With a kickass, overcharged aesthetic and silky-smooth mechanics, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is one of the finest fighting games available today. Satisfying for longtime fans and inviting to newbies, this is some of the most fun you can have with a friend on the same couch. If you’re on your own, it’ll be a long time before you run out of things to do. It’s a bit of a drag to have to unlock a character in this day and age, but in every other respect, Chrono Phantasma is the slickest fighting game you’re likely to play this year.
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Seven new characters, tons of new stages, plenty of new music, a 40 hour long story, a huge balance patch and reworking and more make this title well worth the $40 price of entry, ESPECIALLY if you haven’t purchased it in the past. So grit your teeth, bite your tongue and shell out the cash because this is one great fighting game… even though we will likely forget all about it when Guilty Gear –XRD- comes out.
While BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is, ultimately, a new version of the same game that we’ve had the last four years, there’s quite a bit here to sink your teeth into whether you’re a grizzled veteran, or a curious outsider checking out BlazBlue for the first time.
Although not a revolution, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is a very worthy successor to a franchise that is often overlooked both inside and outside of the hardcore fighting game community. Arc System Works have crafted a complex fighter and filled it to the brim with uniquely Japanese charm. While the massive amount of DLC is disappointing, and the story may be a little difficult to understand for anyone not familiar with series lore, fighting fans will find a lot to like here.
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.