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Blazblue: Central Fiction
 

 
PREVIEW:  Blazblue: Central Fiction is the seventh (and possibly final) installment of the Blazblue series. Quickly after Blazblue's 2008 debut in arcades (2009 on consoles), Arc System Works tried their darndest to keep the series feeling fresh by releasing both minor and major updates over the years. Perhaps the last "major" update to the series, Central Fiction was officially announced 12 days after the North American release of the prequel, Blazblue: ChronoPhantasma Extend. It's a surprising message to overseas customers overseas who shelled out their hard-earned money for a full price "new" game, only to find out that they will soon be playing an outdated version... yet again. In any case, there's a new Blazblue out, and you should know by now whether or not you're excited about that.

Central Fiction introduces 7 new playable characters:
Hibiki Kohaku, Naoto Kurogane, "Nine" (AKA Konoe A. Mercury), Hades Izanami, Es, Mai Natsume, and Susano'o (unlockable through completing story mode). Hibiki and Naoto are brand new characters to the franchise, while Nine and Hades Izanami are characters who appeared previously in the Blazblue storyline but will be playable for the first time in Central Fiction. Finally, Es is a crossover character from XBlaze but will be included in the Blazblue storyline. Along with the new characters, all returning veterans were given new and unique moves added to their moveset.
  

7 new playable characters... The Wheel of Fate has grown to 35.

 
Central Fiction's Modes: Story, Library, Tutorial, Training, Challenge, Arcade, Versus, Grim of Abyss Mode, Score Attack, Speed Star Mode, Network Mode, Replay Theater, Gallery, Item Shop.

Other new things:
New Arcade Mode "episodes" and additional modes will be released through updates (in the arcade version). All event scene voices are newly done, including new sound effects. There will be special novel game-like interactions between specific characters before and after fights. Modes confirmed in the arcade version so far, include: Arcade (imagine that!), Score Attack & Sparring.
 

"Nine" is one of the 6 newcomers who will mix things up Central Fiction.

  
DETAILS ON THE NEWCOMERS:  Naoto's "Bloodedge" ability is a slashing Drive attack. The attack button can be held down, adding a guard-breaking effect. This attack has great reach in both situations. His special ability called "Enhancer" gives Naoto special attacks while dashing. When used correctly, this adds different effects to each attacks, such as extra hits.

Hibiki's Drive is called "Double Chase". This allows him to create a clone of himself by pressing the D button. Players can attempt to trick their opponents on which is the "real" Hibiki when using the clones. (This sounds similar to Basara's style, for you Samurai Shodown fans).

According to Famitsu, Nine "The Phantom" is a brainwashed version of one of the legendary Six Heroes. She will be the first Blazblue character without a Drive. To replace it, her standard attack buttons are linked to various elements: A = Water, B = Wind, and C = Fire. These attacks will activate the specific element, enabling Nine to stock them and unleash a powerful spell (with D).
 

Naoto looks like he punches hard... I always wanted a puncher in Blazblue.

 
Unfortunately (and a big unfortunately), there are NO ENGLISH DUBS in Blazblue: Central Fiction. And for a game like Blazblue, it's kind of a big deal. The character personalities created by the English voice actors really did something special for the characters and spawned something like a cult following... in large part thanks to the English voice actors. English voiceovers also made "watching" hours upon hours of Story Mode doable. With Central Fiction containing "three times" the story volume as Chrono Phantasma (approximately 30 hours of story content), having to read dialogue for the entire story in Japanese is something most normal people will not want to do.

Page Updated: April 22nd, 2017
Developer(s): Arc System Works
Publisher(s): Arc System Works
Artwork by:: Toshimichi Mori, Yuuki Katou
Platform(s): Arcade, PS4, PS3, PC
Release Date(s): Nov. 19th, 2015             ( Arcade)
Oct. 6th, 2016                ( PS4/PS3)
Nov. 1st, 2016                ( PS4/PS3)
Nov. 4th, 2016                ( PS4/PS3)
Apr. 26th, 2017               (Steam)
Characters Ragna The Bloodedge, Jin Kisaragi, Noel Vermillion, Bang Shishigami, Iron Tager, Arakune, Rachel Alucard, Litchi Faye Ling, Carl Clover, Taokaka, Hakumen, Hazama, Tsubaki-Yayoi, Makoto, Valkenhayn R. Hellsing, Platinum the Trinity, Relius Clover, Nu-13, Mu-12, Amane, Bullet, Azrael, Izayoi, Yuki Terumi, Kagura Mutsuki, Kokonoe, Celica, Lamda-11, Naoto Kurogane, Hibiki Kohaku, Hades Izanami, Nine, Es, Mai Natsume, Susano'o

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Related Games: Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma, Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm, Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[st], Street Fighter 5, King of Fighters XIV
 

Gameplay Engine  7.5 / 10
Story / Theme  8.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  7.0 / 10
Animation  8.0 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  7.0 / 10
Innovation  6.0 / 10
Art Direction  7.5 / 10
Customization  8.5 / 10
Options / Extras  7.5 / 10
Intro / Presentation  7.5 / 10
Replayability / Fun  6.5 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  6.0 / 10
Characters  8.0 / 10

BOTTOM LINE

 7.8 / 10

 Review based on PS4 version

  

First Impression: Token reaction: "Another new Blazblue.... Already?!" You know it's getting ridiculous when Arc System Works announces a new Blazblue game a whole 12 days after the North American release of Chrono Phantasma Extend (a game that's now "old and irrelevant"... jk). I gotta at least give Arc System Works props for having GGXrd -Revelator- AND Blazblue: CF in the brew.

As a very casual Blazblue fan, I'm surprised yet not surprised at the announcement of yet another sequel. I suppose diehard Blazblue players are happy ... right? If you are a serious player, I assume you bought Chrono Phantasma Extend for $40 on launch day, and 12 days later, learned that the "new game" you just bought already hit "prequel" status. If I was in your shoes, I'm not sure how I'd feel about that. Probably not so good. At this point, Blazblue fans are either disgruntled or "use to it" and accepts this practice. There is no in-between. 

Nonetheless, judging from the last few iterations... Central Fiction should at least earn its title as a proper sequel. Personally, the projectile-spam-wars, floaty-ness, and 45-hit corner trap combos are getting a bit dated for my 2D fighting game tastes... but I'll still give Blazblue: Central Fiction a try to see if it can rekindle my appreciation for the series. The new artwork looks pretty good at least. 
~TFG Webmaster
 

 
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