I love this game! Or at least, I will love it. I have the first one, The Blade Of Fate, and I am hooked on it, despite it's mildly low selection of characters. In my opinion, all but one character, which is Bonnie, completely deserved to return. It has players that only had a speaking role in the original in the spotlight. Characters that had no role whatsoever in the original, like Shuuhei and the Hollows, also have some spotlight in the fighting. I don't think you'll be missing too much if you get this before the first. Another thing I love about this, which also took a while for me to grasp, are the controls. The touch screen doesn't get too much action in these games unless you want a constant repetition of their special and super moves. The controls help them do their moves, such as B for their Flash Step, A for high, Y for low, and X for medium height. It took me a while to get good combos due to those controls, but you can do awesome combos once you grasp the controls. So I recommend this game as well as the original.
yes: I recommend this product