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Overview

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (pronounced as BlazeBlue) is a 2D fighter released by Arc System Works. It was released in Japanese arcades on November 19, 2008, and in US arcades on November 20, 2008. The game bares many similarities to the company's previous fighter Guilty Gear XX, but features an entirely new setting and lineup of characters. It is also using high-res sprites, twice the size of those in Guilty Gear XX. The arcade version of the game is running on the Taito Type X2 system board, meaning that the game will be one of the few 2D fighters to use a 720p resolution, along with King of Fighters XII and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.

Localization

BlazBlue Key Features:

  • The first hi-res 2D fighter from the creators of the Guilty Gear series!
    Experience the beauty of high-resoluti on, hand-drawn sprites on 3D backgrounds, all in glorious high-definition.
  • Online Battle Action
    Get ready to take the action online and battle the best players from all over the world!
  • Console Exclusive Modes
    BlazBlue features the following console-only modes: Arcade, Vs, Practice, and a completely fleshed-out Story Mode that tells the tales of each character.
  • Over 10 unique combatants to choose from!
    Choose a character that represents your own fighting style, like the lightning-fast Taokaka or the wickedly powerful Tager.
  • Drive your way to victory!
    Use the unique “Drive Attacks” specific to each character to decimate your opponent. Depending on the character, control the elements like wind and ice, or even absorb the life force from your opponents.
  • A plethora of offensive and defensive options at your disposal!
    Take advantage of Barriers, Counter Assaults, Rapid Cancels, and Distortion Drives to turn the tide of battle!

Story

Prologue

In a time now long past, mankind faced extinction at the hands of the 'Black Beast,' a creature that appeared out of the darkness. The Beast was possessed by an awesome power, and it appeared that the time of man would soon be at an end. It was then, in humanity's darkest hour, that six heroes of unknown origin came forward to defeat the Beast. They brought with them the ancient power of 'magic.' which they freely shared with mankind. Turning their ingenuity to the formation of new, more powerful weapons, humanity discovered a process by which they could infuse their own technology with the power of ancient magic. It was in this way that humanity created the "Armagus' and discovered a power far beyond what magic or technology alone could have given them.

With this new-found power, mankind once again confronted the Beast, with the six heroes fighting alongside them. After many long, blood-soaked battles, the Beast finally fell, ending what would come to be know as 'The First War of Magic.' The heroes who had fought beside human warriors in the First War of Magic were immortalized for their deeds, and through generations came to be known as the 'Six Heroes.'

It was during the First War that an organization was formed to regulate the use of the 'Grimoire Armagus,' the Armagus training texts. Called the 'New World Void Space Cue Administration Bureau,' it was this organization, and the power it wielded through the use of the Grimoire Armagus, that brought about great advances across the spectrum of human technology. These advances threw mankind into a vast and all-encompassing reconstruction.

Decades have passed since the Bureau established itself as a dictatorship and Armagus became the deciding factor in nearly all of humanity's affairs. This has led to a large socioeconomic gap between those who can wield the power of Armagus and those who cannot. Tensions began to flare, and before long a rebel organization calling itself the 'Ikaruga Union' appeared, defying the totalitarian authority of the Bureau, which began referring to itself as the Novus Orbis Librarium Armagus ("The Library"). With the creation of the Ikaruga Union, angry thoughts became open hostilities and 'The Second War of Magic' began. It was this conflict, which also came to be known as 'The Ikaruga Civil War,' that saw humans using the power of Armagus against one another for the first time.

The Second War came to a close with the destruction of the Ikaruga Union. Afraid of further conflict, the Library consummated its subjugation of the populace by issuing the following decree: 'Whosoever chooses to defy the New World Void Space Cue Administration Bureau shall be put to death, without exception.'

Several years after the end of the Second War, a branch of the Library reputed to command a force as powerful as an entire nation's army was suddenly and utterly destroyed. The few survivors spoke in hushed, shaken tones of a single man who had appeared out of nowhere, cutting down all in his path.

His name was Ragna the Bloodedge.

He wages a one-man war against the power of the Bureau, fighting to break its iron grip on humanity's throat. He is a man who has declared war against the world itself.

