BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition

Rating Summary

Based on 15 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

93%

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8 / 10
Feb 11, 2019

BlazBlue goes out in a blaze of glory, and although it lacks new ideas it certainly isn't short of characters, game modes, or thrilling action.

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9 / 10
Feb 19, 2019

BlazBlue Centralfiction Special Edition may a few years late to Nintendo Switch, but that time hasn't dulled the sharpness of its 2D fighting package. Not only does it give the Ragna saga a proper send-off with a story mode that's so rich in character development it could be a full anime season in its own right, but it offers a staggering number of modes to keep you playing long after the credits roll. It runs silky-smooth docked or in handheld modes and runs like a dream online. The lack of an English dub still rankles, and new adopters are going to have to do a lot of research to understand what's going on, but it's well worth the effort.

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9 / 10
Apr 14, 2019

BlazBlue: Central Fiction is one of the finest fighting games to land on the Nintendo Switch catalogue. With its myriad of game modes, exquisite art style and visuals, surprisingly immersive plot and game mechanics which will prove welcoming for new players and challenging for veterans, BlazBlue: Central Fiction is a shining star that deserves a place in everyone's collection.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2019

BLAZBLUE CENTRALFICTION Special Edition is a fun fighting game with crisp graphics and smooth controls. With various characters and modes, the gameplay seems endless. If you enjoy fighting games, this is one to give a try.

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10 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2019

Good value for money coupled with some of the most gorgeous 2D hand drawn graphics on the market and new player accessibility make this fighter an exceptional buy.

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8 / 10
Feb 20, 2019

BlazBlue Central Fiction Special Edition is worth considering. It might not be as high profile an entry compared to the competition, but there's a lot to love thanks to its detailed story, a host of colourful characters, and stellar production values.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2019

The Switch already has a number of terrific fighting games, and Blazblue: CentralFiction Special Edition is certainly in the upper portion of that list. The more offense-minded system, along with the different control styles, make it great for fighting fans of all skill levels, and the deluge of modes means that it can take a very long time before you come close to exhausting it all. The best part is that relatively little gets sacrificed in the port, so there's nothing to reacclimate yourself should you decide to play this on multiple platforms. In short, CentralFiction is a must-have for fighting fans.

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Az Elias

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7 / 10
Jan 28, 2019

Other than porting BlazBlue: Central Fiction to Nintendo's platform, this seems to be minimum effort on Arc System Works' part.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2019

This remains one of Arc System Works' best releases, and with flawless performance in handheld mode it's never been easier to take the fight with you to a friend's house. Though you may have already picked up Cross Tag Battle last year, you'd still do well by checking out this fully-featured mainline entry. Central Fiction is the best BlazBlue has ever been, and this may be the right time to join the battle if you haven't already.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2019

The fact that this version still didn’t give the Story Mode the much-requested dub it deserves, along with failing to fix some of the other minor gripes people had with Central Fiction, such as the grindy nature of gaining in game currency offline, or the lack of a sound test, this version just feels more or less like a barebones complete edition rather than an enhanced port that goes above and beyond to improve on gripes people had with the original to make it better than ever.

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