Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 100
    An excellent fighter for both fighting amateurs and steeled veterans. The numerous tutorials, challenges, and inclusion of the Beginner's Mode will help newcomers, while the deep fighting system will keep fighting fans busy.
  2. 100
    Continuum Shift provides a seamless fighting game experience by offering excellent Tutorial and Training Modes to help you learn your character before testing their skills in the game's near-flawless online mode.
  3. Dec 24, 2010
    With the best 2D sprite animation around and furiously paced gameplay, Continuum Shift surpasses its predecessor.
  4. Dec 22, 2010
    If you liked Calamity Trigger, Continuum Shift offers the same style, but polished to the extreme refinement.
  5. Jan 10, 2011
    Continuum Shift shows all the great experience of Arc System Works in the beat'em'up genre. New fighters in a well designed roster, new modes, new locations and useful options for beginners add new weapon to a brand with solid, deep and satisfiing gameplay. One of the best bidimensional beat'em'up of all times.
  6. Unlike Super Street Fighter IV each character here is truly unique; no two fighters are the same as each other so you're guaranteed of an interesting battle, and also longevity. This just feels like a better game all round, and while it feels great it's not for everyone. The flavour is distinctly Japanese, so if you've weaned yourself on countless anime and manga, and don't mind some Engrish, then Continuum Shift should be on your shelf right now [December 2010 p81]
  7. Jan 4, 2011
    Continuum Shift fixes everything that was not perfect on Calamity Trigger. It's a great fighting game in a franchise that has a lot of potential ahead.
  8. Jan 4, 2011
    BlazBlue: Continuum Shift offers intense and varied fighting for both beginners and advanced players. The story is good but a bit heavy to get through and overall it's an incredibly smart and effective fighting game with great depth.
  9. Dec 29, 2010
    BlazBlue: Continuum Shift is a great fighting game. Arc System Works did a great job to resolve all the Calamity Trigger's problems, and the result is a perfect game for those loving complex mechanics and fast paced combats.
  10. Dec 22, 2010
    It'll teach you things, broaden your horizons, and give you a damn good time; think of it as the Mrs Robinson to your brawling Benjamin Braddock. As Taokaka might say, meow can you resist?
  11. The sheer amount of gameplay modes, unlockables, and superb online multiplayer will keep you coming back time and again. If you have any interest in fighting games, get this. BlazBlue is finally back.
  12. Continuum Shift improves on Calamity Trigger in every way, and it's undoubtedly one of the best fighting games available; it oozes style, incorporates some truly radical ideas into its gameplay and sports a level of polish not always seen in fighting games.
  13. It's not really a sequel but this is certainly a superior version of what is already the best new fighting game franchise of the current generation.
  14. For those looking to enter the fray to see what the fuss is all about, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift offers the best ticket to the show.
  15. 90
    If you loved the original there is enough here to replace your copy of the first game, and if you passed the first time around there has never been a better time to dive in.
  16. Dec 22, 2010
    If Street Fighter IV offers you too little tactics, then BlazBlue: Continuum Shift is exactly your game.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Sep 14, 2010
    This game is very good, but I think that the critics are over-rating it just a bit. Its worth buying for sure, but don't expect a fighter worthy of a 9 or 10 score here. There are some issues, bugs and control issues to be specific, that keep this from getting a perfect score. Also deduct a little because despite the many game modes, things get a bit stale after a while. There are many modes, but most are too similar to warrant entirely new modes so why bother? But it's still a fun game that plays well and entertains through most of it. Full Review »
  2. Dec 23, 2010
    What? Thats it? Just the graphics? Thats the only reason you could put for your 1 score? Total failure, well Blazblue makes fighting games so much more interactive for its gag reels and such so instead of just playing the character, you kinda get to know the characters. It isn't overstocked with characters but the problem I have is that Valkanhayn, Makoto, and Platinum are all characters you have to buy, and that sucks. The story is great, the background graphics are great (Not that it really matters), and the character gameplay is very diverse. Street Fighter has like 10 characters with all the same bland control Full Review »
  3. Jun 25, 2012
    Do not buy this game. The high priced DLC is ridiculous and Aksys Games has already released another version of the game.
    As for the game
    itself it a a 2D fighter that is a work of art and unique. AN absolutely beautiful work of art that is being scarred by terrible business practices that only hurts the consumer they are selling the product to. It is a shame such a great game cannot be recommended to purchase because of a companies greed and lack of respect to the fans of their product. Full Review »