Rated 5 out of
Amazing fighting game that's not just an expansion
Blazblue Chronophantasma is the best Blazblue game to date and one of the best fighting games on the PS3. The fighting game system is terrific and exudes polish. The online play is relatively smooth, even if your connection isn't the best. Connecting with players is made simple through the online lobby mode which lets you customize your own avatar and fight opponents in a very arcade- like manner. There's also a VERY extensive tutorial that teaches you all of the game's mechanics quite thoroughly. This, in conjunction with the "stylish mode" that lets you perform short combos by simply mashing buttons allows new players to jump in on the action quickly and easily. The single best thing about this game is the amount of content within it. This game isn't just for hardcore fighting gamers; it's for any anime fan who can enjoy an extensive visual novel story, though I recommend that you play the first couple of games first, or look up the story online to get some background knowledge. The story can get quite complicated, but looking past that provides an engaging experience. The characters all have personality and that shows in their fighting styles. No two characters are the same; there are no clones, which is another issue many other fighting games often have. So picking up a character feels more personal and rewarding as well. There are also countless modes to play through, and many pieces of in game art to unlock. The soundtrack is filled with many memorable tunes, most of which are adrenaline pumping rock and remixes from the previous games. However, many including myself prefer some of the older versions a bit more, but that in no way means that this soundtrack is bad; far from it in fact. The only things that I can definitely complain about are minimal. Some of the voice actors are lacking compared to their former counterparts, but the dialogue can be switched between English and Japanese, and nothing from either side is really too ear-gratingly bad. There was also one DLC character that turned out to be EXTREMELY broken, but a patch was released that toned her down a bit, so balancing isn't too much of an issue. To sum it up, this game has amazing gameplay, amazing online play, and a ton of modes for extensive replay value. Some may say that this is just an expansion, but 7 new characters (2 of which are DLC), a whole new soundtrack, a new, fulfilling story, redrawn and upgraded graphics, new movesets, and ample modes say otherwise.
Date published: 2014-06-22