Blazblue Central Fiction Special Edition Review

Blazblue Central Fiction is a game that came out over two years ago on PlayStation 4, now it’s coming to Switch and rather than a traditional review I’m going to tell you why you need this game in your Switch collection as well as other fighters or even as your only fighter.

There are some great fighting games on Nintendo Switch, mostly developed by Arc System Works. We have Blazblue Cross Tag battle (BBTAG) and DragonBall FighterZ (DBFZ). Both of those however are tag fighters, whereas Central Fiction is a one on one fighter so don’t need to worry about things like character synergy, assist combos and watching multiple health bars.

What will win, golden mecha Tager or a shape shifting cat chair?

There are also some excellent old school fighters on Switch such as Garou, King of Fighters, Street Fighter Collection. But none of them are even close to as fluid or beautiful as Blazblue Central Fiction and are extremely lacking in game modes and longevity.

On the face of it Central Fiction is the most complicated fighter on the Switch, there’s no auto combos, each character has a ton of moves and specials are all different inputs. Also there are so many more game mechanics than other fighters, however all of this taught superbly in the tutorial modes. Central Fiction has the best and most comprehensive tutorials of any fighting game. It teaches you the basics all the way up advanced techniques such as instant barrier blocking. When I first started playing fighting games jump cancelling (hitting an opponent into the air jumping up after them and carrying on a combo) seemed impossible to me, but Blazblue taught me how to do it. Central Fiction will teach crazy hard combos that you can definitely use if you get good enough for competitive play. The other fighters on Switch only teach a few basic easy combos and leave you to work out/look up online your own.

If you want to improve your play tutorial really is the place.

The gameplay is just as fast and furious as BBTAG and DBFZ and faster than other fighting games. There’s no frame drops I’ve noticed playing handheld, tablet or docked. The way the characters play is far more varied than the other fighting games as each character has a completely unique button called drive as well as characters containing more standard moves and specials. If this is a bit much there is stylish mode which than makes mashing out combos easier than DBFZ, including one button supers. So if you aren’t ready for intricacies of Central Fiction this is for you, or if you want to play with friends and family it can create some close battles with people who don’t usually play fighting games.

Just raining nails from a floating umbrella, as you do.

As for game modes Central Fiction has it all, online play, a vast amount of single player modes and the best story mode for a fighter on Switch. DBFZ has a pretty sweet arcade mode but Central Fiction expands the story with 3 versions of arcade mode for most characters, each containing little bits of story and what if scenarios. But that’s not all folks, Central Fiction also has 12 courses of score attack mode, a race against the clock Speed Star mode and RPG inspired Grim of Abyss mode where you level up grimoires and apply skills to them resulting in some even more hectic gameplay than usual.

The story mode in Central Fiction puts other fighting games stories to shame, this is 15 hours of fully voiced (in Japanese), visual novel, Japanese craziness. DBFZ’s story is passable in comparison and BBTAG’s is as disappointing as dropping your ice cream on the floor compared to the heights of Central Fiction.

The story and arcade mode visuals are beautiful.

One important thing Central Fiction doesn’t have that BBTAG and DBFZ do have is DLC. All 36 characters included for the one price of £34.99. BBTAG only has 20 in the base game and another 20 DLC characters for the reasonable price of £13.99 and DBFZ has 24 characters (with about 20 kagillion Gokus) and another 8 DLC characters for £29.99 almost the price of the whole Central Fiction game and includes more Gokus. Central Fiction is definitely the best value for money when it comes to fighters on the Switch except maybe Street Fighter Collection however that only contains 4 games anyone actually wants to play and is completely lacking game modes.

The graphics and audio are very similar to BBTAG, it has that rocking soundtrack and beautiful pixel art style, only Central Fiction is zoomed out a little bit compared to BBTAG meaning the characters look that little bit crisper. Yes DBFZ is freaking stunning looking but pixel sprites are a nice alternative and look stunning in their own way.

Some people pay a lot of money for this treatment.

The three big reasons you want Blazblue Central Fiction as well/instead of other fighters on Switch are Story mode, including the extra tidbits from the three play-throughs of arcade mode per character. Tutorial, challenge and library mode that teach you to play Blazblue and fighting games in general better than any other game on the market. Finally stylish mode as this means you, family members or friends that don’t normally play fighting games can bust out some sick combos by just mashing a few buttons. Central Fiction might be another fish in the sea of Switch fighters but if you like fighting games or crazy visual novel stories it’s a game you need in your collection.

Blazblue Central Fiction Special Edition is out on both physically and on eShop on Nintendo Switch 8th February 2019. Thank you to PQube for supplying the review code.

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