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Patience is required to overcome an initial learning curve and a cheat sheet necessary to decode its mythology, but those willing to persevere will reap a nice reward.
I couldn’t think of a better game to end a long running franchise than BlazBlue: Central Fiction. Just as it’s starting to show its grays, the game warps up most of the story threads. It has near flawless execution of almost every aspect imaginable and can be equally enjoyable for newcomers and long time players alike. And while this does end the Azure chapter of the story, we are sure that this is not the end of the BlazBlue universe, but instead a beginning for a new generation of titles.
BlazBlue: Central Fiction is being billed as the last entry in the BlazBlue series… ever. We’ll see if that ends up being true. I have a feeling it might just be that this is the end of this massive story arc, and that a new entry in the series will come in a couple of years with a lot of new characters and some fan favorites making a return. Think of it as the Street Fighter III approach, and it sorta makes sense. Either way, if this does end up being the last BlazBlue game, then the series is going out on a high note with the best looking game in the series – and one with a ton of content and story to enjoy. This is a must-have for fighting game fans and a no-brainer for big fans of the BlazBlue franchise.
BlazBlue: Central Fiction is an excellent example of a solidly constructed fighter. The game’s large roster and polished mechanics make it the strongest entry in the series.
BlazBlue: Central Fiction is a strong entry in the BlazBlue series. I strongly doubt this is actually the end, but it may remain dormant for an extended period of time until they have a new story to tell. The combat feels great with the added effect of the newest systems. As you can tell from my BlazBlue: Central Fiction review, my biggest sticking point was the story mode, but other people may prefer this and get a lot out of it. If you are still looking for a great PS3 game to play you cannot go wrong with Blazblue: Central Fiction as you will have hundreds of hours of fun!
Blazblue Central Fiction sits within a strange pocket for me of being so fantastic I can’t help but recommend it. But the trajectory of this series is pretty apparent at this point, and I can’t help but feel like you’ll get an even better experience with being introduced by the previous game and jumping on the re-release this game will inevitably receive. Still, the fighting engine is a work of art and that’s the core of the game. If you won’t be bothered by piecing together the story and no English voicover, you can’t go wrong.
With an exciting and epic visual novel campaign that will take the fastest readers more than a dozen hours, a huge playable roster of wonderfully unique, personality filled and intricately designed characters, scores of unlockable artwork, movies, additional scenes, full online suite and customization options, BlazBlue Central Fiction is certainly the total package and surely a worthy pickup for fans of visual novels, fighting games and everything in between.
Central Fiction adds enough characters, mechanics and fine tunes its already nearly flawless gameplay into something that feels as amazing to play as it looks. It’s currently my favorite fighting game on the market, and I have no doubt that I will be throwing dozens of more hours into it in the months to come.
And BlazBlue really is gorgeous. Every character is animated in such a way that every movement they make reinforces their personalities. Every environment is a living, breathing thing that sets a meaningful scene and helps build the world around the characters. Because everything is 2D and quite flat, it’s easy to wish that all that storytelling and character building was funnelled into a more natural fit, but then again, with BlazBlue being such a successful franchise for so long now, it’s hard to argue that the developers and producers are making a mistake.
BlazBlue Centralfiction captures all the intensity and mayhem of an excellent fighting game with beautiful visuals for on the go. The large array of options available can be staggering at first but once you test the huge character roster and start diving into the many modes available you'll quickly lose yourself. The Nintendo Switch version provides the same experience as the PS4 and PC versions, but extensive content that will keep gamers challenged and busy. BlazBlue Centralfiction is a densely packed, artistic, challenging fighting game that requires dedication if you wish to experience everything.
BlazBlue: Central Fiction is a fun, polished fighter that harkens back to the day when Gamest Mooks ruled Japan and 2D fighting games ruled the world. The anime-style story and characters won’t be for everyone and the lack of English voice acting might turn off some folks. Its hand-drawn style, however, is a gorgeous rendition of 2D fighting games while its gameplay is both technical and accessible, which will satisfy experts and beginners alike. Add the most fleshed-out story you’ll ever see in a fighter and you’ve got a worthy addition to your library.
If BlazBlue: Central Fiction is the end (and I don't think it will be), it's a fitting one. It packs in pretty much everything past games have offered, and then brings in several great new characters and one of the biggest stories in fighting game history.
BlazBlue: Central Fiction is the final chapter in the Ragna the Bloodedge saga and it provides a fitting end to the story. The gameplay excels in its fast paced combat and the visuals never cease to amaze with their gorgeously drawn sprites. The game is well tailored for newcomers and fans alike.
Blazblue: Central Fiction represents the best and most refined version of a game that has been evolving since 2009. If you've ever wanted to pick up a 2D anime fighting game, this is the one to get.
BlazBlue: Central Fiction is an excellent addition to the long-running 2D fighting franchise. The complex combat systems are back, rewarding players willing to put the time into mastering the game's mechanics. If this is indeed the final chapter in the series, it is going out on an incredibly high note.
Even with an overblown story mode that sees the action take a back seat, Blazblue: Central Fiction is a solid entry in the eccentric franchise and a remarkably decent fighting game.
Overall, Blazblue Central: Fiction is a great fighting game and surpasses its predecessor with new content ranging from characters, music, new moves for characters, and game modes. While it is a well-made game there are some negatives such as the constant re-used audio samples and sprites, which is a common occurrence for most fighting games. As a competitor to other fighting games such as Street Fighter V, KoF XIV, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, and more, Blazblue can easily compete in this market to be one of the powerhouses to dominate the scene.
BlazBlue: Central Fiction is a strong note for the series to go out on, if it really does end here. It’s the ultimate package due to the fighting systems being more interesting than ever, and there being over 30 characters to play as. There are a few disappointments such as the lack of English voice acting, but that’s not enough to mar what is otherwise a great game. All fighting game fans should give Arc System Works’ latest a go.
Central Fiction set out to be the be all and end all BlazBlue package, and it pulls it off marvelously. With the largest cast of characters to date, and a number of extra modes, the amount of gameplay variety is staggering.
This entry in the BLAZBLUE series is overall, a very good one.While the story mode is very disappointing in many different ways, its backed up by many good game modes. There is a wide variety of ways to play this, most of which are very fun. The characters are unique, but easy to learn, and fun to use. You will definitely get your BLAZBLUE fill. It brings everyone back from the previous game, while adding many new characters as well. While it doesn’t seem to have a lot of extra content to justify a Special Edition, if you’re looking for a great 2D fighting game that you can plug hundreds of hours into, then this game was made just for you. Keep an eye on that price too. For a three year old game it still packs a $49.99 price tag. If you’re not absolutely certain about picking up this game based on this review, it might be best to wait for a sale.
BlazBlue: Central Fiction does everything a continuation should: change nearly nothing and simply expand on what has worked in the past. There are more characters and a very complex story, but this game is not any different than any of the past BlazBlue entries. This works in that a fan can come in and everything will feel completely familiar, but it is not so good in that there is nothing revolutionary short of the most convoluted story in a fighting game ever. Purely as a 2D fighter, it works on all accounts, and the diversity of characters should deliver a long time of entertainment.