I have been interested to play Blazblue for a year now, since hearing positive responses from America, and can safely say it was worth the interest. Blazblue is an anime styled fighting game, that is able to grip beginners and experts to the fighting genre with its simple way of executing special moves (toggling the right analogue stick), to each character having their own strategic, fighting style, most notably the characters Carl Clover and Rachel Alucard.
The characters are all unique in design and personality, with some characters, however, tending to be stereotypically anime, like Taokaka's innocent stupidity or Noel Vermillion's broken self-esteem (probably to appeal to the 'otaku' fanbase,), which some may find childish or irritating, but nonetheless are all likable in their personality quirks and traits. While the game only features a small 12 playable characters, compared to the the mass rosters of Tekken and Soul Calibur, it is, however, able to give more time to develop the characters throughout the game's Arcade and Story mode, which is less apparent in other fighting games.
As with other fighting games Blazblue also has your Arcade, Versus, Training, Online, Gallery mode, but where it shines from others is its Story. You are able to play as all the characters, with some being unlockable, in their own unique stories that intertwine with the other characters' providing a fun, engaging, story telling method, as well as, branching story decisions, giving alternate endings and more replay value.
The soundtrack adds its own depth of beauty to the game's style, with its Japanese, Gothic, Techno, Heavy Metal, Opera feel, that entices the gameplay in its own distinctive way.
Overall, Blazblue is a unique and well played fighting game, with a highly thought out story, and striking soundtrack that should be experienced by PS3 and 360 owners.