Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Apr 25, 2012
    90
    BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend is an excellent fighting game and a virtually identical porting of its PlayStation 3 counterpart, jampacked with content, modes and goodies to unlock. However, it's still your usual BlazBlue and you might not be interested if you have already purchased Continuum Shift II and every DLC character.
  2. Apr 24, 2012
    90
    BlazBlue for PSVITA is as good as in the rest of consoles. It has a great fighter roster, plenty of game modes, a good story and a captivating visual design. But especially, its gameplay is deep and engaging. If you can buy the PS3 or 360 version we still recommend them as you can use an arcade stick with them, but if you want to fight wherever you are this should be your choice.
  3. Mar 13, 2012
    90
    BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend is a brilliant fighting game that will take an absolute age to master.
  4. 90
    Fans of the genre without prior contact to BlazBlue should definitely take a look at this Vita port. If you own the PS3 or 360 Version though, you only need this, if you just can´t live without the colorful BlazBlue-Heroes, while being on the road.
  5. Feb 21, 2012
    90
    It's only a very minor extension to the previous games, but if this is your first BlazBlue it's the ideal way to become acquainted with the best new 2D fighter of the generation.
  6. Apr 11, 2012
    88
    It's not only the best-looking 2D fighter ever created, but in my opinion, it's also one of the best and most feature-laden fighting games period - a statement I do not make lightly.
  7. Mar 5, 2012
    88
    An extremely deep and refined 2D fighter from Japan that challenges and impresses.
  8. Feb 15, 2012
    87
    One of the best 2D fighters of modern times, squeezed in a little window. Lovely. [March 2012, p.72]
  9. Mar 12, 2012
    86
    A challenging fighter with smooth controls and stylish visuals. You won't find a story worth telling here, but we have yet to find a Blazblue fan who gives a damn. Buy this if you have a Vita and like fighting games.
  10. Feb 21, 2012
    86
    Lots of content, awesome fighters and an amazingly presented story.
  11. Mar 2, 2012
    85
    It not only looks great, but gives you high quality content: Loads of modes, a well balanced roster, a complex fighting system, accurate controls.
  12. Feb 18, 2012
    85
    There's no great leaps for the series and it doesn't take huge advantage of the hardware's unique features, but it's still very bloody good.
  13. Feb 14, 2012
    85
    Wading through BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend's massive vocabulary and doubly complex battle systems will demand time and patience from any gamer. But the cast powering this engrossing fighter makes all the effort worthwhile, and the huge variety of modes dresses up play in different ways.
  14. The D-pad on the Vita is ideal to play this kind of game. And that's a good thing too, because we're not too fond of the touch controls. You can program certain button combinations on the rear touchpad, but it's so sensitive that you'll constantly be executing the wrong moves during a match. [April 2012, p.95]
  15. Feb 14, 2012
    81
    A complex-yet-accessible 2D fighter which will satisfy hardcore SF fans much more than Marvel vs. Capcom 3. [March 2012, p.92]
  16. Apr 9, 2012
    80
    Arc System Works squeezed a staggering amount of fighting action into this portable rendition of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift. Not only are you getting one of the deepest fighting games you're ever likely to encounter, you're also getting more playing modes than you'll know what to do with. But be warned - if you're one of those fighting game fans that likes to be able to pick up a fighter and become skilled quite quickly, this is probably not the game for you. Button mashers need not even apply.
  17. Mar 8, 2012
    80
    BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend is the most definitive version of this hardcore fighting title, in terms of fine-tuning, content, and pure visual beauty (thanks to the OLED screen); but, because of the tiny buttons and global ergonomics of the Vita, it's even harder to master. Online, there's also lag on some matches, but it's still very enjoyable for those that don't suffer from it.
  18. A game of precision and timing that demands a perfect port. Here, it gets one. Fighting fans will be pleased. [Apr 2012, p.61]
  19. Mar 5, 2012
    80
    If you love technical fighting, high quality graphics, strong gameplay and a really large roster, Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend is the game that you are looking for.
  20. Mar 5, 2012
    80
    BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend is jam packed with content in both single and multiplayer. It's a great fighting game backed with stunning 2D sprites that, once again, the Vita screen does proud. I can safely say it's the first handheld port of the series that feels 1:1 with the console version; plus, if you've never played the game, this is the best place to jump in and be taken away by the world of BlazBlue.
