BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than I thought
Let me start by saying I didn't want to get this at first and it's the first Blazblue game I've played, but the more I played it the more I fell in love with it one of the best games I've ever played.I also love how u have to play through all the people to get the real ending. Also some of the endings are hilarious.
Great "Fighting" Game
i love the BlazBlue series. the first moment i put the game in to the moment i beat score attack mode. now that the sequel has come, sure enough i love it just as much. the game takes the phrase "Fighting Game" to a another level as hardcore battles emerge into beautiful scenes. The Characters all talk to one another as they fight, noting the subtle voice cues as the battle goes all out, adding to the fact that each character plays differently. by that i mean one char, strategy does work for anothers. Ragna has reach, jin freezes, Hazama's fast, and hakuman counters just to name some diffrences. but the game is not without flaws. as it is a fighting game, as well as an anime game, it's story is exceptional. i also have found that the unlockables in the game offer virtually nothing to gamplay, unless you play to undress chars. with your eye's all day. but the core of the game is picture perfect for what a fighting game should be.
A great sequel, however a feeeew things...
I've been a big fighting game fan all of my life, especially with 2D fighters. When I heard about the original Blazblue, I thought it sounded amazing and played it on my friend's 360. I was disappointed to discover there were only 12 characters but, as I played I discovered how truly amazing and addicting the game could be. Then again, it is made by the creators of Guilty Gear so... of course it's amazing. Later on I wound up picking the game up for the PS3 and I was very excited because the PS3 controller is so much better for fighting games. When this sequel came out I was very excited. New moves, handful of new characters, new modes ,etc. I was really excited as I put the game into my PS3 and started it... The opening is pretty great, although to be picky, I kinda liked the first one better. And then I see the menu and automatically think "Are you freakin kidding me?" The original menu was so cool, with these like... giant plates that circled around when you scrolled over. But in this sequel, they just have such a boring and bland menu that looks like a drop down menu or something in a flash game. I was very disappointed there, but kept pressing on. Overall, the gameplay is absolutely wonderful; and, the tutorial mode is not only a huge help to beginners but also contains very humorous banter from Rachel Alucard, badmouthing the players lack of skill in needing a tutorial. Some of the characters moves and styles were altered which could be viewed as bad or good depending on a persons play-style. Like the one very unique character, Arakune, for example. Instead of being able to use your Curse Drive right away to spam continuous insects attacking your opponent, you have to hit your opponent multiple times with drive attacks to build up the gauge. Which can be very difficult if you're up against a very defensive opponent. However, once his gauge is built up, he is much stronger than he was in the original and the bugs are all giant instead of tiny now. Just an example of how they changed characters to make the game more.... strategy oriented for some characters. Also, Blazblue features a beginner mode for people not used to fighting games or perhaps someone who has only played a game like Smash Bros who wouldn't understand how to pull off combos. Instead of a light attack, heavy attack, and mid attack, and drive, it has Normal Attack, Special Attack, Drive Attack, and Throw buttons. Good for beginners but I don't think it would allow you to hold up against people online for the most part as you cannot pull off many combos with it or different versions of special moves. Speaking of online, the network setup is slightly more annoying than in the prequel. In ranked matches, you can't just go into a list of people and choose who to fight like in Calamity Trigger. It makes you put battle specs and then just wait for them to find you a match. However, you can have the option of training while you wait, which is a nice new addition. The regular non-ranked Player Matches still allow you to go into the list, however there are a lot of connection restrictions which can make it hard to play against certain people. Even if you have a decent wireless connection, it may say your connection is terrible and then people will not want to play with you, even if your connection is really fast and connected. But this can be rectified by setting the search specs to "no connection limit". Although be warned, you run the risk of getting laggers this way, which is a bummer. Storyline is great, just like the first one. Plenty of new trophies to try and acquire. The new Legion mode is a fun concept. Start with a character and then build an army of the other characters until you control the map. New characters take some getting used to but are pretty damn fun once you do. Music is absolutely wonderful, especially Hazama's song; it's very intense battle music. Announcer is.... ugh. Terrible. I don't understand why they didn't just ke
Azure Grimoire: Continuum Shift
Azure Grimoire seires is the best 2D firghting game I have ever play'd. Sure Street fighter got an upgrade from 2D to 3D but it has nothing on Azure Grimoire. The art alone is what really grasped me to be drawn toward playing this game after that, the rest was history. Think of Street Fighter on acid with Margen Freeman as your story teller and Bruce Lee as your mentor. There is SOOOO much I want to tell you about Azure Grimoire but I truely believe that if you just play it once, you'll fall in love. With that said if your afraid of buying this game because you are really horrid at fighting games, no need to worry. There is a new begginer function (only avalable to Continuum Shift) in the game which allows you to tap or hold a single button to preform awsome combos/finishing moves such as Astral Heats. This function is good for most all game play, even RANKED matchs. I reconmend you play Azure Grimoire: Calamity Trigger first to better understand the story but remember there is no begginer function like in Continumm Shift. BlazBlue is refured to as Azure Grimoire...
