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  • Summary: Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax sports a character roster of 14 playable characters and 23 assist characters including playable bosses Akira Yuki from Virtua Fighter and Selvaria Bles from Valkyria Chronicles. With playable characters such as Asuna from Sword Art Online or Kuroyukihime fromDengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax sports a character roster of 14 playable characters and 23 assist characters including playable bosses Akira Yuki from Virtua Fighter and Selvaria Bles from Valkyria Chronicles. With playable characters such as Asuna from Sword Art Online or Kuroyukihime from Accel World and support characters like Touma Kamijou from A Certain Magical Index or Izaya Orihara from Durarara, Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax makes the most unlikely of character matchups a reality. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 6, 2015
    80
    Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax is a wonderful fighting game that isn’t particularly meant to be played by fighting game diehards. That doesn’t make it bad, but rather a love-letter to anime and Sega fans, and an all-around excellent game to boot; one that’s filled to the brim with content, unlockables and a colorful cast of characters.
  2. Oct 6, 2015
    80
    Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax may have suffered a little in the transition to Vita from a visual standpoint. But the gameplay is certainly on point and fighting game fans finally have a reason to turn on their Vita again.
  3. Oct 5, 2015
    79
    Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax is a nice try to show us that the 2D Fighting scene is still alive, its attractive and fun but in comparison with titles such as Guilty Gear xrd sign and Persona 4 Arena, it falls short with some control issues.
  4. Oct 5, 2015
    78
    Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax is a fantastic title for its most diehard fans. For those who aren't familiar with the universe and are looking for a deep fighting game, perhaps Dengeki Bunko will not quench that thirst.
  5. Oct 9, 2015
    78
    A competent fighter with appreciable depth and complexity, but one that's not overly technical, either. Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax is a fine addition to the Vita and PS3 2D fighting library.
  6. Oct 6, 2015
    75
    Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax crafts a crossover fighter that’s extremely enjoyable and faithful to its series, but lacks the depth of polished fighters to garner any long-term attachment. Play for the fun, but don’t expect to lose yourself in it.
  7. 55
    It’s great that games like this manage to get western releases, but it’s also easy to see why they’re so few and far between.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Jan 7, 2016
    10
    I find this game to be way better than J-Stars. It focuses on animes that aren't as overrated like Naruto and Dragon Ball Z. The colors,I find this game to be way better than J-Stars. It focuses on animes that aren't as overrated like Naruto and Dragon Ball Z. The colors, visuals and special combos in combat are easy to use and extremely powerful. Best 2-D fighting game I've played since Tekken 4. Expand
  2. Dec 17, 2015
    9
    really enjoyable fighting game for those that like the anime characters yet are not super at fighting games.
    The controls and combos are made
    really enjoyable fighting game for those that like the anime characters yet are not super at fighting games.
    The controls and combos are made to be easy to use.

    I only know a few of the characters in it yet I enjoyed playing pretty much everyone. and some of the match start dialogues are quite funny.
    each characters have their own fun moves

    It really makes me want to say: "Its the skill of the engineer. It feels like Im suddenly good at fighting games."
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  3. Oct 18, 2015
    8
    While the game design of this 2D fighting game is fairly classic, its playable characters aren’t. You’ll have the great pleasure to play asWhile the game design of this 2D fighting game is fairly classic, its playable characters aren’t. You’ll have the great pleasure to play as the most famous heroes/heroines from a dozen of series. Characters well-known in the West as Asuna and Kirito from Sword Art Online come alongside less renowned ones like the basket-ball star schoolgirl Tomoka from Ro-Kyu-Bu, plus some guests like Akira and Pai from Virtua Fighter (who have a tendancy to gatecrash every fighting game since they don’t have their own anymore).

    In terms of game modes, you have the usual suspects : Arcade, Story, Training, Survival, Time-attack and Versus await you. Arcade feels a bit repetitive, but the point of an arcade mode has never been to tell a story. In fact, the little narrative behind it, however simplistic, proved intriguing enough and features surprising metaphors. For example, the girl designed by Kei representing Sega’s last console asks you to save the dreams. In other terms, in FC, you must save the Dreamcast! On the other hand, the story mode exclusive to the console version turned out to be no more than a series of mini dialogs. I did expect a lot more substantial content.

