BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Reviews (PlayStation 4)
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VentureBeat / Gamesbeat (Jun 05, 2018)
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.
GameCrate (Jun 05, 2018)
BlazBlue Cross-Tag Battle is a fantastic fighting game for newbies and veterans alike. Despite some questionable DLC practices and a market saturated with other great fighting game titles, it deserves to be played, practiced and played again.
GameSpot (Jun 06, 2018)
Whether playing through the story mode alone or against hardened opponents online, Cross Tag Battle is an absolute joy with a surplus of possibilities within its wide roster and versatile fighting system. Even with all the ridiculousness of the overarching plot, I reveled in the charm of my favorite characters and embraced the many moments of fan service. It's a masterful unification of styles and mechanics from four different universes that compels you to dig deeper and dedicate the time to getting the most out of the beloved members of this cast.
Just Push Start (Jun 05, 2018)
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle might be rough around the edges and have some questionable DLC choices, though it doesn’t stop it from looking great or being fun. The number of tutorials are great, with there being an okay amount for players to do. Sure, it isn’t the most jam packed game Arc System Works has ever released but if you’re looking for a new fighting or just enjoy the series included, odds are you’ll get your moneys worth out of BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.
PlayStation Lifestyle (Jun 05, 2018)
Chances are, you already know if you’re in Cross Tag’s intended audience. If you’re an avid anime fan, understand fighting games, and know one or more of the included series, you’ll love everything here. Even if you fall into only one or two of these subsets, this may be up your alley. The mechanics are solid, and mostly provide the perfect environment for beginners to transition to the more complex styles introduced in other Arc System Works games. I’d say it’s also just complicated enough to intrigue fighting veterans. Setting aside the DLC-based blemish, the roster is packed with unique, fun-to-play fan-favorite characters. The Episode Mode delights, and successfully hones the panache of all four franchises. BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle offers a little of everything for everyone, and does so in splendid fashion.
God is a Geek (Jun 05, 2018)
If you’re a fan of either of the universes here, this is well worth your time and money. I’m not happy with the pricing when they could’ve just done $60 for everything instead of doing $50 for the base game and $20 for nearly half the roster. Just a $10 reduction in base game price isn’t really worth much in terms of lowering the barrier of entry when fans will want all the characters which ends up costing more than a full priced fighter. Price concerns aside, I’ve enjoyed my near 50 hours spent across both PS4 and Nintendo Switch versions of Cross Tag Battle over the last few weeks. Since the game launched in Japan last week, online has been active as well.
IGN (Jun 05, 2018)
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle's mixture of fighting games leads to a surprisingly approachable entry point into the genre.
GamingBolt (Jun 20, 2018)
Even in spite of its issues, Cross Tag Battle is an easy recommendation for even casual fans of fighting games, or of any of the franchises represented within it.
Gadgets360 (Jun 05, 2018)
All in all, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is an excellent fighting game. Thanks to gorgeous presentation, robust mechanics, and an entertaining story mode, it stands out as one of the better, if not the best fighting game this generation. It might not have the lineage of its competition, but it’s got more than enough to warrant a purchase.
Common Sense Media (2018)
If there's a downside to the game, it would be the cheesy dialogue and writing. Cross Tag Battle doesn't have much of a story, but what's included is pretty light and somewhat ridiculous. For a game that combines four separate franchises, you'd hope that there'd be a stronger plot that fully used each character in a clever, entertaining way. But most players won't be interested in the story; instead, it's be the action that will keep them coming back. Fortunately, Cross Tag Battle has great-looking graphics, upbeat music, and responsive controls. The game also offers many solo and multiplayer modes, with a surprising amount of content to unravel. Overall, fans of the BlazBlue series or the other Japanese franchises included in this game will love setting their favorite characters against each other in battle.
Meristation (Jul 13, 2018)
El título es muy vistosoa nivel audiovisual.Tanto el diseño de los personajes como los escenarios, que son la mayoría de ellos icónicos de las franquicias que nos ocupan (y que ya hemos visto en juegos previos) tienen un alto nivel de acabado. Las animaciones funcionan de manera fluida y a toda velocidad, con efectos especiales por doquier. Mención especial para las secuencias tipo Astral Heat: espectaculares. El título luce bien en todas las plataformas, incluido Switch donde es cierto que tal vez el trazado en dock no es tan limpio y fino que en PS4, pero que mantiene el tirón perfectamente sobre todo en framerate y fluidez. La banda sonora sigue el mismo camino, con melodías de cada una de las franquicias.
Hardcore Gamer Magazine (Jun 05, 2018)
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle doesn’t do anything to revolutionize the crossover tag team fighting system, it simply sticks to a formula that has worked before and does a great job with it. The single player experience is enjoyable, though not as robust as we have seen in some other fighters as there is no arcade mode and the Episode mode is more cutscene than gameplay. As one would expect with the genre, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle excels when playing against another person, and that experience is just as enjoyable either on the couch or online. The initial roster of twenty fighters is respectable, but that will eventually grow to forty through DLC. While the single player content alone might not be enough to warrant the purchase, there are countless hours of fun to be had playing against other people.
Destructoid (Jun 05, 2018)
Yet, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle pretty much speaks to everyone, even if a few of its core mechanics aren't as refined as several of Arc's other works. It has a wide array of cast members from several universes, a pointed 2v2 focus, and a sufficient amount of stuff to do if you aren't the online competitive type. I sincerely hope this sets the stage for more experimental "all-star" types of fighters from Arc, as they have a seemingly limitless well of ideas to draw from.
WCCFtech (Jun 05, 2018)
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is a fantastic fighting game, marred by what feels like suspicious DLC practice and very familiar assets. If you can see past that though, you're going to massively enjoy this intense and intuitive anime fighter.
