Format: PS Vita
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Aksys Games
Developer: ARC System Works
ESRB Rating: T
The BlazBlue series has always been a staple in the fighting game genres, even if most people don't like it as much as a Street Fighter or Tekken. Once I found out that BlazBlue was getting a Vita release , I knew I had to give it a shot.
Visually, the BlazBlue series never ceases to amaze me. With the move to the Vita's OLED screen, the game has never looked better. As always, characters are gorgeously animated, with bright and vibrant backgrounds that make the characters pop even more. The music is just as fast-paced as the action, with drums constantly pounding in the background. With all the cool animations, hardcore fans of the franchise will notice that a lot of the animations are recycled from previous games. Now this isn't a problem for me, but I can see how some people can find fault in this. Each character in the game has there own separate story, with unique cutscenes and voice acting. Don't expect a Shakespearean tale with these characters though, story telling was never a strong point in fighting games. Overall, the presentation is as stupendous as ever.
Core Gameplay/Multiplayer: Continuum Shift Extend is one of the most complex fighting games I've ever played, this isn't a bad thing, its actually a very good thing. The developers apparently heard my groans of discomfort as human and AI opponents destroy me in every match. The team has made the game more user-friendly than ever, but it will take time. You will have to spend time learning which character fits you the best, once you have that down pat, the game is a breeze. The pure action of this 2D fighting game is more fast paced than Street Fighter, but less accurate. With a roster of 19 unique characters, you will mostly likely find your own favorite fighter to use. This comes in handy with online as well, you won't be fighting a Ken every time, for all you Street Fighter guys. There are 11 modes to spend your time in, from your standard training modes to previously mentioned online modes. If you're worried about the value of your money, this will keeo you occupied for quite some time.
Spending $40 on sheer content should not be a hard choice for fans of the 2D fighter. With a strong cast of characters to choose from, each one will give you an unique fighting style and story arc. The inclusion of an online multiplayer, also adds extra replayablility.
Final Score = 8/10
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