BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift box art
System: PS3, X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Aksys Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: ARC System Works 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: July 27, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

However, the good news is that there is an expansive tutorial mode included with the game. Although this might not sound like a big deal, both of the original Calamity Trigger games omitted the tutorial modes, and the only way to learn how to master the battle system was to either spend a lot of time experimenting with button combinations or by watching a DVD that was bundled with the special edition of the game.

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The tutorial mode in Continuum Shift is in-depth and explains everything from basic drive attacks to the game’s improved counterattack system. Although the tutorial is quite lengthy, if you want to learn the ins and outs of BlazBlue’s battle system (as well as pick up on some strategy), it is a must.

If you are still not 100% confident in your abilities after going through the tutorial, there is also an all-new Beginner mode in the game. The Beginner mode doesn’t actually change the game, but simplifies the inputs so complex combos and drive defense moves are easier to perform. This simplified user interface makes the learning curve a lot easier to manage and can be switched on (or off) at any point in the game by pulling up the in-game options menu.

Aside from all these new features, there are several familiar aspects of the gameplay. The visuals (save for a few new locations) are identical to those in Calamity Trigger and feature the same immaculately detailed hand-drawn pixel look. Although there are a few new environments, all of the recurring characters feature the same design and look as they did previously. The audio in the game is also the same, with all of the voice actors from Calamity Trigger reprising their roles for Continuum Shift. The music features plenty of similar score elements, though there may be some new themes and arrangements in the mix with older music.

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These improvements and additions to the gameplay make BlazBlue: Continuum Shift a great jumping-off point for new players, but the addition of the hardcore-only Challenge mode gives this game some much-needed balance. If you are a BlazBlue fan, there is more than enough new content here to keep you happy. However, the real treat here is if you have never picked up a BlazBlue game, the new tutorial and Beginner modes make this one of the most accessible fighting games I’ve played in recent years. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift is a great fighting game, and though it does have a lot in common with its predecessor, there are enough new elements to merit a re-purchase. If you haven’t played BlazBlue, Continuum Shift is an absolute steal at $40.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
The pixel-based art is largely unchanged from Calamity Trigger, but still looks great.
4.3
Control
The controls are identical to the previous entry in the series, save for the Beginner mode controls.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
BlazBlue’s soundtrack is just as awesome as ever. There are a few new arrangements in Continuum Shift, but most of the tunes are the same.
4.1
Play Value
The forty-plus hour new story mode, plus the new bonus modes and characters give fans a lot to play with. Beginner mode makes it easy for newcomers to jump right into BlazBlue.
4.2
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • A brand new story: Following the events of the acclaimed Calamity Trigger story, this new chapter introduces twenty-eight individual stories, voiced in both Japanese and English. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift offers twice the story content of its predecessor.
  • Seven new characters: Experience new characters including the sinister Hazama, the deadly Lambda, brutally efficient Tsubaki, and the ungodly power of Noel evolution, Mu.
  • Fifteen new stages: Featuring more of the gorgeous, detailed 3D backgrounds that give BlazBlue its unique style, the total battle arena count now stands at a massive twenty-nine!


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