Coming on like a Street Fighter-esque blast from the past, BlazBlue Calamity Trigger is a 2D fighter that scores high on the nostalgia factor but is bound to leave many modern gamers scratching their heads.
Anyone who’s been gaming since before the PlayStation generation will have a soft spot for the old two-dimensional fighter, from Street Fighter to The King of Fighters and even the great Way Of The Exploding Fist, but is there enough to the genre to satisfy today’s gamers, who are used to stunning 3D fight scenes in even the most basic of action adventures? Sadly, for this reviewer, the answer is no.
On the plus side, the 12 playable characters look impressive, with gorgeous, Manga-style animation, and they all have unique attacks, which means that no two characters will give the same playing experience. However, at the end of the day, it’s still just a 2D beat-em-up that outlives its nostalgia rating pretty quickly and descends into a pretty routine button-mashing experience. This is perfect rental material for an old-school night in with some mates, but certainly not one to buy.