today you just you just know but the computers there’s no I can’t keep doing interesting banter when David asked me if I can do an interesting banter You’re deciding not to. Guess what I’ve got open right here. Yes, you’re right. It’s the same. The icebreaker list that chat GPT gave us. Oh, yes, of course. Yes, like we’d have to do anything anymore. Chat GDP will just tell us all the interesting icebreakers we can think of right? Exactly. Just do my job. Yeah, just do my job chat GPT, but I still want to get Moony. Yeah, well, that’s what everybody wants chat GPT. GPT to do. Uh, okay, chat, uh, chat, GDP. I’m gonna, can I call him Henry or something? Because chat GDP is starting to give me a stutter. Let’s call him Al. Let’s call him Al because that looks like the word AI. That’s true, okay. Al, what’s the icebreaker for today? Al is asking, if you could have any superpower, which one would you choose? Ah, fine. Everybody always says invisibility, and I think that’s just really lame because it’s not really… Any superpower? Yeah. Telekinesis. I’ve always been a telekinesis guy. I like that. I wouldn’t stand up ever. You wouldn’t stand up ever? No, I would just telekinesis myself to where I need to be. Okay, sorry. Wow, you took it kind of dark. Like, you’re just- you’re never exercising. Your bones, your muscles go into disarray because you float everywhere. I just float. You pull everything- what? Yeah, okay. I was just thinking I’d go to Vegas and control the roulette ball and like, nobody- Oooh, get yourself money. Yeah, right? Nobody could say I was like, cheating because nobody else has telekinesis. Yeah. But yeah, telekinesis is always mine. How about you? It would be… I would- I’m struggling between super speed- which is another boring one. Yeah. Not boring, but a lot of people use that. And… Duplication. Oh, duplicate. That one sounds thought out. Why duplication? Because then you can just duplicate everything. You’ve got this thing here that you can just make a duplicate of. Sure, there you go, there’s a duplicate. And now you can sell that one. Or you’ve got two of the thing. You don’t need to buy food ever, you could just duplicate this banana. That’s true, that’s true. You could just have… It’s at a good power because there’s like utility to it. Like anytime you run out of a screw, you can just make another one. Anytime you want a sandwich. And granted the money thing would be difficult because money is… numbered and stuff. I’m thinking too seriously into this like, okay but how would that work? Let’s see, can duplication actually? But yeah, duplication sounds fun. The things you could duplicate as well. It could be a fun one. There’s a lot of superpowers like flight, super strength, super speed, kamehameha-ing. Is that a verb? What’s the verb for kamehas? To kamehameha to have kamehameha No you’re right it has to be kamehameharing Wouldn’t that make sense? Yeah I think so So this week we kamehameha all over our Xbox 360s Woah That got overly weird My 360 was It was dripping in Kamehas. Okay, okay. I’m not gonna touch that one, I don’t think. Well, obviously you enjoyed this week’s game, by all accounts. I’m pleasantly surprised, right? Okay, well, ladies and gentlemen, this week’s game is, as I’m sure you noticed, is a Dragon Ball game, of the millions that seem to be out there. It was Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit for the PlayStation 3 or the Xbox 360, depending on which one you played. So I’m surprised that this game came out in 2008, which is… I don’t know, the maths is too hard for me to do, but it’s quite a long time ago. That is. And I remember buying this game. I was big into Dragon Ball Z. I know I’ve asked this of you before. Were you into Dragon Ball Z as a child? This? As an adult, I suppose? This is difficult to answer. Because… No. But also, it’s complicated. were you a fan because everybody else was and you just like tried to fit in? I was a fan because everybody else watched Dragon Ball Z and I was in aftercare at school so one out of every four or five days I’d get home in time to watch it. Yes yeah okay I’ll give you at like five o’clock I remember it was on exactly so I would not be able to watch it missed three episodes I But I know what’s going on. I know Goku, Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Nappa, Frieza, Cell, Boo, whoever. Oh yeah, that wasn’t too bad. That was not a bad list. So you know the arcs, like the Frieza arc, the Saiyan arc? Kind of. Kind of. I know Frieza does some horrible stuff. And I know Frieza’s got like five or six forms. He’s got one, two, three, four. five forms now but yeah you’re right um but yeah i was just intrigued because uh everybody like said with dragon ball z games most people grew up with it so that’s where a lot of its fan base comes from and that’s why they’ve made some god-awful games just because of the dragon ball z fan base do you know the dragon ball z’s are almost 40 years old as a franchise I know right? It makes sense I did not realize that. 1984 it came out the original just Dragon Ball there was no Zed or Zee at the end. Wait a minute but how old is the Kira Toriyama now? I don’t know, 609 or something. No he was a young fellow he must have been. But I couldn’t believe it was older than I am. But I do remember I’m not sure if you ever had the original Dragon Ball series. Just Dragon Ball. No Zed. I don’t know. It was when he was here. I don’t think so. a young boy adventuring with Bulma and taking down the Red Ribbon Army. It’s really just the main bad guy. Anyway, I digress. It’s got a massive fan base and I didn’t know it was that long. Now this game is developed by, I think you say Dimps? I found a really weird name for a company. A dumb name. Dimps? I just thought okay, but maybe it stands for something I don’t know about No, it’s an acronym or something. I don’t know but they made a ton of Dragon Ball Z games Not all of them it would seem and the most recent one they made Breakers that weird survival did they make breakers? They made breakers. Yeah. Wow, that’s still recent Yeah, I don’t know if it’s any good I know lots of people played it for the hype when it came out and I think it’s kind of dying down because there’s a game it’s kind of average or mid as the young people say. They did Soul Calibur VI, a few of the weird Sonic games for like the Game Boy Advance and stuff like that and the Digimon Arena style games, the battle spirits and stuff like that. Oh wow, okay so they’ve actually made quite a few games. Yeah, no they’ve been around for a long time. I don’t think any of them are any good. No. But they’ve made quite a few games. Well they had a hand, I think they had a hand in the Budokai series and the Budokai Ten I don’t say them. They all, the lists just all get the same to me. And some of those games are not too bad. And of course, it was published by Bandai, which we all must know Bandai by now because Elden Ring and Dark Souls. Yeah, if you listen to the show, you probably know Bandai now. Yeah, by all accounts. So, should we jump straight into narrative? Let’s go. The narrative for this game is essentially the narrative for every other Dragon Balls Yeah, that’s very true. All of them are just the same Stories over and over again, although I do this one Doesn’t include the Boo Saga, which is my favorite one. Yes. That’s what bugged me, too but You’re right. The Boo Saga is a great saga because I love fat boo or and I like bad boo and I like kid boo. I like all the boos. They’re the- Margin boo. Thank you, sorry. Well, see, there you go, see, you flexing there, you Dragon Ball knowledge. But that’s what got me about this because there’s so many games before this that did go up to the boo saga. Yeah. Like I don’t understand why you’d make a newer game because the other games were on PlayStation 2 and the other consoles at the time. And then just go up to the cell saga. I just feel that- kind of half-baked. I don’t know what it is. It is. I tried googling why they did that. It seems as though they didn’t have enough time. It was due to time constraints that they had to stop. Because if you’ve got Freeza and you’ve got Cell, it just makes sense to cap out this trilogy of sagas with Boo, Martian Boo, Boo and Kid, that entire bit. It makes complete sense to add that, but it seems like it was time constraints that forced who was it? Dimps? Dimps, yeah. Dumb name. Yeah. To not add the Boo Saga. So instead of making a half, a bad game, they just made a shorter game. Yeah, which was really, like I said, for me, I think everybody loves the three sagas, you know, the Saiyan saga. Well, I guess the Saiyan saga, four sagas. Four, sorry. the Freeza saga, the Cell saga, the Boo saga. You know, we all grew up with all four. We fundamentally watched all four. And to have a game missing one. Definitely all of us. Is kind of disappointing. But the weird thing is they did add like the what if alternate timelines type ones. There’s a fight there with Bardock that defeats Freeza. Do you know who Bardock is? That’s Goku’s dad. Nice. Yeah. And one where Broly comes to Earth just to find Kakarot because he’s really angry at Kakarot. He’s always really angry at Kakarot. He’s really angry at Kakarot and I’ve never really understood why. I’ve watched the movies and the whole premise was… One of the movies said they were just babies and they were crying together. And they got split up and… I don’t know, it makes no sense. But anyway, Broly is after Kakarot. I don’t think it does matter. Everyone is just there for… The kick-ass fight scene. That’s right. And Broly’s a badass, there’s no doubt. Exactly, exactly. That’s what I’m talking about. The fight scenes really are kick-ass. Yeah, 100%. That’s why a lot of people, mainly a lot of boys, fell in love with Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, GT, Super, I don’t know. Yeah, that’s right. All of the Dragon Ball shows. That’s why a lot of boys fell in love with this. Because it’s just badass dude bros fighting with other… Badass dude bros. And it gets very creative as well. I know, it is. It’s one of those… Break your limits. Lots of anime has that part where you transform or you push yourself further. This is why, strangely enough, Dragon Ball Z is played in gyms on the TV’s. A lot of gyms in America will actually play Dragon Ball Z on their TV’s because of the whole… Yes. Let’s get fit, let’s train and the… Push yourself further. That’s right, that’s right. It really is kind of inspirational to all the gym people out there. I think the entire genre is called Shonen. Yes, I believe that’s right, yeah. And it’s… the first Shonen I think that really gathered attention was Fist of the North Star. Wow, you are going back, you’re right, yeah. So I think it was a case of Fist of the North Star could walk so that Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z couldn’t run. No, I agree entirely. I’ve watched Fist of the North Star. Oh, wow! I know, I’m that old. Um, even, uh… Is his name Akira? What’s the gentleman we made? Dragon Ball Z, I know you remember that name. Yeah, Kiritori Yama. He actually quotes a quote as saying that Fist of the North Star was his inspiration for Dragon Ball Z. And you actually see the art style as kind of alike too. Yeah. That and Journey to the West? Yes, correct, yes. Yeah, you’re right. Um… It’s so influential. It’s so cool how things could influence a work and then how that work could turn out to be even more influential. That’s right, that’s very true. We’re in knock-on effect, right? Yes. Where something just gets massive due to something that was big and stuff like that. Exactly. You know, the only thing, the gripe about this game, and I know I’ve seen it a hundred times before, most people have seen it a hundred times before, but they don’t really explain what’s going on story-wise when you play the story mode. In burst limit now. Yeah. Inverse limit, the game we’re talking about now. It’s so next fight, next fight, next fight, next fight. They don’t really tell you, you know, that Freeza’s after the Dragon Balls and why you’re on Namek and all the other things that the little nuances the story has. It’s, if you didn’t know any of this, all you’ve got is big men fighting and then new planet big men fighting. Then a bug guy you’re fighting. Okay. I agree, but it makes you… if you’re making games for the newer generation, you need to try and make sure that they want to buy the next games, right? Agreed. Or you’re just making a shallow fighting game. Like, I know, it’s like, a hundred of those generic just fighting games out there. I don’t know, I get… you’re right that Dragon Ball Z was such a phenomenon, who doesn’t know it? But there are 12, 13, 14 year olds who don’t at least know the first lot. you know, started in on the Buu Saga, say, or something like that. I don’t know, it just felt rushed, like you’re not enjoying the story a bit. You’re right. When I started the Z Chronicles, which is basically the campaign in Burst Limit, it just… the scene immediately started, Goku was talking to Reddits, and you’re fighting. Yeah, exactly. Three lines in, absolutely nothing was explained. I think this game just assumes you’re already a you’re watching or have watched the anime or read the manga. Yeah, I agree. I think that’s exactly the stance they take. I just feel bad for new people because, you know, this is it. It changes it to generic fighter for people who’ve not watched the game. People watch the anime. So if you watch the anime, this is great. You relive the moments and you get to be Goku again and Gohan and stuff like that. You haven’t got that part. Yeah, you’re just like, oh, this is for some reason this guy’s hair goes yellow. That’s cool. You’re right, you’re right, you’re right. This game shouldn’t sacrifice story just because it assumes everyone else has already watched it. It shouldn’t do that. Although there have been so many Dragon Ball Z games. There have been so many. At that point it’s been around for more than 20 years. Even then was a very long time. Isn’t it the same like… with Lego Star Wars the video game. It hardly explained anything. It just put you in the game and told you, go play. That’s very true. Now I get what you mean. Yeah, you’re right. They just played the key points of the story, don’t they? But it doesn’t really, you don’t really get to know why you’re going here or going there. Yeah, I get maybe it’s just my bias between four narrative stories. Maybe I just noticed this was lacking one, but maybe you’re right, I’m being unfair. because maybe this wasn’t designed to be a story, this was designed to be fighting super saiyans, flashy, awesome, badass attacks and stuff like that. Maybe you’re right. Which it definitely does manage. It definitely does get that part of the game down. Because this was also the very first, how to say this, this is the very first Dragon Ball Z game to come out on the seventh generation of consoles. The PS3 and Xbox 360. It was. Meaning… This was the first time you could play a Dragon Ball Z game in HD. Yes. I forget that those are actually HD consoles, but yes, you’re right. Yeah, yeah, yeah. The early HD era is nothing. I’m not jealous at all. Those games are still a bit rough. Yeah, they do nowadays, but it’s funny how… Technically, yes, Burst Limit is the first Dragon Ball Z game that you were able to play in HD. Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 1… to 3 were all PS2. Those aren’t HD. The aspect ratio isn’t even 16 by 9. Yeah, that’s very true. A lot of the reasons for that is because the PlayStation 2 was massive in Japan and Asian countries and stuff like that. Because if you notice, they actually released PlayStation 2 games quite later on in the life of the PlayStation 2, whilst the Xbox was out. They still released Dragon Ball Z games when everybody was buying PlayStation 3. and Xbox 360s. Yes, yes, yes. But they were still releasing PlayStation 2. Quite famously, God of War 2 did that. Yes, that’s right. The PS3 has been out for a while and then Santa Monica released God of War 2, a very important game for the PlayStation 2. Yeah, because PlayStation 2 took a while to die because they sold so many units. It’s one of the highest selling consoles of all time. So yeah, people still pushed out PlayStation 2 and Dragon Ball Z was them. But you’re right, this made the jump to HD. The install base was massive. And I think would be the only reason that Burkaitenka Echibu 3 is more fondly remembered than Burst Limit. What do you think? Yes, yes, I agree. And like I said, Burst Limit, it’s missing stuff. There’s only 21 characters. Like even when you go, now I don’t really, people will argue this on the like 21 characters, but of course, Goku. without Super Saiyan is one and then Goku Super Saiyan one is another character and Goku Super Saiyan two is another character and I’m not sure if I agree It’d be the equivalent of saying like I don’t know Messy it isn’t the same character when he started playing football, but now he’s super messy Sorry, that sounded like a weird sentence to say. No, I get it I think a lot of people would argue that point as well. Yeah, I’m like there’s 21 characters, but the Buddha Kaiten Tanketsu 3 had 98 in the PlayStation 2. Whoa, whoa, not, sorry, 98. Yeah. Now granted they did continue the story to the Boo Saga and did some GT as well, Dragon Ball GT, so there are more characters to dive into. But I, Burst Limit’s only got 21. And it’s like- 98! Yeah. They put some, some bizarre ones in there that people- They still do that to this day, put characters in there that people like, you can play him? Okay. Like Shao Tzu. Yeah, I like Shao Tzu. But yeah, he was never strong, but I did kind of like him. But you have people like Jackie, there was a guy, not called Jackie Chan, Jackie Chun or something like that. Some sort of a, you can play him in some of the games and you can play generic characters that were sub characters in some of the games. But this one only has 21, that’s just your normal drip feeding of the androids, the gogoos and stuff like that. Oh goodness. I was thinking that Burst Limit was kind of on par with Burkai Tenkaichi 3. Oh no. It was just on a much smaller install base. Yeah, yeah, yeah. But no, it sounds like Burst Limit is just tiny in comparison. But I think you’re right, it could have been the trepidation of going to… the new platforms, you know, the PlayStation 3s and the Xbox 360s. Yeah, that could have played a big role into it. Could that not have had some impact on the development? Yeah, I would have said so. You know, remember, it’s a new development kit. I don’t know the problems in trying to make for these things. Maybe that was why it like if we were jumping into visuals. I liked it, right? Did you I thought it you can’t compare it to consoles nowadays, but it looked smooth and I like cell shading. I’ve always been a fan of the shell shading. It looks good. It looks good. I think the game looks so much better than I thought it would. Same, I remembered. Because it’s 15 years old, it came out when I was still very early in my high school career. I think it’s very difficult to try and have an anime which is a two-dimensional, how do I say this, piece of media, into a three-dimensional piece of media. There have been tons of pieces where that didn’t work at all and it looked horrible. Yeah, I know what you mean. The best, as of right now, the best those types of franchises can look is with, what are they called, Ox System Works? Oh yes, I know what you mean. I think they have gotten that style down, down to a T. Yeah, they really have. with FighterZ, but they were still experimenting a bit at this point with Burst Limit. Oh no, if you think the age gap between those two games, it’s quite large, right? That’s gotta be 10 years or so. Yeah, I think it’s exactly 10 years. Yeah, exactly. Yeah, I agree, I think you’re right, it’s still very pretty, and they did a very good job with the character models and the flashy attacks, which is, in a game like this, that is the most important. Like, you want to… a pretty looking character and you want to pull off a spirit bomb or a kamikaze or a rosenko or they’re all cool they don’t really matter. And you want it to look and feel cool. Yes, you want the powers that you could blow up the earth if you missed your shot. 100%. Yeah, no exactly. And they do that. The fighting bits are intense, the looks of each character are cool and of course whenever you pull off one of the super moves or you’re being used, even when a super move is being used on you, you do get that. Like whoa, this is this is just like the anime. This is just like remembering it as a kid. Yes, they do that very well but I also found that the scenery and the Arenas, I suppose you’d call them when you fight to be quite boring Even more say more boring than the PlayStation 2 counterparts. I get it. I get it I do think you raised an interesting point earlier where The development kits for the PlayStation 2 have been out by the time of burukai tenkaichi 3 for seven, eight years. Oh yeah, yeah. They’ve had seven or eight years to familiarize themselves with how to make games for the PlayStation 2. No, true. At the point when Burst Limit released, I think the 360 has only been out for two years. Yeah, it was one of the- And this was their first game. Yeah. So for a first pancake, I think this was pretty- good. That’s true. But it was it was never going to beat. Oh no. But if I think I achieve three. It’s funny you say that it’s like there’s still games today they released that don’t come up to. That’s why everybody’s so excited for four. Four’s been announced and two weeks and stuff like that. Because there’s something about that game. Is that going to be any good? Is that going to be good? I don’t know. It’s horrible. It’s hard to say because was kind of bad. But FighterZ was great. FighterZ, yeah. The 2D one. That was really, really cool. So you’re hopeful and… It’s five years old and it’s still got a competitive scene. Yeah, and Kakarot was kind of meh. You know, the Kakarot game that came out recently, it was more open-worldy type scenario. They were trying something new. It was okay, but it wasn’t great. So we hope, you know, you just… It’s one of those things with any IP and game you look forward to and you think and you just cross your fingers like don’t ruin it, don’t ruin it, don’t ruin it, don’t ruin it. They can’t, they’re not allowed to ruin it. Who’s developing it? Do we know? I don’t really know. I’m guessing it’s Dimps because they’re not dead. That company’s been around for years, it is still going. I’m gonna Google it. I hope it’s not Dimps. It can’t be Dimps. Please let it not be Dimps. Okay, I’m excited now. Is it Dimps? But if I… I don’t. I don’t… there’s nothing here. There’s nothing here. The internet has nothing about it on there. It’s disappeared. It looks incredible though. Oh yeah, it should. Cell shading stuff, I don’t know why. It just hits that nostalgia button for me. I love cell shading things. Be it Dragon Quest, Dragon Ball Z games, anything else that’s been using it. I can’t think of. But anyway, this game looks much better than I thought it would. I don’t know how much of that is just because it’s in HD now or