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Phantasy Star Online

You got BlazBlue in my Phantasy Star Online


The newest crossover
Jul 14
// Chris Carter
Every time I write about Phantasy Star Online 2, my heart aches a little. It's nice that there's an english language patch out there, but so many fans don't want to play the game without a proper localization, so I'm stuck w...
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Blazblue

BlazBlue: Central Fiction announced, Japanese location test starts soon


At least two new characters confirmed
Jul 12
// Jonathan Holmes
Though I really enjoy the BlazBlue series, I stopped trying to keep up with it a while back. By my count, BlazBlue: Central Fiction marks the sixth update to the series put up for sale since the first game was released in 20...
BlazBlue photo
BlazBlue

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend is getting a localization


This summer
Mar 06
// Chris Carter
Aksys Games has announced that BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend will be getting a localization on PS3, PS4, Xbox One, and Vita this summer. Can't keep track of BlazBlue's updates and sequels? The "Extend" is q...
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BlazBlue

BlazBlue: Battle Cards looking to take that card crown


First gameplay footage released
Feb 27
// Robert Summa
The BlazBlue franchise continues to diversify its portfolio. Whether it be a mobile rhythm game or a visual novel, the series has grown from its fight-game roots. With BlazBlue: Battle Cards, that trend continues -- but only...

Xblaze Lost: Memories photo
Xblaze Lost: Memories

BlazBlue spin-off Xblaze 2 coming west this summer


こんにちは読者
Feb 26
// Kyle MacGregor
Xblaze Lost: Memories is coming west this summer, Aksys Games just announced. The "RPG-style" visual novel is the follow-up to XBlaze Code: Embryo, which Aksys localized for western audiences last spring. This PS3 a...
BlazBlue photo
BlazBlue

There's a new BlazBlue rhythm game and it's out now


Brace yourselves, anti-mobile and free-to-play comments are coming
Feb 25
// Kyle MacGregor
"This isn't the BlazBlue game you're looking for," he persuades you with a small wave of the hand. Okay, maybe it is. Maybe you're in the market for a "gluttonous" rhythm game where you "eat to the beat of BlazBlue." In that ...
BlazBlue PC photo
BlazBlue PC

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend coming to Steam


H2 Interactive unleashes the fighter on PC in December
Nov 16
// Kyle MacGregor
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend is heading to Steam next month, H2 Interactive has announced. It will feature both online and local multiplayer as well as English, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese language options. The pulbishe...
BlazBlue: Clone Phantasma photo
BlazBlue: Clone Phantasma

BlazBlue: Clone Phantasma still coming to North America


EU may still be out of luck
Aug 05
// Brittany Vincent
Arc System Works has been fairly faithful in bringing its BlazBlue games to the West. One game in particular that hasn't been localized, however, is BlazBlue: Clone Phantasma, released in 2012 on the Japanese eShop for Ninten...