~A.D. 2199 Dec~

"By the end of the year, most citizens were expecting the beginning of an era of unprecedented development. Unfortunately, 2199 was also the year that the Librarium's greatest foe, the man with the highest single bounty on record, Ragna the Bloodedge, was rumored to have appeared in the 13th Hierarchal City of Kagutsuchi. People gave him the nickname Grim Reaper, and it was said that his goal was the obliteration of the Librarium in its entirety. Following the rumors, people began to make their way to Kagutsuchi-some after the incredible bounty on [Ragna's] head others after the "ultimate power" said to be in his possession... and a few whose only interest was his assassination for the Librarium."

The story has several different plotlines for the various playable characters that intersect with each other in many ways. Canonically, all these story threads are true, but the explanation is that (except for the True Ending) every single one ends with Ragna falling into the Cauldron with v-13, forming the Black Beast. Then a giant laser beam fired by Take-Mikazuchi at that same Cauldron somehow sparks a time loop which turns the clock back almost a century in time with the first appearance of the Black Beast, erasing the events that happened over and over again.

This continues on and on in everyone's story until the loop is finally broken in the True Ending, when Noel saves Ragna from falling into the Cauldron with v-13 and Rachel activates the Tsukiyomi Unit to save Kagutsuchi from destruction. However, it turns out to be part of the evil Terumi's plan all along, who kept manipulating events so the time loop would repeat over and over until events finally conspired to let him acquire the true copy of the Azure Grimoire from Noel. In the end, Terumi escapes to move on to the next part of his evil plan, which involves conscripting Tsubaki Yayoi to hunt down her former classmates Jin and Noel for treason.

Characters

BlazBlue features a plethora of unique characters each with their own back stories:

Ragna the Bloodedge

Ragna the Bloodedge

"Ragna is a man with such power that he has become known as the 'God of Death' ( Shinigami, or 'Grim Reaper' in the NA version.) He fights ceaselessly against the iron rule of The Library, as he wages a one-man war against them to break their grip on humanity's throat. The Library labeled him an SS-class threat in response and now everyone seeks his head. Some want the massive reward, others seek the Azure Grimoire and its incredible power that he is rumored to hold."

Jin Kisaragi

"Jin was born into the noble Kisaragi line and is a Major within the military of the Novus Orbis Librarium. For most of his life, he has followed orders without question. What could have driven him to defy them now?"

Noel Vermillion

"Noel is a member of the noble Vermillion Family, and she grew-up in a remote region of the world. She is a soldier for The Library and also Jin's direct subordinate. After Jin's sudden disappearance, Noel was ordered to go to Kagutsuchi to pick up the trail."

Iron Tager (TR-0009)

Iron Tager

"Iron Tager suffered what should have been a fatal wound during the Ikaruga Civil War. However, he managed to survive and return to service as a cyborg with the help of the scientist Kokonoe. Tager is feared by many as the "Red Devil of Sector Seven." In reality, though, he is a very gentle person. His mission is to retrieve Hakumen for Kokonoe as well as find Ragna."

Rachel Alucard

"Rachel is the current head of the Alucard vampire family. She lives a rather mundane life in her castle with only her butler and pets for company. One day, she decides to leave for the 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi, saying only that she is bored."

Taokaka

"A member of the Kaka clan, a clan that resides within the bottom layers of Kagutsuchi. Urban development has covered the sky above her village, and Tao is determined to bring back the sun. She hears money is given to the one who defeats Ragna."

Litchi Faye Ling

"A doctor in Orient Town, one of the lower parts of Kagutsuchi. As a scientist and doctor, she is loved and admired by the residents of Orient Town. She's grown to love Orient Town as well, almost enough to forget why she came in the first place..."

Arakune

"Housing a myriad of insects, this man walks with corrupted magic. Living in an underground waste disposal factory, he has been seen eating humans and the Kaka clan. Detecting an immense power, Arakune begins to move out."

Bang Shishigami

Bang Shishigami

"After losing their home in the Ikaruga Civil War, Bang and his clan of ninjas fled to Kagutsuchi to regroup and wait for a chance to restore their homeland to its former glory. While in Kagutsuchi, Bang decided to make his debut as a 'Vigilante of Justice'. When he learned Ragna the Bloodedge had come to Kagutsuchi, he decided to bring the legendary criminal to justice!"

Carl Clover

"Carl is considered a first class vigilante. With his mysterious doll, Nirvana, he has brought many criminals to justice. After hearing news of his next target, Ragna the Bloodedge, Carl heads out to Kagutsuchi."

