If you're looking for a story mode review... scroll past, I haven't even touched it. Not at all.
To be fair, Balzblue gets a thumbs up because it works well for one, and looks great and runs smooth. It is a good fighting game that is complete and it adds elements that will probably get better over time.
However, for me, that's where it ends. For me, it feels like I'm playing soul calibur in 2d. Where certain characters can pretty much tap their way through all of your moves, or defeat you by actively countering all of your efforts and then relentlessly comboing you to death or near death and following up with the most bland way of killing you. And while it is obvious it needs to be a win or lose type of game, It does the game elements no justice at all to have regular ai in a game that could easily play insanely vibrantly like marvel vs capcom 3 or more accurately matrimelee.
Once you start playing or in my opinion, mashing, you'll notice Blazblue has tried their best to make every element count and have proper drawbacks, however, some more direct characters can actively push through the game with little to no technique, only to be floored by an ai that is akin to mugen making you suffer through some of the more tasteless but possible combos of the game. Things like rapid cancelling and air combos seem to have no proper airtime in the game although they could really REALLY show their stripes anywhere.
I don't know if they have stressed those mechanics in later games, And I do wish that the pc release has saw some sort of upgrade. However, as far as new fighting game IPs go, the later versions are usually large improvements over the last game, Though, when people boldly say Blazblue is the best 2d fighter made, I really want to ask them to name 5 fighting games and will flat out call them liars if they name any 2d fighting game with an intact air combo system. I hope they at least try to bring the latest release to steam and see what people do with it as a community, then actively fill in the gap of missing titles in the series... Because I am sure that this game is no longer an accurate summary of where the game has actually headed. And nobody is ever going to take the pc genre of the series seriously if most of the heavy hitters are just cash cows left to make devs direct income... showing from ill optimized titles like kof13 which pretty much runs like dry snot unless you can run games which actually need the power and skull girls which actually made a great anti piracy joke.
All in all, it is a fun game, however, there just doesn't feel like there's enough to leave this as a game in itself rather than another beat the ai title. Characters who are normally only for slapping around players who think you're going to do the obvious move or slash you into the cracks of the road are met with ai that is ready to grab your ankles to interrupt you and shoot a projectile while you're getting up to kill you off just as easy as they're willing to ground slash you as much as possible until you figure out it's basically soul calibur and unless you learn how to string together the foolproof-only-way-out-is-perfect-guard-combo, you'll be eating the equivalent down the line.
And before you swear it off for that, It's not too bad, but it does randomly turn into a cheese fest instead of just beat you. And you may find yourself using the simplest of moves and sticking to solid motions and attacks rather than what looks good when they do that, and it is sort of a shame that the battles do not really last long enough to literally combo foes upstage, or that you will waste so much energy trying to experience those elements when you can use the small array of specials they have properly and do exponentially more damage.
From my opinion, Tough sell at full price, yet good to have, but sour to know the genre is missing on pc. Lastly, It feels almost like a requirement to try to complete everything when the roster is this small, While in other games you have quite a bit before you've actually fought EVERYONE and feel like you need to pick up someone else rather than master or use only one person. And the fact they have unlockable super moves... Sigh... If you're even remotely a completionist you will have to do this. Anyway, nice game, far from the best fighter, great fighter on steam, Bring more love to steam.