Cultured Vultures (Jul 05, 2018)
We’d like to focus on how deep and intricate the game is, or how much fun it can be learning different characters, but the way Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle handles its DLC and roster can’t be ignored. Take 2 points away if you hate DLC, more if, like me, you hate the fact Enkidu from Under Night isn't included.
Worth Playing (Jul 23, 2018)
Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle isn't Arc System Works' crowning achievement. The graphics could use some cleaning up, especially on the characters, and the reduction in modes for offline play will hurt those who are used to the series being rich in that area. The fighting is solid both online and offline, and it's easy enough for players of all skill levels to enjoy. It really is the DLC plan that's a big decision point for players. With no timetable about when all of the fighters will be released, the smart move for the more casual set would be to wait until everything is out first and see if the company will release a more complete version later on. Otherwise, if you can't wait, you're in for a solid fighting experience.
TechRaptor (Jun 23, 2018)
While it doesn't revolutionize fighting games as a whole, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is a fun 2D fighter sure to appeal to fans of any of the crossed-over series as well as those who just love a good match.
Jeuxvideo.com (Jun 21, 2018)
Malgré un modèle économique un peu étrange et un contenu finalement assez limité, Blazblue Cross Tag Battle est un jeu de combat particulièrement divertissant, grâce à ses mécaniques bien pensées. Le jeu en équipe prend ici tout son sens et l’on a été surpris de voir à quel point le jeu peut se montrer technique, quand bien même il se prend très facilement en mains. Rien d’inoubliable mais de quoi passer de bons moments cet été !
Merlin'in Kazanı (Jun 26, 2018)
Oyunun müzikleri ise BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth ve RWBY oyunlarında karşımıza çıkan müziklerden oluşmakta. Arena müziklerini direkt diğer oyunlardan alan geliştiriciler, karakter müziklerini de yine oyunun karakter temalarına ait olan müziklerden almışlar. Sona geldiğimizde uygun fiyatıyla BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle’ı eğer dövüş oyunu yokluğu çekiyorsanız ve oyunlarda Japon tarzından hoşlanıyorsanız rahatlıkla satın alabilirsiniz.
4Players.de (Jun 26, 2018)
Obwohl die Voraussetzungen für BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle eigentlich nicht besser sein könnten, springt der letzte Funke nicht über. Zum Teil liegt es daran, dass das Gesamtpaket es nicht schafft, an das famose DragonBall FighterZ anzuknüpfen, bei dem sich Arc System Works sowohl hinsichtlich des entschlackten sowie sehr eingängigen Kampfsystem als auch der Team-Dynamik freizügig bedient. Doch bereits bei der Story gehen die Probleme los: Hinsichtlich der Inszenierung zu altbacken, wird die eigentlich interessante sowie häufig witzige und neben dem japanischen Original wenigstens auf Englisch verfügbare Geschichte durch die statischen Einblendungen der immergleichen Figuren torpediert. Die übrigen Modi hingegen sind nur kurzzeitig interessant, wobei zumindest die Matchmaking-Probleme der Online-Kämpfe mit zunehmenden Spielerzahlen relativiert werden könnten. Dazu kommt, dass das Artdesign extrem untypisch für Arc System Works einen uneinheitlichen Eindruck hinterlässt (...).
GameSpew (Jun 20, 2018)
Overall, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is a mixed package. While its character roster feels anaemic, its gameplay entertains in all the right ways. The hub in which you find yourself every time you play the game is a bore, but otherwise the game’s audio and visuals are colourful and lively. And while there’s no simple arcade mode, something we’ve come to expect as standard, it does feature enough modes and options to keep you fighting for a long time to come. Ultimately then, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is by no means essential, but if you don’t mind its price tag you’ll have plenty of fun with it.
Way Too Many Games (Jul 08, 2018)
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is a good fighting game, without a doubt, but I surely expected a lot more from an Arc System Works title. Its excessive focus on DLC and subpar single player modes severely tarnish what could have been a much better fighting alternative for the PS4, especially since its simplified control scheme is a welcoming way to introduce newcomers to the franchises included in this disc. As of now, getting any Guilty Gear game for the PS4 is a much better (and cheaper) option.
Darkstation (Jun 05, 2018)
I’m torn between the amazing gameplay and the lack of content. Fighting feels fantastic but there's too little where to put it to use. What is this alarming trend that fighting games are put out without their traditional content? One can only hope that three non-functioning arcade cabinets standing abandoned in the game’s 3D entrance are a promise of arcade mode coming sometime in the future – as long as it’s not paid DLC. Then again, locking the characters who already show up in the episode mode behind a paywall as future purchases, is absurd so I doubt anything good comes for free. Greedy business model and thin content eat up the game’s appeal. Too bad as the featured gameplay is so damn satisfying.
TheSixthAxis (Jun 20, 2018)
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. Offline modes and unlockables are kept to a bare minimum, and the big story mode fails to fully embrace the magic of this bizarre crossover. Worst of all is the shallow and incredibly lopsided character roster. Arcsys has made a habit of releasing updated, 2.0 expansions of every fighting game they make, expanding the selection of modes and characters. In the case of Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, this is a game that feels like it desperately needs one.
Push Square (Jun 05, 2018)
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is an incredibly entertaining fighter that hinges on some brilliantly crafted team mechanics, so it's a real shame that the overall product is cloaked in controversy. Accessible yet open-ended and deep, Arc System Works' latest is slick and expressive, but it's the questionable DLC practices that ultimately muddy the waters.
GamersHeroes (Jun 05, 2018)
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle has got the fanservice down, but it feels more like a tribute to Arc System Works’ other games than its own unique beast. Its simplified fighting game mechanics, along with its reused assets, makes it only worth it for the most diehard of fans.
PlayStation Country (Jun 21, 2018)
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.