EVO 2014 recap: Here's who won

Jul 14 // Jordan Devore
Ultra Street Fighter IV [embed]278083:54883:0[/embed] Grand Final: Louffy vs. Bonchan 1. MD|Luffy (Rose) 2. Bonchan (Sagat) 3. RZR|Fuudo (Fei Long) 4. RG|Snake Eyez (Zangief) 5. RZR|Gackt (Fei Long) 5. EG|Ricky Ortiz (Rufus, Rolento) 7. EG|Momochi (Ken, Juri) 7. HORI|Sako (Ibuki, Evil Ryu, Elena, Gen) Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 [embed]278083:54885:0[/embed] Grand Final: Justin Wong vs. Chris G 1. EG|Justin Wong (Wolverine, Storm, Akuma) 2. GG|NYChrisG (Morrigan, Dr. Doom, Vergil | Others) 3. RG|Filipino Champ (Magneto, Dormammu, Dr. Doom | Others) 4. CTRL|RayRay (Magneto, Dr. Doom, Sentinel) 5. RG|Flocker (Zero, Vergil, Hawkeye | Others) 5. Jan (Hulk, Shuma-Gorath, Haggar | Others) 7. MRN|Marn (Zero, Vergil, Strider) 7. BIFU|Insaynne (Nova, Spencer, Dr. Doom) Super Smash Bros. Melee [embed]278083:54884:0[/embed] Grand Final: Mango vs. Hungrybox 1. C9|Mango (Falco, Fox) 2. Crs|Hungrybox (Jigglypuff, Fox, Falco) 3. EMP|Armada (Peach, Young Link) 4. EG|PPMD (Falco, Marth) 5. EMP|Mew2King (Marth, Sheik) 5. MOR|Axe (Pikachu) 7. Fly Amanita (Ice Climbers) 7. GC|Silent Wolf (Fox) Killer Instinct [embed]278083:54886:0[/embed] Grand Final: CDJR vs. Rico Suave 1. RM|CD Jr. (Sadira) 2. RG|Rico Suave (Thunder, Glacius, Jago, Sabrewulf, Fulgore) 3. EG|Justin Wong (Sabrewulf) 4. Gutter Magic (Thunder) 5. TSwagg (Sadira) 5. IC|MyGod88 (Sabrewulf) 7. Pretty E (Orchid) 7. Mr. Grimmmz (Jago) BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma [embed]278083:54892:0[/embed] Grand Final: Garireo vs. Dogura 1. Garireo (Litchi) 2. Dogura (Azrael) 3. BE|DoraBang (Bang) 4. Yoshiki (v-13-) 5. Tiku (Tager) 5. N-O (Rachel) 7. Tochigin (Azrael) 7. SG (Litchi) The King of Fighters XIII [embed]278083:54887:0[/embed] Grand Final: Xiao Hai vs. Tokido 1. Qanba|Xiao Hai (EX Iori, Mr. Karate, Kim) 2. MCZ|Tokido (EX Iori, Chin, Mr. Karate) 3. LDA|ET (Clark, Mr. Karate, EX Iori | Others) 4. CafeID|MadKOF (Duo Lon, Daimon, Kim) 5. Woo (King, Takuma, Kim) 5. TC|Yoshi (EX Kyo, Benimaru, Shen | Others) 7. VGM|Misterio (Yuri, Saiki, King) 7. TC|Chris KOF (Duo Lon, Iori, Shen) Injustice: Gods Among Us [embed]278083:54888:0[/embed] Grand Final: Pig of the Hut vs. Sonic Fox 1. RG|Sonic Fox (Batgirl) 2. AK|Pig of the Hut (Zod) 3. IC|Mit88 (Deathstroke, Batgirl, Aquaman) 4. GGA|PimPimJim (Hawkgirl, Raven, Shazam) 5. EMPR|Noobe (Doomsday) 5. IC|DJT88 (Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Doomsday) 7. GGA|16-bit (Catwoman) 7. FRQ|Emperor Theo (Aquaman) Tekken Tag Tournament 2 [embed]278083:54889:0[/embed] Grand Final: JDCR vs. Gen 1. Twitch|JDCR (Heihachi, Armor King) 2. Twitch|Gen Kids (Bob, Leo) 3. BE|Ao (Alisa, Miguel) 4. Jimmy J Tran (Bryan, Dragunov) 5. ATL|HOA (JACK-6, P-JACK) 5. Inkognito (Bryan, Bob) 7. JustFrameJames (Marshall Law, Yoshimitsu) 7. BMNS-13 (Hwoarang, Baek) Mortal Kombat 9 [embed]278083:54890:0[/embed] Grand Final: Sonic Fox vs. DAB 1. RG|Sonic Fox (Sonya Blade) 2. IC|DAB88 (Liu Kang, Jax, Johnny Cage) 3. IC|DJT88 (Cyrax) 4. FNATIC|Perfect Legend (Kung Lao, Raiden) 5. GGA|16-bit (Kitana) 5. KIT|Forever King (Kung Lao, Kabal, Freddy Kreuger) 7. RM|CD Jr. (Jax, Kung Lao) 7. IC|WoundCowboy88 (Shang Tsung) Persona 4: Arena [embed]278083:54891:0[/embed] Grand Final: Lord Knight vs. Ho-chan 1. TS|Lord Knight (Mitsuru) 2. Ho-chan (Yukiko) 3. BrkrDv (Teddie) 4. Rath (Mitsuru) 5. Dacidbro (Akihiko) 5. Lode Knight (Chie) 7. BananaKen (Shadow Labrys) 7. Pain (Aigis) X-Mania's three-on-three Super Street Fighter II Turbo tournament [embed]278083:54897:0[/embed] 1. Team M3 - TMF (Zangief) - Mattsun (Ken) - Mao (Vega) 2. Team Japan2 - Noguchi (Vega) - Kurahashi (Ryu) - Hanashi (Fei Long) 3. Team Special Forces - Ganelon (Vega) - AfroLegends (Balrog) - Damdai (O. Ryu) EVO 2014 results [Event Hubs]  Other highlights (post yours in the comments!) Pikachu destruction (skip to 6:21) [embed]278083:54894:0[/embed] Filipino Champ's comeback against ApologyMan (skip to 12:20). [embed]278083:54893:0[/embed] Sako special (skip to 8:00) [embed]278083:54895:0[/embed]
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The grand finals and other notable moments
And just like that, another EVO has come and gone. What a weekend. Despite not playing fighting games much myself, I'll never miss watching the year's big tournament. The audience's energy, the drama that unfolds on stage -- ...

