Friday, July 16, 2010

BlazBlue Continuum Shift Japanese Limited Edition Review Part 2

So as I promised this is part 2 of the review which covers the actual game. So what you see in the above photo are the contents found in the case. Which include the game, manual, and four upcoming things related to the game.

So first things first this is the Japanese edition so be prepared for a big game of trial and error, unless you can read or are Japanese then this doesn't apply to you guys. To my surprise a lot of the menu's were on English so once you pick your game mode you should really be okay. Now this game was developed by Arc System Works the same people who brought us the Guilty Gear series. So you can expect the same graphics and game play you know and love from those games and Calamity Trigger the previous title. What surprises me the most is that Calamity Trigger was released almost six months ago so that the game play and style are still fresh for those who played and loved that game. This game has been tweaked to fix the balancing issue's of the first and to make this game more playable as well as adding four new characters. Tsubaki Yayoi, Hazama, U-12, and Makoto Nanaya are the new characters that have been added to this edition of the game. The game modes are your traditional sorts like Arcade and Training as well as a team mode where you choose your main character and fight teams of other characters. When those teams are defeated you can choose one character to recruit up to a maximum of five. There are online modes but I haven't tried them out yet seeing as I may have to wait til Continuum Shift comes to North America. The controls are pretty much the same as the first one as not to alienate those fans because lets face it only the hardcore fans can pull off some of these crazy moves that can be preformed. The graphics are your standard mix of 2D and 3D, while your character moves on a 2D plane the backgrounds are mainly 2D but with 3D elements. This makes for some pretty cool backgrounds and can lead to many lost matches in some cases. One last thing, the music in this game is a mix of hard rock-techno which sounds odd but makes for some thrilling set pieces and some cool songs. In conclusion this game is one of the most well balanced fighting game I've had the pleasure of playing. It is a must buy for fans of the genre.This game is being released in North America on July 27, 2010 don't forget to give it a try.

Music 8.5/10
Graphics 10/10
Game play 9.5/10
Overall 9.3/10

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