If you missed out on BlazBlue: Central Fiction on other platforms, this is your chance to finally jump in on Nintendo Switch.
BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition is the fourth entry in the series, which originally launched two years ago — along with all released DLC. You don’t need to play the previous entries unless you’re really interested in story mode. You’ll have a great time even if you’re not invested in the story, but that really depends on whether or not this is your type of game.
BlazBlue’s Anime-Like Story
Without getting too much into the story (I’m not a huge expert myself, having only played Calamity Trigger previously), this is the fourth chapter in the BlazBlue series. You mainly follow Ragna the Bloodedge in his amnesia-filled, sarcasm-infused quest to remember who he is. The cast is quirkier than your average bullet-sponge soldiers and mana-casting mages — they’ll quickly win your heart.
The Japanese influence is on full display here, but don’t let that turn you away. Well, maybe you should if you’re not into that type of thing. If you fall into that camp, you can enjoy BlazBlue: Central Fiction without having to play the story mode. Story mode is more of a study of the characters you’re using in-game.
I would say that the story mode in BlazBlue is pretty decent. There are definitely some tired cliches and messy tropes that are used throughout, but I found it to be enjoyable enough to hold my interest for short periods of time.
BlazBlue has always felt like one of the more difficult fighting games to master. There are numerous, unforgiving combo inputs that require absolute accuracy. The game knows this, as it gives you the option to switch to a more simplified control scheme which favors less complicated inputs. Being the stubborn, “hardcore” gamer that I am, I refuse to play with simplified controls. I’ve come to the conclusion I’m not quite as hardcore as I led myself to believe.
I’ve played a lot of fighting games but I just can’t quite get a hang of BlazBlue’s controls. There are certain combos that I can’t do, no matter how many times the tutorial has me retry them. That’s not so much the game’s fault but it should be an indicator of what you should expect.
The main way you’ll be experiencing this game (I’m assuming) is through V.S. Mode. There’s a really diverse cast of Japanese boys and girls to pick. There will be some you click with more than others right off the bat. Some of them may even surprise you.
If you’re more of an online person, you can take the game there as well. The problem is that online is mostly abandoned. There aren’t enough people playing — at least, not in North America — to join more than a match every who-knows-how-long. It’s a shame, but it makes sense when you think about it. This is an old game port, so most people probably play on other consoles. Either way, it’s a disappointment if you want to play online.
There’s not much to dislike about BlazBlue’s presentation. The graphics are crisp, animations beautiful, and the framerate …