The Fighting game genre has had a resurgence in recent years and this year seems to be keeping that trend going with Mortal Kombat XL, Pokken and Street Fighter V but it’s not just these big name fighters that are here to do battle.
As recently I’ve been playing Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel on PS4 (also available on PS3) which is in a similar vein as the Capcom VS. series or SMASH Bros where it pits a bunch of characters from a universe together.
This time is the ladies of the Nitroplus or Nitro+ universe who do bunch of visual novels, video games etc which include some collaborations as well such as a Fate/Zero light novel.
Yet there best known for their mascot Super Sonico, now I know nothing about most of the characters in the game yet due to Jessica Nigri. I knew who Sonico is, that when I started the game up she was the first girl I played as.
The game has a few options which includes an arcade like story mode which is 8 fights with a different ending per girl which there is 12 girls from the get go and two free DLC ones who are Homura from Senran Kagura and Aino Heart from another 2D Fighter Arcana Heart which was developed by Examu formally Yuki Enterprise who have also done Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel.
I’ve not played an Arcana Heart game to see if there are any similarities between them part from them both being 2D Fighters with an all-female cast of characters.
When fighting be it in story mode or basic versus you also pick two support characters which can call in, they all so something different and you get recommend ones for the character you’re playing as.
Once you’ve beaten Story Mode, you unlock Another Story Mode which is more like a visual novel split in to episodes with fights in between them. This is far better than the regular story mode which I gather what was in the arcade as is connects all the characters and universe in a more interesting way.
Nitroplus Blasterz is a generally entertaining fighting game that has found a happy medium between accessibility and depth with its use of five buttons; light attack, medium attack, heavy attack, escape action, and heavy action.
The escape action button can be used to perform evasive manoeuvres and guards while heavy actions can be used to push an opponent back. Players can perform Infinite Blasts, which can interrupt an opponent's attack, Variable Rushes, which allows for surprise combos, and Lethal Blazes, which serve as the game's super combo attacks.
But those without prior knowledge of the characters may not be able get the most out of the game without a bunch of friends to play multiplayer with locally who maybe interested in the characters as of now the game has been out awhile elsewhere in the world and I couldn’t find anyone online the few times I tried.