I was never much into fighting games...
Until I played this one.
Blazblue: Calamity Trigger is one of the best fighting games I've ever played (and I've played some in all my gaming years). Most games in this style just demand that the player keep pressing buttons to win, or keep spaming the same movements over and over again. This is not the case here. The learning curve of Calamity Trigger is not easy, but it's certainly rewarding.
You have 12 characters to play from, and to some, this may be a small amount to play with. But the thing here is that you don't have two characters who have a similar style. Everyone has different fighting mechanics, and certainly, one of them will become your favorite:
You have Ragna the Bloodedge, who fights with both his giant sword, and using his fists and kicks, and is able to drain life from his opponent when he uses his Azure Grimmoire. There is Jin Kisaragi, who have a sword similar to a katana, and has ice powers. There is Noel Vermillion, who uses two giant pistols. There is Rachel Alucard, who is similar to a lady doll from the noble parts of society, who uses his shapeshifting cat and his sidekick to move graceously in the battlefield. Use her special movement (Those are called Distortion Drive in this game) early in the battle, and you will probably miss, but try to spread Lighting Rods and then using the Distortion, and all of them will get energized by the movement. Some of the characters even use their Heat Gauge (Used to make Distortion Drives) differently from other characters, and this variety of gameplay is one of the things that makes this franchise killer, not mentioning all the counter movements, throws, defensive maneuvers and ways to even use your Heat Gauge to extend combos.
The story is another major point of this game. You have 10 character's story mode to complete. Two of them are not included. In each campaign, you have different routes in the story based on some dialog choices, and even losing specific battles will not result in Game Over, rather opening another path to go on. Even the way you finish your battles may alter the route. Every character's story mode has a percentage of completion, and to get 100%, you will need to see every possible outcome. This way, you will be able to reach the true ending of that character's campaign...but does that mean the other ones are alternative endings? Check to story and draw your own conclusions.
In Calamity Trigger, you basically have the Story, Versus, Score Attack and Arcade modes. In the Arcade, you will choose one character to defeat 10 others, and in specific encounters, you will even have a dialog. It's a simple game mode, but not short of surprises. Some interesting rewards await those who complete it.
The game is completely dubbed, both in japanese and english, and has subtitles as well. I didn't play in English, but the Japanese one is awesome, as expected.
The only let-down is that it has no online mode, but trust me, you will spend dozens of hours in this game if you want to take the most of it.
Finally, it has one of the most amazing soundtracks I've ever heard. It's a mix of classical music and heavy metal, and if you're into that style of music, you will be delighted. Best of all, you will get the full digital OST in MP3 buying this.
That said, Blazblue: Calamity Trigger is recommended both to the ones who enjoy an awesome fighting game, and to those you're just getting started in that genre. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.
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