how much of that is a Kira Toriyama style. Yeah, yeah. A lot of it did look just good. A lot of it just did not land. Did you see the outfit Raditz was wearing? His normal sa- Time to gossip. Oh, did you see Reddits outfit? Yeah, did you see? I can’t believe that was so last year and he was just there standing. No, okay. He truly wore that. What a brave man. Oh yeah, what a brave look. Oh, I- no, I’m not entirely- his Saiyan armor or am I- did I miss something? His Saiyan armor, those shoulder pads, extended for miles. His- his were quite large in the anime, but I know what you mean, yeah. His- Those are so far from functional, it makes zero sense. But that was a curatorium of style, and it doesn’t have to make sense. Yeah, you’re not- Because it looks cool. He’s too famous and big now for you to question it. You know, you can’t question those pads. No, no, no. If I stood next to reddit, people would think he’s the cool one. I’d be the wimp. Damn straight, damn straight. You don’t know what those pads could be for, like lifting logs. No, no, no. Maybe they’re floaties when you go swimming. There could be utilities in there. They’re multifunctional pads! Exactly. You just don’t know. Granted, flying, they’d go against you. Yeah, it’s super smart. You just don’t know why. That’s the thing. No. Raditz is on another level with their shoulder pads. He’s gone, don’t diss Raditz. Raditz was cool. But Akira Toriyama’s style is in this game. It has to be in this game. And I’m glad to see that it is. It’s very good, it’s very nice. Yeah, for me and for a lot of other people, just his style is the nostalgia. We don’t really care the stories, just the look, the keys, the weird hair, everything about it is just, I’m biased, I love it all. And this, you’re right, I had that same feeling when I went to this game and I played all the newer ones, I thought, well, the graphics are gonna look meh because it’s how many years old now. But I was shocked when you look at it and you go, Well they actually look kind of smooth and kind of nice. And the animation, there’s this part where Piccolo does a finger blast. Um, not a finger blast. I don’t know what it’s called but it’s definitely not called a finger blast. Finger blast. I’m laughing at you. And Goku and Raditz fall to the ground in slow mo. I thought, oh that’s some, that’s good animation. I think it’s special beam cannon. Something like that. I’m trying to sit here and just fill up the air with me trying to think what it’s actually called. But yeah, no, that’s cool bit. It’s an iconic bit as well. But the animation is messed about. It was really, really well done for its time. All we can say is this does look really good. It does the key bits of the anime and the story really well. They’ve spent some time actually… doing those bits really well, where Goku gives up his life, sorry spoilers, to help take down Raditz and the like. No, it’s, it is good. Eventually it does everything it needs to. Yeah, but there are other games that came out in 2008 that I don’t, that this game is on par with. Yes. That’s the thing, this game is on par with the biggest games from that time. Even the animation looks better. This game, just, I love the colour. that bouncing out from a burst limit, almost called it raging blast, burst limit. Yeah. Other games from 2008, I’ve got GTA IV, Metal Gear Solid 4, Call of Duty 5, gray, bland, nothing. We had an era of dark games. Left 4 Dead? Yeah, it’s true. There are zero color in these games. Is that when Left 4 Dead came out? Jeez. Yeah, the first Left 4 Dead, 2000. Can you believe that? No, I can’t. Wow. Zero color in any of those games and then you look at burst limit. Yeah, I know it is. It almost feels like an assault with the saturation levels. Yeah, no, in a good way. In a good way. Like your contrast has turned up too high on your tv and stuff like that. Yeah, something like that. Yes, yes, that’s what I mean. It’s, I’m just a big fan and I was impressed. There’s one bit that bugged me though. Go for it. Does it seem like there was a slight blur? on everything? Like a… what do they call it? Yeah I know what you mean. I didn’t really see that but… It looked like a little tiny bit of fog or hue. On everything. Which made everything just a tiny bit glowy. It depends on… I guess in theory it depends on what screen you’re playing on. Were you playing on a monitor or were you playing on a big ass TV? Yeah it was on my monitor, not a television. It’s like we… It was funny, we were talking about this, my wife and I were talking about this the other day, which she plays Pokemon Violet and Scarlet. I know, it’s horrible to have to admit that live. Yes. And she put it on our new TV, and it looks insane. Like, it’s so much worse than when you play it on the… It’s just such a joke when you play it on a big 50 inch screen. Just because you’re magnifying with the fault? It’s just, yeah, it’s insane. It’s like you can see the… It’s like Minecraft, but Pokemon. I’m just wondering if the… Because we’re playing on such high-def TVs and stuff now, if it does come across all… ..um… I don’t… ..like, faded and blurry because it doesn’t… Probably, probably if I… ..because it’s only 1080 or whatever. If I put my 360 into my television, maybe it would look like that, but I put it in my monitor… Yeah, that’s true. ..which I know shouldn’t have done that. Is it 1080 or 720? It’s 1080. Is it 1080? Okay, go on. It is 1080, that’s right. Or it’s supposed to be. Well, yeah, I didn’t necessarily see that, but maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough. But it was all blurry. The character models, the arena stages, stuff like that. No. Oh, what was just blurry? The characters? No, during the gameplay and the cutscenes. Oh, OK. In theory. The menus and the every select thing. That was fine. I didn’t have an issue with that. Yeah, I know. But anyway. one thing that was definitely not blurry and was an ab just a yeah i’m gonna say orgasm an absolute orgasm for my eyes and ears was the intro yeah i was gonna ask you about the intro what did you think about the intro it was cool right so cool so cool not cringe no although it was close to that line i think it was just on the cool side Yeah, but that can be said for any Dragon Ball Z opening song, even the anime and the games. They’re so iconic, but they’re also really bad. Like the lyrics, I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love it, I’m not hating on it, but some of the lyrics in either English or even the Japanese ones were a bit balmy. But they do, as the youngsters say, slap. It does, it really does. I am so surprised. Because usually these intro songs annoy me. Yes, I know what you mean. Because Japanese franchises, they feel the need to add an intro song to everything. Oh, this is an anime about a girl stuck in a trench for a month in World War II. I’m surprised that’s not actually an anime. Yeah, that sounds good. But yes, you’re right. What’s the opening song? Yes, it’s gonna have this big, flashy pop rock intro song with sparkles. That’s right. It’s huge money in Japan and stuff like that, but you’re right, it’s over the top, it’s extreme. That’s right. This is one of the two cases I do understand it and I could not skip it. I actually let the menu just run its course so I could listen to it again. Because it was a great song. This is one of the two times it’s happened. It really was. It was a great tune. It’s a great tune. Anyone listening to this thinking, what does the song sound like? Just go on YouTube and look for… Burst Limit Intro Song. Do it, do yourself a favor, it’s good. Yeah, it is. It really, it’s, it’s too good for just the game. Like this should have been an opening anime song to the anime and stuff like that. It was, it was designed just for this game. And it is, but you’ve got a bit of a cravia to it. You have to enjoy the anime type things. If you’re into classical music and stuff, you might be a little confused by it and the like. But it is. I know the energy it just it just puts across what you’re doing the energy of the song the looks of the songs the Everything about it makes you want to fight aliens This isn’t my cup of tea I’ve said as much but I have to admit the absolute Bombast it brings. Yeah, no doubt. It’s just it’s perfect It really is. If you watch that, there’s no chance in hell you’re not ready to kick some ass in this game. Yeah, exactly. No, it’s full energy. It’s a full Switch On type song to get you energized for it. Yes. Which is hard to do. It’s hard to actually get that. And like you said, not make it too cheesy that you just want to skip it. Because, you know, oh, it’s one of these songs. It’s just generic cheese. I don’t… I think… How they went about this, they must have. The composer sat down and he thought, okay, the intro song, it’s the most important song for the entire game. So he sat down with his with his notepad and his pencil and he did one of those, ooh, what’s that moment when all the math runs around your face? Oh, one of those, uh, beautiful minds. Beautiful mind. A beautiful mind moment. He was just thinking, okay, we need to add in rock. We need to add in the vocals of high-pitched singer man. We need to add in a symphony orchestra. We need to add in some crowd chants. Yeah. Somehow they added all of that. At the end, at the end of the song, when the crowd is chanting, you’re chanting with. Yeah, it’s… It’s weird, isn’t it? Because you’re right. And you’re not right by the whole premise that they had to put a lot of money and effort into it because there are animes and stuff out there that are famous just by the opening song and not actually famous for what’s actually in the story of the anime or how it’s developed or comes across. So it is super serious. It’s super serious. The opening songs and then a little less serious the ending songs. Yes. But it’s… I don’t get it! But this is one of the few times I do this. That’s right. And Persona 5 Royal. The only times I got it. Oh yeah, Persona Survive Royal is a bit of a special case. They knock out the… I think everybody would agree they knock out the part. Persona… I’m gonna… That sound shock is amazing. I’m gonna watch it again after we’re done recording here. But it’s fun to think that, like I said, Nick’s got a background in music. And the idea that this isn’t normally your type of music, but this one just… I don’t know, just hits right… That’s what I like about… just music in general. I’m not a big music person. You know, I listen to, I don’t, my wife listens to Spotify a lot. I just listen because she’s there. But there were just some songs, some songs that doesn’t matter what genre it is, even if you’re not used to it, if it’s another language, just, just is good. And this, and this is one of them. And, and Japan’s got a few that just hit so well. Um, what did you think of the voice acting in this game? The voice act. Oh, you can’t. I can’t. I did. The voice acting. Of course I looked up the voice actors. I didn’t need to. It is so obvious that these are the original voice actors. Yes, yes. So you played it in Japanese because you can do the English dub too. Really? In the options, yeah. Oh, my game started with the English dub. Yes, okay, yes. Sorry, yes it does, but you can swap it to the Japanese, sorry. Yes, it does. That’s very cool, I didn’t know that. No, I did the English because this is the only anime where the English dub’s better. I’ll give you that I can’t stand Goku in the Japanese dub because his voice is so childlike and annoying. But yes, I do enjoy the dub of Dragon Ball Z. I love Vegeta. I’m not like, I love Vegeta. Vegeta’s such a dry… And I thought it was good in this, didn’t you? Good. Go on. No! No? What? Okay. The cutscene, well… No, no, definitely not good. legendary! There we go, there we go. It is phenomenal! I had to go look up videos. So the voice actor for Goku in the Funimation dub is a guy called Sean Chameleau. There it was, I knew he knew his name, I just couldn’t get it. Go on. This is the guy, this is the guy we all know as Goku. Yes, 100%. And he is still Goku in this game. I’m so impressed, I really am. is a guy called Christopher Sebbett. Yeah, that’s right, that’s right. I might recollect. I never knew he was also the voice of Piccolo. Yes, but it’s weird. Now you know that, you’re hearing. Now you’ll know that he’s the voice of Piccolo. You can then spot it. But yeah, granted, two of the best characters. I don’t know who got the best gig there. Goku is cool, don’t get me wrong. Yeah. You combine Piccolo and Vegeta, I think those are a cooler set of characters. And his voice is a bit… They are, they are, until, until Goku starts shouting. I’m not surprised. And it just gets their quotes, yeah, seriously. That is incredible. Their poor vocal chords. Yeah, they really do take a beating whenever it’s a dramatic transformation in the voice. No, but look at, I’m sure these are fringe cases, but look at how famous it has made them. Oh, yes. It has set them up for life. Like we said, this is a 40 years old. I don’t know who did the original voice. I don’t think Dragon Ball, who did the original Dragon Ball. But Sean… Shamil is it? I know it. I’m just gonna say Sean Shamil. Because it reminds me of Marvel because his name’s alliterative. So I always think Sean Shamil is Goku when he pulls off his work clothes. He’s been doing it for over 30 years! You know to think about a lucrative gig like you started off at like 20 days And you’re now like 50 and you’re still going into the studio to transform once again as Goku That is a cool job whatever happens in life And it’s not easy shouting like go. Yes, right, but we did just now It’s I could not do that for an hour. No, it’s not you what they have to do. It really is bizarre and But like you say, all credit to them. Everything about it. Yes, definitely. And more. The sound, the voice actors, it’s got the same level that the anime does. It’s so dramatic. It’s so insane. And that’s what you’re there for. Yeah, exactly. Like I said, we’re taught how the story is a bit hit and miss, it doesn’t really fill it in. But those segments, and when it’s voice acted the way it is, you don’t really… That’s one part you don’t need to know. You need to know there’s drama here. This is life or death, this is the end of the world, this is the last moment that we may win or lose and that is portrayed in the voice acting with everything. It is so good. It is so good. How about that? Go on, sorry. I just, before we end with audio, I just really like that when you’re fighting, the music is turned up to 10. You just get this loud rock music while you’re beating up whoever you’re fighting against. It’s very good. It’s very satisfying and cathartic. I’m a big fan. That’s it. I’m done with audio Okay, should we jump into gameplay then? So let’s do it. I know this was hit and miss for me. I don’t know what you thought I Never really at this point. I’ve played more burst limit now than i’ve ever played burhati and kaiichi Games, yeah So I can’t really compare it to them. I can only compare it to the naruto fighter games Okay, yeah, they’re quite a good base. They fundamentally have the same type of aspects to them. I don’t know if this is an unpopular opinion at all, but I think the Naruto fighter games are better. Uh, see, the thing is, I’d agree. And it depends on which Naruto fighting game you’re actually talking about. Oh, geez. No, okay, never mind. There are loads, but you’re right, there’s something about the Naruto games which, there’s kind