gamers (86%) found this review helpful
It's a great time to be a fighting game fan.
I heard about this game about the day before it was released, and once it was released i broke my usual trend and i just went to the store and bought it. I usually rent. I can tell you that i am not disappointed at all. It's got a gorgeous cast of unique characters, a wonderful interface, and plenty of storylines to keep you busy for a long time. It's got well polished controls and an easy to use control scheme.
This game seems fair and balanced, for the most part. I have found some unfair match-ups, but that is the nature of any good fighting game.
I do have a few complaints about this game. I wish there was a better delivery of the story mode. Showing two characters pictures while scrolling text underneath them doesn't really do it for me anymore. That might be passable on the DSi, but this is a full priced game on a PS3 for goodness sake. I often say i don't care about story modes on games, and in the end i don't, but i think it would have added to the charm of this title if it had better interaction.
Also, I think there should be more characters. I love the characters they have, but i think there is only 12 of them. I love variety, especially in my fighting games and in fighting games more fighters = more variety, especially for online playing, and even though it is the first entry in what will hopefully be an ongoing epic, 12 fighters just seems a little bit skimpy.
My last complaint is that it should have some sort of tag team system, but i think that is the truth for every fighting game.
You pretty much already know if you want this game. If you a fan of 2d fighting games this is a must own. If you are a fan of quirky anime(esk) characters, this surely won't disappoint. If you hate reading for story modes, you mights want to pass this one by.
Blazblue has a 4 button set up instead of a six button one. This is extremely helpful for the 99% of console owners who play the game with game pads. You rarely have to reach for the more awkward L2 and R2 buttons. Additionally you can flick the right analog stick to do special moves, which is a great feature if you want to use an unfamiliar character. It's simply the most comfortable fighting game to play.
To date, these are the prettiest 2-d graphics the world has ever seen in a video game. The English dub was fantastic, and that only happens once in a blue moon.
Gameplay wise, it would have been nice to have a button for dashing. Also the unlockable audio interview tracks (and there are quite a few) are only in Japanese. They could at least have put in a text translation of these interviews.
The story mode could be a lot better than it is, simply by making it clear what you have to do to get %100. I don't see how anyone could complete story mode with every character without consulting a guide. It's that vague. Plus, it's difficult to keep track of what you've done and what you haven't.
Online mode is nice. It's about as technically sound as it can possibly be.
Overall this is a great game with some archaic tendencies.
gamers (69%) found this review helpful
Completely balanced, effortlessly controlled and beautiful to look at. Blazblue takes what was great about the Guilty Gear series (over the top 2D characters, dynamic gameplay) and redefines it. Online play is smooth as silk and the new characters are all unique and fun to play with. Excellent game.