Get balls and blow up stuff
Dragonball z plays like the original budokai series as it is a 3-d fighter. The ki gauges do not need to be charged as much as you hold the ki button to launch energy attacks with the amount of ki of your choosing, but you still have to use all of your ki to use an ultimate attack. The format is familiar as you have a powar attack, regular attack, and a ki attack. You also can activate your ki in two ways, one way unlocks new stuff for you character such as a dragon rush. The other just enhances your attacks and gives you a break attack which can't be blocked. You can also choose between which ultimate attack you want when you select a character and which drama pieces you want.
Dragonball z burst limit also introduces a new concept called drama pieces. These are activated by certain requirements that happen during battle. These are a nice addition, but it slows down the fighting and i would rather have a much more in depth story mode telling me the story of dragonball z. The gameplay also just feels slower than the original budokai trilogy. The moves also seem harder to pull off as you sometimes have to activate your ki energy to teleport and the back and forth action from budokai 3 is slowed down considerably. You also can no longer string together a combo and finish with a death move, they are now seperate which makes it easier to dodge those ultimate moves. Online the game is the same with an even slower pace as a small amount of lag is present.
Sound wise the game seems more aimed towards kids. The sounds of fighting and such are all there, but the music seems to be more upbeat. The hardcore madness of guitar and simple lyrics is not present and the voice acting is just awful and doesn't get you into the already bad story.
Graphically is where the game shines, the character models and moves are just beautiful in HD. My problem with this is there is no depth. All similar ultimate moves end in a very generic and identical fashion and it takes away from the dramatic sequences of old that really showed off your z fighters moves.
For those avid fans of dragonball z this will quench your thirst for a small amount of time, as long you can find someone to play online you may be into this for awhile, but if you have never played a dragonball z game or even watch the show i would go with dragonball z: budokai 3 or tenkaichi 3 as they are a much more quality fighting game.