|System: PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: ARC System Works||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Aksys Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 10, 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|
Legion is actually a playable mode and works a lot like the story mode in Dissidia: Final Fantasy. You begin with one character, and a large board with shapes on it. Each shape represents a "territory," which contains one or more enemies to be defeated. Once you defeat enemies inhabiting a given square, you can add them to your roster and use them in subsequent battles if your main character should fall. The only catch is that if one of your team members falls during battle, they won't be able to fight again until you reach a "healing" space on the playing board. The Legion Mode isn't as exciting as the Story Mode, but it does provide quite a challenge for experienced players, and it has three different play boards.
Aside from the amazing battle system, the other feature that the original BlazBlue became known for was its marvelous graphics. While other fighters use 3D visuals, the original BlazBlue followed in the footsteps of the King of Fighters series and kept with a 2D style that featured hand-drawn pixel-based art. Although the visuals are not replicated in as much detail on the PSP version, the pixel-based art is still solid, and the animations are fluid throughout. The animated cutscenes are also reproduced faithfully on the PSP. The only real issue with the visuals is with the menu design. Some of the menus have text that is too small to read on the PSP screen. However, this is a minor complaint and doesn't detract from the overall visual scheme.
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Portable is a solid port that is on-par with its console predecessor. Although the visuals have been downsized and the online mode is missing, the new content added to the portable version more than makes up for these few shortcomings. If you are looking for a great fighter on the PSP, BlazBlue Portable is definitely worth checking out. If you have already played BlazBlue on the bigger consoles, the portable version is still worth it for the extra content. But no matter what, make sure you are prepared for the challenge! BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Portable may be on a smaller screen, but the difficulty level has not decreased!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor