The colours of the characters and backgrounds are amazing. The detail is stunning. Online play is a dream. But obviously best to get yourself sorted with a favourite character first (and build up some moves, which is pretty easy). Mine is Hakumen, though it is most fun playing Taokaka with all her bad taste taunts.
Once you get up and running the fighting is as hard as you want it to be. Thankfully there is a Beginner setting for learners like me. Though after only a short time you will be moving onto more advanced settings. I am a long way from the Hell setting... though I make long enough combos, my best so far is 23. The COM is a pretty good opponent. But playing your mates in Versus mode is best for me.
And one of the best parts I like about the game is that each characters fights really differently. The way it works is that you might hit upon a really cool combo strategy as Noel to floor Bang time and time again. But next up, when you play Litchi the same thing does not seem to have hardly any effect and you have to find a new route in. That stops it quickly becoming repetitive and really does make it a lot of fun
i would like to do the review in two stages first the L.E package and second the game...
first - L.E package the art book is very cool and was worth the couple of extra pennies
the box looks nice however i feel that cardboard was a little cheap as now i am nervous about taking the game out of the box every two seconds! as for the DVD i have not watched it yet
now on to the game.....wow! i must confess i did enjoy Guilty Gear X2 (the previous games by arc) they were great to look at and great to play
Blazblue is no different visually stunning, the gameplay is flawless, varied cast from the standard anime good guy looking Jin to the mental half cat half lady of Taokaka everyone has their own feel and that is something that is a little lost these days in my view.
i noticed up in the details it brags lag free fighting, for those of you who are fighting game fans you will know how frustrating lag can be am I pleased to say thus far BB online has never lagged for me!
BB is a great fighting game it may lack the legendary reputation of say the street fighter series I must say based on quality it wont be long before BB and Arc have earned it! (and that is from a self confessed street fighter fanboy)
game *9.7/10* L.E box/DVD/artbox get it if you are a fan of Arcs work and then try to work out how you are going to keep the box in good condition :)
For a long while i actually gave up on 2d fighters. It just didn't seem as though they were developing the same depth or tactical thinking that Soul Calibur, Tekken or Virtua fighter had. Street Fighter and King of Fighters seemed kind of mundane in the range of options of things that i could do within a fight, they were faster but that seemed to be the only difference. Smash bros became the only 2d fighter that i played for a while, not because it was especially deep but because it brought because it was innovative and had a 4 player option. I first heard about Blazblue because it's known as the only fighting game that has no lag in online fights which is what fist attracted me to it. It completely changed my opinion of 2D fighters in that its focus on speed, aerial combos and projectile attacks really fitted within the 2 dimensional format. On top of that, it's cast are the most varied that i have ever encountered in a fighting game. Every character has a drive attack which implements a special ability unique to them ranging from controlling wind, a puppet, magnetising your opponent or stealing their health, the list goes on. The sotory is also surprisingly decent for fighter, it's quite JRPG or final fantasyesque but without any massive production values, so it is limited to alot of text and still backgrounds. It's not ideal, but it actually provides more substance to the characters and can actually influence the decision of which one you try to master first. The only bad thing that i have to say about the game is that it does have a bit of a steep learning curve but that can't be avoided with a fighting system this deep i suppose. the game does try to combat this though by mapping special moves to the right stick, which helps if you are having mates round who want to just pick up and play the game. Blazblue is a sleeper hit and doesn't have the funding of a massive advertising campaign to let people know about how good it is but if you are into fighters then this game is a must.
I have been a fan of Guilty Gear for a while and i stumbled upon this edition of BB:CL while browsing amazon. First of all great price for a good game with a few nice extras to boot, the art book is a nice souvinir and it reflects the game's style very well, the extra "training CD" was a interesting extra, worth watching but not particularly mandatory(you will pick up the more advanced combos as you play).
Now the game as i have already stated is Super Stylish which is also reflected within the storyline system which is great if you like taking small breaks between solofights,i have experienced no lag,slowdown or crashes of any kind which keeps up to the high standard of games we expect nowerdays. Gamply is nearly flawless in fluidity and variation with a mindblowing amount of individuality between characters. My only gripe is that after a few 100 games between me and my friends we realised the lack of moves you can do effectively while playing an experienced opponent. Otherwise id rcommend this game to any Beat em'up player that has enjoyed the likes of Guilty Gear, 2D streetfighters etc.
Its a real new game of fighting, with all new characters, but not so many. Even if all have a different game play. The game look a bit empty regarding of SF4 or SSF4 or else. But a bit like guilty gears, there is a lot to learn about the mechanic of the game. And if you want to master a character it will take some times and a lot of training ^^. The network is really the big part of the game, you need a Xboxlive! access to really enjoy the game (unless you have a lot of friend who know the game). This part own a 5 stars! The Story mode is fun, you can choose a path that make different ends for each characters, its a lot of reading :/ would have been better to watch movies...
I love fighting games and have been playing them my whole life. However, I am rubbish when it comes to learning and, more importantly, applying combos in the heat of combat. BlazBlue is a superbly designed game, but is very combo heavy - meaning I am rubbish at it! The fact that I still really like it and rate it very highly, show what a quality game it is. Even if you're no good at combos, the design should help you love this game, just don't expect to do well online or against higher level computer opponents.
As unorthodox as this may be i'd like to just agree with the rest of the positive reviews and mainly mention the blazing fast (hehe) delivery from amazon.co.uk! I ordered this item on July 9, got shipped on July 10 (on a Staurday non the less) and arrived at my local post office on July 13 - in Cyprus! Now THAT is FAST! Was very satisfied with the packing as well, just some small bends to the game box but that is mostly due to the nature of the (games) box. Thank you amazon
The game itself is awesome and contains all the modes and features one would expect from todays fighting games.
The LE is great. It comes in a great looking box with the Blazblue logo on and contains; a standard copy of the game, a beautiful art book and a DVD containing strategies for all the ingame characters which is really useful.