Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma - Post-E3 preview

10:40 PM, Jul 2, 2013   |    comments
'Blazblue Chrono Phantasma', a 2D fighting game from Aksys Games.
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The game isn't scheduled to release until early next year, but when Aksys Games' upcoming 2D fighter Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma releases for PlayStation 3 it will bring with it six new characters, but little else based upon what was shown at E3 2013.

Set after the events of BlazBlue: Continuum ShiftBlazblue: Chrono Phantasma gives player a re-balanced assortment consisting of the previous game's characters (complete with new moves) plus the addition of four unique to the game's story: Amane Nishiki, an effeminate young man who wears a woman's kimono, the mercenary Bullet, Azrael, a violent soldier who prefers using his his fists, and the underhanded Kagura Mutsuki.  This is in addition to the return of two others, Izayoi, who is the true form of Tsubaki Yayoi, and Yuuki Terumi, who appeared previously under the guise of Hazama.  The new characters add new play styles and are all very different from one another.  Outside of them, however, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot new with the game - at least, not yet.

That stated, there are two things worth noting and both are mechanics designed to replace a pair of existing ones from the previous games.

"Overdrive" is one such mechanic.  It replaces Continuum Shift's "Gold Bursts" and provide character-specific bursts.  The other is called "Crush Trigger", which replaces "Guard Crush".  Utilizing this new mechanic helps to attack through a fighter who's blocking.

Aside from those two game mechanic adjustments with new names, Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma doesn't appear to be offering players much that they can't get from the previous game.  And yet, it's still a lot of fun to play and looks great complete with high-quality 2D and 3D visuals.

The company hinted during E3 2013 that there's more yet to come to light between the trade show and the game's ultimate release.  Depending on what, exactly, those things are, this early assessment of Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma may change for the better.

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma has not yet been rated (RP) by the Electronic Software Ratings Board. 

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