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.
User reviews: Very Positive (872 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 An outdated version lacking netplay, I can only recommend it for the story mode."


“...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

    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1
    • 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
    • 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
24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
This is best played by people who don't mind the fact there's no online and the final 2 bosses are a bit cheap, but they can be defeated.

There are unique characters, the stories for the arcade modes are amusing,

The game is fun.

I'd suggest getting it on a sale. I snagged it in a Groupees bundle for $2 prepurchase.

The cards are nice too.

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16 of 21 people (76%) 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.

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!

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 :/

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 :/

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.

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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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
12.3 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
This a a very good fighting game with nice animations and quite a nice sound track :D
I highly recommend this game ^^
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6 of 8 people (75%) 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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Release Chrono Phantasma and Guilty Gear on PC you pricks.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
The first series of BlazBlue universe. Quite fun to play if you like arcade style fighting games. The story is impressive with multiple routes that explains the whole universe and if you're lucky, you might just get the true ending or you could load a previous saves and try to find the alternate ending.

Also, for anime fans, it comes with in-game Japanese voice dubs with English subs, But, if you don't like Japanese dubs, English dubs are provided as well. Overall, this game is worth the money to spend with. 8/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
This is the best fighting game i have ever played. The way it simplifies the controls yet still keeps the complexity of other fighting games such as Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is just amazing and the music makes Kill la Kill cry of sadness.

I beg of you play this game you will not regret it.

(Arc system plz release continum shift in europe please, thank you)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Lack of multiplayer aside I like this game. I don't really play fighting games a lot (I have nothing but scorn for Street Fighter). Has an actual (albeit somewhat convoluted) story as opposed to SF. Every character has a unique playstyle and no clones (again, looking at you SF). Awesome soundtrack.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
10/10 Noel's Armpits are Delicious. now give me BB:CP2 on steam
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5 of 7 people (71%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 24
Boobies are very good animated

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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Honestly one of the better fighting games I've played. It was better on consoles, of course, but it has great music, interesting graphics, a few interesting characters (Taokaka, Jin, Hakumen) and a rather confusing story that you can't really follow without some google searching. Either way, I quite liked it and anyone like me would probably enjoy it as well.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
First let me say, that I was unaware that this was a port of a fighting game released nearly a decade ago and I got it cause it looked 'good' and was 'cheap', and boy did I get my money's worth. Beautifully deisgned and fun to play with a nice roster of characters (with the exception of the lame as frog Hakumen).

One major league positive about this game is the control layout for the keyboad, and how flawlessly it is done, basically just 'typing' away as you would if you were writing a report. I have played many fighters over the years using a keyboard (from the original PC ports of Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat Triliogy and Mortal Kombat 4 in the 90s to Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter X Tekkan and obviously BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger here in 2014, and BlazBlue has the PERFECT design for players who don't have a gamepad.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Fun and addicting game! Reminds me a bit of playing Soul Calibur II on my GameCube waaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy back. The characters are nice to look at, the story (from what I've gotten through so far) is wonderful, the music is pleasant. Have not tried the local multi-player yet, but with a house full of game-loving little siblings and nephews, I'm sure it won't be long before we try it. I wish this had online multiplayer, but can't have it all I suppose! 5/5
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13 of 24 people (54%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
It probably one of the best 2D fighters on pc.. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
♥♥♥♥ing Amazing Fighting game. if you love fighting games and anime then here you go perfect game for you. 10 bucks? so much worth! its 10 bucks just buy it your gonna love it. the ONE promblem with this game is that there is NO ONLINE MULTIPLAYER so if you wanna play with your friends online then your out of luck but you can plug in two controllers and go to town offline. Maybe theyll add multi in the future but hey man this game is awesome! amazing story and a fun afternoon of video gamin!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
shoutouts to my boy ragna the bluntedge
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
So much fun but Arc System Works should add Continuum Shift or Chronophantasma or something!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Best 2D Anime Fighter I have ever played. (Exception to Persona)
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