Another day, yet another iteration of BlazBlue! That’s what it feels like sometimes, anyway. Like a certain other fighting game franchise obsessed with expansion pack pseudo-sequels, it seems like we get a new BlazBlue game every year or so. Today, then, we’re talking about BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma EXTEND, a revision of the original BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma. Let’s see what’s new.
Welp, here it is: there’s a new character named Celica A. Mercury. She’s the third in the series of characters wielding doll-type weapons after Carl and Relius, though she doesn’t share the puppet-based fighting style of those two. Instead, she combines healing abilities with large hitboxes and plenty of damage, making her an all-rounder character that’s well-suited to new players. extend also reintroduces Lambda No. 11, one of the female robot style characters who was last seen in the second BlazBlue game Continuum Shift. Lambda focuses on close-range combat compared to the other female robots.
Aside from that, there have been slight rebalancing to all characters, the ability to activate Overdrive from a block and other minor gameplay tweaks. There’s an expanded story mode called Remix Heart as well as the traditional 40+ hour story mode you’ve come to expect from BlazBlue. Basically, it’s Chrono Phantasma…but extended! Makes sense, right?
When it comes to graphics and sound…it’s a lot like Chrono Phantasma. Yup. There’s a couple new stages here and there, those look nice. Celica and Lambda both look cool as well, and the voice acting is solid as always. The music’s alright. Everything’s very pretty and well-animated. No surprises here, really, when you consider the source.
Should you pick up BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND? Truthfully, there’s not an overwhelming amount of new content for players who aren’t dedicated to the story, but if you want the latest and greatest from Arc System Works then here you go. There’s new characters and they, along with the re-balancing, technically make this the definitive version of the game. Competitive players who want to practice with the newest version don’t really have a choice here, but casual fans who aren’t fanatically dedicated to BlazBlue can probably sit this one out. On the other hand, if you haven’t picked up the original BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma then it’s a no-brainer – it’s a well-made, gorgeous fighter, just like we’ve come to expect from the series.