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100
Xbox 3601UP (Jun 30, 2009)
With BlazBlue, Arc Systems Works pushes the boundaries of the fighting genre, while exploring new, penetrating ways to increase and sustain its community. They empower the player with the necessary tools to learn and build a strong foundation in a game marked by excitement and fun. BlazBlue stands as one of the best games in Arc System Works checkered catalog, and its influence will no doubt be seen in other fighting games that come out after. Take note, Capcom and SNK, of Arc Systems Works' indelible mark on online matchmaking. 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.
100
PlayStation 31UP (Jun 30, 2009)
With BlazBlue, Arc Systems Works pushes the boundaries of the fighting genre, while exploring new, penetrating ways to increase and sustain its community. They empower the player with the necessary tools to learn and build a strong foundation in a game marked by excitement and fun. BlazBlue stands as one of the best games in Arc System Works checkered catalog, and its influence will no doubt be seen in other fighting games that come out after. Take note, Capcom and SNK, of Arc Systems Works' indelible mark on online matchmaking. 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.
94
PlayStation 3IGN (Jun 26, 2009)
I know BlazBlue is only targeting a certain type of fighting game fan, but I think the mechanics are cool enough to entertain anyone even remotely interested in the genre. I'm sure that once the community gets its hands on this game, the true test of balancing will begin and issues I might have missed might come to the surface. With that said, there's no escaping the fact that I had a blast playing BlazBlue and I encourage everyone to buy a copy. It's something of a dream game for me, you see.
94
Xbox 360IGN (Jun 26, 2009)
I know BlazBlue is only targeting a certain type of fighting game fan, but I think the mechanics are cool enough to entertain anyone even remotely interested in the genre. I'm sure that once the community gets its hands on this game, the true test of balancing will begin and issues I might have missed might come to the surface. With that said, there's no escaping the fact that I had a blast playing BlazBlue and I encourage everyone to buy a copy. It's something of a dream game for me, you see.
90
PlayStation 3Eurogamer.net (UK) (Aug 13, 2009)
I can think of only a few instances where a new fighting game has broken onto the genre as such a strong contender, but with the Drive system in place BlazBlue is a genuine challenger for any fight fan's time. As I write I'm about to get my first taste of The King of Fighter XII on the PS3, and I can't help but feel 2009 is perhaps the best year for fighting games yet.
90
PlayStation 3GameSpy (Jul 07, 2009)
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). It'll likely have staying power (and, I'm guessing, a healthy tournament scene) with the hardcore niche that kept the Guilty Gear series alive for years. For everyone else it's an eccentric curiosity. Whatever the case, if you're fond of fighting games, give it a whirl -- it'll make you think in new ways, and that's always a good thing.
90
Xbox 360GameSpy (Jul 07, 2009)
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). It'll likely have staying power (and, I'm guessing, a healthy tournament scene) with the hardcore niche that kept the Guilty Gear series alive for years. For everyone else it's an eccentric curiosity. Whatever the case, if you're fond of fighting games, give it a whirl -- it'll make you think in new ways, and that's always a good thing.
90
WindowsMeristation (Mar 18, 2010)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger se ha hecho de rogar en Europa, e incluso el retraso ha conllevado que ya tengamos la secuela a la vuelta de la esquina, pero después de todo lo que importa es que los usuarios del viejo continente al fin podemos disfrutar de uno de los mejores juegos de lucha jamás creados, así como el único título que hoy por hoy puede mirar de tú a tú a Street Fighter IV sin que la larga sombra de la magna obra de Capcom acabe eclipsándolo por completo. Arc System Works, uno de los mejores estudios del mundo en lo que a programación de juegos de lucha se refiere, ha parido su mejor obra hasta la fecha, y eso es mucho decir teniendo en cuenta que nos encontramos ante la creadora de la franquicia Guilty Gear entre otros muchos clásicos del género. Se esperaba mucho de Arc System en la actual generación, y desde luego con BlazBlue no ha defraudado a nadie.
90
PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games (Jul 07, 2009)
BlazBlue is an amazing game in its own right, regardless of being deemed a spiritual successor. The cast might be relatively small, but it’s a tight-knit one; there’s a whole lot more to its world than initially meets the eye. The story is lengthy and surprisingly well-written, and the voice acting is stellar. The combat mechanics are a solid combination of combo and tactical options, with a dash of insane supermoves for good measure. While there’s a nice variety of gameplay modes and unlockables, the online multiplayer is what will keep you coming back long after you’ve gotten through everything. The presentation sets a new standard for 2D fighting games; no other fighter can pull it off with the same kind of style. The bonus discs are a nice incentive, even if their content has probably been leaked online anyway. That doesn’t matter, though. If you have any interest in 2D fighting, get this game. Aksys has arrived on the PS3, and it’s made one Hell of an entrance.
