BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma

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BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
BlazBlueChronophantasma.jpg
Developer(s) Arc System Works
Publisher(s)
  • NA: Aksys Games
Designer(s) Toshimichi Mori
Yūki Katō
Composer(s) Daisuke Ishiwatari
Galneryus
Series BlazBlue
Platform(s) Arcade
PlayStation 3
PlayStation Vita
Microsoft Windows
Xbox One
Release Arcade
  • JP: November 21, 2012
PlayStation 3
  • JP: October 24, 2013
  • NA: March 25, 2014
  • EU: April 23, 2014
PlayStation Vita
Microsoft Windows
  • WW: March 2, 2016
Genre(s) Fighting game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Cabinet Taito Type X²

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, released in Japan as BlazBlue: Chronophantasma (ブレイブルー クロノファンタズマ, BureiBurū Kuronofantazuma), is a 2-D fighting game developed by Arc System Works. It is the third game of the Blazblue series, set after the events of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift. The game was originally to be released first as an arcade game in the early fourth quarter of 2012,[3] which was later pushed forward to November 2012.[4] A PlayStation 3 version of the game was released in Japan on October 24, 2013,[5] while it was released in the United States on March 25, 2014. Due to limited hardware and disc space the game was not released on the Xbox 360.[6] An updated version of the game titled BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend (ブレイブルー クロノファンタズマ エクステンド, BureiBurū: Kuronofantazuma Ekusutendo, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend), dubbed as BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma 2.0 (ブレイブルー クロノファンタズマ 2.0, BureiBurū: Kuronofantazuma 2.0, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma 2.0) in the Arcade version, was originally released for Arcades in October 2014, and for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in April 2015.[7] It was released on June 30, 2015 in North America,[8] with the European region version releasing on October 23, 2015.[9]

Gameplay[edit]

Besides normal rebalancing from Continuum Shift Extend, Chrono Phantasma features several revamped gameplay mechanics and introduces seven new characters to the roster (with two additional characters added to the Extend version of Chrono Phantasma). The character sprites have also been redrawn and several new songs were composed for the game. All previous musical themes were re-arranged. The storyline continues after events of Continuum Shift.[10]

A new mechanic called "Overdrive" has been added to the game, replacing the Gold Bursts from Continuum Shift. Green Bursts are still in but are the only form of Burst available. Distortion Drives such as Ragna's "Blood Kain", Taokaka's "Almost Becoming Two!", Litchi's "Great Wheel" and Bang's "Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan" have been retooled to be their respective characters' Overdrives. The length of an Overdrive increases the lower a character's health is, and performing an Overdrive stops the round timer while it is active.

Guard Primers have been removed entirely and the Guard Crush has been moved to a new mechanic called "Crush Trigger" where, at the cost of 25 Heat, a player may hit the A and B attack buttons simultaneously to cause a Guard Crush against blocking opponents, provided the opponent is not using Barrier Block.

Characters[edit]

19 characters from BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend return in Chrono Phantasma, with the exception of Lambda-11, who was replaced by Nu-13 in the original release of the game. In Extend, both Lambda and Nu become separate characters instead of being a palette swap in certain playstyle modes. This brings the total roster to 28 playable characters. Characters introduced in Chrono Phantasma include:

  • Amane Nishiki, an effeminate young man clad in a kimono and the leader of a troupe of street performers. Is interested in meeting Carl Clover for an unknown reason.[11]
  • Bullet, a mercenary who seeks revenge on Sector Seven for the death of her squad.[11]
  • Azrael, a blood-thirsty, fist-fighting soldier of Sector Seven. Previously locked down by Kokonoe and Tager, is recently released by the higher-ups at Sector Seven.[11]
  • Izayoi, the true form of Tsubaki Yayoi after the Sealed Weapon Izayoi's powers are fully released.[11]
  • Takemikazuchi, the final boss of the game, unplayable.
Introduced in console release
  • Kagura Mutsuki, the head of one of the most powerful Duodecim families and one of the NOL's greatest generals.[11]
Introduced as DLC characters in console release
  • Yuuki Terumi, one of the Six Heroes and the ghost who used Hazama as his vessel now forced to be a separate entity.[11] He was the one who created the Azure Grimore, and may (or may not) be the true villain of the series, with his true identity being Susano'o.
  • Kokonoe Mercury, a genius scientist of Sector Seven and the daughter of two of the Six Heroes, Jubei and Nine.[5][11][12][13]
Introduced in Extend update
  • Celica A. Mercury, a girl with courteous disposition and an infectiously optimistic outlook on life. Also, the sister of Nine, one of the Six Heroes.[11]
  • Lambda-11, a character who was introduced in Continuum Shift, and originally as a normal mode palette swap for Nu-13's Unlimited Mode only in that second game. Later become a standalone separate character on her own, such as having newly move sets and playstyles on her own, in contrast of Nu-13's playstyles and move sets, starting from this game. Silent and devoid of emotions, Lambda speaks in a very mechanical and detached manner, and is incapable of taking any kind of action without a direct command to do so.[11]

