The first hi-res 2D fighter from the creators of the Guilty Gear series! BlazBlue is a traditional 2D fighter where two characters participate in a duel. The story of the game involves dissent and destruction among a powerful council, known unofficially as "the Library," which controls a great power that once saved humanity,...
User reviews: Very Positive (771 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 13, 2014

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"One of few ways to show support for Arc System Works fighters on Steam. An outdated version lacking netplay, I can only recommend it for the story mode."

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“...awesome characters, stunning backgrounds, sweet music, tons of unlockables and -- most importantly -- enjoyable fighting...”
95 – IGN

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2 CD's worth of OST included with a total of 42 fantastic music!
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About This Game

The first hi-res 2D fighter from the creators of the Guilty Gear series! BlazBlue is a traditional 2D fighter where two characters participate in a duel. The story of the game involves dissent and destruction among a powerful council, known unofficially as "the Library," which controls a great power that once saved humanity, but which now wields its power in protective, some say repressive, ways.

A round is called a "rebel" and one match can consist of one to five "rebels". To win a round, one player must either incapacitate the other by inflicting damage through various attacks to reduce their opponent's health to zero or by having more remaining health than their opponent after the clock runs out. Every character has a weak, medium and strong attack. Also every ones has a "unique" technique, called a Drive attack, which is different for each character.

Key Features
  • 12 unique batants to choose from! - Choose a character that represents your own fighting style like the lightning-fast Taokaka or the wickedly powerful Tager.
  • Drive your way to victory! - Use the unique Drive Attacks specific to each character to decimate your opponent. Depending on the character control the elements like wind and ice or even absorb the life force from your opponents.
  • Experience the beauty of high-resolution hand-drawn sprites on 3D backgrounds all in glorious high-definition.
  • Various modes - Arcade, Versus, Score Attack, Training, Gallery and a pletely fleshed-out Story Mode that tells the tales of each character.
  • Bonus Contents - 2 CD's worth of OST included with a total of 42 music!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (32 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 7900 / AMD Radeon X1900
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Vista
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 / i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 8800 / AMD Radeon HD3700
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
First of all, Blazblue's one of my favourite fighting games/franchises of all time since I played it on PSP years ago n I've played all kinds of fighting games since Street Fighter EX2 Plus (if I remember correctly) so I would highly recommend it to any fan of the genre. Most negative opinions about the game (from myself n others I guess) are mainly due to knowledge of the better sequels that are not available on PC (yet?) It feels like we're being told to be grateful for having anything at all. Thanks to Arc System Works I can cry myself to sleep...

Note: I would have a lot more hours if my PC didn't currently have problems n bluescreen when I played some games :/ but I played lots before Steam version.
I type a lot :l Tl;dr (too long; didn't read): read bold text.

Graphics:
I put this first 'cause of the game's description of being the first hi-res 2D game, I find this particularly awesome (in all modern 2D fighting games) 'cause these games use pixel art whereby characters n most in-game elements are drawn pixel by pixel n animations are done via the same way as GIF images that play according to button input, I'm only assuming this is still how it works today n although I think KOFXIII's pixel art is more godly Blazblue does a great job in keeping the characters alive throughout the battle n making beautiful, fun n non-distracting stages. Animations are smooth n special effects/attacks are pretty. You also get a wide variety of colour palettes when picking a character, more than most other games I've played, just remember to press start when selecting char. The UI/main menu is also very nice n simple.
P.S. You can skip pretty much all loading screens, just press start, how awesome is that!

Gameplay:
For those not very familiar with fighting games, one thing to note is the main difference between 3D n 2D fighting games (IMO) is the pacing. Blazblue: Calamity Trigger incorporates this very well for me; it's very fast-paced n requires almost if not constant input n quick response (in a good/hard match). The basic mechanics are very simple. Main input commands are 'weak attack', 'medium atack', 'strong attack' and 'drive' which is a special attack/ability that is unique to each character. Characters don't have a very large skill set but as with many 2D fighting games you can kinda make your own combos as you get used to the mechanics, making efficient use of your 'drive' n your position. There are many levels of difficulty to use to your advantage ranging from very easy to hell mode so you can go from absolute beginner to master I guess :D n the AI is nothing to laugh at either. Button response has about no delay in this game n attack animations are quick so countering n whatnot are something to look out for (I'm looking at you Hakumen). Each character has about 2 super moves n one 'Astral' move, astral moves must be unlocked for most chars n can only be used under certain circumstances, rendering you high when you get to use it.

