BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
“Don’t think. Feel.” PC, PS4, SWITCH | $49.95 ARCSYSTEMWORKS.COM
Mashing together wellloved characters from BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth, and RWBY, this 2v2 fighter prays you love its roster, because behind the yapping soundbites and dazzling visuals is a simple brawler. If you loved the tag team nuance of Dragon Ball FighterZ, or the meter management and pressuring of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, then you’ll find Cross Tag Battle wanting. This a strippedback take on Arc System Works’ other series, one that puts spectacle ahead of depth. It’s not without its systems, however, as you can perform team attacks, activate meterbleeding Distortion moves, and launch into Extra combos. They’re all done at the tap of a single button or quarter circle, and all characters feature the same simplistic combo commands regardless of style. Cross Tag Battle delivers finely balanced, fast fights; it’s a perfect entry if you’re new to the chaos of anime fighters. Each character is beautifully animated, moves clash with vibrant colour, and fans will certainly find value in teaming up their favourites. Yet Cross Tag Battle finds a way to punch itself in the face: half the roster is missing, and will only be available as paidfor DLC. That’s not the fan service you may have expected.