Release[edit]

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma sold over 72,000 copies in its first week on sale, making it the best debut in the BlazBlue series so far.[14]

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend[edit]

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend
Developer(s) Arc System Works
Publisher(s)
  • NA: Aksys Games
Composer(s) Daisuke Ishiwatari
Platform(s) Arcade
Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
PlayStation Vita
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release Version 2.0
  • JP: October 9, 2014
(Arcade)
Extend
  • JP: April 23, 2015
  • NA: June 30, 2015 (PS3, PS4, XOne)
  • NA: July 28, 2015 (PS Vita)
  • EU: October 23, 2015
  • WW: March 2, 2016 (Steam)
Cabinet Taito Type X²

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend was announced on September 22, 2014 for release on arcades (as BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma 2.0),[15][16] and later announced on December 16, 2014 for consoles (as Chrono Phantasma Extend).[7] Chrono Phantasma Extend adds two additional characters: Lambda-11 (who was introduced in Continuum Shift, originally being a normal mode palette swap for Nu-13's Unlimited Mode only) and Celica A. Mercury.[11] The console release introduced extra story modes, such as the Beach Scenario from the PlayStation Vita version of Chrono Phantasma, a new story based on the BlazBlue: Remix Heart manga, and additional scenarios for certain characters such as Kokonoe, Kagura, and Bullet. For the localized version of Extend, Library Mode is reintroduced from the Japanese release. The PlayStation Vita version of Chrono Phantasma Extend also adds dual audio to the Story Mode, which was not present in the original Vita release.[17] BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend was released for PC through Steam on March 2, 2016.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 83/100[18]
Review scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 7.5/10[19]
Eurogamer 80%
Famitsu 34/40 (PS3)[20]
33/40 (PS Vita)[21]
IGN 8.5/10[22]
Play 91%

BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma has received positive reviews upon release with critics citing the overhauled fighting mechanics as an improvement over Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift, seven new unique fighters, smooth online play, in-depth training and tutorial modes, and an engaging story. Criticism is still directed toward the character designs and confusion of playing story mode without past knowledge of previous games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma for PlayStation Vita Coming June 24!| BLAZBLUE CHRONO PHANTASMA | Official Site
  2. ^ 2014-01-28, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma coming to PS Vita, Gematsu
  3. ^ "BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Fighting Game Revealed". Anime News Network. August 5, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma’s Launch Window Narrowed to Late November, Opening Movie Released
  5. ^ a b "BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Heading to PlayStation 3 in Japan on October 24, Two New Fighters Announced". Shoryuken.com. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Producer On Bringing BlazBlue To Different Consoles". Siliconera. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Sato. "BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend Announced For PS3, PS4, And Xbox One". Siliconera. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  8. ^ Chris Carter (March 6, 2015). "BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend is getting a localization". Destructoid. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  9. ^ Oscar Taylor-Kent (October 19, 2015). "BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend Europe Release Date Announced". Rice Digital. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  10. ^ "BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Trailer Shows Off New Characters And Moves". Siliconera. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "BLAZBLUE CHRONO PHANTASMA Official Site". Aksys Games. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ "【速報】アークシステムワークスの新作格闘ゲーム『ブレイブルー クロノファンタズマ』が発表! 明日8月6日よりロケテストがスタート". Dengeki Online. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  13. ^ "『ブレイブルー クロノファンタズマ』孤高の天才科学者"ココノエ"が参戦決定!". Famitsu. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  14. ^ Ishaan. "BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Sold Through 85% Of Its Shipment At Launch". Siliconera. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  15. ^ "BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Ver.2.0 Update Set to Land in Japanese Arcades on October 9". Shoryuken. September 22, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2014. 
  16. ^ "BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Ver.2.0 Game Unveiled With Promo". Anime News Network. September 9, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  17. ^ "How BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasm Extend Extends The Storyline For The Series". Siliconera. May 4, 2015. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  18. ^ "BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  19. ^ Pack, Ben (April 1, 2014). "Review: BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma". Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1298". October 16, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  21. ^ 2014-04-15, Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1324, Gematsu
  22. ^ Huskey, Darry (March 27, 2014). "BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Review". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 

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