It’s strange that such a visually stunning and downright fun fighting game has gone relatively unnoticed. I’m generally not a fan of anime, but the game won me over with its visual style. One would think that an Arc fighter with online play would get some attention from fighting game fans, but it seems to have slipped through the cracks.
This game harkens back to the simpler days when fighters didn’t have multi-level meters and endless techniques to master before you could compete. Battle Fantasia is a game of fundamentals in the vein of SF2 and early SNK fighters. In fact, I think it’s closer to old school Street Fighter than Street Fighter IV.
Speaking of SFIV, Ono himself said that this game had an influence on it.
If you haven’t played this game, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Hopefully, Blazblue will get more attention when and if it’s ported to the consoles.