Let’s just face it, everyone loves a good anime fighter… What’s that? You don’t?! Well I do and this is my review for Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax on the PS Vita!
What You Need To Know
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax is a 2D, sprite based fighting game that is full of characters from the Dengeki Bunko universe with a splash of SEGA awesomeness. There are a total of 14 playable characters and 20 support characters that can be used in any combination you can come up with. The game is played using a simple to understand four button control scheme where you have one button each for light, medium, hard and support attacks. As far as game modes go, there are two “story” options that I’ll get into soon as well as local versus, online versus, three challenge modes and a training mode.
Inviting To Anyone
With the incredibly simple to understand control scheme, there also come some easy to execute combos and specials that are universal to all characters. Pressing the light attack button five times in succession will result in a combo that ends with a special move. All special moves are locked to quarter-circle motions and climax moves are preformed with half-circle motions. The support character moves are all done with the support button plus either a direction or match condition, which one depends on which support characteryou have. With my general approach of 50% button mashing mixed with about an hour of messing with the training mode, I felt as if I had a good grasp of the systems in place and how to succeed in battle.
Interesting Story Modes
There are two options in story mode, Arcade and Dream Duel. Arcade is your generic fighting game “climb the tower to a boss” with a pretty decent story tossed in. The best part about it was that it’s delivered to you through interactions with Denshin, an anthropomorphized version of the SEGA Dreamcast (Hi-sCoool!SeHa Girls fans know who I’m talking about). Dreamcast aside, Dream Duel has to be the shining star of this game’s story mode. In Dream Duel, you will get to see the fan fiction come alive before matches when you pit your favorite anime characters against each other, the interactions are all voice acted (albeit Japanese) and they’re faithful to what you’d expect from their respective personalities. I had a TON of fun seeing the banter between characters as they tried to figure each other out.
Solid Online Mode
I played about two hours of this game in both ranked and non-ranked matches using the online servers and not once did I have a single hiccup or dropped game. I feel like the ranking was fair and the lobby was pretty good for giving you a few pages of quick messages to send in-between games. All in all, I had a good experience.
Not Very Rewarding
After several hours playing, I had racked up quite a bit of CP (Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax’s in-game currency) and wanted to see exactly what I could spend it on. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of variety in the way of stuff to get from the game. There are some costumes and color swaps as well as character art and voice clips but nothing felt worthwhile getting. I guess the upside here can be for the people to whom these things matter, they can be earned within the game rather than being purchasable DLC.
Though this game is available for both the PS3 and the PS Vita, these versions of the game are not interchangeable with online play. That said, if you have the PS Vita version and want to play online, you will only be able to play with other PS Vita players. This is a very surprising point to me for a couple reasons. First is the fact that Cross-Save is a selectable option within the Vita version but at this point, all I can assume that’s for is keeping your CP and unlocks shared among versions. The second thing about this that shocks me is that both the PS3 and PS Vita versions have a shared trophy list on PSN. This was just a bit of a bummer because my other friends own the PS3 version and I can’t play with them.
With easy to understand controls and a really interesting Dream Duel mode, Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax would be well worth your time. Though I was only familiar with about 25% of the characters and anime represented in this game when I started, I feel like I’ve had a blast and want to play more! Plus, Dreamcast-Chan says you have to play!!