Review: BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Brace yourselves for the pinnacle of 2D fighting action – this is BlazBlue’s final and most hard-hitting chapter to date, with more stages, more moves, more characters than ever before. Whether you’re a hardcore BlazBlue veteran, or a newcomer wanting to experience the HUGE single player mode, one thing is for certain, this is the ULTIMATE anime fighting experience, This is BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition on Nintendo Switch!

Pros:

  • Gorgeous high res Anime graphics.
  • 11.7GB Download size.
  • Six Difficulties- Beginner/Easy/Normal/Hard/Very Hard/Hell.
  • Text language- English/Japanese/
  • Options- Number of rounds for arcade and Vs/Time limit for arcade and Vs and allow save a replay in Vs.
  • System voice- Default or select a particular character.
  • HUD- can move the position of bars around.
  • Rebind buttons for both player 1 and player 2.
  • Collection- View replays/gallery/item shop.
  • Four modes- Practice (Tutorial/training/challenge), Story (Story/Library), Battle (Arcade/Vs/Grim of Abyss/Score attack and speed star), Network.
  • Network- Ranked/Player, Rankings, Dcode edit, My room settings, Player list, and an item box.
  • Dcode- Player card you can edit with unlocked avatars/borders and change the info displayed.
  • Library- Glossary of terminology used in the game.
  • Japanese voice work.
  • Anime cutscenes.
  • Test- Set speed and ability to skip.
  • 30 Minute story recap video. (Optional)
  • Beautiful animations.
  • Autosave.
  • Arcade- Three acts.
  • Earn cash in the game to buy avatars and borders, skins and new BGM.
  • Grim of Abyss mode- Horde mode style game mode.
  • Tons of replayability.
  • Pro controller.
  • Noob support to help make pulling off combos and moves easier.

Cons:

  • A lot of choices on the menu, Its a bit overwhelming.
  • In tutorial its a stuttered experience with you having to wait for loading between commands and watching a short intro.
  • A lot to take in.
  • New players will struggle for a while as they get to grips with it all.
  • No touchscreen support.
  • Huge learning curve.
  • Doesn’t play like traditional fighters.

  • 10/10
    Graphics - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.4/10

Summary

BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition is a game series steeped in accolades but also notoriously difficult to get into. That is still the case here with moves not using the traditional inp[ut methods you have come to expect, Timing and combo reversals are a big deal. BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition does attempt to make the series approachable for new blood adding in a new option to make moves and combos easier to pull off and it does help. But with a game this complex it will still alienate players who struggle to take in the moves but to be honest, If you put the time in then the game will reward you handsomely with amazing combat and a well thought out story mode, Sure you may not dominate online but there is more than enough to do offline. In short BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition attempts to bring in new players but the difficulty bar is still too high, Veterans in the series will rejoice in one of the most complete fighting packages to date.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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