Story (mode):
There is an arcade mode n a story mode, each with different endings for each character. First thing that really gave this game a unique identity to me was the story mode, it plays out like a Visual Novel until you come across trouble n have to fight your way through. The narrative is written very well with no linguistic flaws (Engrish) n all dialogue said by any character is fully voiced n it is done absolutely well (even in English)! You have the option to choose b/w English n Japanese voices n although I would normally go with Japanese, BB's English cast seem so perfectly fit for it n do a great job. Each character has their own story which includes most of the other characters (if not all) n there are at least 2 routes/endings to each story. There is also additional dialogue/extra sequence if you're defeated n sometimes it triggers an alternate route/ending n to reach 100% completion you have to lose & win against each opponent. Tip: Basic sequence is - save game>fight>lose (game over)>load game>fight>win>repeat for 100% story completion. The story itself can be very confusing at first, depending on the order of characters you play in story mode, but overall I love it. Synopsis is available in game description :/

Characters:
BB's weakness, as the beginning of a fighting game franchise, is the no. of available chars. There are 12 characters readily available to play with (including the boss/es), each very unique in design n fighting styles. Overall theme is very steampunk. The character relationships are interesting n show in-game during a fight (through dialogue n pre-battle sequences). Later installments of BB add a lot of characters as well as some additions to existing characters' attacks. Overall, I think the characters, their backgrounds n personalities, are more interesting than the main story n they're sorta what make it what it is.
Note: although later games have a lot more to offer, they kept changing artists for the character cards (what you see in the loading screen before a fight/the VS screen) n I think Calamity Trigger has the best artwork among all Blazblue titles. Noel Vermillion <3 Chronos Phantasma is great too but Continuum Shift's art is the worst IMO, wish we could get BB:CP next :/

Music:
It's Badass! Aside from the main theme, ending credits theme ('Limited again', one of my faves), menu n whatnot, each character has their own fitting theme music n if you set bgm to auto it will play the theme of your opponent (iirc, or the stage, I'm not too sure). The soundtrack is essentially a great mixture of heavy metal n orchestral music n as it is downloaded with the game, you can add it to your music library.

Extras:
There's a large gallery to unlock which includes concept art, character art, arcade end scenes n a few videos. You can also unlock 'unlimited mode' versions of characters by completing arcade which is a slightly powered up version of the character that you can set when selecting characters for vs battle (not sure about arcade battle).
Also, I really hate this games opening, mainly because the one on PSP was far better IMO. The PSP version's opening had the same video (second video up there) but used the music from the first trailer up there on the store page, it was so badass n much more fitting than this song I think (see on youtube)...I used to watch it everytime on PSP but I must skip it on PC

Special element:
One of the best things about BB (IMO) is the special element of immersion in the game, characters are lively n have a lot of dialogue within a battle + unique dialogue for certain characters. There are also some special animations before a battle between some characters. This makes it more fun n interesting when you listen to their insults n comments while you fight. For example when you play as Jin n launch a super move (iirc) at Noel (the beauty to the left, my pic) he shouts "Noel, you ♥♥♥♥♥!!" n she keeps begging "Major, please stop". Between Ragna n Noel, Ragna keeps calling her stupid (when you grab/throw) n when she launches a super move on him she shouts "Ragnaaa! You're stupid!" There's also a short battle sequence before ragna n Jin start a battle n a recitation of their oath before Noel n Jin fight. This adds tension and/or enjoyment to the already exciting battles. The normal dialogue in a fight also adds so much more, like characters saying "Saw that!" n "Missed!" when you dodge/block/counter. I just love how there's so much effort n personal touches put into this intoductory title.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
As a fan of Arc System Works' previous Guilty Gear games, and also having watched BlazBlue: Alter Memory, I've long been meaning to give BlazBlue a shot. I'm a fairly casual fighting game player and mostly play Street Fighter, but I found BlazBlue easy to get into, and I love how uniquely each character plays. Ragna feels like a pretty standard melee character and is a good way to get used to how to the game works, but then you also get characters like Nu, who doesn't play like anything I've ever seen before, with a focus on ranged attacks without the use of complex inputs. The cast is a little smaller than I'd like, but this is unavoidable due to the age of the game; unfortunately we have yet to see any PC ports past the first game.

The art and sound design are also top-notch, just as they were in Guilty Gear, though this game is considerably more modern and much prettier graphically than the even more aged Guilty Gear titles available on PC. Game runs well too, with a pretty steady 60 FPS even on my fairly weak machine. There's no online multiplayer, but for someone like me who tends to get walked all over online in fighting games by the people who play the game more seriously, that's fine by me. In addition to the arcade mode, which does have little clips of story here and there, there's also a full-fledged story mode that plays out like a visual novel and adds some content to help keep things from getting stale.

Overall BlazBlue is probably going to be my go-to fighting game going forward. It's not perfect, but I've been enjoying my time with it immensely (especially Noel's combos, my God). The only thing this game is missing as far as I'm concerned is BANG BANG BANG BANG BA-BANG! If that song played every Bang fight, no, every fight, no, at all times, I would be a happy man.

EDIT: So I just realized that one of Bang's specials does actually change the battle music to that song for the rest of the match. Good enough. And here I was worried it wasn't in the game because it wasn't in the soundtrack files included alongside it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
It probably one of the best 2D fighters on pc.. 10/10
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
It's okay.

