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  • Summary: With the Cauldron shattered and the cycle broken, Ragna begins his final mission: Hunt down the villainous Terumi. Noel's life and the fate of the entire world hang in the balance as Ragna the Bloodedge marches toward one last confrontation. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma introduces a new fighting system called "Overdrive." With this, characters can become more powerful, possibly enough to turn the tide of battle. The fighting has also been sped up, meaning faster, more enjoyable play. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. May 2, 2014
    91
    Buy it, learn it, love it. [Issue#243, p.70]
  2. 90
    This is a meaty game, and for people that enjoy good anime plotlines and fun characters, it's essential.
  3. Apr 10, 2014
    88
    Arc Systems Works, masters of bidimensional fighting, are preparing to close the first cycle of his great BlazBlue franchise. 7 new fighters and endless ways to play both online and offline offer a essential game.
  4. 80
    Chrono Phantasma lives up to its predecessors and in some instances surpasses previous titles. Players picking up this title are in for a solid experience which will likely bring several hours of gameplay and keep you coming back for more.
  5. Jun 3, 2014
    80
    The joy of Blazblue is figuring out what each character's gimmick is, and how it can be used to augment their moveset. [Issue#148, p.110]
  6. Apr 18, 2014
    80
    While the massive amount of DLC is disappointing, and the story may be a little difficult to understand for anyone not familiar with series lore, fighting fans will find a lot to like here.
  7. Apr 5, 2014
    70
    The game meets its goals with nuance and flair, satisfying BlazBlue devotees and piquing the interest of anyone who occasionally dabbles in intensely offbeat 2D warfare.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 29, 2014
    9
    ---Start with the Positives---
    An improved battle system since the last title that is both welcoming too new players interested or curious of
    the franchise and returning champions that are looking for a similarly rich and deep combat system.

    An improved single player campaign.

    Much improved multiplayer. Much easier to connect with other fighters, personalize your profile and above all, Online player lobbies are stylish, social, and easier too understand.

    A training/challenge mode that is actually useful for a change,teaching you useful and practical combination attacks. instead of those found in other games like Street Fighter and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 where it's common to head towards the internet for advice.

    An extremely extensive,deep easy too learn tutorial that will have you up to date with everything you need to know too start off, even offering your preferred character optimal set-ups and hints.

    From my experience, the online community is rather nice. Of the times I've taken to write GG, they have always responded with jokes and or a "Thank you", after matches players would recommend new strategies for my character, or would compliment me on my current skill level. I honestly cannot recall a time where I legit disliked another player, even during time's where matches got intense between the two of us, it was always a friendly rivalry style fight, in which both players had respect for each other. The only time's where you'll see obvious disrespect is when a player of higher rank or skill fights off against someone of lower skill.

    ---End with the Negatives---

    Music is less impressive as the last title. At time's I muted my tv and played tracks from my personal music collection.
    Returning players have a HUGE advantage over newcoming players in the online field. Online will be extremely intimidating at first.
    Campaign still delivered via boring traditional RPG style Text box conversations.
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  2. Apr 9, 2014
    9
    In-your-face action with all sorts of interesting characters and play-styles. The art and sprites is superb and has a nice touch of humor. The music isn't too good and the cinematics are stunning. Nice controls that aren't too difficult to handle. Expand
  3. Aug 24, 2014
    9
    One of the best 2D fighters i have ever played. This game features a great character roster spawning almost every major character from the BlazBlue universe, has a good amount of content, the story is well done (although the ending is a bit of a disappointment) and is about as long as a Zelda game and the soundtrack is probably the best i've ever heard in a fighting game.

    One of the best parts about this game is that it has an ACTUAL tutorial mode that explains pretty much everything you need to know about not just the game, but fighting games in general. It explains what a mix-up is, it explain what a wake up is, it explains the advanced stuff of a fighting game (like what i mentioned earlier) and the challenges mode teaches you how to do the combos for each character. Most fighting games out there pretty much tell you to "figure it out yourself" when it comes to how to play. Chrono Phantasma breaks that tradition and legitimately tells you how to play the game and i have to give it credit for that.

    The characters in this game, for the most part, are very well balanced. Characters like Hakumen, Hazama, Valkenhayn, Azrael etc are understandably some of the best characters in the game, but there are some characters that are a bit too good (Kokonoe) and a bit too bad to be considered viable reliably (Izayoi).

    As for flaws, it has to do with the story. Very few newcomers actually play a part in the story and the others are just basically there to either just be there (Amane, Bullet) or be there for a plot device (Azrael) and it's very disappointing since in the previous games EVERY character, new or classic, had a part in the story. Also, the ending does leave a rather bitter taste IMO because of how big of a cliffhanger it is.

    However, this game is fantastic through and through. If you love anime and fighting games (and ridiculous gag endings) this game is for you
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  4. Mar 30, 2014
    9
    The best game in the series. A bang for the buck purchase. 30-40 hours of story and around 5-8 hours on tutorials and extra content that's 100% fully voiced! The story is pretty good as well though told in an "Evangelion-like" way..though they made it more straight forward on this one in comparison to the old games. The EN voices are pretty good as well. The scripts are superb, the EN parts are even funnier than the JPN ones.
    HD sprites are as stunning as usual! Each character is unique. Some characters are revisions of old ones but they do not play the same.
    The online lobby is AWESOME. It's like a virtual arcade center. No other FG has something like this. Also being able to do/access anything while searching for a rank match is a first as well. You are no longer are stuck with just training and arcade. You can go in and go out of a mode and it still continues searching for a game.

    I really wish everyone would set aside their prejudice and give this game a try.
    This and P4U are the only fighting game that has a story to tell, IMO.
    SF was pure rubbish (ugly anime cutscenes)
    SFxT was as well. Most fighting games go with a "tournament" style narrative that doesn't really give you an in depth look on their characters.

    In BB, there is actually a back story. Question like who is the Black beast? Blood edge? or the real face of Hakumen. I cannot even believe IGN's review stating that it "lacks story content".

    Mind blown.

    To summarize: Get the game. (^~^)
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  5. Apr 13, 2014
    9
    I love the system mechanic changes to BBCP from BBCSEX. They add a lot of new strategy without changing the dynamic of the game itself. In a way the game is even more balanced than previous generations. Some of the character changes were a little unnecessary in my opinion but i think everyone feels that way with any game's newest generation. Either way this game is a blast and i can't wait to be playing it on my Vita as well! Expand
  6. Mar 29, 2014
    8
    Faster gameplay, a 40 hour long story, some balancing issues fixed, this game is great for longtime BlazBlue fans and newcomers alike. Recommened for most fighting game fans. Expand
  7. May 28, 2014
    6
    Ok, so here's the thing. A fighting game is mean't for the fighting gameplay itself. Not the story...Everyone is talking how the story mode is great but they don't realize this game is actually not balanced.

    Yes it's pretty. Yes it's fast. Is it balanced? No. There's still a lot of work to be done. People compare the other fighting game stories suck. Guess what, the fighting games with bad stories have better gameplay. It's all about balance.

    Also, games like this have the worst community. Full of trolls and non supportive people.

    This series needs an entire makeover and the community needs to be more mature. There's too much praise for the story and balance issues that are "fixed". Play at your own risk...or wait until the price drop.
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