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1UP (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.
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IGN (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.
91
Vandal Online (Mar 30, 2010)
No entendemos este retraso y tampoco entendemos como las distribuidoras no se preocupan por traer estos productos de calidad excelente en lugar de llenarnos el mercado con una cantidad ingente de juegos mediocres. No vamos a bajar la nota a BlazBlue por que haya llegado tarde, porque se trata de un producto tan bueno y cuidado que ni siquiera eso puede empañarlo. Con una segunda parte en los salones recreativos y anunciada para consola, no podemos dejar de recomendar la compra de BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger por la sencilla razón de que sería imperdonable perderse este juego. Cualquier aficionado a los juegos de lucha debería probar BlazBlue, porque expone una manera increíble de hacer las cosas, porque es una propuesta diferente y porque a pesar de todo es uno de los mejores juegos de lucha de todos los tiempos y eso es mucho decir.
90
GameTrailers (Jul 06, 2009)
In spite of its uncompromising take on anime or the liberties it takes with the English language, BlazBlue is a true champion for the masses. Its over the top, vibrant style is a true spectacle in HD, and its strokes of fighting innovation trickle down into every one of its bells and whistles. If you're looking for an extremely smooth fighter with pomp and panache, BlazBlue is a sure bet.
90
Eurogamer.it (Apr 19, 2010)
Nonostante questo, comunque, se siete alla ricerca di un picchiaduro veloce, frenetico e profondamente tecnico (ma con un approccio completamente diverso rispetto all'imminente Super Street Fighter IV di Capcom), buttatevi a capofitto su BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, anche solo per godervi la meravigliosa realizzazione tecnica che lo caratterizza.
90
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
Eurogamer.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
GameSpy (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
Thunderbolt 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
Fragland.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
Jeuxvideo.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.
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4Players.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.
83
3D Juegos (Mar 17, 2010)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger es un excepcional comienzo para una nueva franquicia de los creadores de Guilty Gear. Cogiendo los mejores elementos de esa saga y pasándolos por un nuevo tamiz, sus responsables han conseguido un gran videojuego de lucha y un homenaje a los fans de su popular IP.
80
Destructoid (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.
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GameSpot (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.
75
Famitsu (Jul 03, 2010)
キャラの見た目はもちろん、技や動きもそれぞれ個性的。突き抜けていて好みが分かれそう。適当にボタンを連打しても連続技になるので簡単に爽快感が味わえるものの、バリアやラピットキャンセルなどシステムがかなり多い。駆け引きが深くなる反面、対戦格闘としての敷居は高め。
60
Giant 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.


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