    The whole game is nevertheless extremely well dubbed and transcribes the atmosphere of the Dengeki series in an astonishingly wonderful way. Should it be Taiga’s extravagant behavior, Miyuki’s Magic or Tomoka’s shoots, FC spares no effort and goes as wild as needed to delight the fans. Kirito is especially cool : everything in its lines, attitude, moves and of course its amazing Double Edge Sword remind us of what’s amazing in Sword Art Online. Selveria being an unlockable playable character also is a huge plus, and she’s an extremely effective character and fun to play on the top of that. Graphically speaking, the 2D sprites on PSVita have a lovely feel in them, but animations look a bit jerky. The 2D models during talk parts are the ones from the novels and not from the anime. It kinda gives a fresh look to the characters and the animation are rather cute/fun despite no lip sync. Music is way above your average fighting game, with a beautiful theme song and quite great and entertaining composition.

    Each character’s movelist being ten lines or so, you could believe that FC lacks depth. Far from that, it’s actually a vastly technical game. You just have to spend some time online to ascertain that : skilled players build impressive combos, proof of a vast amount of time spend in training combining moves with one another. The annoying thing is that it makes it difficult for people not used to 2D fighters to enter the fray online : FC’s gameplay tuning is made for experts. It’s really a shame because the controls are quite fine even on PSVita, on which the stick allows you to perform half/quarter circles with ease.

    Adding to traditional combos and moves, FC has 3 original elements : a support character, a kirifuda and a Climax gauge. The support character attack or defends depending on whether you press X ou X+direction. Effects and range being quite different from one another, there’s already some training to do in order to find the one that fits your way of playing and calculate timing in battle. Kirifuda is a special move a bit more powerful than the others or a boost that gives you some advantages. They’re pretty uneven : Selveria fires a whole magazine of her personal rifle, while Shana’s is an all-cancel that refills a bit of her Climax gauge.

    The above mentioned gauge is used either to give an additional blow to the square button combo (consumes one bar), or unleash extra powerful techniques known as Climax Arts (two bars). Here’s the problem : the latter are next to impossible to execute successfully in a serious match. The range is short most of the time and normal guard blocks them. The only way to have them hit is to imbricate them in a longer combo. Good luck with that… Consequently, it is often more beneficial to use the extra square hit which is a lot more practical. Further in this logic, this almost unbreakable guard discourages risk-taking and tends to turn online battles in defensive/long range confrontations which is hardly fun. Let’s stress that unlike the 3D fighters I know, here you can’t perform combos unless you actually hit your opponent, so no approaching while being covered. You’ll have to cautiously monitor your distances if you don’t want to become full of openings.

    Last point, FC is rich of bonus content. There’s whole range of customization items such as colors/plates/icons and even the authors’ & voice actors’ autograph, plus some well-chosen illustrations and a chapter to read!

    Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax is a very enjoyable fighting game, so well-thought for its targeted audience that it’s impossible to get bored if you like Dengeki series. It is just sad that gameplay arbitrations make online less fun than it should have been.
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  4. Oct 9, 2015
    3
    I completed the game pressing only the square button;
    the game does automatic combos for you.
    there is no PS3 to VITA cross matching play.
    I completed the game pressing only the square button;
    the game does automatic combos for you.
    there is no PS3 to VITA cross matching play. game is NOT PSTV compatible. there is NO STORY MODE. soundtrack has 6 songs.

    POSITIVE: all the character voices are authentic. game is fun for a short period. animations are clean and beautiful. automatic combos are good for allowing beginners to fight more advanced users.

    NEGATIVE: If you are looking for a new advance fighting game to show off some combos, this is not the game. If you want to play an anime character with sonic green hills zone background and digital music, this is what you want.

    Conclusion: If you enjoy the dengeki characters, check this out. if you want to play online stay away from the VITA version. the VITA game does not support cross matching with PS3 users. There were 5 players online last night in my area. The game is a fun arcade game like most SEGA games but dont expect to spend more than a few days playing this and in no way does this even come close to replacing something like guilty gear or blazblue.
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