Despite the ridiculous name and my somewhat limited knowledge on the fighting game genre, I was tasked with reviewing the latest Blazblue game.
Having played a fair amount of the PS3 and Vita iterations I knew what to expect, however I was pleasantly surprised to find a game that was much friendlier than previous entries in the series to newcomers and it’s for these reasons I felt really positive coming away from the game.
Now everyone and his/her dog have played a fighting game, whether it be Street Fighter 2 back in the day or Tekken and the likes in more recent years but only the real hardcore understand the every nuance of the fighting systems of these games and for many (myself included) it has felt like these games offer far more than we could ever possibly understand and as a result will always be mediocre at best at playing. Blazblue Chrono Phantasm Extend is the exception that broke the rule. From the off you are greeted with a tutorial that is deeper that most full games. The game also offers a simplified control system to make it easier to pull off the flashier of moves. The tutorial is a real beast and can take hours to finish but if you want to get in deep with this game and be able to absolutely humiliate your friends it’s worth every minute. As mentioned previously there is a simplified control system. This may set off alarm bells in the most ardent of fighting fans but fear not it can, of course be played with a much more hardcore control system. And hardcore it certainly is, the depth on offer from game modes to character selection is vast and overwhelming. Presented in a way that makes it simple to start, this game will pull you in simply by being easy to pick up and extremely easy to learn.
The market for fighting games on PS4 is relatively slim until the release of Street Fighter V later next year and this is a wonderful addition to the small pool available, the fighting feels fresh and exciting and the frame rate and collision detection is enough to justify this being a new gen release. Is it a vast improvement on past entries? No, it is however a game that stands above its predecessors in every way. The sheer amount of modes available and the depth each mode has make for a game that could last any fighting game fan months.
The story mode and characters backgrounds are; however silly you find them, interesting and beautifully presented with a unique Japanese style that could only come from our favourite eastern country. The game as a whole offers plenty to newcomers and old hats alike and it’s for this reason I would say it is well worth checking out. A fighting game for everyone.
Blazblue Chrono Phantasm Extend
Blazblue Chrono Phantasm Extend is available now on PS4.
Disclaimer: In order to complete this review, we were provided with a copy of the game from the publisher.