Black Rock Shooter: The Game

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Black Rock Shooter: The Game
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Japanese box art featuring White Rock Shooter, Black Rock Shooter and Nana Gray
Developer(s) Imageepoch
Publisher(s) Imageepoch (Japan)
NIS America (NA, Europe)
Writer(s) Kazushige Nojima
Composer(s) Manabu Namiki
Series Black Rock Shooter
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
Release
  • JP: August 25, 2011
  • NA: April 23, 2013
  • EU: April 24, 2013
Genre(s) Action RPG
Mode(s) Single-player

Black Rock Shooter: The Game (ブラック★ロックシューター THE GAME, Burakku Rokku Shūtā Za Gēmu) is an action role-playing game developed by Imageepoch for the PlayStation Portable. It is based on the Black Rock Shooter franchise created by Huke. The game was released in Japan on August 25, 2011. NIS America published the game digitally on the PlayStation Store in North America (United States only) and Europe on April 23 and April 24, 2013, respectively.

Gameplay[edit]

Black Rock Shooter: The Game is an action RPG in which players take on the role of the eponymous Black Rock Shooter (BRS for short). The game is divided up into several missions in which the player must clear objectives to progress.

On the main overworld, BRS can explore the available areas and look for certain items. Battle begins when the player comes into contact with an enemy on the overworld.

During battle, BRS can aim and shoot with her rock cannon at enemies, block against attacks and sidestep to avoid them completely. If the player fires the rock cannon or uses the sidestep too much in a short time, the system will overheat, leaving the player vulnerable to attack until it cools down.

Throughout the game, players can earn abilities that can be equipped to BRS and used in battle, each with their own cooldown periods. These include offensive attacks such as a powerful blast, a sniper rifle, or support abilities that can increase BRS' stats such as her attack or defense. Certain sections will also see BRS ride a motorcycle, in which she can attack enemies on either side of her or use weapons to fire in front of enemies.

Plot[edit]

In the year 2032, Earth suddenly comes under attack from a group of aliens, turning the planet into a warzone. Nineteen years later in 2051, the last twelve humans alive awaken Black Rock Shooter to help battle against the aliens. However, there is more to BRS' existence than being a mere weapon.

Development and release[edit]

Black Rock Shooter: The Game was first announced on August 15, 2010[1] and was released on August 25, 2011. It features animated cut scenes by Ufotable.[2] The game's opening theme is "No Scared" by One Ok Rock.[3]

A limited edition Premium Box of the game was released in Japan, bundled with a Figma figurine of the game's antagonist, White Rock Shooter.[4] The game was published in North America and Europe by NIS America on April 23 and April 24, 2013 respectively via the PlayStation Store. The game will not be available in Canada, Mexico and other European countries for legal reasons.[5][6][7][8][9]

A manga adaptation of the game illustrated by TNSK began serialization in the September 2011 issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Comptiq.[10] The first volume of The Game was published on February 10, 2012, with the second volume released on September 26, 2012.

Reception[edit]

Black Rock Shooter: The Game received mixed reviews. It aggregated a score of 66 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 19 reviews.[11] Famitsu gave the game a score of 33/40.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Black Rock Shooter Gets Role-Playing Game". Anime News Network. August 15, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ufotable Makes Black Rock Shooter Game's Anime Footage". Anime News Network. November 24, 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Black Rock Shooter, Legend of Heroes, Class of Heroes Videos". Anime News Network. June 9, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Daily Video: Black Rock Shooter PSP Game Promo". Anime News Network. February 7, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Black Rock Shooter The Game Given US/EU Green Light". We Are Arcade. December 2, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "NIS America Confirms Black Rock Shooter the Game License". Anime News Network. August 24, 2011. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Black Rock Shooter: The Game Re-appears In Europe's Video Game Rating Boards". Siliconera. September 16, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Black Rock Shooter: The Game Still On Track For Digital Release In The West". Siliconera. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Black Rock Shooter Game Gets U.S. Release on April 23". Anime News Network. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  10. ^ コンプティーク 2011年9月号 [Comptiq September 2011 issue] (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved March 29, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/game/psp/black-rock-shooter-the-game
  12. ^ [1]

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