Video Game Review: Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax is a fighting game released on the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita Platforms. This game features a variety of playable characters from different anime series such as Sword Art Online, Black Bullet, Oreimo, Accel World, Strike the Blood and many others as well as a major cast of supporting characters. The game features a couple of modes to play in: story mode, which includes Dream Mode and Arcade Mode; there is also a local and network versus mode which were all fun to play with.

This game is very reminiscent of the games you play at an arcade and like them I found myself getting engrossed by how easily you’re able to string combos and pull off special moves (or button smash if that’s your thing). If fighting games you’re your thing and you love to figure out how to pull off a string of combos then this game may be for you; the amount of different supporting characters as well as playable characters allow a great variety in how you play and the timing of combos can become crucial. I didn’t realize this until I checked out the online versus mode and had my opponent completely annihilate me since they had a much better grasp on the timing.

The arcade story mode has an endearing message dealing with dreams and never losing hope; I won’t go into much detail but it was delightful but pretty cheesy story. I was disappointed that the story line is pretty much the same with each character that is chosen except the only difference is the dialogue your chosen character says but otherwise there is not much variation. However, there is a dream mode that does vary depending on who you choose. This mode is fun, but at times I don’t really see the purpose of it or how the characters correlate.

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If you enjoy fighting games or are a fun of the anime series then this game will be good for you; not for the story mode, but for battling your friends or playing in ranked matches. I found myself enjoying the game a lot more when I was trying to figure out different combos to defeat my opponents. The button inputs are simple but it all winds down to your play style and figuring out the timing to things. Overall this game is pretty fun but may not be for everyone.

Score: 6.5/10

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