|Dev: Arc System Works|
|Release: March 25, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Language, Mild Blood, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence|
The new cast of characters is actually quite unique. Relius, from BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend returns, and has gotten a few new tricks up his sleeve. All the DLC, including Mu-12 from Continuum Shift, also is included from the get go. The brand new entrants include Amane Nishiki, an effeminate young man who fights with pink scarves at range; Bullet, a scrappy young girl who uses quick command throws; Azrael, a hulking bruiser who has the ability to hit and strike opponents weakpoints; Izayoi, the true form of Tsubaki who can fly, teleport, and perform several Marvel vs. Capcom trust; Kagura, a man wielding a giant sword who uses Street Fighter style stances; Terumi, the true form of Hazama whose drive gains you super meter, and who has more super moves than special moves; and Kokonoe, an incredibly powerful zoning character that has multiple unblockable setups.
In addition to the incredible amount of new gameplay changes, fans of the BlazBlue story are going to love all the single player changes. No joke, you are looking at 30-40 hours of single player gameplay. This includes fully voice acted stories, along with hand drawn cutscenes as well as anime cutscenes. You can lose yourself for ages simply looking for every ending that the game has to offer.
Everything else in the game we have basically seen before. It’s pretty much the same online mode, same arcade mode and same training mode that we have seen in the past. The challenge modes are a bit more involved and do a lot to teach you a character’s base mechanics and combos, but even they aren’t much different than what we have seen before. The most notable change here is a tone that tells you the correct timing of your combos.
Even though we are basically just seeing the same game again, the main draw is still the versus mode and online modes, it feels like it’s a money squeeze and it damn well might be, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma is very very worth it. Seven new characters, tons of new stages, plenty of new music, a 40 hour long story, a huge balance patch and reworking and more make this title well worth the $40 price of entry, ESPECIALLY if you haven’t purchased it in the past. So grit your teeth, bite your tongue and shell out the cash because this is one great fighting game… even though we will likely forget all about it when Guilty Gear –XRD- comes out.
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Date: March 27, 2014