BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma – Not Your Average 2D Fighting Game
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is a PS3 2D fighting game by Arc System Works. The third and latest installment in the game development company’s highly popular BlazBlue series (the first two were Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift), Chrono Phantasma continues its predecessors’ legacy of story-driven, action-based gameplay that have made the series one of the most endearing of its kind in the whole world.
Some of the Old, A Lot of the New
For those who are not familiar with the series, BlazBlue is an arcade-style 2D fighting game (set in 3D rendered backgrounds) made in the same vein as titles such as Streetfighter, King of Fighters, and Soul Calibur. It has combos, special moves, and attacks that vary greatly from one character to another. Players can either deplete their opponents’ health to zero or be the one with more health if the timer runs out to win a round (called a “Rebel” in BlazBlue parlance).
At first glance, BlazBlue fans will see that Chrono Phantasma still retains much of the original BlazBlue gameplay fight mechanics: three main attacks (weak, middle, strong) and one special move. But a lot more has been added to spice up the old bash-buttons-til-they-drop formula.
First off, there are two new game mechanics that aims to provide a whole new level of complexity to the game’s offensive and defensive aspects. The first one is called Overdrive. This is an offensive tactic that power up’s the player’s character in exchange of his or her Burst meter. The effect’s length lasts is dependent on the amount of health that the character has: those with low health get longer Overdrives, while those with many get shorter Overdrives. For those who like to go all-out on the offense, Overdrive is a very interesting tactic to use in battle. If used effectively, it can instantly turn the tides in any match.
The next mechanic works especially well against defensive players who like to run the timer out. Called as Crush Trigger, the move does exactly what its name implies. It allows players to “crush” or break through their opponents’ guard in exchange for a small amount of the Burst meter.
Other welcome additions to Chrono Phantasma include new characters Amane Nishiki, Izayoi, Kagura Mutsuki, Bullet, and Azrael. All the others characters from previous BlazBlue games can also be found in this installment, with some minor stat and move changes.
BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma is what any fighting game in this day and age should be: uncomplicated, fun, and easy-to-learn. While there may be a few things in the game’s storyline that those unfamiliar with the BlazBlue universe might find it hard to understand or grasp, the engaging gameplay itself is enough to make up for it. The added game mechanics also added a little bit of complexity to the straightforward fighting gameplay. Compared to former BlazBlue titles, there is a lot more strategy involved in Chrono Phantasma than pure button bashing alone, making this game perfect for both casual and pro-level fighting game enthusiasts alike.
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