BlazBlue card game photo
BlazBlue card game

Aksys Games is localizing a BlazBlue card game


Called BlazBlue: Battle Cards
Jul 07
// Chris Carter
If you like card games get your iPad and iPhone ready -- Aksys Games has announced that they will localize the BlazBlue card battler, appropriately named BlazBlue: Battle Cards. It's developed by Alliance Digital Media, ...
XBlaze Code: Embryo photo
XBlaze Code: Embryo

XBlaze Code: Embryo is the BlazBlue game you didn't know you wanted


Visual novels are love
Jun 26
// Brittany Vincent
Can't get enough BlazBlue? Check out XBlaze Code: Embryo, something completely different. Arc System Works' visual novel follows Touya Kagari as he finds himself entangled within a network of secretive organizations and a gag...
EVO money photo
EVO money

Arc System Works, Aksys add $30k to BlazBlue EVO 2014 pot


Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- playable, if I was BlazGreen I would die
Jun 24
// Steven Hansen
I had a pretty nice EVO 2013 at the live streaming get together we here are Destructoid threw in a San Francisco bar. Meanwhile, contestants (as opposed to us novice drunks) are in store for an even nicer EVO 2014 as Arc...
BlazBlue Visual Novel photo
BlazBlue Visual Novel

BlazBlue spin-off gets a trailer, demo out on PSN


XBlaze: Code Embryo hits PS3 and Vita in full next month
May 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Have you ever wondered what BlazBlue would be like if Arc System Works removed all the fighting game bits? Probably not. But, on the off chance you're interested in finding out, the brand-new demo for XBlaze: ...
XBlaze Code: Embryo photo
XBlaze Code: Embryo

BlazBlue visual novel gets a demo for PS3, Vita this week


Take XBlaze Code: Embryo for a spin this Tuesday!
May 11
// Kyle MacGregor
XBlaze Code: Embryo, a visual novel set in the BlazBlue universe, is coming to North America for both PlayStation 3 and Vita on June 24. Until then, Asksys Games is hoping to whet your appetite with a demo version. That'll be...
BlazBlue Vita photo
BlazBlue Vita

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma gets an official Vita release date


June 24th
Apr 14
// Chris Carter
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma has arrived on the PlayStation 3, but we were waiting on a Vita release date for what seems like forever. Until this week that is, when publisher Aksys Games announced that the Vita port will arrive...

