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Duking it out anime style in Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax!

French Bread, Ecole Software, and Sega are at it again with another entry into their fighting game pedigree. How does Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax size up to the opponents? Ready?Set?Fight!

Like most fighters, Dengeki has a basic arcade mode with a very minor story. A being named Denshin summons the player character to fight off Zetsumu who takes on the forms a beings from the worlds he has conquered. It’s a 9 match long mode with some dialogue. All the player characters are voiced by their original actors from their respective anime which is great. What’s nice about this is that some characters have dialogue interacting with one another even if they aren’t from the same series.

images (1)The second story mode is the gem of this game by far. I won’t talk about it too much to spoil it because it’s something for the fans to really experience on their own if they’re interested. Dream Duel is 6 match mode which can be completed in any order. What makes this mode so special are the scenes between the 2 characters. They are fully acted few minute scenes and pretty awesome. This was a great surprise when I tried it with Taiga for the first time and ended up laughing on how spot fun and spot on it was.

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Gameplay falls under your typical 2D fighter with assists. The controls are fairly simple but lack depth. Once you learn the few button combos, they pretty much crossover to all the other characters. A few have minor variations but at the core are the same. The differences come not from the combos but the characters themselves whether they have reach, better at close range, or aerials. Each character can use a blast attack to break out of combos. Also, each character has a special that either performs a game changing move like Taiga kicking a trash can at her opponent for 1/3 of their health, increasing their overall power, or allowing new combos like Kirito going into dual-wielding mode. All buttons can be rebound including binding shortcuts for multi-button moves to the bumpers and right analog which makes this game pretty easy to play.

The game also supports online matches through PSN. I didn’t have any major issues with lag though I was getting my butt handed to me by the japanese player-base. For those who want local matches, the vita also supports AD HOC mode for just that.

imagesThe extras menu is jam-packed with all sorts of goodies. Each character, both player and support, has an image that can be unlocked with a little bit about their personality and voice clips which are unlocked through play. The player characters also have extra artwork to unlock as well by spending points earned through play like most of the other extras. There’s a music player for all the wonderful tracks in the game and a replay viewer for those hard-fought victories you want to show off to your friends. A fully customizable player badge feature for online play is also available with pictures,letters,symbols,phrases,frames,characters and their alternate colors. The alternate colors themselves cover both player and support characters was taking about 2 times through arcade to unlock all of them for one character. And lastly, there is another gallery of the cover art of the light novels that all the characters are based off of which is neat.

I’m not saying this is a groundbreaking fighting game to match the greats which was never the goal. This game was designed around and marketed by the characters. For the price, it’s a decent fighter that I personally had a lot of fun with since I know and love all these anime series and novels. And that’s what it comes down to. If you go in with a fighting game mentality you’ll be disappointed. If you’re a fan of the characters and like simpler fighting games then this is right up your alley.

Pros:
  • Great character line-up
  • Fantastic music
  • Simple controls
  • Unique story mode designed for fans of the characters
Cons:
  • Sprites could look better like the console version
  • No variety in combos and can devolve into button mashing
  • Only appealing to the fans of the characters
Art Pixl Score 3 3
Story Pixl Score 4 4
Sound Pixl Score 5 5
Controls Pixl Score 3 3
Fun Factor Pixl Score 5 5