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BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend

*Warning Spoilers alert before progressing onward into this review please in sure you have played through and understand the story of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger and the original Continuum shift; failure to do so will result in an utter spoil of another wise amazing story*

 

Information: okay to start this off BlazBlue continuum shift extended is the second retelling of the creative continuum shift story updated with new cinematic scenes in addition there are two bonus stories ‘Sector Seven’ and ‘Academy’ that give players a more in-depth look into the two factions of the BlazBlue universe and lastly original stories for the fresh characters Makoto Nanaya, Valkenhayn R Hellsing, Platinum the Trinity and Relius Clover. In addition to the retelling of Continuum shift; Extended also includes a Calamity Trigger Reconstruction which is basically a re-mastered version of the first games story line. BlazBlue has a gigantic story and tells it through the eyes of each character giving you a taste of that particular character’s personality and their involvement to the big picture. As I’ve mentioned earlier this game is nothing more than one big update to the extensive story, it adds nothing just enhances the old to make it look brand new, in fact, the only ‘new’ story based games in this series are ‘Calamity Trigger’ and ‘Continuum shift 1’ while the other games to come out are basically patches to the comprehensive story and character re-balancing. At this moment, it seems Extended is the best and most complete package to the overall story and gives you a decent overview with some wonderful looking cinematic scenes that could pass for a high budget anime. As with all BlazBlue games it information dumps a heavy load on you but Extended trys to make it as noob friendly as possible, but you should still be prepared to scratch your head a few.

Characters in story mode: Now there are 19 characters, and if you didn’t know each character has no less than three distinct endings those being the basic True, Alternate and a funny ending; only a few characters have more than these set three (Noel Vermillion having four distinctive endings, Iron Tager having six endings, Tsubaki Yayoi and Hazama finally having four endings). Each ending is unique and shows you another side of the character you’ve been playing. Even when completing every ending for one character you can’t get the full story until you play some other characters, and they will enhance and extend another character as all 19 have something to do with the others even the new playable characters; together they all work to weave an intricate spider’s web that makes up the story, and I have to say it’s done beautifully.

Graphics/ sounds and animations:  Usually this section isn’t needed but for a game that’s basically just a patch of the other games it is mandatory. So Extended features a major graphical update from the last three games. Animations run smoother and characters have little to less hiccups when moving rapidly (meaning there isn’t any no-clipping into other players or objects). When it comes to the vs. mode the animated back drops move with breathtaking spender and effect that add just the right amount of scenery that doesn’t chew the characters or distract from the fighting in center stage.

Modes: As with customary with every arcade fighting style game there are several modes to play around with that add onto the overall enjoyment of the game.

  • Tutorial Mode: A standard tutorial designed to help you learn anything from the simple basics to the most advanced tactics in the game letting you learn how to pull off amazing combinations, mostly for pug stomping.
  • Arcade Mode: In this mode, you will experience each character individual story apart from the canon story as a whole as you fight your way through, such as each character will talk to another in a different way than the next.
  • Versus mode: Standard fight against your friend’s mode
  • Score Attack Mode: Fight with computers using regulated setter to get the highest score (Final scores will be uploaded on Xbox-360 and PSN)
  • Unlimited Mars Mode: This is a new mode introduced in Extended; it’s basically like Score Attack only the computers are noticeably harder as they tend to infinite combo you frequently, but if you survive your high scores are posed on live and PSN.
  • Training Mode: This mode teaches you how to pull off some combo, think of it as tutorial mode on training wheels.
  • Challenge Mode: Take on a variety of missions set for each character.
  • Abyss Mode: Another new mode introduced in Extended. In this mode, there are four levels – Depth 100, Depth 500, Depth 999 and Depth 99,999, defeat waves of enemies, upgrading your character along the way. Reach the bottom level of Kagutsuchi.
  • Story Mode: Play through the remastered Calamity trigger story
  1. Plot/Lore: Prior to the events of BlazBlue, humanity was on the verge of extinction from a creature called the “Black Beast.” The world was saved by six heroes who wielded magic. These six heroes created something called Ars Magus which is more or less an odd fusion between magic and science, later  this battle would be recorded at the first war of magic (real original). Sometime after this war the the Novus Orbis Librarium (Or NOL) was created so that it could govern whom wielded this power of Ars Magus. Thing is Ars Magus is used in every facet in society (meaning it’s hard to govern this when nearly everyone has power over it). The Dissent between the NOL and society would later  erupt into the second Magus War or Ikaruga Civil War (could be a reference to the Xbox Live arcade game, which has this EXACT name) It got this name when the entire city of Ikaruga openly rebelled against the NOL, but since  the NOL is a much stronger faction it wasn’t long before they won. After winning the NOL pushed a law that punished anyone who rebelled against the NOL which was of course death (because everything can be solved with more death). In December, A.D. 2199, several years after the Ikaruga Civil War, a branch of the NOL was utterly destroyed by an SS-class rebel named “Ragna” also known as the “Grim Reaper,” in an attempt to destroy the Librarium. In a sad attempt to stop Ragna the NOL imposed the largest bounty ever upon his head getting the attention of every lowlife and bounty hunter. However Ragna possesses one of the strongest forms of Ars Magus known as the “Azure Grimoire”
  • Gallery Mode: Listen to music, watch videos, view pictures, or enjoy the voice acting here blab la bla
  • Replay theater Mode: Manage and watch the data you’ve recorded or downloaded.
  • Network Mode: Connect and play over Live or PSN

Verdict: All in all, this game has no real story it’s just retelling and old one with some new faces, and new story lines for the new characters; I’d say get it if you’re a blazblue fan but you’d be better off getting the first two, then getting this.

9.5/10

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