Real Talk By: KJ
While other genres on the 3DS are getting the cold shoulder, fighting game fans have a lot to brag about. SF4, DOA, and now Blazblue. Not only does CS2 feature all the characters from the last, but it includes the three characters that were originally paid DLC. How does Blazblue look in 3D? The effect works pretty well. Nothing really pops out, but it’s all about depth in this one. The stages contain two or three layers due to the effect. Its nothing that’s going to amaze you, but it gets the job done. On top of that, most players eyes won’t be strained. The character sprites look great still and move nice. Some games with the 3D slider up, will cause the frame rate to dip. Not this time, the game speed is still A1.
There’s Arcade mode, Challenge, and an in-depth tutorial voiced by Rachel. There’s a new mode just for this sequel called Abyss mode. Abyss serves as a survival mode. Along the way you can upgrade your character to continue giving yourself a fighting chance. Winning in battle will earn you points which you can use to cash in. Attack up, Speed Up, Life Regeneration, its all there. Legion mode 1.5 contains more map layouts and combinations, making it great for a long trip. The Story mode is continuation from the previous title. That’s right, brand new story arcs. With all of these features it seems that Blazblue has a lot going for the single player.
As far as multiplayer goes, get ready to be disappointed. While there is local play, every person has to own a copy to do it. One of the things that has always made Blazblue a beloved fighting franchise is it’s incredibly smooth online play. The net-code is absolutely perfect. That makes it foolish that CS2 has no online play at all. Also strangely enough, the title does not support sleep mode on the 3DS. The only way to preserve your charge is to have it on the mat when you play this game. Lets hope this isn’t the future for other 3DS titles
If you’re a hardcore fighting game fan, or you love Blazblue know that this is a very good conversion. As far as single player features go, nothing was lost only gained. But for competitors, There’s no getting around the painful truth that online isn’t happening. Worth your time and money? yes, but leave your wireless switch off. Save the power.
Blazblue Continuum Shift 2 Gets MF MF MF MF out of five
+Incredibly high single player replay value
+Character Sprites still look nice on the small screen
-No online play
-Why is sleep mode disabled?