2009’s most impressive new 2-D fighter, BlazBlue, is now available on-the-go via the PSP. It has everything the main console versions had, and then some. But is it worth buying the game again just to have it wherever you go? Read on to find out:
As with other 2-D fighters, use clever timing and special button presses and sequences to pull off flashy special moves to beat your opponent. While there are only 12 fighters in BlazBlue, each one oozes with depth, complexity, and personality to master. The deepness of the gameplay might even surpass other 2-D fighters from 2009, even Street Fighter 4!
The portable version of BlazBlue has all the gameplay modes from the console version, plus a few extras. There’s your standard Arcade, Score Attack, and Training modes as well as a robust Story Mode with branching pathways and endings for every character. Plenty of voice and full video animation in the storyline, too. One new mode is Legion, which blends elements of strategy games as you move around an overhead world map, fighting enemies and collecting teammates as you go. You can also play against others in local Ad-Hoc mode. In any mode of play you earn money that you can use to buy fun unlockables at the Shop.
While the PSP version excels in sheer content, it does fall a bit short in a few other areas. The hand drawn graphics look so nice that it’s almost a waste to see them so tiny on the portable screen. Personally, I’d rather experience this game on a big screen TV. Plus, the controls aren’t as good with the PSP buttons, but then, I personally find any fighting game controls a little confusing. But even so, BlazBlue fans who can’t get enough of their favorite fighter will definitely enjoy this portable version anyway.
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Portable is rated T for Teen with ESRB descriptors of Animated Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, and Violence. It’s a fighting game, so it is fairly violent, but the animated blood isn’t gory and is used sparingly. Plus, the violence is mostly cartoony anyhow, in an anime sort of way. There is some language in the text and spoken voices in the story mode. The partial nudity and suggestive themes come from some of the female fighters who are scantily clad and unrealistically proportioned. While BlazBlue is best enjoyed by teen gamers, players a little younger than that might be OK with the game, provided there is some adult supervision, of course.