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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Nov, 2016 At 11:30 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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I have a confession to make. I have not played a lot of BlazBlue. I am familiar with the games, but have never really been into the series. Still with BlazBlue: Central Fiction, I went into the experience with an open mind and decided to just try and have some fun. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it wasn’t what I experienced.

BlazBlue is well known to be a spiritual successor to the Guilty Gear series, but a lot has been done to differentiate the two series. The game seems like it would be too intense for newcomers to fighting games, but it actually is very welcoming. There are multiple game modes that help ease you into the gameplay but there are also two main ways to play. You can play a Technical route which is a traditional fighting game style of gameplay that regular fighting game players will be familiar with. There is also Style, which makes things easier to pull off major attacks. That said Style still requires timing and skill and isn’t a simple button mashing mode. I had a lot of fun with the multiplayer and feel confident in saying that this game is Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator on speed…and I love it for that. It just comes off as an extremely well designed experience that is also insane at the same time.  You always hear the expression, “Capture Lighting In A Bottle” and that is just what Arc System Works has done with this game.

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That said, it is not perfect and there have been a series of issues I have found while playing.  First, I have experienced a few issues with the online and while I hope it has been fixed since I last played ( or will be soon) it did take away from the experience a bit. Second, the story is just extremely confusing and takes up so much of the game. I admit it could be it is because I haven’t played much of the series, but I had a very difficult time following what was going on. Lastly, the game is a little too bright and flashy and I found myself getting some headaches from it. I do not usually have these problems (except with some games) but it really did bother me several times here.

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On the plus side, BlazBlue: Central Fiction is absolutely gorgeous beyond belief, more so than Guilty Gear’s recent games. The art is amazing and the visuals when not straining me, were amazing. The music was also excellent and a great soundtrack to get you pumped for combat. There is a slight issues with no English dubbing. From the experience I have had with Blazblue, the dubbing was excellent, and so this is missed. It isn’t that the Japanese voice acting isn’t good, but the English dub for the series was just very well done.

Overall, I did like BlazBlue: Central Fiction, and I would recommend it to fans of fighting games. That said, for first time players of the genre, this might not be the game you want to start with.

 

Disclaimer: We were provided with a review copy of the game for this review

By Ramon Rivera On 15 Mar, 2016 At 12:23 AM | Categorized As Featured, Playstation Vita, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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I am a huge fan of fighting games,and there is one series that has a special place in my heart: Blazblue. Ever since I played Calamity Trigger on PSP  I fell in love with it, the gameplay, the characters, the music everything came together to give birth to one of the most beloved franchises of Arc System Works.Fast forward 3 games( Continuum Shift II PSP, CS Extend Vita, Chrono Phantasma Vita) and know we have the definitive version of the 2014 entry Chrono Phantasma. As the name implies Chrono Phantasma Extend, is a version that included several gameplay changes kept over from the 2.0 update of the Arcade version of the original. It features the playable inclusion of Celica A. Mercury, as well as the reintroduction of Lambda N.11 as a standalone playable character. So for me its the complete package, and while I like playing on home consoles, the portability of the PSVita version is unbeatable.

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Blazblue is a series unlike any other I have ever played before. Most fighting games are more focused on the combos and action( there is plenty of combos and fast paced fights here), but they left the story of why you want to beat down everyone on your path, to something simple and sometimes it lacks more depth, and you are often wondering how this came to be?.That is not the case in Blazblue, it has a good story to tell and in this installment it ties all loose ends in previous games, without spoiling much I was surprised to find out who was “Bloodedge”.Also the Extend stories of Kagura, Bullet and Kokonoe are a good way to know the backgrounds of these characters.I strongly recommend to play the Arcade Mode first with all characters before trying the Story Mode since both modes are intertwined in regards to the story as a whole. Blazblue Chrono Phantasma Extend offers a lot to do and for newcomers to the series, the Training Mode is a must.Not only it covers the basics of combat but also covers each of the 28 characters basic strategies as well as intermediate and advance techniques.Another great addition to the game itself is the Stylish mode(yep it is), is a special mode that is catered to novice players, that have no experience with fighting games.Everything from Specials to Distortion Drives are performed with a push of a button and a direction, so the novice players can be on a even ground with the more experienced ones, and ultimately have fun as I believe that is the purpose of the game.

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Speaking of Story BBCPEX features a HUGE amount of it, I personally like the “Teach me more, Miss Litchi!”Here you’ll have super-deformed (SD) characters go over the game’s lore in a comedic fashion.I love also how Taokak(THE BEST CHARACTER MEOW!!) can’t remember anything at all not even the names of the cast, but she remembers all of their nicknames, Good Guy(Ragna), Lacking Lady(Noel), Shorty(Carl), Scruffy Man( Bang) and so forth, this mode is a great way to learn all of the story in a funny way. There is also the “Remix Heart Gaiden” and has a separate story taking place in the military academy with a different protagonist.So you have a lot to look forward to in regards of “Side Stories”.

