Preview | Hands-On With BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

This article was originally posted on Nintendo Scene on 10th April 2018.

As I’ve reported previously, the wonderful guys at PQube are publishing the upcoming anime fighting crossover game, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle in Europe. In case it hasn’t come across before now, my excitement about this project has only escalated since the announcement of it last year, and I had the huge privilege of playing it at Sakura Fight Festa last weekend. Before I talk about it, it should be stressed that this was the Playstation 4 English language build that’s recently surfaced so not all of what I’m about to say might translate into the final version of the game, or what changes will be applied to the Switch version. This being said, and although I only played a few games, I’ve got a decent idea of how the game works and plays, so how is it? Continue reading “Preview | Hands-On With BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle”

Tournament Update | Sakura Fight Festa [07/04/18]

My second tournament set of the year and a bit of a gap since my last one in January; this time taking on NGI Events anime fighting tournament, Sakura Fight Festa. I entered both BlazBlue: Centralfiction 2.0 and Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[st], the latter of which I switched mains on only a few days ago, but I’m much more comfortable with Gordeau and his abilities than I was with Carmine so it was a logical switch. Right, but let’s get down to this already.  Continue reading “Tournament Update | Sakura Fight Festa [07/04/18]”

Review | Eat Beat: Dead Spike-san

This review was originally posted on Nintendo Scene on 5th April 2018.

Occasionally, the Switch has seen some odd releases, either of unusual indies emerging out of an increasingly experimental indie scene or of ports of the more strange games from other platforms. Speaking of which, Eat Beat: Dead Spike-san is a rhythm action game based on the BlazBlue franchise of anime fighting games. Released originally in 2015 for iOS and Android devices by Arc System Works, this absurd spin-off of an already arguably absurd franchise has now come to Nintendo Switch eShop. But how is it? Continue reading “Review | Eat Beat: Dead Spike-san”

News | Arc System Works Release New BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Overview Trailer!!

This article was originally posted on Nintendo Scene on 31st March 2018.

PQube are bringing the upcoming multi-franchise crossover, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle to Europe in the summer for Nintendo Switch, as well as for the Sony PlayStation 4. As the summer is fast approaching, both PQube and the developer of the game, Arc System Works, are going into overdrive with their steady reveals of information about the game.  Yesterday, Arc System Works uploaded a new overview trailer for the game to their YouTube channel. I have posted it directly below, and will discuss what information I have gleaned from the (entirely Japanese) trailer. Continue reading “News | Arc System Works Release New BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Overview Trailer!!”

News | Retro-inspired New Merchandise Range Coming From Numskull Designs

This is not a paid advert. I’m covering this because I think it might be of interest to my readers, and I want to help out the newly employed social guy for the company (as he is awesome, follow him on Twitter here).

For those that don’t know, Numskull Designs have been making gaming-focused, officially licensed merchandise for a while, and it’s very likely that you have seen their products in your local game (they make those incredible PSOne retro game case coasters), on Amazon, and various other places. Continue reading “News | Retro-inspired New Merchandise Range Coming From Numskull Designs”

Review | Bridge Constructor Portal

This review was originally posted on Nintendo Scene on 21st March 2018.

Now we’re past the first year of the Switch being among us, did you think that Nintendo were going to slow down? Well, if you were banking on that, I have some bad news for you. The announcements keep on coming, and the support for Nintendo’s new wonder child keeps on coming. One such game that has come to the console recently is Clockstone and Headup Games’ collaborative successor to Bridge Constructor, this time partnering with Valve to acquire assets and lore from the Portal series. The end result is Bridge Constructor Portal, but how is it? Continue reading “Review | Bridge Constructor Portal”