BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend
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Otherwise, BlazBlue remains the slick, fast, competitive and vibrant fighting game that we saw in previous versions. As with the other fighting games that I like I would love to see this franchise expand out - I think Noel would be a wonderful lead for a JRPG, for example - but as the talented team at Arc System Works continues to produce fighters of this quality, and continues proving that fighting games can indeed have interesting narratives supporting them, I'm not complaining in the slightest.
Seeing how PC owners never got the original title, this newest iteration of BlazBlue is practically a no-brainer. It might not be as drastic a change this time around, but those itching for more content and depth can find both in spades here.
A must for anyone who is into their fighting games and this is right up there with anything on the PS4
As for the quality of this particular port, it has some issues, like the lack of cross-platform compatibility, along with its PS3, instead of PS4, visuals, yet, as a whole, it's a product of high quality.
The first entry on PlayStation 4, and the largest in the series yet, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend may not warrant purchasing for anyone that picked up the original edition last year, but it is easily the go-to 2D anime fighter on home consoles right now, packed with fan service and enough crazy Japanese over-the-top plot to keep entertainment going for weeks outside of all of the challenges and network play on offer.
Held back only by a somewhat poorly optimized release, BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend is a fun, deep fighter with lots of fun to be had for any type of player.
In short, Chronophantasma Extend is the biggest, densest and all-around definitive version of the BlazBlue series, but the overarching story mode and massive learning curve may put off potential newcomers to the series. For those brave enough to venture forth, this mechanically solid and visually resplendent fighter might just have enough features to make a BlazBlue fan out of you.
The visuals and music are gorgeous, as usual, with an eclectic mix of genres to match the game's fast, frantic, and flashy fighting gameplay. Fans of the previous games in the series won't be disappointed, and may find a lot to love in how the game has been treated, only expanding on its previous elements.
I usually stay away from fighting games because I lack the patience to master the complicated nature of a character's fighting style. I stay away from sequels if I haven't played earlier installments, because I don't want to be lost in a story that's already well established. I was very impressed when BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma handled both of these concerns.
ASW takes a chance on comprehensively reformatting BlazBlue's story progression, and the result is a bit of a mixed bag.