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For this game though, “Chrono Phantasma” are The Phantoms of Time; they are those who possess a different future from the one they originally should have.The story takes quite some time to pick up but once it does, it’s very entertaining. It has a variety of scenes so it isn’t all non-stop action; there’s plenty of humor, sadness, mystery, and yes – even a dose of “fan service”. Moving on the actual fighting,the different modes here contain the standard fighting game modes you’d expect. The Arcade mode has you fight a certain arrangement of characters depending on which character you choose. Versus lets you fight one on one against a character of choice. Ad-Hoc allows you to face other people via local wireless. Score Attack has you compete for a high score on the leaderboards. Abyss mode is something that most won’t be familiar with. Here you’ll defeat waves of enemies while being able to strengthen your character’s stats along the way. You’ll continue descending until you reach the bottom level of Kagutsuchi. Unlimited Mars Mode is Arcade mode but with very intelligent AI, and lastly Highlander Assault Mode is a special mode where you face off with the final boss from story mode. Unlike story mode though, you’ll be able to choose whichever character you want to tackle him with. Network Mode. Here is where you’ll go online and face off with other players. You can choose between Ranked Matches or Player Matches. In ranked matches, you’ll queue up and wait for someone to challenge you – pretty simple stuff. Player matches though, take place in lobbies. These lobbies are customizable by the host and you’re able to challenge players, chat, and spectate battles.

Now for those of you who like to 100% everything the Gallery Mode is for you, several items unlock as you progress through the game, such as Arcade Endings and such, here you can also buy Art made by the developers, and Fan Art received during the development process, as well Unlimited Characters (Bad-ass versions of all the cast) and Stages, so there is a lot of diversity and ways to spend your earned P$.

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Bottom Line Blazblue Chrono Phantasma Extend is the definitive version, and I am glad I got to play it on the PS VITA, it has a great and complete story, a intuitive battle system, with mechanics that allow even beginners to enjoy the game, great music, it plays and looks beautiful. And being able to play it on the go is the deal breaker. I definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a dose of action on the PS VITA.

By Ramon Rivera On 6 Feb, 2016 At 06:28 PM | Categorized As News, Playstation Vita, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarFans of the amazing rhythm game Superbeat: Xonic for the PS Vita system rejoice!!!, Pm Studios has announced that 6 brand new music packs will be available on North American PlayStation Network. The First three DLC packs will be released on February 23, 2016, and the other three DLC packs will be available on May, 2016. Each pack will contain 3 songs for the price of $3.99.

 

1.7’s Rebirth.

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  1. Antikithera – 7 Sequence
  2. Rackin’ Gravity – 7 Sequence
  3. DINO – Cranky
2.Guilty Gear X Sonic.

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  1. Starry Story
  2. Jack-a-Dandy
  3. Big Blast Sonic

3.Magical Blaze Collection.

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  1. BLUE desire~Blazblue
  2. THE BEAUTIFUL MAGIC~Magical Beat
  3. MAGICAL GREETING~Magical Beat

These are the DLC packs coming on May 2016

4.Cranky’s Pick.

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  1. Danger & Danger
  2. Into the Unknown
  3. Conflict

5.Long Live Collection.

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  1. Timeline~Extended
  2. All Night Long~Extended
  3. No Way Out~Extended

6.Extra Collection.

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  1. TUNTUN-MOONLIGHT~Magical Beat
  2. Libera Me
  3. Party 4U

Are you exited for these upcoming content, I am sold with The Guilty Gear, and Blazblue songs.

By OtakuDante On 4 Feb, 2011 At 02:53 AM | Categorized As Editorials, PlayStation | With 1 Comment

No GravatarThe year 2010 has brought with it some amazing PS3, and PSN gems. I have splurged spending the most I ever have on games, and $20 PSN cards for my PlayStation 3 console. I’ve even gone so far as to begin collecting PSN avatars. The best thing of 2010 for me is becoming one of Real Otaku Gamer’s staff. The members here have welcomed me with open arms. I’m very proud to be a part of a gaming site that has great potential!

1. Capcom_Unity’s Chance To Play Against Daigo Event:

This event takes my number one spot even though I didn’t actually get to play against Daigo. For those of you who don’t know Daigo, he is the Super Street Fighter IV master. He has been a part of tournaments, and has become quite a popular video game celebrity. The Event took place in November of this year. To be eligible for selection you had to be a part of the CapcomUnity.com forum, and you had to post a message about why you deserved to fight with Daigo. I was actually lucky enough to recieve a PSN invite, but unfortunate enough to not be selected. Daigo sent PSN, and XBLA invitations to those that replied to the contest, and would randomly choose players off of his friends list for a limited amount of time. I trained hard for hours hoping to impress him, but my chance never came. This event was extremely awesome, and some lucky players were fortunate enough to play against the master of Super Street Fighter IV. That is why it takes my number one spot.