of like a weird visceral and it’s very balanced. the fighting in Naruto games. I found this game to be not so much. It’s one of those games where the fighting is the predominant point and they try to make it. There’s some complexity into it. I know it’s a bit, it’s a bit, I remember the gentleman who made the game. They said they were making a Dragon Ball Z game, not a fighting game. But when you play the fighting game, the mechanics in it are somewhat complicated. So it feels a lot more like a fighting game. For example, you’ve got the drama pieces. Which- Yes, yes, yes. Okay, yes, I like those. Those were great because I forget the requirements to pull them off. So I just loaded myself up with the drama pieces where I could. And then during a fight, it was genuinely a surprise to me when they happened. which for somebody who doesn’t really read or know what’s going on, that actually added another layer of fun for me, because all of a sudden Krillin would throw me a Zenzu beam or something like that, and I’d be like, whoa, that’s so handy. I have no reason why this is happening, but awesome. And it feels like a real fight, not something orchestrated. But I can see how competitively that you’d actually plan your health going under a certain amount or counter something. I know they have requirements to activate which is quite complex if you were thinking Oh, I’m halfway down to the health now. So if I do this and this I’ll get a Zenzubeen or a powerup or something. So I… The fighting is fun, but I found the complexity of it later on is actually quite hard Like I couldn’t complete this game if it was on hard mode like normal mode was was fine but if this is on hard or extra hard I would have been screwed. The fighting system is a bit too complex for me. No I am, I do get that. I am horrible at fighting games. I do not play fighting games so when I need to like this week I put them on easy and just fumble my way through so my opinion really should not. When it comes to the gameplay for these games my opinion should not be taken highly at all. And the one thing, this is gonna sound weird, and I’m sure people out there, I’m sure it’s one that either you agree or disagree, a lot of the PlayStation 2 games, you could charge your key by pressing, I think one of the R buttons, I forget what it is. So when you’ve knocked down, say, Vegeta, and he’s on the ground, you’d fly to the air and go, ah, and you’d see that cool energy spikes going around you. Oh yeah, oh, that’s cool. This game doesn’t have that. Your energy, your key just gradually builds on its own, which is kind of- it ever so slightly takes the fun out of it. Kind of. I think they turned it around. Well, you don’t need to charge up to become stronger, but once it is charged up passively, you then press a button to fight as charged up man. Correct. Yeah. And it’s more about power management that way, right? Like, are you going to use this blast or are you going to wait until you can use the fully powered I think what they thought was in the BIRUKAI TENKAI ECHI games half or a third of the match was charging up your ki. Yes, that’s very true. Yeah, it was. It was very important. Where and with burst limit, they changed that up so that you the full extent of the match was fighting. You just every now and then have enough ki to become to fight harder. Yeah, or transform and the like. Yeah. Something. And I don’t know which I prefer. Yeah, I don’t know if it’s just the nostalgia hitting me because I had such a love for the PlayStation 2 era in general. And you’re right, am I just being a bit fussy? It doesn’t really break the gameplay at all. Like you said, once you see your gauge full to level four, five, three, or whatever, you then know that you can pull off this move, that move, or even later on, the complexity is that you can actually guard against their super moves when you’re a certain level of power. Yeah, this is just far too hard for me to try and work out. And but apart from the fact that… I always found it weird he said this was a Dragon Ball Z game, but it’s fundamentally… It’s got the fighting game platforms, you know, the time attack, the survival, the tournament. Yes, yes. Every fighting game has one of those in it, which… I don’t… I’ve never really understood that. I’ve never gone, ah, this game was great. Now I want to see if I can do it under a time limit, or I want to see how many fights I can take without dying. It’s all just faux replayability. Right, it is, yeah, exactly. They’re trying to add some replayability without putting in a lot of work. That’s all it is. And nowadays you kind of unlock tokens and cosmetic outfits and stuff, so there’s a degree of… if you want this outfit then do the time attack in under five minutes so i can see the achievement based thing but these games didn’t have that it was just like a i guess we have the achievements from xbox i guess they were on there somewhere in regards to playing these but they just i’ve never felt the draw to those aspects of fighting games but then like you i’m not a huge fighting game fan i’m a huge dragon ball z fan but not fighting game and that’s the appeal i think a lot of people are just dragon ball z fans and would buy this game if it was a puzzle game Yes, I agree. I agree. Anything with like the Dragon Ball Z just slapped onto it. Yeah, if you get Sean Shamel Shemble shouting in the background, people would buy this game. Well, yeah, exactly. And it’s like the card game, right? There’s a card game out which, you know, people are just buying because it’s Dragon Ball Z. Yes, exactly. Yeah, there’s I think there’s even digital versions of that game. I’m not entirely sure. Also not a C. But yeah, it’s for fans. This game is great. For gamers, this game is okay. It’s not bad. I don’t think, I think nothing about this game I could consider that bad. The loading screens were a tad annoying, but then we’re just so used to fast loading screens now. That is it. We are. And I think the loading screens for this game. does what every other Dragon Ball Z game has done since forever, which they give you something interactive. Yeah, I know. I do like that part of them. That is quite a clever little bit. I’ve always wondered that if you’re interacting with the loading screen with the little games, is your loading screen now taking longer because you’re using, I don’t know, CPU power to play the little game on the screen? I’ve never really known if that’s… Probably. I don’t know. I don’t… I don’t… hmm… It would suck if that is the case. Yeah, right? I’ve always wondered that. If you’re playing with this loading screen is keeping you from playing the actual game. Like, are you adding five seconds, or five seconds is a lot, but like two seconds to the loading screen because you’re playing it so you could be playing the game? Yeah. Anyway, I digress. Like I said, it would then be better. Uh… a 6 second interactive loading screen or a 3 second black screen? Ooh, I’d say interactive. I’d give you… I would say that too! I’d say that too! Although I think that would be a very divisive argument. Yeah, people, like I say, we’re… We’re… We could say… I still like Netflix or… No, not Netflix. YouTube. Adverts. And everybody’s like, oh, god damn, I have to wait 30 seconds, 45 seconds for these adverts to go by. Yes. We’re- I’m of the era where we had two and a half minutes to three on TV. I’m sure you must have been around. And I know it’s a very boomer thing to- to moan about. But- Yeah. We are very- like with PlayStation 5, everything loads so quick and with the- Instantaneous. Transitions and stuff. It’s so awesome. So yeah, you’re right, these- Most people probably want a quicker transition nowadays compared to an interactive game, but it’s an interesting