Review: BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma

Apr 01 // Ben Pack
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (PS3 [reviewed], Vita)Developer: Arc System WorksPublisher: Aksys GamesRelease Date: March 25, 2014 (PS3) / Summer 2014 (Vita)MSRP: $49.99 For those who aren't in the know, BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma is the third game in the BlazBlue series, and is treated as a sequel to Continuum Shift. Like past entries in the franchise the mechanics of the game are deceptively simple -- there are three normal attacks and a special button -- that's it...at first. Then you add in the fact that every character’s D (special) button is completely different. For one character it might summon a doll player to fight along with the player, it can summon satellites that will populate the screen and fire lasers, or push and pull your opponent around the stage -- talk about diversity. The creators have talked about making mastering each character feel like its own game, and that’s very true, since you cannot just pick up and play anyone at a decent level. Once you start to really play a character and learn their nuances, it really starts to pay off and feels rewarding. There is also simple control set called “stylish mode” where beginners can string together combos by mashing buttons and even auto-block to some degree. This mode, however, will not be at all effective against players who know what they are doing. The game is heavily focused on offense. In some fighters characters may turtle the majority of the game while readying charge moves, whittling down the clock as much as opponents health, but in BlazBlue you are in fact punished for holding back too much and become more vulnerable to attacks. In Chrono Phantasma they have also removed gold bursts, and added a new mechanic called Overdrive that makes your character stronger based on how much life they are missing. This kind of all-out offense is fun to play and even more fun to watch at a high level, and is unlike almost any other fighting games out there. All the characters, including downloadable ones, have returned from Continuum Shift, with the exception of Lambda-11. There are seven new characters, including two DLC characters not released at the time of this review. Each of the characters is unique enough to be fun, and well worth playing around with -- in other words, veteran fans will love the chance to master every single one of them. All existing characters have received balance updates, but early reports out of the Japanese version of the game call for another update citing that the character Kokonoe is overpowered beyond comparison, and is even being banned in some tournaments. Seeing a broken character that you have to pay for is a pretty bummer move at this juncture, unless Arc System Works replies with a swift patch -- which is reportedly will do in May. The story mode is where the biggest changes in the game have occurred. The previous titles have featured individual stories for each of the characters, but those have been cut down in size and moved to the arcade mode. Now there is one main canonical story that features all of the characters and plays out more like a visual novel. There are three branches following three separate teams through as they go on a very anime  styled adventure to stop the resurrection of some sort of mythical beast. I played through story mode, but ended up skipping most of the hours of dialogue to play the dozen or so fights stitched together by Kojima-level cutscenes and interactions. As if sitting through hours of story in a game that is all about moving fast and quick, amazing battles, there are many instances of branching dialogue where if you pick the wrong option, you sit through a “bad” ending and have to play it again. The roughly few hour long story mode concludes with a very tedious boss fight that you have to repeat three times. I won’t spoil what it is, but if anime has taught me anything it’s that if someone is trying to revive some sort of ancient evil, it doesn’t really matter if it gets revived at all -- because our heroes have the power of friendship on their side. If it seems strange to be so critical of a fighting game’s story mode, I am doing so for two reasons. First, you have to play though all of it. At least if you want to unlock the last character; something that hasn’t been fun since Super Smash Bros. Melee. You also unlock a second mode where you get to fight that very tedious boss, but he’s even stronger. Second, Arc System Works did a great job with the story in Persona 4 Arena, and that attention to detail isn't reflected here I’m not just talking about the content of the story (since the source material for P4A is far more interesting), but also how it is presented. This all being said, if you are very excited to see what happens next in the BlazBlue timeline, there's a lot waiting for you here. They have also included a “Teach Me, Miss Litchi!” mode where you can get caught up in the story. The music however is excellent, containing arranged tracks that stay true to the series. Beyond the story, arcade and regular versus modes, offline mode includes Abyss mode and the Unlimited Mars gametype. In Unlimited mode players must fight ten powerful “unlimited” characters -- that's about it. Abyss mode is a longer mode where you must choose a character to fight through increasingly difficult opponents to reach the bottom of a pit. You can level up various aspects of your character along the way, making them faster and stronger. This mode has a lot of potential to be a fun way to play offline, which is rare in fighting games. In regards to the standard gametypes, the quality of the netplay is among the best I’ve ever played for a fighting game, and I had exactly one laggy match against an opponent with poor latency -- that's it. This game is pretty much exclusively made for those who already enjoy the BlazBlue franchise and want to continue playing with new and refined characters. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma offers things like Stylish Mode and an incredibly comprehensive tutorial that not only teaches BlazBlue tactics, but also fighting game fundamentals. Unfortunately people looking to get into a new fighting game will have trouble both catching up and caring about the story, struggle to pick up and master one of the game’s crazy characters. Arc System Works have improved on their formula at its core, but failed to make the package more appealing.
BlazBlue review photo
The Wheel of Fate keeps on turning
If the pacing of Street Fighter was baseball, and Marvel vs Capcom 3 was basketball, BlazBlue would be a free-for-all cage match match between two over-caffeinated nine-year-olds. And I mean this in the most endearing way possible.

BlazBlue photo
BlazBlue

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma retail out this week, there's still a digital pre-order deal


PS+ users get 10% off
Mar 26
// Chris Carter
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is now shipping across the US, but the PSN version doesn't drop until April 1st. If you're willing to wait until then you can take advantage of their pre-order offer, where you can get Kokonoe (a D...
BlazBlue Vita photo
BlazBlue Vita

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma coming to Vita this summer


Phantastic!
Feb 11
// Steven Hansen
The blaznew BlazBlue, Chrono Phantasma, is coming to PS3 in North America this March. Aksys has also confirmed the Vita port will be coming stateside as well sometime this summer.  The Vita version will feature an additi...
XBlaze Code: Embryo photo
XBlaze Code: Embryo

