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  • Summary: THE COLLISION IS INEVITABLE! THE IMPACT WILL BE UNAVOIDABLE!
    An unrivaled clash of explosive proportions! The beloved BlazBlue franchise Crosses universes, Tags in fan favorites, and Battles it out in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle! Created through an all-star collaboration between BlazBlue,
    THE COLLISION IS INEVITABLE! THE IMPACT WILL BE UNAVOIDABLE!
    An unrivaled clash of explosive proportions! The beloved BlazBlue franchise Crosses universes, Tags in fan favorites, and Battles it out in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle! Created through an all-star collaboration between BlazBlue, Atlus' Persona, French Bread's Under Night In-Birth, and Rooster Teeth's hugely popular RWBY web series, Cross Tag Battle celebrates the fighting genre for pros and newcomers alike! Choose your team in fast paced 2v2 team battles filled with the craziness you've come to love from BlazBlue, with all the tight mechanics, smooth gameplay, and gorgeous 2D graphics you expect from Arc System Works.

    BlazBlue, celebrating 10 years of fighting game excellence in 2018, is a series long beloved by the fighting game community for its deep and engrossing story, its vast cast of balanced characters, and its quick and kinetic gameplay style.

    Atlus' Persona series, a worldwide RPG phenomenon and no stranger to the fighting game genre itself. Persona characters have appeared in Arc System Works games before, notable Persona 4 Arena and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.

    Under Night In-Birth is veteran fighting game developer French Bread's first foray into an original title, coming hot off the heels of their success with the cult classic series Melty Blood.

    Rooster Teeth's animated mega hit, RWBY, has been a popular franchise for years, crossing both gender and age barriers to become a mainstream hit. Characters from the RWBY series have never appeared in a fighting game before. Until now.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Jun 5, 2018
    95
    Because BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is an anime fighting experience that allows for constant aggressive offensive and defensive reads, wrapped in accessible execution that makes slightly complex mechanics easy to grasp. If this can add more fresh competition to your world, embrace it.
  2. Games Master UK
    Jul 14, 2018
    88
    Despite the dastardly DLC plan, a superb fighting game for all levels of experience with the genre. [Aug 2018, p.81]
  3. Jun 5, 2018
    83
    BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is like a jigsaw puzzle made of pieces from four entirely different sets, that by some miracle still manage to fit together to make a unique and mesmerizing tag fighting game. Aside from its unsatisfying single-player mode and aggravating paywalled characters, it’s just the right blend of accessibility and depth, and one of the best entry points into fighting games you’ll find.
  4. Jun 21, 2018
    75
    Despite its lack of content, Blazeblue Cross Tag Battle offers plenty of cool and very dynamic fighting. Mixing all these different games was not that easy but Arc System Works did it in first class fashion.
  5. Jun 26, 2018
    74
    Taken the complexity out of its notorious fighting mechanics was a good choice - especially since playability wasn’t sacrificed over it. Having half of the roster staying hidden behind DLC definitely isn’t that smart.
  6. Jun 20, 2018
    70
    There is an incredible core set of mechanics and gameplay at the heart of Cross Tag Battle. It is fun as hell to play, and addictive and rewarding to try and master. Unfortunately, the package that this gameplay ships in is embarrassingly sparse, especially by Arcsys standards.
  7. 60
    Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle is a fun yet ultimately flawed fighting game. It manages to make more complex anime fighters into something more accessible, However the DLC-locked character roster and story mode sour the overall experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Jun 10, 2018
    10
    Amazing game. People who are dissing it are missing a lot. U really enjoy that the inputs are easier. No one wants to have hand pain once theyAmazing game. People who are dissing it are missing a lot. U really enjoy that the inputs are easier. No one wants to have hand pain once they get older (Want Arthritis? Play Naoto (BBCF)). Very accessible. Expand
  2. Jun 25, 2018
    9
    This game works really well and has a serious amount of depth, if you like your anime fighting games this is a must play, if you like your tagThis game works really well and has a serious amount of depth, if you like your anime fighting games this is a must play, if you like your tag fighting games this is also a game you need to check out.

