About 2-3 weeks ago, I went over to a friends house and play a game called “BlazBlue”. I then proceeded to get my butt handed to me before just recently picking up the game myself and getting some practice on it. Today, I bring you the review for this game before the regular edition hits stores tomorrow. When I first picked up this game, I knew what to expect, what I didn’t know is how fun this game was going to be when I finally got more time to play it. Enough of that though, let me tell you about the game first.

BlazBlue is a 2D fighter from the guys at AKSYS Games.

Prior to the events of BlazBlue, humanity was on the verge of extinction from the “Black Beast”, a creature of Darkness. The world was saved by six heroes who wielded magic. They helped humanity create “Armagus”, a fusion of magic and technology, to defeat the Beast.

After the war, the Novus Orbis Librarium Armagus (the Library or NOL for short) was created to govern the world with the use of Armagus. A great deal of dissent was caused by the Library, partly due to Armagus’ use in nearly every facet of society, and the widening socioeconomic gap between those who could and couldn’t use Armagus. This dissent would eventually form years later into The Ikaruga Civil War, when the Ikaruga Union openly rebelled against the Library. After the war, the Library imposed a harsher rule on the world, punishing any rebellion against the Library with the death penalty.

In December A.D. 2199, several years after the Ikaruga Civil War, a branch of the Library was utterly destroyed by an SS-class traitor named “Ragna the Bloodedge” also known as the “Grim Reaper”, in an attempt to destroy the entire Library. The Novus Orbis Librarium Armagus, hoping to stop him, immediately put the largest bounty ever for anyone who could capture him. Interestingly, Ragna possessed a powerful form of Armagus known as the “Azure Grimoire” (Grimoire of the Blue in Japan), also known as the BlazBlue. This led the Librarium, as well as the Ikaruga Union and other fighters, to hunt Ragna not just for his bounty, but also his grimoire.

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Its time to weigh the Pros and CONs of this game now…

Pros:

Gameplay – I’m sure you’re sick of my starting all of my review with this. But Gameplay is the most important part of a game, if the gameplay is bad, 99% of the time, a game isnt playable. This isnt the case with BlazBlue, the gameplay is easy to pick up after a while and the fact its somewhat combo heavy makes this game a win. The gameplay also reminds me a bit of Guilty Gears, which is somewhat of a plus/\.

Graphics – Graphics on this game look good. The high resolution graphics that complement these characters and its backdrops are just beautiful.

Story – This game has a story mode you can go through with only 10 of the 12 characters this game has. Which is fine with me, because the story mode in this game is pretty good. Which is a shock to me being that fighting games usually have decent to bad stories, its almost as if this game could somewhat work as an Anime Series.

Multi-player – After going through a bunch of matches online, I didn’t experience any lag, even with guys who had red ping. Its pretty balanced and you don’t face that many people who act like the majority of guys on Street Fighter who use a character and spam one move. On top of that, you have two options to choose from, Ranked match and Player Match. In a player match you can have up to 5 other people in your lobby/game. You can set spectator numbers, rotation type, room level and connection quality in case you have someone who comes in and MIGHT cause lag. lets just say it comes with a robust amount of options. Ranked matches, you can be paired up with someone your same skill level or better, or worse than you. Overall with online play, its pretty darn cool.

Replay System – King of Fighters and BlazBlue have done something right with their replay system. After every match, you’ll be asked if you want to save your replay. I’ve only so far experienced this in Ranked Matches, don’t know if its the same for player matches. But its an awesome feature to have in the game.

LE Edition Soundtrack: This was an awesome addition to the Limited Edition, this being the music in the game is sooo well orchestrated. Its something that I definitely can listen to over and over again.

Cons:

Amount of Characters – This is just a small issue, and one that doesn’t really bother me. BUT, I would like more than 12 characters in the game to choose from. As I said before, it doesn’t really bother me.

Overall: This game has the fun factor, good gameplay, and graphics to boot. Online makes this game last longer because of its fun factor and being able to show your friends when they come over how you kicked that one guys butt.

This Game Gets a 4 out of 5

[rating: 4/5]

Norman Rhodes

Founder/Writer/ Founder

Norm’s Blog Of Stuff

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