It's not easy to try and tap into a genre dominated by well established titles such as Tekken, SoulCalibur, Street Fighter, and Mortal Kombat, but Arc System Works brings us a fantastic fighting game in the form of Blazblue: Calamity Trigger, which more than holds its own.
Hmv are selling copies of the game on the PS3 and Xbox 360 for £17.99, which is almost £3 cheaper than the next best offer on the Xbox, and exactly £2 cheaper than the nearest competitor for the PS3.
- Click here to buy Blazblue: Calamity Trigger on the Xbox 360 for £17.99
- Click here to buy Blazblue: Calamity Trigger on the PS3 for £17.99
Blazblue uses the classic 2D fighter format, pitting two characters against each other in an arena, however the game is weapons based instead of focusing on hand to hand combat. The battles are incredibly fast paced compared to some of the better known titles and are really good fun. Each character has a unique drive attack, and are backed up by special moves known as distortion drives and astral finishers which are instant kills that need to be charged before they can be executed.
As someone who plays a lot of fighting games, I thought it was a nice touch that the developers included two distinctive types of block, so you're able to mix up your defensive tactics a little bit. The first is the guard, which can be broken by your opponent if you use it continuously, and the second is the barrier, which can't be damaged by weapons but does have a time limit.
There are a number of different game modes to choose from, including story mode, arcade mode, and score attack mode. Its also worth noting that the plot is quite good for a fighting game, even if you do have to play through with a couple of characters to work out whats going on.
In my opinion the multiplayer, as with all fighting games, is the section of the game that you'll be consumed by, as its always a better challenge to take on another human being and your victory feels that little bit more satisfying. The online multiplayer is a joy to use and comes with an added bonus in the form of the replay function, allowing you to witness your enemies defeat over and over again.
If you're bored of playing the familiar fighting titles out there and want a blend a fun, beauty, and fury then you should definitely consider grabbing Blazblue: Calamity Trigger for £17.99.