  21. Feb 24, 2012
    80
    If you've never played BlazBlue, then Continuum Shift Extend is the place to start, and there's no better platform to do it on than the PS Vita. If you have previously enjoyed the BlazBlue series, that's a bit of a tougher call and will largely depend on the value of the added characters and increased control allowed by this new system.
  22. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    Extend hasn't changed much from Continuum Shift II, which means it can be considered a strong 2D fighter. What's new here, though, will delight veterans of the franchise.
  23. 80
    While the "Extend" in the title refers to its additional character and lengthened story, it's also an accurate description of the way play sessions can last much longer than expected - joyfully so.
  24. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    It's easy to fall in love with Blazblue: Continuum Shift Extend thanks to the super stylistic graphics, very deep gameplay and amazing set of characters. And this is truly a great fighting game, even though the loading times and sound should have gotten more love.
  25. This does so much right, in fact, that if the controls didn't make our thumbs sad that score would be higher – as it is, this fighter comes oh-so close to a flawless victory.
  26. Feb 21, 2012
    75
    But, overall, this is a pretty great port of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift. Extend delivers all the content of the home experience in a nice, handheld package, and doesn't skimp on any of the features. The addition of Unlimited Mars mode is cool, but is only for the hardcore BlazBlue crowd, it's tough as hell to even make a dent as the difficulty is severely amped up there.
  27. Heavily recycled from the PS3 version, but still one of the most rewarding 2D fighters around. [April 2012, p80]
  28. Mar 9, 2012
    60
    BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend is insanely beautiful and it offers game mechanics that few games in the genre can match. But sadly it's a bit too narrow and hardcore for me to fully embrace it and instead I find myself being very bored.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Feb 18, 2012
    9
    This game is a must have for any 2D fighting or anime fan. The game controls like a charm and has a stylish "easy" mode for those who just want to pull off crazy moves without having to learn all the intricate controls. However old school fighting fans will also love how deep the combat system is if you chose to not do the stylish and "easy" modes. It really is a game that appeals to all gamers. The game has many modes and even the story modes include many storylines including a "Calamity Trigger", "Continuum Shift" and 4 other character stories. It a lot for just a handheld game. The voice acting is very well done and is of very high production. The graphics are the best I have seen yet for any handheld ever. The colors pop and the animations never disappoint. Characters are done very well. The game has a lot of style as you would expect of a game like this.

    However there is one thing I have to fault this game for and it is very minor. The music sometimes drowns out the voice actors when they are talking. Sure there are subtitles so you can read what is going on too but the voice acting is so well done that when the music drowns it out it frustrates that you can't HEAR what the characters are saying. On the note of music, it is also done very well and has a great mix of tracks that never get old or tiring. In conclusion, if you plan on buying a PlayStation Vita at launch I suggest getting this game with it. It has over 10+ different modes in the game and it will show off the gorgeous OLED screen of the PS Vita. You can't afford to miss out on this gem. This game should be on everyone's list when buying the Vita. I cannot recommend this game enough. This game will give you the most bang for your buck. Oh and buy it digitally. It's $5 cheaper than its hard copy and is a lot faster loading when it's digital. Best $34.99 I have spent on the PlayStation Store.
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  2. Sep 29, 2012
    6
    This is a warning you must heed. If you are playing this is your first blazblue game you won't enjoy it. of course there are exceptions but the sheer number of fancy terms, names, and techniques tossed at the player guarantee that even a rocket scientist couldn't dive into this game without some slight confusion. Every character has at least two nicknames and a confusing weapon name to go along with it. they also have a long back story not summed up in it's entirety by the initial story mode. It will take a lot of dedication for new comers to become intimate with this game. Don't undermine that statement like I did when I read reviews. It will take a lot of dedication. Also the combat is often just as complicated. though you can get through a large number of the story battle by button mashing eventually you will encounter a foe that will require a deep amount of knowledge concerning your characters special moves and blocking. Training mode helps but cannot solve all the problems. All in all this game is enjoyable but not to those who simply want a "simple fighter" like Tekken. Full Review »
  3. Jun 1, 2012
    10
    This beautifully drawn and masterfully built 2D-fighter astounded me with its depth in both content and strategy. There is literally hundreds of hours of single-player content for completionists and endless replay for those interested in the online multiplayer. Online battles are intense, balanced, lag-free, with an excellent player community. If you have ANY interest in 2-D fighters, don't miss out on this gem Full Review »