BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Impressions

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Screenshot

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift is one of the best 2D fighting games available in the video game industry today, arguably the best. Seeing as how it has been released soon, and I have a fresh copy of the game at hand, I was surprised that it managed to leave such a good impression on me.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift is a pseudo sequel to the original game, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger , released on the XBox 360 and PlayStation 3 back in 2008. This series is headed by Arc System Works, the masterminds behind the Guilty Gear X series. This game really breathes life into the 2D fighting game genre because of how skill based and balanced the game is. In Street Fighter, you often have to worry about people sitting back and spamming hadouken or some other cheesy attack that everyone uses as their bread and butter. However, that is not the case in this game.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift still hones the same impressive and smooth visual style, HD graphics and animation. The game really looks and plays beautifully, often looking like a screen grab from an actual anime, rather than a game. The moves are often flashy, which will serve as proper eye candy for those who enjoy a visual thrill in their games. The voice acting will most likely annoy many people, especially those whom are not prior fans of the series. The dialogue is laughable and the voice acting is even worse. I was urged to skip many cut scenes due to the dreadful voice acting I had to listen to, even though I was sort of interested in the story.  Luckily, BlazBlue is not a game that you buy for the story or voice acting.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Arc System Works

The gameplay is where this game shines. There is a character that caters to the taste of any kind of gamer profile, and the game is impressively balanced so there will not be an abundance of one character that you will continually encounter. There are about 18 characters, with 7 new characters to the series.  Challenge mode has been added to the game in order to educate players on how to properly use their characters both strategically and aggressively. This mode was added because the original was extremely unforgiving to beginners and had a strong learning curve that many were not willing to undergo.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift has an amazing combat system that will most likely attract or repel you based off of first impression. This game is anti-button mashing. Meaning, if you button mash, you will most likely get yourself no where and butcher most of the combos that you will attempt. This game requires you to play with a sane mind and a steady hand. You need to be able to input all the combo buttons while resisting the urge of mashing your buttons to get the job done quicker. To effectively complete your combo attacks, you will most likely need to focus more on timing and less on button mashing.

There is a plethora of moves to be enjoyed by players of all types. There are characters (Lambda and Mu) that excell in long to mid range combat, but are sub-par at close range combat. There are characters (Bang Shishigami, Ragna) that excel in long-range combat but are fairly vulnerable to projectiles. There are characters (Hakumen, Iron Tager) who have an immense amount of defense and HP, but are slow and resistant to projectiles. There are characters that fit most playing styles that one would encounter in a game. This is why BlazBlue: Continuum Shift is frequently hailed as the best fighting game available. It has options, it has the modes, and it has a style that rivals that of an anime.

All in all, for those of you in a rut and seeking a new fighting game to play, I strongly suggest BlazBlue: Continuum Shift. This game plays and looks stunning. This is a game where you can truly dominate a player after mastering the character of your choice, and dominate in a visually stunning manner, might I add. Be sure to give BlazBlue: Continuum Shift a try.

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