BlazBlue visual novel coming to PS3/Vita in North America


XBlaze Code: Embryo
Feb 11
// Steven Hansen
XBlaze Code: Embryo is a visual novel set 200 years before the events of BlazBlue.  XBlaze tells the story of Touya Kagari, a mostly unremarkable high school sophomore with a remarkable past, and his transformation fro...
Steam photo
Steam

Kiss Ltd wants to bring more ARC System Works to Steam


Fan campaign pushing publisher
Feb 10
// Conrad Zimmerman
Last month's release of Guilty Gear Isuka on Steam has fans of ARC System Works' fighting games hoping that more of their titles might make it to the platform in future, and a campaign has developed to encourage publishe...
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This is your BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Limited Edition


Comes with a book, soundtrack, and more
Nov 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Ready for BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma? Well you may want to go all out with the Limited Edition set to include a bunch of extra goodies. You'll get a 40-page full color artbook, a soundtrack by famed musician Daisuke Ishiwatar...
Aksys 3DS and Vita sale photo
Aksys 3DS and Vita sale

Aksys throwing a sale on 3DS and Vita digital shops


Save big bucks on Virtue's Last Reward, Muramasa, BIT.TRIP, and BlazBlue
Aug 22
// Tony Ponce
Atlus isn't the only company ringing in the start of a new school year. Aksys Games is also so pleased that all the little brats are sweating in a classroom where they belong that it decided to place a number of games on the ...
BlazBlue Chronophantasma photo
BlazBlue Chronophantasma

BlazBlue Chronophantasma to be localized in 2014


Heaven or Hell, let's rock! Oh wait wrong game
Jun 11
// Chris Carter
[Update: Aksys Games has confirmed at E3 that BlazBlue Chronophantasma will be released in the US next year.] BlazBlue Chronophantasma is coming to the PS3 later this year in Japan, and Arc System Works has another trailer t...
Blazblue Chronophantasma photo
Blazblue Chronophantasma

Rock out to this BlazBlue Chronophantasma trailer


New characters highlighted
May 23
// Chris Carter
BlazBlue Chronophantasma, the next entry in the BlazBlue franchise, is hitting Japan later this year. In order to get people sufficiently pumped, a new gameplay trailer has surfaced with that classic rock feel we'd expect fr...
BlazBlue anime photo
BlazBlue anime

BlazBlue getting an anime adaptation


Anime fighting!
May 21
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Want a new BlazBlue game? Well too bad! Settle for this anime adaptation instead. Animation studio teamKG and Hoods Entertainment are behind BlazBlue Alter Memory, set to air this Summer. Gundam 00's Seiji Mizushima is direct...
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Sleeping Dogs and BlazBlue head to PS Plus this month


Plus Pinball Arcade, and Knytt Underground
May 04
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Have you played Sleeping Dogs yet? If not what the hell is wrong with you? It's an amazing game, and you really have no excuse. Especially those of you with PlayStation Plus membership as it's about to become available for fr...
BlazBlue photo
BlazBlue

BlazBlue team targeting PS4 for new fighting series


It's 'who Arc System Works is,' says producer
Apr 05
// Keith Swiader
Arc System Works has their sights set on the PlayStation 4 as the platform to debut another new fighting series to the world, according to a Shoryuken-translated Dengeki interview with BlazBlue producer Toshimichi Mori. ...
BlayzBloo video photo
BlayzBloo video

Here's some BlayzBloo: Clone Phantasma footage


Kinda cute, kinda meh
Jan 18
// Chris Carter
Some time ago, Jonathan Holmes reviewed BlayzBloo: Super Melee Brawlers Battle Royale. It was a pretty quaint release that was forgotten almost immediately. But now, it looks like a full sequel is upon us, ready to grace the...
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Bandai's got sweet figs of Sol Badguy, Bass, Mewtwo, more


BlazBlue and Senran Kagura also get mad loving
Oct 25
// Tony Ponce
At the recent Tamashii Nations exhibition in Japan, Bandai has been showing off a ton of sweet new game-themed figurines as part of its D-Arts and Figuarts ZERO lines. We start with some Guilty Gear action in the form of D-Ar...
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New BlazBlue game heading to arcades in Japan


Aug 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Developer Arc System Works has announced BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma, the latest entry to the BlazBlue series. The sequel will feature new backgrounds, new music, new skills for past characters, and three brand new characters:...

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