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  • Summary: In the 13th hierarchical city, Kagutsuchi, the Librarium regulates the amazing power of Armagus, a fusion of magic and technology. Currently they are after a wanted criminal named Ragna The Bloodedge, also known as Death, who wants to destroy the Librarium. Due to Ragna possessing a powerful form of Armagus known as the Azure Grimoire, people far and wide are after not only his bounty, but his grimoire as well. This is where our story begins.
    BlazBlue Key Features: The first hi-res 2D fighter from the creators of the Guilty Gear series! Experience the beauty of high-resoluti on, hand-drawn sprites on 3D backgrounds, all in glorious high-definition. Online Battle Action. Get ready to take the action online and battle the best players from all over the world! Console Exclusive Modes. BlazBlue features the following console-only modes: Arcade, Vs, Practice, and a completely fleshed-out Story Mode that tells the tales of each character. Over 10 unique combatants to choose from! Choose a character that represents your own fighting style, like the lightning-fast Taokaka or the wickedly powerful Tager. Drive your way to victory! Use the unique "Drive Attacks" specific to each character to decimate your opponent. Depending on the character, control the elements like wind and ice, or even absorb the life force from your opponents. A plethora of offensive and defensive options at your disposal! Take advantage of Barriers, Counter Assaults, Rapid Cancels, and Distortion Drives to turn the tide of battle! [Akys Games]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. BlazBlue's online system puts titles like Street Fighter IV to shame, and the overall beauty of high-def 2D sprites put it at the top of the graphics department as well.
  2. The fighting system in BlazBlue is the deepest I have seen this generation, and the level of exploration that is possible within the combat is something that is rare indeed.
  3. BlazBlue is a new franchise that calls back to the cabinet. It's what you'd expect out of, and it's what you want in, a new 2D fighting game.
  4. BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is at the moment one of the best fighting games, and the unique that can be considered to the height of Street Fighter IV. Sprites in high definition, amazing backgrounds, fast and intense play system... The best game than Arc System Works never has created.
  5. Who would have thought a 2D side-scrolling fighter could look this amazing on a next-gen system. Well, obviously ARC did and they delivered with the heir apparent to the Guilty Gear franchise.
  6. While BlazBlue is unabashedly brutal online, there's more than enough offline content to keep beginners busy until they feel skilled enough to brave online play. BlazBlue doesn't apologize for its complexity, but it does make everyone feel welcome.
  7. BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is probably a game best suited for people who have been playing fighting games for a long time, but even then, its style seems to be deliberately divisive. It's certainly worth trying out if you're a fan of the genre, but it's entirely possible that you'll find the whole thing to be a big, loud mess.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. AndrewN
    Dec 30, 2009
    For all of its depth, the game is surprisingly easy to pick up. I bought this on Black Friday this year, and in less than a month I'm winning over half of my battles online. I'm not a regular to the fighting genre either, having just dabbled in Street Fighter a bit over the years. The story mode is actually a very nice addition that was only a drag to play when I needed to play through with characters I didn't like too much. The story mode gives a lot of depth to each character, and the visual novel style is kind of fun. The online is almost flawless as well. Only a few times have I experienced input lag, and it wasn't very bad input lag. It wasn't anything that caused the game the be unplayable. In all, I've put probably 50 hours into the game in less than a month, and I'm probably going to get another 100 out of it before the sequel comes out, which I am definitely looking forward to. Expand
  2. NickC
    Jul 13, 2009
    Don't listen to the low voters, if you are reading this page at all it is because you are interested in fighting games. This game deserves all the attention it is getting. Every character has a very unique style of fighting and they're all very balanced. The netcode (post-patch) is amazing and is lag free even if it says I have a terrible connection. A must have for fighting game fans. Expand
  3. SethB.
    Oct 7, 2009
    BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is one of the funnest, deepest fighters I have ever played, and they even go as far as to make it HD. Everything in this game is beautiful, the music is superb, the voice acting is excellent (though with repeating moves, it can be cheesy) and the gameplay is solid. I've yet to encounter some glitch in the game, but I have been sitting there playing this game with my friend shouting obscenities at the screen because of technicalities. Another point is that, though there are only 12 characters, they are all so vastly different in how they are handled and how you would fight against them that it hardly makes a difference. If you're a fan of competitive gaming, you should already have this game. Expand
  4. You'reRetarded
    Jul 12, 2009
    So I couldn't help but notice how RETARDED a few of you are. Giving a 0 because Team BB intentionally made using Astral Heats, an INSTANT KILL ATTACK, incredibly unlikely to use in a match? The game doesn't encourage button mashing unless you're a braindead scrub, and even then, I can't see how you could defent SF4, where lots of scrubs nonsensically mash in online play. This is a solid 2D fighter with an excellent, competitive scene. My only problem with it is the slightly over the top emphasis on offensive play, but it's a fantastic and well-balanced fighter with beautiful graphics. Expand
  5. KurtH.
    Jan 24, 2010
    If you were a fan of the guilty gear series, then this game is for you. If you want to play a game that doesn't have any charge characters who just kite and stand back in a corner, a la Street Fighter, then you will be pleased with what you find here. The combat in this game is incredible. The one thing that may throw some players off is that this game requires a fair amount of practice. Unlike a lot of other fighters out there, you aren't going to be able to win by button mashing if you are playing against someone who is any good. Learning the moves and the intricasies of the combos is half the fun though, and you always find new and surprising ways to chain your attacks together. The learning curve is steep, but given that the gameplay is so rewarding, its worth the struggle to learn those big combos. Honestly, I have no bias against SFV. In fact, I grew up playing street fighter and loved it. But once I got my hands on this game, I came to a realization. Games like SFV and Tekken don't give you the kind of freedom that Blazblue does. You can really be creative with this game, and that is why I praise it so much. In the end, this game fell short of a 10 by mere inches. A must buy for fighting fans who are looking for a little more freedom and intensity in their fighters. Expand
  6. MarkC
    Jul 23, 2009
    Great 2D fighter that is the best around. Great graphics and characters that all feel completely different make it the best fighter out there right now. Expand
  7. DavidT
    Jul 9, 2009
    Absolutely horrible gameplay... having to win a round, then LOSE a round, and wait until 100% heat and 20% on opponent's health meter is one of the stupidest concepts ever developed for a fighting game. The graphics are extremely good though, which is why I gave it a 1 instead of a 0. If you're thinking of picking up this game, do yourself a favor and rent it first or you will be extremely disappointed. Street Fighter 4 has this game beat hands down. Expand

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