Pre-ordered and cant wait
If the Guilty Gear series wasn't enough to give Arc System Works and Aksys Games huge merit in their ability to deliver a superb fighting game, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger definately was. And if their track record for delivering show stopping fighting games continues, Continuum Shift is not going to disappoint at all. The long list of songs written and performed by Daisuke Ishiwatari are always worth listening to, even if you don't feel like playing, the sound track always captivates and draws in listeners. The only complaint, if you can call it that, I had was that I felt the soundtrack from the Guilty Gear series pulled me in a bit more. However, the game mechanics and online play have definately peaked my interest in BlazBlue. It also has a great story and an ending that left me craving for more. I really hope to see some of the unanswered questions get answered for me in this sequel. I honestly can't wait!
A 2D Fighting Masterpiece!
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift is an action packed 2D fighting game with a colorful cast of characters, great animations, incredible voice-acting and an interesting story.
BB: CS contains 14 characters from the get-go, 1 hidden character and 3 downloadable characters. Each one of them has their own unique way of fighting from Ragna's health absorbing sword, Jin's freezing abilities and Tager's immense strength. Each character has their own list of moves and several special techniques.
Continuum Shift has also added a 'Beginner Mode' for those people who aren't as used to 2D fighting games as others might be. They also have an 'Arcade', 'Legion' and of course a 'Versus' mode. Arcade mode has you fight 10 different opponents as you go through your chosen character's story. Legion mode has you build a group of characters (over time) and fight other groups of characters to completely take control of the map. And what would a fighting game be without a Versus mode where you can fight against other people offline or online?
Overall a great game, and a must-buy for those who love 2D fighting games.
ONE OF THE BEST FIGHTING GAMES EVER!!!
blazblue is awesome bought the 1st one when it was $30 and it was terrific to better then street fighter.
BB CS is greatness!
BB CS is amazing! ALL fighting fans should buy it. Over 8 new characters, more modes, better online, better fighting system, more specials, more moves, rebalanced, new 30+ hrs of story, A practice while you wait to find a match online feature is now added, New tutorials to teach you all the advanced combos is added. There is so much that went into CS that if you were a advanced player you can become top tier or even a beginner who was too lazy to look at the combo vids now has no excuse not to get better. They now teach you how to get better! Only problem with CS is figuring out who to main and not leave your original main to collect dust... The learning curve for the first BB was steep, but with the improvements of CS, it should be a lot more friendly to people who never played a real fighter before this and only touched Street Fighter 4.
An Instant Buy for any 2d Fighting game fan
Presentation – 9 To say that Blazblue is insanely imaginative and ambitious in its art-style would be an understatement. Attacks of characters (especially Arakune and Rachel) look outlandish and flashy. However, the anime art, 2D sprites, and general craziness may not appeal to everyone. Also, Gonzo is bad as usual. Gameplay – 9.25 The fighting system is complex, yet simple. Fights are fast-paced, they flow well, and the drive system adds a layer of uniqueness to each character. Sound – 9.25 The voice acting is overall pretty decent, but the announcer is laughably bad. Sound effects are crisp and clear, however the real gem in this game is the music. The music in this game is so good. Condemnation Wings (Tsubaki’s theme) is in my top 5 list of my favorite video game songs ever. Graphics – 8.75 Blazblue sets out to prove that 2D is not dead yet with its detailed sprites and colorful backgrounds, but some of the astral heats look downright terrible. Replay Value – 9 With so many modes, online support, and new characters plus rebalancing through future patches, this game could easily take many hours from your life. Final Score: 9 (not an average)
An Incredible 2D Fighter
"Continuum Shift" is an upgrade to last year's "Blazblue: Calamity Trigger". For the uninitiated, it's a 2D fighting game with a distinct Japanese anime style. New features to this edition include: 4 new characters (Tsubaki, Hazama, Lamda-11, and Mu-12), Legion mode (a map-based team battle mode), a host of graphical tweaks and gameplay re-balancings, and continued storylines for all the characters. If you love 2D fighting games, you'll feel right at home with this one (especially if you're a fan of Guilty Gear). The animations are top-notch, and the special moves / combos are as complex as they come. This brings me to Blazblue's one fatal flaw: It won't appeal to all fighting fans. Some players might find the system a little daunting compared to the more straight-forward gameplay of the Street Fighter and Marvel Vs. Capcom series. The Story mode also seems long-winded for a fighter...but if you love anime-style humor and voice acting, you'll enjoy every minute of it. The main problem with "Blazblue: Continuum Shift" is that it's not a substantial upgrade. SSF4 gave us 10 new playable characters, while this game only gives us 4...and 2 of those are pallette swaps. There are at least three more characters coming via downloadable content, but paying extra for them when we already shelled out cash for an update seems crooked. The Legion mode is a nice bonus, but it's really just a glorified team battle mode against the CPU. For those of us who neglected to buy the first Blazblue, "Continuum Shift" is worth every penny. For everyone else, only buy this if you really loved the first edition.