By Kevin "Methodone89" van Dongen on October 21, 2015
In a world where there are more than enough fighting games to choose from, being different isnít always good. fortunately Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax is a welcome addition to the already well established fighting game genre and its big hitters.
Sega and Ecole have put together a well working fighting game that truly is a joy to play and even a great starter for non-fighting fans. Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax features characters from the "Dengeki Bunko" novel trade, a series of Manga published by ASCII Media Works. These characters are summoned into the Sega World by a character called "Denshin", who is based on a Sega Dreamcast character. It seems a dark presence named Zetsumu is trying to steal the dreams of the worldís inhabitants. This evil entity takes the form of your opponents in 9 battles as your progress through your character's individual storyline.
You can choose one main fighter and another unique "assist" character, these characters arenít playable on their own, and battle against other teams until you reach the final battle. Depending on how the story progresses, Zetsumu will take the form of Akira Yuki and Pai Chan from Virtua Fighter or Selvaria Bles and Alicia Melchiott from Valkyrie Chronicles, which are unlocked after you've defeated them.
The Stages in Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax are based on Sega licenses, with backgrounds designed to look like the worlds of Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star Online, and more. All of the characters retain their personalities from the respective Manga they star in, and itís great watching them interact with each other while fighting.
The home console port is based on the latest arcade release of Fighting Climax Ignition 2.1, so all of the gameplay improvements and extra characters added since the initial arcade debut are included here. You have a few modes at your disposal like; Story Mode where you can play through all the different character storylines, VS mode where you can battle each other via local or online battle, Practice which is where a good fighter spends most of its time, and last but not least, Dream Duel mode where you fight an amount of fantasy match ups between the different characters.
Now, on to the good part... fighting! Like with most fighting games, Dengeki Bunko has a default system, but unlike many other fighters all characters work in exactly the same way. This simplified control system works really well and lets you jump right into the action with almost any character and at any skill level you care to choose. You can be really bad at fighting games and still win in Dengeki Bunko. Thereís no other way to do special moves and characters will quickly feel the same but, there are many difficult maneuvers and combos that can be mastered in practice mode with just a little bit of effort.
At first the assist character feels more like a curse than a blessing but, once used to the Assist characters and their different ways of usage, the game starts to grow on you and becomes one hell of a great fighting extravaganza.
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax might not be on the same level as some of the bigger franchises in the same genre, but it does offer a great pastime in-between these titles. And, for newcomers to the genre, this is really a great way towards getting the hang of the genre and some of the other fighting game titles out there. If you like 2D Fighting games, or even fighting games in general, Dengeki Bunko is a great game to master.