2. Super Street Fighter IV (PS3):

As a Street Fighter fan, and player I was excited about the release of the ‘sequel’ to last year’s PS3 title ‘Street Fighter IV’. I had just got my PS3 at Christmas of last year, and the first game I had was Street Fighter IV. Needless to say I was addicted to the game. I did have to adjust to the graphics though. They were different from the Street Fighter games I was used to. When I heard they were going to release ‘Super Street Fighter IV’ with more characters, and improved online options I immediately reserved my copy. I was there on the day it arrived eagerly awaiting to get my hands on my copy, so I could play it. I was impressed by the improvements in the graphics, character roster, and online gameplay. The extra costumes that were issued later on the PSN store made it even greater. Everytime that a new costume DLC was released I would buy it that day, and I still do. Super Street Fighter IV is a solid fighter, and is worthy of my second place spot!

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3. BlazBlue Continuum Shift (PS3):

You may realize by now that I’m partial to fighting games like Street Fighter IV. I currently own the first installment of the BlazBlue fighting game series, so I actually knew how the next BlazBlue game was going to be. Aksys Game’s ‘Guilty Gear’, and ‘BlazBlue’ series are heavily anime based fighting games in a style that is similar to the older Street Fighter games.  The gameplay in BlazBlue is much faster, and intense than the Street Fighter titles most gamers are used to. BlazBlue has a rocking soundtrack that keeps pace with the intense fighting experience that it brings. The second installment of BlazBlue features improved modes of play, new characters, and improved online features. After ‘BlazBlue: Continuum Shift’ was released rumors were around about new DLC characters that would be available for purchase. The characters that were spoken of were Makoto and Valkenhayn R. Helsing.  They added to the package making the title a worthy successor to the BlazBlue series. This is why It stands at my numer three spot.

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4. Marvel Pinball (PSN):

Recently Zen Studios who are known for their PSN, and XBLA pinball game titles released the PSN pinball game ‘Marvel Pinball’. I was really excited since I’m both a comic book junkie, and a PS3 gamer as well. I currently own Zen Studio’s ‘Zen Pinball’ game so I knew what to expect in terms of the gameplay. I was recently lucky enough to win a code for the full game from an online contest. When I loaded the game on my PS3 I couldn’t wait to see the four available pinball tables which consisted of Wolverine, Spider-Man, Ironman, and Blade. The attention to detail, and the effects that come with each table are stunning. Anyone who has played Zen Pinball will be familiar with the gameplay mechanics. I was happy to see that they had several spots for new table additions. I cannot wait to see which character tables will be released next!

5. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (PS3):

This is one of those titles that I passed up for another game, and shouldn’t have. I’m fortunate that I’ll be getting this awesome game for Christmas! I’ve heard nothing but great things about this game. I have several friends who enjoy playing the online multiplayer, and I will soon be joining them. I’ve researched the game, and have found that it has different modes of gameplay, and new DLC content that is being released. I’ve also seen internet videos about the appearance of ‘Raiden’ from the Metal Gear Solid games as a playable character, or skin. That makes the game truly awesome!

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6. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Collection (PS3):

This is another game I passed up, but will be receiving for Christmas. The actual Undead Nightmare DLC content was already available for purchase to go along with the Red Dead Redemption game, but it has recently been made available as a stand alone collection. The game is a great buy for the gamers who enjoy zombie games. The main reason I wanted it was for the multiplayer. I’m a gamer who thoroughly enjoys the social aspects of online gaming. This game provides that along with a full story driven mode which I’m dying to play!

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7. Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition (TBA):

I’m a hardcore Super Street Fighter IV player, and I’m constantly keeping track of possible new DLC content releases for the game. Recently there has been ‘confirmed’ rumors of a consle port of the Japanese Super street Fighter IV Arcade Edition of the game. This is very good news considering Japan’s arcade version has new characters that include Yun, and Yang. There are also videos on the internet showing that ‘Oni Akuma’, and ‘Evil Ryu’ may be added as well. The addition of new characters would be a gamers’ dream come true! I have also watched other details from the preview videos which seemed to have different title customizations as well. Whatever the case may be I’m gonna by the Arcade Edition the day it is released!!!

8. PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX (PSN):

I was actually hesitant to purchase this PSN title. I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it. I knew the game looked awesome, but that was about the extent of it. I decided to seek out some reviews via You tube, and found out that it got some very high ratings. I went with a leap of faith, and purchased the game. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. It truly is an awesome game, and it has excellent replay value. The fact that it has lots of trophies, and modes to unlock makes the package even more worth the asking price. It was $9.99 well spent!

9. Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PS3 – 2011):

The news of ‘Marvel vs Capcom 3’ has spread wild over the internet. The rumors of the game itself was enough to get my attention. In the months following the news of the games release date the internet was filled with rumors of what characters would be included in the game’s roster. Frequently videos, and news of confirmed characters were released. New additions to the character roster like She-Hulk, Okami’s Amaterasu, Lady from the ‘Devil May Cry’ series, and even X-23 made the game seem even more amazing! Video game retailers are currently selling collector’s edition versions of the game for pre-order. With each collector’s edition of the game comes exclusive extras. This is one title that I’ll definitely  be adding to my collection of fighting games!

10. Mortal Kombat 9 (PS3 – 2011):

The game that occupies my number ten spot is last, but in no means is it the least. Like Marvel vs Capcom 3, the new addition to the Mortal Kombat series has recieved lots of publicity. It seems the good people at Midway have decided to go back to the roots of what made the Mortal Kombat games truly great. Midway has gone back to it’s 2D style, leaving the trend of the three dimensional designs of recent Mortal Kombat titles. The preview videos that are available on the internet give gamers a peek into the gameplay mechanics, character roster, and fatalities. What made the game so great to me was the online play. It’s about time a worthy Mortal Kombat title has made the online transition! I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on this game, and make some Flawless Victories on the PlayStation Network!!!

By OtakuDante On 11 Sep, 2010 At 03:29 PM | Categorized As PlayStation, Reviews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBlazBlue Continuum Shift is the recent release in the BlazBlue fighting game series. This game series is created mt Arc Systems, the creators of the highly acclaimed Guilty Gear series of Fighting games.  The first title in this new series was called ‘BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger’, and was released for the PS3, and XBOX 360 consoles. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift is also released for PS3, and XBOX 360.

Unlike the traditional Street Fighter, or other highly recognized 2D fighters that have appeared over the years, the BlazBlue series adds a more intense quality of gameplay, and visuals to it’s overall package. Basically, in the BlazBlue games you have a roster of characters whose stories all tie in together. Characters like the cute, and somewhat sexy cat girl ‘Taokaka’ grace the game with a humorous tone, while other characters like ‘Ragna the Bloodedge’ add a more serious and dark foreboding tone to the story of the game. In BlazBlue there are also extra bits like a variety of selectable costume colors for each character (some of which can be purchased on the PSN or XBLA). The BlazBlue games are also known for their finishing moves that each character can perform during a match. These finishing moves include a ‘Distortion Finish’, or an ‘Astral Finish’. The Astral Finish is the more powerful of the two, and contains a special animation. ‘Unlimited Characters’ are also hidden as unlockables within each game, but can be purchased through PSN or XBLA as well. An ‘Unlimited Character’ is basically a BlazBlue character that has the ability to perform unlimited special attacks that would usually drain a special guage that each character has. The sad thing about ‘Unlimited Characters’ is that they are hardly used in BlazBlue gameplay. For this reason if you want to get them it would be best to unlock them through the game instead of wasting your PSN credit, or XBLA points on them.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift is actually a huge improvement over the previous title. The graphics seem to be greatly improved, as does just about everything in the game. This time Aksys Games went all out and made quality, and worthwhile improvements like the addition of DLC characters that you can purchase from PSN or XBLA. The first of three that I know of that have been scheduled for release is ‘Makoto’, a chipmunk girl with a rather sexy outfit! It is true, as most of you have probably learned, that the DLC characters have a price of $7.99 each … I thought it might be a bit steep, but I went ahead and bought ‘Makoto’ as I’m sure most BlazBlue fans will. I was honestly surprised when I found out the ‘Makoto’ DLC also came with all of her costume colors, as well as her Unlimited Character option … so maybe it’s not so steep after all? there is also supposed to be two more character DLCs coming soon. One will be ‘Valkenhayn’, Rachel’s Werewolf Butler, and ‘Platinum’ a girl with dual personalities!  The ‘BlazBlue: Continuum Shift’ Astral Finishes were amazing. The creator went all out, and made some spectacular finishing animations for each character. If your a beginner, or new to the BlazBlue series Aksys Games has included a ‘Beginner’s Mode’ which basically assigns a special move to each button on the controller. I find myself guilty of using this from time to time just to see the ‘Astral Finish’ cinematics. If you are a 2D fighting game fan I definitely wouldn’t pass this one up. I almost forgot … they also added voice chat to the game so you can chat with your buddies from somewhere else as you play against them. I enjoy being able to talk to my friend from Ireland when we play fighting games, so when he gets his copy of the game this October we’ll definitely be using the voice chat feature.