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Video: BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is Out Today on PS3 via PSN

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39w ago - Aksys Games Director of Production Frank "Bo" DeWindt II posted up a video of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma announcing that it is officially out today on PS3 via PSN.

To quote: Hey guys! This is Frank "Bo" deWindt II, director of production here at Aksys Games. Today we're celebrating the release of the long-awaited BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma on PS3.

Everyone is ecstatic to get the chance to play the fighting portion of the game, but another great aspect of Chrono Phantasma is its visual novel inspired story mode.

Some small spoilers for those that haven't played through BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, Continuum Shift, and/or Continuum Shift Extend, yet...

After the events of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Ragna, Jin, Noel, and the rest of the cast find themselves in the Ikaruga Federation. There they meet Kagura Mutsuki, general of the N.O.L. and better known as the "Black Knight," as well as Kokonoe. Both these characters have their own plans in store.





At the same time, Hazama, Relius Clover, Phantom, and the Imperator are moving forward with their own agenda for the world at large. Saying anything further would be terribly spoiler-rific, so mum's the word!

What I can say is the story...
 

XBlaze Code: Embryo - Visual Novel Set in BlazBlue Universe for PS3

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45w ago - Aksys Games Editor Mike Engler revealed today that XBlaze Code: Embryo is a visual novel set in the BlazBlue Universe that is coming to PS3.

To quote: Hello... again... and again... Aksys Games, purveyors of quality digital entertainment, is pleased to announce that we will be releasing Arc System Works' latest tour de force, XBlaze Code: Embryo!

Taking place almost two centuries before the events of BlazBlue, XBlaze tells the story of Touya Kagari, a mostly unremarkable high school sophomore with a remarkable past, and his transformation from a typical teenager into the target of secret organizations, renegade mages, homicidal maniacs, and curry-obsessed co-workers.

And though XBlaze touches on the origins of some of the more important elements of the BlazBlue mythos (The Azure, Black Beast, and Takamagahara spring immediately to mind), its story stands on its own as an epic tale of disparate groups all fighting for control of the power responsible for the creation of the universe.

As for the game itself, XBlaze is a visual novel with a number of twists on the formula. One of the biggest differences is that, unlike most games in the genre that simple use static character images during conversation scenes, story scenes in XBlaze are more akin to an animated feature, complete...
 

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma PS3 Special Edition, Features Detailed

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45w ago - Aksys Games Editor Mike Engler announced BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma PS3 Special Edition alongside detailing the features, as follows:

Greetings, and welcome to another missive from the mighty Aksys Citadel. As the North American launch of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma draws ever closer, we thought it'd be good idea to talk a little bit about the game - especially all the new features and characters, not to mention the special edition and all of its various doodads. So without further ado, let's BlazBlue!

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma for PS3

First of all, there are a few system changes in Chrono Phantasma that set it apart from previous versions of the game. One of the most obvious additions is the Overdrive ability. By initiating Overdrive, you'll be able to amplify a character's overall skills and abilities for a set period of time.

When Overdrive is active, the stage will go dark, letting you know it's time to get down to business. When used to its fullest, the Overdrive system will allow a player to turn the tide of battle and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat!

Another big change is to the Network/Online portion of the game. The number of options available to the online warrior is, to be incredibly hyperbolic, mindboggling. In addition to the previous...
 

PlayStation Plus Updates: BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend Free

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82w ago - Sony PlayStation Digital Platforms Community Manager Paul Sullivan is here with this weeks PlayStation Plus updates, which include BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend free for members.

To quote: Hey PlayStation Plus fans, the first thing you might notice this week is the notable lack of Morgan in this post. Not to worry, he's taking a quick break as we ramp up to E3, and I'll be trying to fill his shoes in the meantime. With that sorted, on to the content!

We have two Timed Themes this week that Plus members will want to check out. Vita fans need to also be sure to pick up BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend for free. Beyond that PlayStation Plus members are getting a handful of discounts for PS Vita and PS3 games. Check out the details below!

May 28th PlayStation Plus Update

Fuse (Timed Trial)
PSN Price: N/A, Free Trial for PS Plus members

When a volatile alien energy source called Fuse falls into the wrong hands, the CIA calls in an elite contact team to retrieve it: Overstrike 9. Join up to three friends in co-op play as you deploy lethal teamwork and fringe-tech weapons to take down the rogue paramilitary corporation behind the theft.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (Timed Trial)
PSN Price: N/A, Free Trial for PS Plus members
 

Video: Arc System Works Details BlazBlue for PlayStation Vita

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152w ago - Today Arc System Works Director Geraint Evans has shared a video detailing everything fans would want to know about BlazBlue for PlayStation Vita!

To quote: With the PS Vita launch just around the corner - we thought we'd take a look at a series that's built a reputation for itself among fighting aficionados over the last couple of years.

Currently readying itself for a spot on the 22 February launch line up, BlazBlue is a fighter that's proven something of a cult hit - a series that's earned high praise from critics for its left-field approach to fighting but is still perceived in some fighting circles as 'the weird other one'.

Getting stuck into a little Street Fighter or a bit of Tekken from time to time is comforting, familiar - you know your way around the character roster, their moves and abilities. You know where you stand - and we understand that.





BlazBlue, seems scary in comparison. For the uninitiated, gameplay footage looks full-on, intense - like the circus has arrived for a gunfight at a firework factory. It's hard to look beyond the relentless visual assault and understand the fighting game that lies beneath.

So for all you BlazBlue beginners out there...
 
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