BlazBlue: Tales of the Azure Grimoire

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Mission Debriefing: BlazBlue Calamity Trigger (PS3)

Sushi’s review of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is here. I don’t often pick up fighting games, the combination of nearly impossible to beat cheap bosses (I’m looking at you King of Fighters), and my general lack of skill at fighting games (Most I can’t beat even on Easy), tends to turn me off from buying them. But the good opinion of many friends and the appealing visual style convinced me to pick up the Limited Edition.

Gameplay (9/10)

BB has a variety of gameplay options, including a traditional Arcade Mode, an extensive Story Mode, a challenging Score Attack mode, and online play. Controls are pretty simple, with a Weak, Medium and Strong attack button set-up, with the 4th button dedicated to Drive Moves, which are unique to each character. The R/L buttons can be used for a variety of button combinations, and for those not good at pulling of special moves, the R Stick can be used to pull of a few special moves with ease. It’s not perfectly balanced, but the gameplay is addictive and fun and will have you coming back for more, especially when playing with friends online.

Story (8/10)

The story mode can be long and intensive, especially if you’re aiming for 100% for every character (which requires you to lose every match as well). All 12 characters get a story mode, each with a specific true ending, and 1-2 Alternative Truth endings (many of which are downright comedic in nature, like Tager’s Golden Tager Ending). It gets pretty confusing, and you’ll likely only get the gist of what’s going on once you get past the main 4 (Ragna, Jin, Noel, Rachel) stories and get into the other characters, and once you get into the Boss Stories and the True Ending, things start to come to light, as well as plenty of plot twists. The game ends on a cliffhanger, so it’ll definitely be interesting to see what BlazBlue 2 brings to the table, but BlazBlue definitely brings one of the most interesting stories I’ve seen in a fighting game.

BlazBlue's Main Players: Ragna, Noel & Jin

Three of BlazBlue's Main Characters: Ragna The Bloodedge, Jin Kisaragi and Noel Vermillion

Graphics (8.5)

BlazBlue is a very nice looking game. Characters sprites are detailed and look excellent, and the backgrounds are great looking, it all really helped bring the world, and the city of Kagutsuchi to life.

Sound (9/10)

As one would expect from the makers of Guilty Gear, there is plenty of great BGMs in this game. But especially standing out are the Opening Theme by KOTOKO and Bang’s Theme performed by Hironobu Kageyama, and I know a number of people who claim they fight better when either of these songs is playing (and I agree).

Trophies

The game includes 50 Trophies, as well as the Platinum trophy. While none of them are excessively hard (save the frustration of beating Score Attack Mode), there are a few that are made much easier by having a friend in person to help, or just a second controller around (Especially for Score Attack Mode). The ones that’ll likely take the longest to earn are getting 200 Ranked Matches, and beating Score Attack Mode (or perhaps seeing the True End if you go out of your way to get 100% in all the stories first).

Replayability (7/10)

Not much in the way of single player, since there’s no way to access specific points in the storyline without getting there first, and there’s little reason to replay Arcade Modes. That said, the game(currently) has a lively online community, and if you have a group of friends with copies of the game, getting online and setting up a room to play is pretty easy.

Overall 8/10

A very good game, and in the year where fighting games have been making a comeback to prominence with Street Fighter IV, The King of Fighters XII and Tekken 6, BlazBlue has stood out as one of the best to come out so far. I haven’t had this much fun with a 2D fighter since Melty Blood came out, and I know I look forward with anticipation to a sequel.

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~ by Sushikins on July 29, 2009.

3 Responses to “BlazBlue: Tales of the Azure Grimoire”

  1. Nice review. It’s nice to see a fighting game where most of the fun in single player does NOT come from customizing your characters.

  2. I strongly disagree with the sound, majority of it is bad to me. GO TO HELL OPINIONS! D: <

  3. Great review. I’ve been wanting to get this game… and now you make me wanna get it even more D:

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