Finally BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend, Arc System Works’ latest addition to the BlazBlue universe has come to Europe, the game was released earlier in North America in June and now a few months later we can get our hands on this beauty.

It’s the first time Arc System Works’ brilliant 2D-fighting game releases on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend delivers a whopping 28 playable characters and brand-new content to the new generation of consoles. Among these 28 playable characters there are 2 characters which are added in the Extend edition, the reintroduction of fan favourite and now playable Lambda -No.11- and Celica A. Mercury.

I’m completely in love with BlazBlue’s style, which features crisp and beautifull 2D sprites against a 3D Background, a Visual Novel style Storytelling and amazing Anime cutscenes. Not only does BlazBlue look great it plays great too. While Extend doesn’t offer much over the standard Chrono Phantasma it’s still mentionable how much content the game features. It has multiple Story Modes, which are deep and well written and feature the complete BlazBlue story. There are additional story scenarios added in Extend named The Rat, Determination, and Collision; focusing on the characters Bullet, Kagura Mutsuki, and Kokonoe.  A brand-new story mode that focuses around the events of BlazBlue: Remix Heart, named Remix Heart Gaiden, a more light-hearted and humor tone than the main story, Remix Heart takes place sometime in the past and features the main characters from the core storyline as well as the heroine, Noel. last but not least there are eight additional gag reels, for Relius Clover, Amane Nishiki, Bullet, Azrael, Yūki Terumi, Kokonoe, Celica A. Mercury, and Lambda -No.11-. You can Play through each character’s story mode to gain a understanding of the world of BlazBlue. Each character has multiple paths available to them and winning or losing important matches can show you a new version of the story you thought you knew.

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend has multiple modes in which you can try and master the game; tutorial mode, training mode and challenge mode. Challenge mode has been changed in order to add Celica and Lambda’s own challenges. Missions that consist of Special Attacks, Distortion Drives and Astral Heat are moved to the Tutorial mode. Every character now has 20 missions in Challenge mode for you to clear. Below is a look at the in depth Tutorial Mode of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend  for those who have never played 2D fighting games or the BlazBlue series. Rachel Alucard will walk you through this mode and it’s pretty funny how they explain everything.

There’s even more, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend also features; Arcade Mode, Versus Mode, Abyss Mode, Score Attack Mode, Unlimited Mars Mode and Highlander Assault Mode. Highlander Assault Mode is unlocked after completing the Story Mode and it lets you fight against Gigant: Take-Mikazuchi with any character you’d like, this can be pretty hard and even with Ragna at my side I had a harder time in Highlander Assault Mode than fighting him in Story Mode. Speaking of a hard time, I played Arcade Mode with Makoto and I was almost losing my mind on this, it was so hard, you can see my struggle below.

Blazblue is easy to pick up thanks to the ‘Stylish Type’ fighting system which allows fighting game newcomers to perform impressive looking combos and perform special moves with ease. Once you’ve mastered the “Stylish Type” you can switch to the “Technical Type” for a harder but more controlled fighting style. Soon you’ll be performing Distortion Drives, Rapid Cancels, Counter Assaults, Crushes, Astray attacks and more in the blink of an eye. BlazBlue features a deep and well developed fighting system which has been further improved in the new Extend version, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend is a great way for newcomers and Veterans of the series to fall in love with fighting games on the current generation of consoles.

There’s so much more we would like to show you and tell you about BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend, it’s a brilliant game, but it wouldn’t be fair to spill it all out in one go. We will continue to play BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend and upload video’s, images, posts and more in the coming weeks, months and years. Our review is complete and I don’t think that a few more playthroughs in Arcade Mode or Network battle would change my opinion of this brilliant game.

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Kevin "Method" van Dongen

Ain't no thing like me, except me. I am 50% of the awesome people behind this website. I enjoy writing about my deep love for (J)RPG's, fighting games, and Destiny. Really do not like Call of Duty and Battle Royale games. Absolutely love Sushi and Burgers.

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