Arc System Works: The New King of Fighters

For a long time, I perceived fighting games by Arc System Works as being too complex for me. Initially drawn to their work by how amazing the BlazBlue games looked, my mind melted when I struggled to grasp the game’s intricacies. Guilty Gear games up to Xrd might as well have been rocket science. Love watching the pros play these games, but I have no clue where to being learning how to play.

Their penchant for designing characters that function wildly different from one another while layering on tons of system-level mechanics for fighters that were inpenetrable to me. Even now, after a decade of serious fighting game experience, it would take me a ton of work to just feel competent at any of legacy Guilty Gear or BlazBlue games.

In recent times, Arc System Works have gone a long way towards finding a better balance while also pushing the limits of anime-style graphics. Between their tireless efforts to improve (and Capcom’s well-documented struggles), I think that Arc System Works is the king of fighting game publishers right now.

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Returning to BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

For the past year or so, I’ve carried a bit of BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle guilt. When it first came out, I was enamored by its measured approach to anime-style tag-team combat. The mechanics give players a lot of room for creativity while also being more accessible than your average anime fighter. In an alternate reality, this game wouldn’t have fallen out of my rotation and I would have competed in a few tournaments by now.

That’s not what happened.

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I Need to Pay More Attention to Granblue Fantasy Versus

For the past few weeks, I’ve seen the name Granblue Fantasy Versus floating around the fighting game community websites I frequent. However, I didn’t really bother investigating until recently, as there’s a beta for the game happing right now. And oh my goodness, I should have had this game on my radar sooner.

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GCYoshi13 (Hazama/Yosuke) vs jettftw (Weiss/Ruby) BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

Did I stand a chance against FGC pro GCYoshi?

…of course not! But I tried valiantly to keep up!

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Kickstart Guide to BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

Anime worlds collide in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle! As with any fighting game, onboarding is going to be a bumpy ride. Even though this one has a lower barrier to entry, it’s also a niche fighter with a hardcore audience that can make the newcomer experience even tougher than most. If you’re tired of being shredded by Ruby and want to be the one slicing and dicing with her scythe, maybe this guide can get you off the ground floor!
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Ruby Joins the Battle! BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Matches

Weiss takes a back seat for Ruby to shine! Does she have what it takes to star as part of my dynamic duo of the future?

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Azrael As It Gets! BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Matches

In tough against a player with 500+ more wins than me, and we’re still only in week 2!

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Brothers Battle in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle!

My brother came over to the house to throw down in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle!

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BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Day 1 Matches

As with all fighting games, I largely got destroyed in my BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle debut. However, I’ve got the time and motivation to get better! Let’s take these L’s now so that I can pile up the W’s later!

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Out Now – BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

This one came out of nowhere for me.

Giving this one little attention up until a few weeks ago, I was wowed by the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle beta for finding a seemingly warm balance between depth and accessibility. Granted, it doesn’t look nearly as good as Dragon Ball FighterZ or have the name brand roster like other heavy hitters in the genre, but that gameplay was so enjoyable that I poured many hours into the demo’s training mode alone just to squeeze out every last bit of fun I could from it.

Won’t be able to play any of it tonight, as I’ll be heading over to a concert right after work. However, for sure I’ll be playing it this week and you should be able to watch me play later this week on Twitch! Stay tuned!

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