Hakumen

"One of the Six Heroes of legend. When he disappeared after the war, people assumed he was gone for good. Little do they know, he was lying in wait in the bowels of Kagutsuchi, but for what? Does his sword exist to cut the Black Beast, or something else?"

v-13

"A mysterious child who appeared out of a giant cauldron hidden in the depths of kagutsuchi. What can this emotionless cyborg of a girl possibly want with Kagutsuchi?"

Gameplay Systems and Controls

Basic Controls

BlazBlue Controls

The main controls are the eight-way joystick and the four buttons. Along with the three attack buttons Light (A), Middle (B), and Heavy (C), there is a "Drive" button (D) which gives each character a special attack. In addition to the basic "dash" and "jump" buttons found in a fighting game, there is an "aerial dash" and "two-step jump".

Life Gauge

Heat Gauge

The "Heat Gauge" is necessary for powerful attacks such as the "Distortion Drive". It is also necessary for a "Rapid Cancel", where you can cancel an opponent's move when they try to attack. You can increase the "Heat Gauge" by landing an attack on the enemy.

Barrier Gauge

The "Barrier Gauge" is needed for "barriers" that will defend you against the damage dealt by the enemy. The gauge also applies to the "Barrier Burst" (press all 4 buttons together) where you can blast someone away while you guard. When the "Barrier Gauge" reaches zero, your defense level will go down for a period of time. The "Barrier Gauge" will refill over time.

Libra Gauge

The "Libra Gauge" is a shared gauge between both combatants, that shifts towards each player's side when blocking attacks occur. When this gauge has reached all the way to one side, that character will be Guard Crushed and thus stunned. It's named after the Zodiac's Libra, referring to the tipping of the scales of balance.

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Releases

Arcades

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger was released in arcades on Nov 19 & 20, 2008 in Japan and North America respectively.

Consoles

The console version was released June 25, 2009 in Japan on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while it saw a North American release on June 30, 2009. The game finally saw a release in Europe on April 2, 2010. Contrary to earlier reports and rumors, this version was nearly identical to the North American and Japanese versions of the games, featuring no new characters or changes to preexisting characters. The European version instead featured more character colors and "Unlimited" versions of characters, "super" versions of current characters with better properties on most of their moves.

A limited edition of the game was also released that included the game, a two disc soundtrack and a bonus Blu-ray or a DVD depending on the console. The bonus disc showed you the basics of the game as well as going into more details about character specific stuff such as combos and strategies. The videos feature expert players from Dustloop.com and Shoryuken.com. The European limited edition shipped with both a bonus DVD with around 2 hours of tutorials and character-specific strategies and a 96 page full color art book featuring original art and illustrations.

Handheld

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger saw a release on Sony's PSP handheld device on February 25, 2010 in Japan and March 9, 2010 in North America. The took advantage of the PSPs ad-hoc capabilities, allowing players to create rooms and battle with up to three opponents. The PSP version of the game also featured a mode entirely new to the game, the Legion Mode, a mode in which you choose a character and "conquer a map" by defeating enemy armies. Defeating an enemy army basically boils down to a King of Fighters-esque Team Battle. As you progress along the map and defeat various "armies", you are allowed to recruit characters you have defeated into your squad.

PC

A PC version of Blazblue: Calamity Trigger has been announced and is slated for a Japanese release on August 26, 2010. The PC version will feature all of the released DLC--the color palettes and the unlimited characters--included for free. More significantly, the PC version will feature cross-platform play with the Xbox 360 version, allowing owners of the PC version to play against owners of the Xbox 360 version.

System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements

  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7
  • Processor : Intel Pentium IV at 3.0 GHz (XP) / Intel Core 2 Duo (Vista / Win 7)
  • Video Card : 256 MB VRAM – NVIDIA Geforce 7900 / ATI Radeon X1900
  • Memory : 1 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk : 10 GB of free Hard Drive space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
  • Direct X : 9.0c
  • Controls : Keyboard & Mouse
  • Installation : DVD-ROM Drive

Recommended System Requirements

  • Operating System : Windows Vista / Windows 7
  • Processor : Intel Core 2 Quad / Intel Core i5/i7
  • Video Card : 512 MB VRAM – NVIDIA Geforce 8800 / ATI Radeon HD3700
  • Memory : 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk : 10 GB of free Hard Drive space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
  • Direct X : 9.0c
  • Controls : Keyboard & Mouse
  • Installation : DVD-ROM Drive

Other Requirements: Multiplayer requires log-in to Games for Windows - LIVE.

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