Monday, October 8, 2012

Pocket Peek - BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend

Fighting games have a long history on portable consoles. Of course it hasn't always been a good one, as those who have suffered through Game Boy versions of Mortal Kombat could attest to. Still, as portables have advanced, so have the quality of the fighting games. Even if these games tend to be watered down ports of older games, or the older games themselves, such as was the case with the version of Street Fighter Alpha 3 on the PSP.

With the Vita release of BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend, portables now have a fighter that is both the same as the console versions and indistinguishable from those. Sure, porting it directly is made easier by the 2D nature of BlazBlue, but that doesn't mean that the visuals in the game are anything to scoff at. BlazBlue is one of the best looking 2D games out there, and the fluid animations look just as good on the Vita as they do on the PS3. Sadly, this doesn't mean that the Vita version can play against the PS3 one, but in some ways this is a benefit. Everyone will be in the same boat as far as controls, and you won't have to fight against anyone using an arcade stick.

If online multiplayer isn't appealing, Continuum Shift Extend has a plethora of single player modes to keep you occupied for hours upon hours. There's everything from the standard arcade and survival modes to a story mode more akin to a visual novel. Included among these are tutorial and training modes to help those new to the game. Though they do a fantastic job of explaining the game's complicated systems, BlazBlue is still tough to recommend for anyone new to the genre.

You'd be hard pressed to find any fighter with quite as much content as this. With all that it has to offer, it's not only the best looking fighter on Vita, but one of the better games for the system overall. With controls that handle just as well as the PS3 version does on a controller, there's no fear of a lesser experience on the go. Hopefully, this is just the first of many amazing fighting games on the PlayStation Vita.

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