Wow - just WOW. BlazBlue looks absolutely AMAZING on Vita!
I'd heard so much about this series but never actually played it until now - I thought I'd take the plunge with my shiny new Vita!
What can I say? Easily the best fighter I've played in a long time.
Firstly, this game has a massive story mode. With a separate story for every character. It's also got the original story in there too, so I could catch up on the whole saga in one go. It's really well written and really funny in places - I can't think of a fighter that's ever had a story this good.
As for the fighting itself - I didn't realise just how different it is from your standard fighters like Street Fighter. Every character plays totally differently from the others - so there's a crazy amount of choice in terms of how everyone plays.
All the characters have these things called drives - one buton that activates their special abilities, like controlling the wind, magnetising your opponent, freezing them in ice, stealing their health - it's a really good system. And with only four buttons in total, it waorks really well on the Vita.
The d-pad on the Vita really helps too - for once, I can play a handheld fighter really easily without wishing I was playing on an arcade stick.
This version of BlazBlue also has an insane amount of single player modes and probably one of the best tutorials I've ever seen. This thing really helps you understand how to play, and the dialogue in the tutorial was really good. After an afternoon playing tutorial and challenge mode, I was definitely a much better player - so it's well worth doing.
In terms of visuals, it's probably the best looking fighting game I've ever seen. It's in 2d, but it's amazingly well animated and the characters are beautifully drawn. There are a ton of effects in the fighting too, and some of the more flamboyant moves are just incredible.
Overall, I'd say it's the Vita game I've spent the most time on. I haven't even played much online yet because there's so much single player stuff, but what I have played is very impressive - with ranked, player and team battles and I haven't come accross a bad match in terms of slow connection or anything like that. You can even spectate matches in groups, which is a really cool addition.
If you've never played BlazBlue before, or like me, heard that it's great but have been too scared to try, I'd say Extend is a really good place to start and you won't be disappointed!