With no online multiplayer there isn't much replayability value unless you really like arcade and story mode.
I r8 7/10
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Even though there's ot a lot like the newer installments of the series its still really awesome and it comes with the album for the entire game. still NNEEDDSS MOAR TAO!!!!!!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
sure its not as great as the console games but it is still quite fun many hours of gameplay and you can grab a friend and beat each others asses.and hopefully they will add the others in the series to steam
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Do you like Guilty Gear but for some odd reason want characters that can spam moves like Ryu? Welp here you go BBCT is a great ♥♥♥ blaster spam enhanced super ultra mega edition stun smacker beat em up and make sure they stay down simulator 3000

In all seriousness "its a great game. 10/10"
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Play this game till my fingers hurt and still keep playing.... :D
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7 of 17 people (41%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
boobie lady didn't teach me anything informative.

12/10
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Noel My Love
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
This game is really fun...
You can run into trouble and get a fight with them.

10/Meow
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
BlazBlue CP please.......
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2 of 19 people (11%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
DO NOT BUY! for some reason the game does not work for some ppl, don't take a chance, the game is not worth it
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69 of 75 people (92%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
SHORT VERSION
Do you like great fighting games? If you answered yes, then go get it. It's a good buy.

LONG VERSION
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is a 2D fighting game, and the first entry of the BlazBlue franchise followed by Continuum Shift and Chrono Phantasma.

Calamity Trigger features 12 fighters, each with their unique gameplay, strengths and weaknesses.
As a fighting game it's important to mention that the game can be played excellent on keyboard without any trouble. The combos are fairly easy, and you will always find new ways to chain them into better ones.
The controls are responsive and there's no delay at all. Graphics wise the game looks gorgeous: the 2D sprite models are looking good, and integrate well into the 3D background, while animations are smooth and beautiful as well.
Aside from the usual story mode, there Arcade mode for every character, mini-games and tons of unlockable artworks to keep you busy for a long time!

However like most games, Calamity Trigger has its' flaws too: first off the Developers removed the multiplayer, though it was part of the game for the Games For Windows Live release, and second the game tends to have 30 FPS limit sometimes due to a bug. To fix the 30FPS limit you have to restart your PC, aside from this issue, the game runs smooth with 60FPS cap.

Overall Blazblue: Calamity Trigger is an amazing fighting game. I can highly recommend this to anyone, whether you're new to fighting games or a veteran in the genre.
And as a Guilty Gear/Blazblue fan is a no-brainer to buy, since it increases the chance of seeing more recent games from the developers on Steam!


PRO
- Graphics are beautiful. The 2D sprite models seemlessly "integrate" into the 3D background.
- Animations looking smooth and nice.
- Soundtrack is amazing.
- The game features 2 different language voice acting: Japanese and English. Both are solid.
- Controls are responsive. The game plays smooth. Combos are easy to pull off. Can be played with keyboard without any difficulties.

CONS
- Lack of multiplayer.
- Occational 30 FPS cap bug. To fix the FPS limit you have to restart your PC.
- Steam cloud doesn't work, though it's shown on store page.
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46 of 72 people (64%) found this review helpful
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
-cons : no online
-pros : no one can call you a skrub

apparantly, sc.rub is a curse now
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
I really like this game. The sprite animation is one of the best i've ever seen and I love how each character is very different from one another so no clones. I do have to say though that the story is weak and I really don't care for it but the soundtrack, graphics and gameplay are very good. There is no online mode and that might turn you off but it's good to get on sale and if you just want to play against the computer.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
BlazBlue is an amazing fighting game. I'd like to explain it to you as much as I can. The graphics are beautiful. It looks like a 2.5D setting, because the backgrounds are a bit 3D... the voices are pretty matching. The characters are so darn awesome. My favorite character is Taokaka. She's just so cute of a cat / human hybrid. And the most importantly, the gameplay! It plays like an average fighting game, but with tons of anime paint on it. The controls were not too bad, although playing with a controller would probably be a better idea, it felt smooth at best. And I loved every single part of the game. If you like fighting, if you like cute, and if you like Taokaka as much as I do, go ahead and get it. It's so much fun. At least for me-ow! Oops...
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
good story mode /
nice character /
awesome artwork /
easy pitsy game to learn and play /
hentai stuff bring me up here /

conclusion = a 'must have' to someon who like anime-like type figthing story game (same like skullgirls) lol
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
420Blazblueit
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This rant was made by a guy who loooooooove anime and was expecting some fun story from this title. And omg it delivered :D Atm I'm playing through story of this extremely fun cat lady with possibly the most amazing cat-laugh I've ever heared. This nyahaha has to be my new SMS tune :D Aside from this lovely lady this game can offer
- really great visuals / art style
- easy to pick up and get into the game controls
- no achievements which helps u (if u're bad at fighting games like me) to easily drop down difficulty and enjoy game how YOU desire and not how all those "professional" EVO fghters want
- some good voice acting (obviously my settings are English subs/text, but Japanese VA)
- story even has branches!

Highly recommend to fans of anime genre and to those who want fighting with some fun story!
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