Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] Review

First released in 2012, Under Night In-Birth is arguably at its peak right now. Numerous updates and a groundswell of fan support have helped it earn a place on the EVO main stage, pushing the game even further into the spotlight. Though I’ve known of the series for quite some time, I finally decided to take the plunge with its latest release, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]. What is it about this fighter that continues to draw players in many years later?

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There Should Be No More Excuses for Bad Fighting Game Netcode

For the most part, I’m loving Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]. Having picked up the game a few weeks ago, its particular brand of anime fighter is deeply gratifying. I’m enjoying it so much that I’ve played dozens of matches through the game’s horrid netcode and will probably suffer through many more just to get a less-than-ideal fix. Even online matches against my brother – who is a 10-minute drive from me – feel sluggish. With everything going on, adequate online play would have been greatly appreciated.

It’s not entirely fair to bash Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] for a problem that’s much larger than itself. Furthermore, with this game technically being the fifth update to an old game, one can argue that it’s hampered by delay-based netcode of the time.

Nevertheless, the subject of netcode in fighting games has recently hit a crescendo. As more games adopt better solutions to the fundamental problem, it’s become increasingly maddening to see major developers lean on inferior netcode solutions.

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Blood Feud! BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Matches

An extended BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle set against a player that does not respect me based on his play style. Do I have what it takes to stand up for myself in the heat of battle?

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Adapt or Die! BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Matches

Falling behind early, I need to reassess my approach in order to prevent getting completely scraped by opposing players in this set of BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle matches!

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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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BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Review

Historically, my relationship with the BlazBlue franchise has been strained at best. Initially wowed by its visual splendor, its gameplay complexity was impenetrable to me. As they had done previously with the Guilty Gear franchise, they stacked character-specific mechanics on top of an already steep list of system-level mechanics onto BlazBlue, making for a game with an incredibly steep learning curve. Even now, as someone with almost a decade of serious fighting game experience under my belt, mainline BlazBlue is too much for me to handle.

When news of a BlazBlue tag-team spinoff arose, I didn’t bat an eyelid. Having been burned by the first two entries in the series, I wasn’t ready to try again. However, after having spent some time with the demo, I realized that this wasn’t the same type of BlazBlue game that didn’t work for me back then.

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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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