BLAZBLUE: CHRONO PHANTASMA EXTEND
By Kevin "Methodone89" van Dongen on November 3, 2015
Finally, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Arc System Works' latest addition to the BlazBlue universe has come to Europe. The game was already released in June for North America and now, a few months later, here in Europe, we can get finally our hands on this beauty!
It's the first time Arc System Works' brilliant 2D-fighting game releases on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend delivers a whopping 28 playable characters and brand-new content with its release on the new generation of consoles. Among these 28 playable characters there are 2 characters which are added in the Extend edition, the reintroduction of fan favorite and now playable Lambda-11 and Celica A. Mercury.
I'm completely in love with BlazBlue's style, which features crisp and beautiful 2D sprites against a 3D Background, a Visual Novel style Storytelling and amazing Anime cut scenes. Not only does BlazBlue look great it plays great too. While, gameplay-wise, Extend doesn't offer much other than the standard Chrono Phantasma, it's still worth mentioning how much extra content the game features. It has multiple Story Modes, which are deep and well written and feature the complete BlazBlue story. There are additional story scenarios added in Extend, called The Rat, Determination, and Collision; focusing on Bullet, Kagura Mutsuki, and Kokonoe.
Heart Gaiden has been added, which has a more light-hearted and humorous tone than the main story. Remix Heart takes place sometime in the past and features the main characters from the core storyline as well as the heroine, Noel. Last but not least there are eight additional gag reels, for Relius Clover, Amane Nishiki, Bullet, Azrael, Yuki Terumi, Kokonoe, Celica A. Mercury, and Lambda -No.11-. You can Play through each character’s story mode to gain a whole new understanding of the world of BlazBlue. Each character has multiple paths available to them, winning or losing important matches can show you a new version of the story you thought you knew.
BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend has multiple modes in which you can try and master the game; tutorial mode, training mode and challenge mode. Challenge mode has been changed in order to add Celica and Lambda's own challenges. Missions that consist of Special Attacks, Distortion Drives and Astral Heat are moved to the Tutorial mode. Every character now has 20 missions in Challenge mode for you to clear. For those who have never played 2D fighting games or the BLAZBLUE series, here's a link to an in-depth look at the Tutorial Mode of BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend by Rachel Alucard. She will walk you through the mode and explain what's what.
But wait, there's even more! BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend also features; Arcade Mode, Versus Mode, Abyss Mode, Score Attack Mode, Unlimited Mars Mode and Highlander Assault Mode. Highlander Assault Mode is unlocked after completing the Story Mode and it lets you fight against Gigant: Take-Mikazuchi with any character you'd like, this can be pretty hard and even with Ragna at my side, I had a harder time than fighting him in Story Mode. Speaking of a hard time, I played Arcade Mode with Makoto and I was almost losing my mind while doing this; it was so hard, I had to make a more than considerable effort to get through it. If you would like to witness my struggle, you can view it right here
Blazblue is easy to pick up thanks to the ‘Stylish Type’ fighting system which allows fighting game newcomers to perform impressive looking combos and perform special moves with ease. Once you've mastered the "Stylish Type" you can switch to the "Technical Style" for a harder, but more controlled fighting style. Soon you'll be performing Distortion Drives, Rapid Cancels, Counter Assaults, Crushes, Astray attacks and more in the blink of an eye. BlazBlue features a deep and well developed fighting system which has been further improved in the new Extend version, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend is a great way for newcomers and Veterans of the series to fall in love with fighting games on the current generation of consoles.
There's so much more we would like to show you and tell you about BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend; it's a brilliant game! But, I couldn't possibly tell you everything there is to tell in one go. Instead, I will continue to play BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend and upload video's, images, posts and more over the course of the coming weeks, months and even years. Nevertheless, my initial review is complete and I don't think that a few more playthroughs in Arcade Mode or Network battle could change my opinion of this brilliant game!
For veterans and fans of the series, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend might not offer a lot of new stuff, gameplay-wise, but it does have a huge amount of content and it looks and feels absolutely great on the new consoles. For newcomers to the series this is one of the best new entries in the series and a pleasant and excellent fighting game to start your journey with!
BLAZBLUE: CHRONO PHANTASMA EXTEND
Arc System Works
April 23, 2015 (JP)
July 28, 2015 (NA)
October 23, 2015 (EU)