21st Apr2016

‘Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel’ Review (PS4)

by Phil Wheat

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Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel, already an arcade favourite, features a host of heroines from Nitroplus’ expansive and prolific character catalogue. Players select a main character – including Super Sonico, who will be playable for the first time in this console release and Saber from Fate/Stay Night (a personal favourite) – along with two partner characters from an array of Nitroplus-related products.

Between the easy-to-execute combos, cinematic cut-ins on “Lethal Blaze” attacks that run the gamut from awe-inspiring to adorable, and assist mechanics that allow for up to six onscreen characters at a time, the development team at EXAMU – best known for their work on the popular Arcana Heart series (another favourite fighting franchise of mine) – ensures that combat stays fast and flashy. Best of all, Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel is for fighting game fans of all skill levels.

The game offers fans of the fighting genre a deep and satisfying combat system, however it also remains approachable for players who simply want to enjoy the story or see how their favourite characters from different visual novels are portrayed. And then there’s the Variable Rush mechanic, which allows players to complete a flashy and punishing combo with minimal effort as long as the first hit connects. Which essentially means there’s no need to learn combos galore unless you really, REALLY, want to!

Players can also perform an Infinite Blast attack to regenerate some health and get out of a sticky situation, but more advanced players will use this technique to chain almost unstoppable combos, or, conversely, to break an especially nasty combo delivered by a ruthless opponent. Players can also use the Partner Blitz technique to call in an attack from one of the 20 different partner characters and gain the upper hand during a fight. And, of course, only the most cunning players will be able to string all these techniques together and really put their opponents against the ropes.

The visuals of Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel are one of the strongest points of the game, and really bring to life the characters with a carefully crafted 2D style, taking the 2D fighter to the next level of graphical perfection – both in game and in the cutscenes. In fact, the anime cutscenes that are shown during the aptly-named Lethal Blaze attacks are as impressive as they are effective and stand out among the many spectacular visual effects.

Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel is, without a doubt, THE best 2D fighter I’ve ever played… The next Guilty Gear game has a LOT to live up to!

***** 5/5

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