BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend (PC) Review

By Athanasios 26.03.2016

Review for BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend on PC

While having to wait a bit more, PC gamers are lucky when it comes to fighting games, since they usually receive the rebalanced, fixed, all-things-included, 100% final version of each title. The karmic equilibrium, however, usually stabilises with these ports being a bit disappointing, like Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, which still lacks an online mode, and which uses the graphics of the PS3 version instead of PS4, the severely bugged Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition, or even the less glitchy, but still flawed, previous iteration of BlazBlue, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend. Surprisingly enough, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend is (almost) a perfect port of the wacky PS3/PS4 fighter.

From the insanely long and complex, visual novel-style Story mode, to the actual - heavy metal enhanced - battlefield, it's crystal clear that BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend takes its cue from the colourful, sexy, and wacky world of anime, with all characters littering the scene with a variety of fireworks while doing their thing; characters who range from gothic lolitas and spikey-haired brooding swordsmen, to busty oriental beauties, cyborgs, and even bookworm blobs(!?).

Screenshot for BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend on PC

For some strange reason, however, while this port is great as a whole, the graphics are those from the PS3, not PS4, and while there's not much difference between them (since bringing 2D sprites into a higher resolution isn't exactly the same as doing so with 3D models), it's a weird decision, nonetheless. Fortunately, it's easy to forget all this when the fight begins, and two curvy lasses begin kicking each other's well designed behinds, and while rain is falling in the unbelievably detailed 2.5D background.

Another obvious thing is that this is not a place for casuals whose basic strategy is mashing buttons. Sure, there's the Stylish control system that lets anyone do exactly that, but those willing to go against the brutal online community, or try any difficulty setting other than beginner, must invest much time and effort in learning elaborate combos and special moves, as well as - cryptic for the uninitiated - terms such as Instant Block, Rapid Cancel, Counter Assault, Overdrive, Crush Trigger, and so on, and, luckily, the available training modes are one of the best in the genre.

Screenshot for BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend on PC

Besides the fact that the highly technical nature of this title, as well as its heavy focus in anime aesthetics and narrative tropes, isn't everyone's cup of tea, the only major "flaw" with the console versions was the fact that there was no real reason for purchasing this after spending hours upon hours in BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, although this iteration added all DLC content into one package, introduced two more characters into an already impressive roster, and rebalanced pretty much everything; a flaw that is no problem when it comes to PC gamers, since the Extend upgrade is the only edition available.

Screenshot for BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend on PC

The only problem with this port, then, is the lack of cross-platform compatibility (just like with the PS Vita version), which is a shame given the fact that the available netcode breaks the tradition that wants most fighters, from Mortal Kombat X to Street Fighter V, having a long list of connectivity issues. Those who prefer the single-player experience, however, have in their greasy hands a nice assortment of game modes, plus tons of unlockable content, although most are just, admittedly, cut-scenes and pictures.

Screenshot for BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend on PC

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Anyone who loves the fighting genre should try out BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend, and especially those very much into over-the-top anime aesthetics and storylines. Make no mistake, though, despite providing newbies the necessary tools to enjoy almost everything that's offered here without any major problems (and there's definitely a lot to enjoy), similar to the previous titles, this is mainly directed at the pros. As for the quality of this particular port, it has some issues, like the lack of cross-platform compatibility, along with its PS3, instead of PS4, visuals, yet, as a whole, it's a product of high quality.

Developer

Arc System Works

Publisher

H2 Interactive

Genre

Fighting

Players

2

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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