Generally favorable reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  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. 100
    Their work deserves attention -- and praise -- because it exceeds expectations and delivers a thoroughly well-thought out, pragmatic, and enjoyable online experience. I can say without hesitation that BlazBlue raises the barometer on which all fighters should be judged.
  3. It will take at least another year for the game's full depth to be discovered. [Issue#35, p.44]
  4. If you’re a fan of fighting games then BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger will make a welcome addition to your collection. If you’re remotely curious about fighting games and have been turned off by the steep learning curve of other games in the genre, give BlazBlue a chance.
  5. A terrific fighter in every sense of the word, BlazBlue is a game that you should be playing, whether fighting games are your thing or not. Do not miss it.
  6. 94
    This has become one of my favorite fighters of all time and the level of polish and detail this 2D wonder has is amazing. The character designs are excellent, the fighting mechanics are top-notch and there are even extra animated scenes that feature chibi (super adorable) versions of the characters talking about the BlazBlue universe.
  7. 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.
  8. Blazblue: Calamity Trigger is an instant classic, delicious in its delivery and almost flawless in its presentation.
  9. At this point, Blazblue should be on a lot of Game of the Year shortlists and, for me, is the best game of 2009 to this point.
  10. Blazblue is quite frankly the best 2D-fighting game of the moment!
  11. 92
    BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is the type of game fans usually get only once a generation. The sheer amount of passion and care that was taken to ensure balance, accessibility, and enjoyment is nearly unmatched.
  12. BlazBlue is delightful for a fighting game fan.
  13. 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.
  14. Arc System Works has managed to create one of the best if not the best fighting game this generation.
  15. Blazblue is an excellent game that has to be played by anyone who loves the fighting genre.
  16. BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is an awesome game, with a fantastic 2D HD graphic and a deep gameplay. The combat system is quite similar to the Guilty Gear one, and it's perfect for who is looking for a fast paced beat'em up.
  17. Fire is the new dust, and BlazBlue is the new hotness of the fighting game world. Still a bit hard to fully grasp at first for newbies, but don't let that scare you off.
  18. 90
    If you are serious about getting serious with fighting games, BlazBlue is the first game you need to check out.
  19. A truly great fighter that's hurt by being so inaccessible for all but the most dedicated. [Apr 2010, p.94]
  20. Simple, but deep, BlazBlue will appeal both to hardcore and casual gamers. Tons of options, a good storyline and online mode male up for a really good game.
  21. A little masterwork, something that will please all the lovers of 2D fighters.
  22. 90
    It's at once entirely expected and a crying shame that this game won't catch on in the same way that, say, Street Fighter IV did, as BlazBlue packs what may be the best online play ever seen in a 2D fighting game (it is -- at worst -- neck-and-neck with the amazing Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix in this category, though the option to replay ranked matches certainly gives it a tantalizing edge).
  23. 90
    But if you're looking for a unique fighting experience with tons of charm and wit then look no further than BlazBlue. [Aug 2009, p.80]
  24. The actual gameplay; in BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger; is relentlessly crazy, to the point where even two complete novices flailing away at one another will be entertained by the ridiculous crap they're able to pull off.
  25. Utterly mad, but with a streamlined control system steeped in reality. A brilliant fighter. [Mar 2010, p.69]
  26. While its visuals are astounding and the fighting action nearly as impressive, Blazblue is special because it feels complete. Aside from its paltry online functionality, Calamity Trigger will constantly remind you that a smart investment was made in a title sporting a high degree of luster. In other words, you’ll get the sense that you got your money’s worth…even if you just got your butt kicked.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. VictorU
    Jul 21, 2009
    As someone who plays nothing but fighting games I can honestly say that you'll only appreciate BlazBlue if you are competent in the capacity of competitive fighting games. BlazBlue gives you everything. Beautiful, crisp high definition 2D characters on top of gorgeous blended 2D/3D environments. 12 TRULY UNIQUE characters with independent fighting styles. No clones here. An excellent soundtrack inspired by the famed Daisuke Ishiwatari. Online features that should make Capcom reconsider their lack luster offering in Street Fighter IV. The only reasons to give this game anything less than the perfect rating it deserves would be personal preference or a lack of ability to see the facts. BlazBlue is the number one fighting game of 2009. Full Review »
  2. Apr 16, 2012
    My favorite fighting game. Never get boring and lovely to play with friends. Al characters are based on metal music and the soundtrack is awesome. Every anime game lover should buy this game. Animations are perfect. But there is one thing i i disliked. There are not many characters. But a fighting game that has a nice story? Never saw it before Full Review »
  3. Mar 17, 2011
    Beautiful game, however not the best fighting game on the market. The anime characters are a bit cliché and expectable, that aside the game is enjoyable whenever you play it online or with your friends in the versus mode.

    If you are a fan of fighting games, you should consider this into your collection. If you're a casual gamer that likes anime characters in fighting games, consider BlazBlue.
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