question to pose. I guess it’d be interesting to see if Burukai Tenkaichi 4 still has interactive loading screens. I kind of hope it does. How on earth are you going to make a one second loading screen interactive? That’s true. Are they going to have to actually expand their loading screens just to play a game in it? I kind of hope they do, but they probably won’t. But I hope so. Anything else gameplay you wanted to talk about? No, I was trying to segue into performance with the loading screen. What out of all the DBZ games loading screen like interactive loading screens, which one would be your favorite? Oh my favorite was the, uh, Boudiccai 3 had the, you know, Saber Man is the little… Cybermen. Cybermen then, sorry. I like the little one that grew out the ground and you used to just wiggle the sticks to see how many you could get to grow out the ground at the time. Okay. And it would be a tiny competition between… Yes, it really would. It really would. You’d go to school and say, Hey, hey, Joshua, I got seven Cybermen. Huh? How about that, Joshua? Stick that up your arsehole. It would obliterate your analog sticks as well. So you would genuinely like just destroy your controller to get those Cybermen up there, which is quite funny. But no, it was a good game. I was still to the stage. I still do that whenever it loads up. Oh, that’s so cool. I don’t remember a lot. I remember there’s one of Goku just eating bowls and bowls. That’s right, the bowls of food. And the faster you tapped, the bowls would stack up. Yeah, that’s right. That’s right. There was one where… And one of… Go on. One of… Is it… I can’t remember. Is it Go-Tanks ghosts? Oh, yes, you can get the amount of ghosts. That’s… Go… What was it? Trunks and Go-Tanks. Yeah, that’s Go-Tanks, right? I think you’re right. I think so. Yeah, that’s right. How many ghosts you can make him make, right? The spit ghost things. I liked those. They were kind of see how quick you can tap and how many you can make. Yeah, that’s right. They could get kind of competitive. Instead of this one where, granted, it looks cool, you could just slosh around all seven Dragon Balls. Yeah, that’s right. And I know one of the games has Gohan pulling the sword of Z out the ground or something. I can’t remember what the… which game that was from, you probably haven’t played it. You just… You know when Gohan has to pull that sword out of the ground to train? Yes. It’s that little animated bit and you see how many swords you can pull out of the ground. Oh wow. Okay, there’s a ton, there really is a lot. I think the performance for this game is fine, it runs well, smooth enough, I don’t have any issues, I just don’t like how… I had to do the training because I’ve not played these games yet. Yeah. divided into tiny chunks and to access each chunk you need to go through a loading screen to get into the battle arena. That’s right. And a loading screen to go back to the menu and it takes the actual training takes 10 seconds. Yeah but the loading like 20 minutes. Exactly the loading so I didn’t like that and I know that’s not as much performance as it is just the design of the game. But you’re right, it’s a bit of a weird… I’m trying to think of the training parts of the other games, if you did like that, but I know what you mean, because they give you… This is how you learn how to block. Now block is attack, and then you block it. And then they go, well done! Now load the next training scenario, right? And you need to go back to the menu for the through loading screen. And then back into the through loading screen. The game is… the design is great. I really like that your go on… Can’t go on being trained by Piccolo because that actually happened in the series. Yeah. That’s cool. Don’t put it behind 25 loading screens. Yeah, I know. I remember that. It’s a weird thing you mentioned it now because I didn’t. Of course, I jumped straight in because I’m such a pro at these games. But no, you’re right. That is a bit of a weird. A weird. thing to add why do you have to go back to each menu each time i’m trying to think of that was padding i think it’s just padding right or if you want to know a very specific thing that you forgot yeah that’s true yes do that very specific training yeah true because the complex stuff is quite hard to pull off but like you said with like this is punch this is look around the arena this is guard you could make that all one training yes they really just have one a training bit just to explain to you This is the health bar. This is the key bar. Okay, bye! No, I got you. It’s weird to think that now, because I’m trying to think of that as the standard back with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. But it wasn’t. There were so many complex fighting games back in that era of games, which didn’t do it. Yeah, it’s weird. I give you, it’s a weird thing to put under performance. But it is a bit of a fault. Just because it’s behind all the loading screens. Yeah, it really is. It’s not smooth. It’s not… I know it is actually an issue with game design. Yes, yeah, that’s right. There would be games… But no, it’s a good point to bring up because that is frustratingly annoying. That’s a lot of your time gone into loading screens and having to do this and then having to do this and then… Well done. Now load the next screen and have the same piccolo and the same go on just standing there waiting to teach you the next bit. But the value for money is… think something completely different. Is, has this game garnered a bit of a cult following? Are boxed copies of this game worth more? No. No? Okay. Alright. No, this is one of those games that didn’t have a massive following. Like most people are the same as us. We said this wasn’t a bad showing, but it’s not. iconic it’s not one i have it’s not burkha tenka ichi 3 yeah exactly like that the copies of that game for playstation 2 will cost you more than getting a copy of this game for xbox 360 i’ve seen copies of this game on ebay and the like for like 10 it’s not hard it was printed a lot it was in always in the shops there was lots and lots of copies of it it’s not hard to find it just came after burkha tenka ichi 3 so they knew people were gonna buy it. Yes. Capitalize on that. That’s very true. Which they did. I couldn’t find it anywhere, which is interesting. I couldn’t find it anywhere digitally. I couldn’t find it on like Xbox or um. Oh. Could you? I looked it up. I couldn’t find anything on PlayStation Network. No. Steam. I don’t know who owns the IP and stuff now. I don’t know if they let out to be licensed to other platforms. But yeah, all I could find was physical copies and they are quite out there. They are everywhere. Ten dollars. even cheaper potentially. Alright. So value wise it’s not, sadly you’re right that the Dragon Ball Z games, some of them have increased in value massively like the Game Boy Advance versions and stuff like that. The, what’s, Legacy of Goku. Yeah that’s right, those ones which annoys me because I had them and I lost them and they’re worth quite a lot of money now. And they’re good little games, they used to love those games. Yeah those games are worth a lot. There’s some other Dragon Ball Z games that have held their… price mark. I would say they’ve gone up a lot but they’re still the same price as you’d buy them. Yeah. This sadly was not one of them. Well that just means if this game is for you, you could get into it quite cheaply. Yes that’s right. That’s right. And if you like it you get you can get a lot of bang for your buck. Yeah it’s one of those other weird things because this game has quite a okay multiplayer to it. I was reading that Xbox is no longer supporting 360 multiplayer in July of next year. It’s literally… it’s gonna