    Anyone that cant see the depth in this game has not played it enough, yes, there is technically only 3 attack buttons(NOT 2!!!) but your partner button really acts as another attack button, this is where the depth comes in and you can put a lot of creativity into the combos.

    The online has been mostly smooth for me and while I still have a lot to learn, Cross Tag Battle is a unique fighting game that is really fun to play.
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  3. Jun 9, 2018
    9
    I was afraid of how "simplified" the game would be, however the complexity has just been moved over to the tag mechanic of the game. Yes,I was afraid of how "simplified" the game would be, however the complexity has just been moved over to the tag mechanic of the game. Yes, there are auto combos, but the actual game play is not as linear as negative reviews make it out to be. Mix-ups are still there and tag mechanics allow for many different combo routes that aren't just 5AAA > 5BBB. The complexity and fundamentals of fighting games are still there. Combining all this with the fast and fluid game with its DIVERSE cast equates to a very entertaining experience.

    I was also concerned about the DLC pricing. The game itself is cheaper than most games, being at around $50 (which lessened the blow a bit) on release with 20 characters already loaded in. There is an optional $20 "all-in-one" pack that will include the other 20 characters announced for the game. The RWBY characters are free and DLC pack 1 is free during the first two weeks of the game's release. So $70 for everything? I ended up realizing that I had spent over $100 getting into SFV with its season passes so this was nothing new to me.

    The story is alright. I wish they could've done more with CG art and characterization, but it's really just a fun little fanservice thing to play through. Nothing serious.

    The soundtrack, as usual with anime games, is outstanding. It brings in popular tracks from the various franchises represented in the game.

    Finally, the netplay. Netplay seems to be fine. 3+ connections are always to be preferred, however I noticed that if you just let the intros play out all the way, 2 bar or even 1 bar connections will play smoothly as well. So keep that in mind.

    Overall I would say that it's a great anime fighter that is an awesome gateway to introducing newcomers to fighting games, but it also has complexities that veterans such as myself can enjoy.
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  4. Sep 11, 2019
    7
    Good looking game and story, but the combos are very difficult to pull off and everyone online kicks my butt.
  5. Jun 7, 2018
    6
    Average fighter with average gameplay. I suggest you wait til it drops to $20 or $30 then buy the "all in one" fighter pack for $20 to getAverage fighter with average gameplay. I suggest you wait til it drops to $20 or $30 then buy the "all in one" fighter pack for $20 to get your money's worth. The story is divided into four episodes (1 for each title) with 8 chapters in all of them, they can all be beaten in about 20 minutes each if you don't skip the dialogue. Blazblue's is the only one with multiple endings though (4 to be exact).

    I'm not a fan of playing online but I tried it and it was okay to say the least. Instead of picking fighters from a select charcter screen, you pick your character in a online mode menu from the pause screen, then you are stuck with them til you change them. I don't mind it but having a character select screen before the match is better in my opinion.
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  6. Jun 14, 2018
    3
    NOT RECOMMENDED GAME, boring mechanics if you think that the mechanics are likes Blazblue or Guilty gear forget about it, it's just a smashingNOT RECOMMENDED GAME, boring mechanics if you think that the mechanics are likes Blazblue or Guilty gear forget about it, it's just a smashing buttons , Half of the roster missing, as Arc Sys say before theres 20 DLC characters: Poor offline content Story mode that is nothing that you have not seen before. Not arcade mode, Not time attack, not abyss mode only the typical survive mode, trials and practice. Online mode the same as always nothing new and with the same problems of always right now it's UNPLAYABLE. The price not compense the lacks of content and characters it's just a cheap excuse of Arc Sys. Disappointed game it's not an item of the quality that Arc Sys had us used to. a shame. Only graphics and musics excel in this game that the only thing that pretends is to take money from its users. Greeting. Expand
  7. Jan 10, 2020
    0
    Terrible gameplay, terrible controls. Half the time you have to press the same button 10 times to get your input to register. The game simplyTerrible gameplay, terrible controls. Half the time you have to press the same button 10 times to get your input to register. The game simply doesnt function as it should. What a shame. Do not get this. The online is as if your controller doesnt even matter. You press buttons, 100% SURE you did it. BUT THE GAME IGNORES YOU. THIS GAME DOES NOT FUNCTION. Expand

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