BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend Box Art
System: PS3*, Xbox 360, PS Vita, PSP
Dev: Arc System Works
Pub: Aksys
Release: February 14, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence

That's basically it; there isn't anything else to speak of here that wasn't already in the previous launch. What's truly annoying is the fact that BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend's balance changes are only available through buying a full $40 copy of Extend. You can't just download the balance changes on your existing copy of Continuum Shift. This basically means that BlazBlue gamers don't have a choice to remain with their previous version of the game if, say, they don't care much about story mode or Relius Clover. Instead, they are basically being strong-armed into purchasing another 40-dollar game just so that they can stay current with the build of the game that is used in the tournament scene. Oh, and by the way, the characters are changed so much that you cannot just train on an old version of the game. Moves operate in entirely new ways and jumping right into Extend will make you feel like you have to learn the game all over again.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend Screenshot

Don't get me wrong, the main problem with Extend is monetary. If you have never played BlazBlue before, then this is an absolutely amazing game. It has tons of modes, interesting characters, and really good gameplay mechanics. Heck, its story is even compelling, a rarity in a fighting game.

The problem is that the "players who haven't yet played Blazblue but still want to" market is very small. We've already seen two versions of the game on both home and handheld consoles. If you haven't picked up the game by now, you probably aren't going to. Instead, this leaves much of the Blazblue fandom with nothing more than a slap in the face for faithfully supporting Arc System Works by purchasing their DLC characters, costumes, and content.

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If Arc System Works, say, gave us a choice to purchase Relius and the new balance patches for 15 dollars, much like Capcom did with Super Street fighter IV, I would be far less angry. At least then, the fan base could keep current with the game without purchasing a whole new release that provides little extra in the way of content. Instead, this is a 40-dollar compulsory buy to stay within the BlazBlue scene, and with games like Street Fighter X Tekken, Skullgirls, Under Night In-Birth, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena coming out, and games like Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, SoulCalibur V, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Mortal Kombat, and The King of Fighters XIII still strong in the fighting game scene, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend just isn't worth the money.

By
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: February 21, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.4
Graphics
The game still looks nice, but its sprite-based graphics are starting to look a little out of date.
4.0
Control
BlazBlue always played well, and the balance changes just make it play better.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
BlazBlue always played well, and the balance changes just make it play better.
1.0
Play Value
In terms of value, this is one of the worst fighting game re-releases yet.
2.0
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Relive and rediscover the events that took place in BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger or venture forth into one of four all new story scenarios.
  • Take on the strongest of foes in Unlimited Mars Mode, dungeoneer your way to the bottom of Abyss Mode, or lead an army to victory in Legion Mode.
  • Battle it out in BlazBlue's acclaimed online mode with all new online multiplayer features, such as online team battles.
  • 19 playable characters/fighters pulled from previous downloadable content (DLC) in the series history, and contains the new character Relius Clover.


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