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BlayzBloo: Super Melee Action Battle Royale Review

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Posted by Corbie Dillard

A royale pain

Arc System Works' BlazBlue fighting games, with their unique anime-style visuals and enjoyable fighting engines, have become quite popular among fans of the genre. Of course, this makes it all the more confusing to see them take such a high-quality series and dumb it down for their DSiWare spinoff release BlayzBloo: Super Melee Action Battle Royale. Now instead of one-on-one fighting action, you get a 4 player beat 'em up that feels like a far less playable version of Super Smash Bros.

The basic gameplay premise of BlayzBloo is quite simple. Using a basic set of attack and jump moves, you must battle it out against the three other players on the field. While the simple attack will prove to be your most frequently used offensive weapon, you'll also have a special Drive Move for times when you need to lay a little extra beat down. You'll even find treasure chests popping up around the stage that contain specialty items to be picked up and used against your opponents. Of course, the lack of any type of block move means that you'll also have to spend some of your time moving away from attacks in order to survive as well.

When you take on the game as a solo experience, you can do so in one of several ways. The matches can be played by three different rule sets: a Life Match pits you in an all-out duel to be the last character standing whereas a Points Match can be won by the character with the most earned points at the end of the round. The game even offers up a Flag Match that allows all players to fight over a cute little Panda Flag, with the character left holding it at the end of the round being the winner. In the single player mode, you'll take on the game's five basic stages in order, each with their own unique set of rules. And if you'd like to customise things a bit more, you can choose to play in Free Battle Mode where you can choose the sets of rules and the stage.

If you're feeling a bit competitive, the game also offers up a multiplayer Free Battle Mode, which basically plays exactly as it does in the Single Player – only this time, you can bring in other players who have DSi systems and a copy of the game. While this doesn't add much in the way of playability, it's still a nice feature for those who like to play with friends, although a download play function might have made it a bit more enticing.

The controls themselves function fairly well, but it's the serious lack of depth that ultimately hurts the playability the most. The simple attack system never feels like it offers up enough variety, and once you've exhausted the minimal set of variations, there's not much left to enjoy. Couple this together with a sometimes cheap AI system and you've got a gameplay experience that's not only overly rudimentary, but also somewhat frustrating to boot.

The cel-shaded visuals are certainly easy on the eyes, but much like the control system, the visuals are fairly basic in design. You won't see a lot of flashy detail throughout the various stages, and even the silky smooth animation of the characters isn't enough to improve the overall experience too much. The same goes for the musical performance – there are a few interesting tracks to enjoy, but that's if you can somehow ignore the rather annoying voice announcer and character sound effects that muddy up the audio.

Conclusion

As a general rule, when you start messing with a winning formula, bad things tend to follow. BlayzBloo isn't a terrible game, it's just terribly mediocre. When you factor in the extremely limited content with the very bland and shallow gameplay system, you get a fighting experience that you'll likely be tired of within the first 15 minutes of playing it. Even diehard fans of the series might want to pass on this rather lacklustre spinoff and instead stick to the far more creative standard releases.

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User Comments (30)

iAlias

#4

iAlias said:

Thought it would be top-notch! Someone, release a fighter other than Photo Dojo 2......

suburban_sensei

#5

suburban_sensei said:

When I saw this was out, it looked interesting, but after seeing gameplay vids...man, does it look clunky!

FonistofCruxis

#6

FonistofCruxis said:

This is so dissapointing, I was really looking forward to this. I hope the main Blazblue games come to nintendo consoles, they look awesome.

Xkhaoz

#8

Xkhaoz said:

I think based on the review that it should of gotten at least a 6/10. It still sounds interesting. I might get it sometime down the road.

EdEN

#9

EdEN said:

The videos didn't do it for me and the reviews all point the same way.

lOnE-WolF

#12

lOnE-WolF said:

Get it...after checking everything else off your list. Only worth the 500 points if there's absolutely nothing else you want and there's few options better than this.

Also, the constant character "chatter" is a royal annoyance.

Zach

#13

Zach said:

@Xkhaoz Our review scale operates a bit differently than some other sites'. A base 5 is an average game through and through, so a 6 would be decent, a 7 good, an 8 great, a 9 spectacular and a 10 perfect or near perfect, while a 4 would be mediocre, a 3 bad, a 2 terrible, and a 1 borderline unplayable. Corbie frequently described the less-than-averageness of this game, so a 4, right below average, is a fitting score by our scale. Thanks for the comments!

JakobG

#16

JakobG said:

This is what you get when you use Chibi-art style.
I want a real BlazBlue for Wii anyway.

Akirih

#19

Akirih said:

Bah, I was looking forward for this game <.< ohh well ill just wait for another game that appeals me x3

Tigus

#20

Tigus said:

Eh I'm still getting it, DSiWare does not have allot of fighting games and this is the best 1 right now so yeah.

fishman100

#23

fishman100 said:

Yay, a portable SSBB!
...Oh, wait, we already have Photo Dojo, which in my opinion was pretty good.

Birthday_Boy

#24

Birthday_Boy said:

Photo Dojo is waayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy worse, even though it has that nice 200 pt price tag (and that limited North American Photo Dojo pomotion) I would go for BlayzBlue, 3D fighting, 3 kinds of fighting modes, great graphics, this sounds like pop island, but with too much variety (As if you will play over half of the variety)

Oh yeah Photo Dojo < BlayzBlue

Bunta

#26

Bunta said:

I'm still debating to get this. I still have my 1000 points from when i first got my dsi, but im thinking it might be ok not the greatest game of all time, but still kinda good when you get really bored.

xxx_Kirby_xxx

#27

xxx_Kirby_xxx said:

The banner makes it look so cute, though! >:( Disappointment. :( I guess if I want to fight on games, I'll just stick to platformers and Pokemon. xDD.

PokeNas

#30

PokeNas said:

You literally finish this game within the first 15 minutes of having it on.

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