This game is amazing. I've always wanted to try out Blazblue, but I didnt have a console (Besides Wii, but that is irelevant.)
THERE MAY BE SOME SPOILERS.
****** SIX STARS. Story-This is a good introduction to the series,(For me at least.)and a headache at that. With all the cutscenes and different branching paths. What caught me off guard is that, due to the game's story (Which I wont spoil here, sorry. :3) all endings, even the ones where the character you plays die, is cannon. It becomes a major headache, but its a good one. Which had me actually getting myself killed in every fight then I take the opposing fighter down. The final finale, the true ending, blew my mind, AND calmed me down, knowing I have ended the calamity trigger. Oh, and bonus points for the 96% of cutscenes being Visual Novel. :D
**** FOUR STARS. Music- The music totally blends in with the scenarios. The specific tracks for when two certain characters battle, both in story and the other modes, it brings in the feel of the two character's stories and need to fight the other person. Some have given me tears, a bit. This combined really well with the story moments, too. Only downfall is that for some reason, the BGM in the visual novel cutscenes weren't implemented, yet its still in the files. Why? I dont know.
**** FOUR STARS. Extra's and After-Game content- There isnt really any After-Game content besides what you unlock as you play. The "Teach Me, Miss Litchi!" episiodes you unlock from getting 70% in characters stories was great, and helped me further understand the Blazblue universe. The extras, including the gallery, are very fun to play, and is a nice change of pace if you just want to stare at the georgeous art from the story and Arcade.
****** SIX STARS. Combat- The combat is, at its first look, instantly reconiseable. Except for the barrier bar. I learned how to use it on my own after a few battles. You have everything a "Standard" Fighter would have. The Health Bar, Timer, and Special bar for your special attacks. Here, though, its called Astral Heat.
You have Astral Distortions and a single Astral Finisher. The Distortions have certain requirements to pull off- like 50% of your Astral Heat, or 25%. All Astral finishers require 100%, and pulling them off IS THE BEST FEELING EVER. All Astral Finishers have a certain Initial Attack that activates the rest of the finisher. These are usually easy to dodge, due to them absolutly overkilling the enemy. (This also requires for it to be THE FINAL ROUND, where if either of you win, the game is over. not if you had a winning streak. So chances for a Astral to hapen is not often, so you always feel awesome when you pull one off, and the fact that your opponet MUST have 20% of their health left on the final round to actually use the Ars Magus.) Though, they all have their own range. (♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, Jin. His astral makes the whole floor his target. ARRRG.) The opponet doesnt die immediately, he/she is forced to sit there and watch as their character gets mauled, shreded to ribbions, anniliated, ect. Without all these specials, the combat is still fast paced, and the tide can change ON THE SPOT. You can use the barrier to take 0% damage as you think of a plan to break your opponet's skull, or, if you get locked in some combo from your opponet, you can break your barrier to do a massive counter, knocking them very far away. YOU HAVE A LOT OF OPTIONS.
When you beat a character's arcade, you get access to their Astral Finisher, and as a bonus, Infinity. Infinity can be accessed by hovering over the character that has it, and press the taunt key. then select the character.
Infinity gives the character a massive advantage, or eliminates their disadvantages. Like, very fast movement speed+ Extra attacks. Good luck getting them all! However, they can only be used on Versus and Training. All the other modes dont allow Infinity for various reasons.
ZERO STARS. Multiplayer- ....Its non-existant. Why does the console version have it, but not us?! THE GAME EVEN MENTIONS MULTIPLAYER, BUT WE HAVE NO OPTIONS TO TURN IT ON. I would absolutely love to see if im skilled against the others in the Blazblue fanbase/universe. Im sure many of you were disappointed as well when you found out this. Valve, or whoever got this port on here, will you please give us multiplayer? Please?
Total Judgement-Overall, 90/100. SS rank. (Super Super.)
Im sure it deserves this grade. I would give it a perfect score if multiplayer was admitted. I cant find ANY other faults with this game. If your a fan of Blazblue, or fighters, im sure you would absolutely enjoy this game to no end. 10$ is a absolute steal for this gem.