90
Xbox 360True Game Headz (Jun 30, 2009)
Perhaps the release of “BlazBlue” will signify a change in the world of fighting games, but most likely it won’t. It’s a dying genre, that doesn’t center around guns, and because of that the youth of America may not give it a second look, meaning that fans on this side of the Pacific are going to have to rely on Japan for their 2D fighting fix from now on. “BlazBlue” builds on last years more complex “Arcana Heart” by introducing a new level of beauty, and insane stories to a genre in need of some fresh ideas. Fortunately, “BlazBlue” is the successful culmination of the last 20 years of fighting games and it pulls inspiration from everything from Pikachu to Sub-Zero… “KoF” to “SF” and delivers a package that fans of fighting games shouldn’t miss.
90
PlayStation 3Fragland.net (May 13, 2010)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is despite its late release over here still not past its due date. Fans of the fighter genre can discover completely new characters and a depth that even many porn stars will be jealous of. The storymode may be a bit static and won't please everyone, but it does deliver one of the best stories we've seen in a fighter. A game we can easily recomment to any fighter lover.
90
WindowsJeuxvideo.com (Aug 26, 2010)
Cette version de PC de Blazblue : Calamity Trigger ne nous prend pas au dépourvu, elle est à l'image de la version sortie quelques mois plus tôt sur nos consoles : c'est tout simplement une déclaration d'amour aux jeux de combat en 2D qu'Arc System Works nous propose ici. Accessible tout en étant suffisamment technique, ce premier épisode de Blazblue vous promet quelques parties endiablées avec vos amis, que ces derniers soient des habitués du genre ou de parfaits néophytes.
90
PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com (Apr 02, 2010)
Blazblue : Calamity Trigger arrive certainement trop tard sur notre continent mais ce n'est certainement pas une raison suffisante pour le bouder. En effet, c'est tout simplement une déclaration d'amour aux jeux de combat en 2D qu'Arc System Works nous propose ici. Accessible tout en étant suffisamment technique, ce premier épisode de Blazblue vous promet quelques parties endiablées avec vos amis, que ces derniers soient des habitués du genre ou de parfaits néophytes.
90
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com (Apr 02, 2010)
Blazblue : Calamity Trigger arrive certainement trop tard sur notre continent mais ce n'est certainement pas une raison suffisante pour le bouder. En effet, c'est tout simplement une déclaration d'amour aux jeux de combat en 2D qu'Arc System Works nous propose ici. Accessible tout en étant suffisamment technique, ce premier épisode de Blazblue vous promet quelques parties endiablées avec vos amis, que ces derniers soient des habitués du genre ou de parfaits néophytes.
89
WindowsPC Games (Germany) (Sep, 2010)
Wer den Schwarzen Gürtel in Street Fighter 4 besitzt, fängt bei Blazblue trotzdem als unerfahrener Weißgurt an. Ich hatte den fatalen Fehler gemacht, zur Eingewöhnung ein paar Online-Matches zu absolvieren. Das Resultat: Die Gegner wischten mit mir den Boden auf. Blazblue ist sehr komplex. Es gibt jede Menge zu lernen und zu entdecken. Wer sich von der steilen Lernkurve aber nicht abschrecken lässt, bekommt ein Prügelspiel mit einer exzellenten Spielmechanik. Wer auf einen unterhaltsamen Story-Modus Wert legt, sei aber vor den höchst albernen Dialogen gewarnt.
88
WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru) (Sep 14, 2010)
Надежда и опора ценителей 2D-драк теперь господствует и на РС. BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger способна удивить и очаровать даже далеких от аниме людей. Вернуться после нее к Street Fighter 4? Немыслимо.
86
Xbox 3604Players.de (Apr 19, 2010)
Neulinge dürften heillos überfordert und beim wesentlich zugänglicheren Street Fighter 4 oder dem hierzulande ebenfalls noch nicht offiziell erhältlichen Battle Fantasia weitaus besser aufgehoben sein. Aber dann würde ihnen ein einzigartiges Spielerlebnis entgehen, das sich bemerkenswert deutlich von dem bekannten »Viertelkreis nach vorn + Schlag«-Schema abhebt: Das Kampf- und Deckungssystem bietet eine beeindruckende Tiefe, die gerade mal zwölf Fighter unterscheiden sich deutlich voneinander, der Online-Modus ist in jeder Beziehung beispielhaft - und die hochauflösenden, grandios animierten 2D-Fighter sind eine Meisterklasse für sich! Gebt dem Spiel eine Chance, auch wenn es euch in den ersten paar Stunden das Gefühl geben wird, dass ihr nix draufhabt - unter dieser bissigen Hülle wartet ein in vielerlei Hinsicht außergewöhnliches Beat-em-Up-Erlebnis!
