BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend review (PC)

Last year, we reviewed BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend on PS4, PS3 and Vita. Now, we’ve tested the PC version to see how it holds up and what has changed.

When we reviewed BlazBlue on the various Playstation platforms, we scored the PS4 version the lowest, even though it’s still an excellent game. The main reason for this was that, on that platform, the bar is set a little higher in terms of technical and audiovisual performance. On the PC, the same holds true. PC gamers expect insanely high resolutions, frame rates and smooth online play – and for the most part, this conversion of BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend delivers. The animations are as smooth as ever, and playing online works like a dream. A 1080p resolution is however quickly becoming the norm on PC, with gamers wanting to go higher if their machine can handle it. Here is where the PC conversion of BlazBlue falls short, since 1080p is as high as you can go.

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This is understandable if you consider the fact that the BlazBlue games, unlike 3D fighters, are based on sprites instead of 3D models – boosting the resolution would have meant re-drawing the character models and would have taken a considerable amount of time. The same can be said about the various video sequences, which are untouched in the PC version. Instead, however, we’re getting the very latest console release of BlazBlue just a few months after they came out. That’s the benefit.

The PC version comes with other benefits as well. The DLC packages that came out for consoles have already been included in the game, and of course there are more control options available through the use of the DirectInput interface. In the end, we preferred an arcade stick over the standard joypad controls, but this is a matter of personal preference.

So where does the PC version stand in relation to the console version? We found the game to be most impressive on PS3, and that opinion still stands. However, the inclusion of extra DLC content makes sure that the PC edition narrowly edges out the PS4 version – and if you’re a PC fighting enthusiast then this is the best BlazBlue you can get.

Score: 8.5/10

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