die. So it takes… if you’re into the whole multiplayer scene, the multiplayer fighting scene, that kind of takes a lot of the value out of it when you can no longer do matchups and stuff like that online. Online you mean? You can still play couch-coach? Of course. But yeah, like I said, value-wise, I didn’t give it the greatest score because… Like I said, narratively it does the segments, it’s got the time attack, it’s got the survival mode, it’s got… It’s got like a… again, this is a one-time play thing and then you put it back on the shelf in my opinion. I have… I think I literally did that. I have a copy of this game and I think I literally did that. What do you think? I think if you’re a fighting game person and a Dragon Ball Z person, this would have been your go-to game, I don’t know, up until maybe Raging Blast released. I’m not into this scene as much as other people would be, but I do think though that this game is cheap enough that if you want to check it out and maybe see if it’s for you, you can do that. So for not a lot of money, Oh, but this released for $60 back in the day. Yeah, it really did. Yeah. And it’s and it’s missing the boo saga. That bugs me. It’s got 21 characters. Oh, yeah. OK. No, you’re right. I guess you’re right. Not as much value for money as. Other previous entries. Correct. Yeah, that’s what bugs me the most. That’s exactly it. There’s granted, of course, the PlayStation 2 didn’t have multiplayer, did it? So you could add, well, this has multiplayer, the PlayStation 2 variants don’t. But the PlayStation 2 variants have got so much more. There’s so much fun to it as well. Budokai, as you were saying, there’s a ton of grinding in there to unlock capsules, to unlock special powers and stuff like that. Yeah, there’s a ton to it. This game’s just missing that part, that part of, I want to get this. I want to I want to raise him to the max level here. It’s just. Like you said, I think you’re right when you said it’s their first foray into the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. And so they did it a bit conservatively. They treaded water to see how it would go. Treaded? Is that a word? Trod? Trod water? I don’t know. But yeah, this is my first time ever playing Dragon Ball Z Burst. But I think I was pleasantly surprised with how it looked. Definitely how it sounded and the gameplay was fine as well Which is making me excited because apparently the Tenkaichi Burukai series is much better Yes, yes as a series. It’s very and it’s getting a sequel next year. Yeah, so There’s a lot to look forward to what fingers crossed like they don’t mess it up Right, definitely full of loot boxes and microtransactions and stuff like that. Don’t even I know right don’t even say it No, this game, I was pleasantly surprised. I think I would play it again if I… I wouldn’t hate it if I had to play it again. Yeah, same. That’s the same mentality I would have. I wouldn’t hate it. I would play it. I’m definitely gonna listen to the intro again on YouTube. Yeah, it’s a banger. Slow down. Right? Yeah, so we scored this game as best as we could, although… Don’t take these scores seriously. We’re not fighting game fans. That’s true, yeah. We do these because we have to, so we can call this a review. Our scores, let’s see here. Our scores, we left in a field and got abducted by a big green alien and was trained up to one day return back and help us fight against an invader called Freeza. Was that right? Did I get the story right with Gohan? Yes, kind yeah kind of but yeah kind of it was I don’t know I only watched DBZ from peer pressure. Piccolo trained Gohan to fight the Saiyans that were coming down But some of the training did help him fight Frieza later on so you were fundamentally correct. Okay alright Well our scores then fought the Saiyans into a pulp that looked like the red the letter grade rating of C-plus Which is an above average game. Good game. And like you said, for a fighting game which we’re not huge fans of, that’s actually a really good score. Exactly. It’s not even our normal cup of tea. It’s just… No. But we still gave it a C+, because we can see… We enjoyed it, and people into that genre would really enjoy it. So yeah, it’s definitely a game to give a go. This gameplay loop is not for us. Exactly. And we gave it a C+. If it is for you, it’s gonna be great. And then it’s gonna be even better when you play PURKATENKAI G4. No, yeah, exactly. Yeah. You’re gonna be like, well, that game was good, and then play. It’s so weird to go back a generation in consoles and be like, whoa, why is this game better? Like, this game is just so much better. Yes! It’s weird that that’s a thing, but it’s true. At least in our opinions, it’s very true. But yeah, thanks for listening to this week’s episode of the Critical Arcade Podcast. If you’d be so kind, you could leave us a review. I think it helps, I don’t know, probably not. But you can follow us on social media. Do it anyway! Follow us on social media on threads, maybe not threads, Instagram, definitely Instagram, and email! You can catch me at nec at CriticalRK.com. And I’m Dave at CriticalRK.com. Besides your email, Dave, what else can we follow you? Oh well, I am out and about. The weather is good in South Africa at the moment. A bit windy, but good. So I will be out and about, but if you do spot me out and about, I am afraid I will add a loading screen between every word that I say. So anytime you want an answer, I’ll be the, and then there’ll be a little loading screen. Reason, and then there’ll be a loading screen. Now if that’s your thing, which would be really weird by all accounts, if that was your thing, then by all means find me. but it will take a very long time and you’ll be wasting both our time. So just, yeah, just don’t find me. Don’t do it. If it is your thing, you’re lying. I always, we do these bits and I feel like later when we’re super famous, I’m gonna have to do this like, where’s Wally thing. in like a comic con because people have to actually find him so i’m gonna be hiding in a box next to a bin in this far corner of comic con somewhere in los angeles and there’s gonna be a whole thing oh we found him sorry that’s where my mind goes probably finding him is not gonna be the issue it’s gonna be the following part that’s true that’s true that’s valid that’s very true anyway don’t follow dave rather support us on patreon for exclusive content uh like Critical Cinema and our post show, which you should definitely check out. What have we got lined up for next week, Dave? Next week’s game, I believe it’s one of our indie 500s, which is always one of our favorites. It’s weird that with all the AAA titles coming out, we genuinely kind of get more excited by indie games, which I don’t know if that’s the weird state of the world we live in the game industry, but we are. And we’re playing a game called Eagle Island Twist. Which to me sounds like just three words put together, so I’m fairly intrigued. What the hell? Like, let’s call it Super Mega Island Fun. So yeah, Eagle Island Twist. I don’t know what it’s about. Just call it, just call it Adjective Noun Verb. Yeah, that’s right. Noun Verb. It’s like somebody asked ChatGDP, pick three words that sound cool and turn it, and like, there you go. I don’t know if there’s an eagle. I’m presuming it’s on an island. And I’m looking forward to the twist. So yeah, by all means. Whoa, nice. So tune in next week when we play the indie game Eagle Island Twist, which I don’t think either of us have ever heard of, which is exciting. It’s always fun to dive into those. It definitely is. Yeah, thanks again for listening to this week’s episode of Critical Locate. We’ll see you next week. Cheers.
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