BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (ブレイブルー, Bureiburū?) (pronounced /bleɪz blu/) is a two-dimensional arcade fighting game by Arc System Works, the staff behind the Guilty Gear series. It was released on November 19, 2008 in Japan and November 20, 2008 in the United States. It was released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on June 30, 2009. It is a spiritual successor to Guilty Gear. A playable demo was presented at AOU 2008. The game is currently released for the Taito Type X2 arcade system board, with a 16:9 ratio and 768p resolution.

Plot

Prior to the events of BlazBlue, humanity was on the verge of extinction from the "Black Beast", a creature of Darkness. The world was saved by six heroes who wielded magic. They helped humanity create "Armagus", a fusion of magic and technology, to defeat the Beast.

After the war, the Novus Orbis Librarium Armagus (the Library or NOL for short) was created to govern the world with the use of Armagus. A great deal of dissent was caused by the Library, partly due to Armagus' use in nearly every facet of society, and the widening socioeconomic gap between those who could and couldn't use Armagus. This dissent would eventually form years later into The Ikaruga Civil War, when the Ikaruga Union openly rebelled against the Library. After the war, the Library imposed a harsher rule on the world, punishing any rebellion against the Library with the death penalty.

In December A.D. 2199, several years after the Ikaruga Civil War, a branch of the Library was utterly destroyed by an SS-class traitor named "Ragna the Bloodedge" also known as "Mr. Grim Reaper", in an attempt to destroy the entire Library. The Novus Orbis Librarium Armagus, hoping to stop him, immediately put the largest bounty ever for anyone who could capture him. Interestingly, Ragna possessed a powerful form of Armagus known as the "Azure Grimoire" (Grimoire of the Blue in Japan), also known as the BlazBlue. This led to the Librarium, as well as the Ikaruga Union and other fighters, to be after not just his bounty, but also his grimoire.

Home version features

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions includes all content from the arcade version, along with content exclusive to the console versions, including:

* New music, animations, backgrounds, and a console-exclusive story mode
* Theme songs done by kotoko (Ao-Iconoclast) for the OP and Hironobu Kageyama (Omae no Tettsui ni Kugi wo Ute) for Bang's Install Theme.
* The ability to switch between Japanese and English voices
* Online multiplayer supporting up to six, and which will allow players to watch other online battles as spectators
* Special "Unlimited" versions of characters, which give them boss-like properties similar to the Gold and Black forms in Guilty Gear. The Unlimited forms of Ragna, Rachel, Hakumen, and v-13 can be fought in the single player modes.
* The Playstation 3 version includes remote play that allows users to play the game on their PSP after connecting it to their console.
* In the limited edition US version a Blu-Ray disc for PS3 or DVD for Xbox 360 is included with a strategy guide and combo videos for every character. Also included is a 2 disc Limited Edition soundtrack with special remixes from Oh No

The console versions have received very positive reviews. Praise has been given for the depth of gameplay in spite of a comparatively small roster as well as an excellent online component and good balance. Blazblue's plot has also been surprisingly well-received, many reviews noting it as well-conceived and exceptional amidst the often lackluster and convoluted stories that the fighting game genre has.

Releases

NAME SYSTEM PUBLISHER DEVELOPER RELEASE NATION
BlazBlue Arcade Arc System Works Arc System Works 2008 JP
BlazBlue - Calamity Trigger Playstation 3 Arc System Works Arc System Works 2009 JP
BlazBlue - Calamity Trigger Playstation 3 Aksys Games Arc System Works 2009 US
BlazBlue - Calamity Trigger Playstation 3 SCEI Arc System Works 2009 KOR
BlazBlue - Calamity Trigger XBox 360 Arc System Works Arc System Works 2009 JP
BlazBlue - Calamity Trigger XBox 360 Aksys Games Arc System Works 2009 US
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