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BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Review
12 March 2011
Excerpt: "Boing! Boing! Boing! Your boobies are still the best!" she trills, in her high-pitched sing-song voice. "Hmmm, boobie lady, you seem kinda down! Everything but your boobies is sagging!" It took me a while to realise it was happening, but over the past few days I've been slowly falling in love with Taokaka. It's a bit odd, because to be perfectly honest, I'm not even that sure what she is.
Summary: It has been the year of fighting games. Dragon punches, quarter turns, blocks, double jumps, ultras, aerials, health bars, tag teaming, crossovers, and a whole lot more means it's practically 1997 all over again. Know what else that means? Incremental upgrades to a game with only a little added to make it new. Well, that's the jaded attitude.
Excerpt: Revenge. For Ragna the Bloodedge, it’s the only thing that matters. His life has been ruined…and he’s finally figured out who to blame. It’s not just about the huge bounty the Librarium put on him; he can deal with being hunted down like an animal, harassed by vigilantes and wannabe heroes. Ragna is more than capable enough of handling those pests.
Summary: Continuum Shift, the second entry in Arc System Works's BlazBlue series, is a high-speed 2D fighter that bears more than a passing resemblance to the developer's previous fighting game, Guilty Gear. It's an interesting alternative to Capcom's more mainstream Super Street Fighter IV, offering stranger characters and crazier combos at the expense of wider appeal.
Pros: Fast, smooth, aggressive fighting action, Online play picks up single-player slack, Beautiful 2D graphics and solid soundtrack
Cons: Single-player is as hollow as ever, Learning curve may intimidate new players, Still exists in the shadow of Guilty Gear
Conclusion: With Super Street Fighter IV and now BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, $40 seems to be the going rate for fighting game follow-ups that add enhancements and refinements rather than provide the amount of new content that would justify full price. With only three new characters, this is a tougher sell than Super Street Fighter IV, and given its unabashedly technical mechanics, some players will still find it too arcane for their tastes.
Pros: Terrific roster with incredibly varied characters, Very deep fighting mechanics, Beautiful and distinctive visuals, New Tutorial and Challenge modes make the action more accessible, Great online competition.
Cons: Still daunting and difficult for newcomers, Weak storytelling, Only three new characters.