86
PlayStation 34Players.de (Oct 16, 2009)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger ist wie ein Buch von Ayn Rand: Schrecklich anspruchsvoll, in jeder Hinsicht eine harte Nuss, definitiv nichts für Jedermann - aber das Durchbeißen lohnt sich, denn wenn man den anfänglichen Overkill übersteht, brennt sich das Erlebnis für sehr lange Zeit im Gedächtnis ein. Hier legt man nicht einfach so los, selbst auf dem niedrigsten Schwierigkeitsgrad sind die Gegner fordernd und verlangen sowohl Disziplin am Stick (das Pad ist wie so oft bestenfalls zweite Wahl) als auch den Willen, sich durch das vielschichtige Kampfsystem durchzuwühlen - die benötigte Einarbeitungszeit ist hier weitaus höher als bei vergleichbaren Kloppern; Neulinge dürften heillos überfordert und beim wesentlich zugänglicheren Street Fighter 4 oder dem hierzulande ebenfalls noch nicht offiziell erhältlichen Battle Fantasia weitaus besser aufgehoben sein.
84
Xbox 360AusGamers (Apr 06, 2010)
I've made a lot of comparisons to Anime in this review, and I guess that's inevitable, what with this being a title direct from the Land of the Rising Sun, but it's exactly the sort of vibe this game exudes - from the music, to the amazingly animated characters, it's just very Japanese but works as a result. On top of all that the game stands up and proudly announces itself as a new mainstay in the already flooded the fighting genre. Just expect something a little different from the norm and you will be pleasantly surprised.
83
WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Aug 17, 2010)
Zugegeben, wer mit der knallbunten Anime-Optik und prallem Effektgewitter nichts anfangen kann, der sollte einen großen Bogen um Calamity Trigger machen. Dann verpassen Sie allerdings ein durchweg gelungenes Prügelspiel, das vor allem dank des ausgeklügelten Kampfsystems und der markanten Charaktere viel Spaß macht. Einsteiger sollten jedoch erst mal in der Kampagne üben, bevor sie sich in die launigen Mehrspieler-Gefechte stürzen. Und selbst dann benötigen Sie gegen die BlazBlue-Könner starke Nerven.
80
PlayStation 3Destructoid (Jul 21, 2009)
BlazBlue's limited edition is already sold out across the country, and the same thing may happen to the standard edition to be put on sale later this month. The game is already a hit, and it deserves it. Still, BlazBlue isn't quite up there with my favorite 2D fighters. The sometimes cliche' character designs, cumbersome story mode, small roster, and limited single player modes keep the game from being truly "top tier." That said, it's still a more interesting and provocative game than most current-gen fighters, as it doesn't rely on variations of the game overused characters and gameplay mechanics we've seen for over ten years (I'm looking at you, Street Fighter IV). The fact that BlazBlue's combat system feels so original is quite an achievement. Add a high level of accessibility, solid online play, and beautifully detailed animation, and you have a must buy for any fans of hand drawn, 2D fighters.
80
ArcadeEurogamer.net (UK) (Mar 12, 2009)
It would've been nice to see Arc System break away from the familiar look and feel of Guilty Gear, but after extended play BlazBlue reveals itself to be reasonably exclusive in its characteristics. Whether or not it will be enough to convince players to give it the recognition it deserves, only time will tell. Regardless, Arc System has proven itself as a developer of undeniable ability, capable of successfully integrating fresh ideas into existing templates, and serving up fighting games of immense creativity. BlazBlue may even convert some to the cause, but certainly not all.
80
Xbox 360GameSpot (Aug 04, 2009)
BlazBlue is weird, bright, and loud. The colorful artwork, wild action, and totally unique characters may intrigue you, assuming they aren't too much for you to handle. If you can get past the noisy presentation and bizarre characters, you'll find a very solid fighting game with plenty of offline options and excellent online play.
80
PlayStation 3GameSpot (Aug 04, 2009)
BlazBlue is weird, bright, and loud. The colorful artwork, wild action, and totally unique characters may intrigue you, assuming they aren't too much for you to handle. If you can get past the noisy presentation and bizarre characters, you'll find a very solid fighting game with plenty of offline options and excellent online play.
60
Xbox 360Giant Bomb (Jul 21, 2009)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is probably a game best suited for people who have been playing fighting games for a long time, but even then, its style seems to be deliberately divisive. It's certainly worth trying out if you're a fan of the genre, but it's entirely possible that you'll find the whole thing to be a big, loud mess.
60
PlayStation 3Giant Bomb (Jul 21, 2009)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is probably a game best suited for people who have been playing fighting games for a long time, but even then, its style seems to be deliberately divisive. It's certainly worth trying out if you're a fan of the genre, but it's entirely possible that you'll find the whole thing to be a big, loud mess.
42
Xbox 360The Video Game Critic (Oct 13, 2009)
BlazBlue is a little too over-the-top for my taste, but hardcore fighting fans should appreciate the challenge and eye candy.