BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
It's these little gems that generally go
under the radar and although the previous game by developers Arc System
Works, Guilty Gear had a strong following, we're expecting this
to be smashed. This is of course due to their latest title, BlazBlue:
Calamity Trigger that features 2D fighting at its best, thanks to its
hand drawn graphics and classic sprite animation.
With that said, if you enjoyed Guilty Gear,
than you'll adore BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger that goes beyond the
previous game by not only incorporating old school arcade fighting but
adds some 21st century gameplay and graphics.
With 12 playable characters, BlazBlue offer gamers some truly diverse characters, each with their
strengths and weaknesses but best of all, the majority are quite fun to
play. It's the wackiness of the games characters which is oozing with
anime references and their entertaining combination attacks that make
this so fun to play and also a little addictive.
In terms of game modes, BlazBlue offers Arcade, Score Attack, Versus,
Training and an interesting story mode that gives you some history behind
the characters. Although I would not expect that a game of this nature
to support online modes but in actual fact it does and I must admit that
there are several hardcore BlazBlue players out there that handed me my
ass on more than one occasion. Lag will unfortunately make you lose
though. Another nifty option is the ability to watch both offline and
online fights via replays which is actually kind of fun in a nerdy
The gameplay of BlazBlue is quite fast and if you're
not use to this speed, you may find it a little difficulty in mastering the
control system. Although the control system is well mapped on the
controller, it's trying to link all those button combinations together
which makes for some challenges. With this in mind, each character
contains three attacks that include weak, medium and strong but where it
does shine is through the dive attacks that are basically super attacks.
Of course, you can link all these attacks
with each other to pull off some impressive combinations. Another
interesting aspect of BlazBlue is the heat gauge which allows you to
access the distortion drives which is the most powerful attack in the
game and looks visually quite stunning when released. To access the
distortion drives, you need to be either hitting another character or
receiving damage but once it's filled, man is it fun! Apart from
fighting, this game allows for blocks and even grabs against your
opponents to up the ante.
Even though some of the characters are
quite strange looking, most gamers will be drawn to them, just to see
what their special manoeuvres are. Apart from fists and feet, some
characters have weapons that is so reminiscent of those old school
arcade games with swords and guns. The highlight of this game for me is
the ability to combine or chain attacks together which are those
cool moments in BlazBlue but that's not to say they are unbeatable
because there are some great defence strategies as well.
Graphically, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is a colourful game with some
great 2D inspired graphics. The characters are well animated and
it's almost as if they have jumped straight out of a anime series. Add
an interesting rock inspired soundtrack thanks to Daisuke Ishiwatari and
it just adds to the hectic atmosphere of the game. I also love the the over the
top sounds of fighting that would not be out of place in a Hong Kong
martial arts movie and when matched with the gameplay, you have
everything you need to get drawn into the title. Just imagine the old
Batman TV series on LSD!
At the end of the day, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is an outrageous
fighter that breaks away from Western norms and gives the player
something uniquely different and more importantly, entertaining. It may appear to be quite crazy and outrageous
at first with all it's
anime inspired characters and bright colours but for us, BlazBlue:
Calamity Trigger is a sturdy fighter that offers the player quite a bit
in terms of gameplay, replay and entertainment value. Supporting
both online and offline play, this should be the future direction
fighting games, especially with options such as ranked matches and
leader boards. Fun indeed!
PS3 and 360 comparison? It's virtually the
same game, identical graphics and gameplay. The 360 version does load
faster and the colours seem more bright on the XBox, however at the end
of the day, neither console owner will be disadvantaged.
The First HD 2D
Fighter from the Creators of the Guilty Gear Series! Be prepared to
be blinded by the awesomeness that is BlazBlue, with its stunning
characters-each one animated with over 1800 frames of hand-drawn,
Content! Brand new music, animations, backgrounds, and a fully
fleshed-out story mode have been made exclusively for the console
Support! Experience the fully realized BlazBlue saga with
fully-voiced dialogue in English or Japanese!
Online Battle: Train
your skills online through ranked and player battles. Create online
lobbies where up to six players can battle each other or spectate
from the sidelines to gauge their opponents!
A Plethora of
Defensive and Offensive Options at Your Disposal! Take advantage of
Barriers, Counter Assaults, Rapid Cancels, Barrier Bursts, Ukemi
Tactics, Distortion Drives, and console-exclusive Astral Heat for