Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax proves to be an easy to learn, but difficult to master fighting game that will be a great game to play for the veteran or the novice fighting game fans.
If you are amoung the many fans that have followed the popular Dengeki Bunko series than you would know there is nothing better than to see your favorite Dengeki Bunko characters all together in one fighting game. Well that is what Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax has to offer and delivers well.
About The Game
I absolutely enjoy when a game is developed that brings together characters from several games in order to make them fight each other. We’ve got Smash Bros., Marvel vs. Capcom, Street Fighter vs Tekken, Soul Calibur just to name a few. Now we have Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax which takes characters from popular series, such as “Oreimo,” “A Certain Magical Index,” “Accel World,”and “Toradora!,” and turns them into playable fighting characters with moves based on scenes from their original works! Popular characters from light novels published by Dengeki Bunko (“DURARARA!!,” “Sword Art Online,” “Ro-Kyu-Bu!,” and many more) are thrown into a crazy dream world and forced to fight each other in this 2D fighting game developed by SEGA and French Bread/Ecole.
Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax is easy to learn, but actually pretty difficult to master. Whether a fighting-game veteran, or newly starting out in the Fighting Game Community, Fighting Clima gives all players the chance to shine with its auto-combo integration. Auto-combos may not be the strongest attacks you can dish out, but they’re definitely beginner-friendly. So if you are a button masher (like myself) with no real combo making skills you should do just fine.
Now as players attack, guard, and take damage you are also building your Climax Meter which will allow you to execute moves which recreate highlight scenes from the original novels, which add specially arranged animations for characters who do not fight in the original works. Now when I mention move execution I must say that there is an extensive list of possible movies that I have highlighted below. So when I mention that this is an easy game to pick up and play, I don’t mean it is easy to master because there is a lot to learn.
- Simple command specials: The only special moves that require joystick input in Dengeki are performed with a quarter-circle forward quarter-circle back motion. While simple to execute, many of these command specials have extensions or quirks to them that change how the attack works. Be sure to experiment!
- Armored attacks: All characters have attacks with armor properties (A+B and «+A+B). These attacks are versatile and can be used in combos as well to segue into EX moves or Climax Arts.
- Assists: The assists (D button) in this game have very powerful effects and low cooldown. It is worth it to use them in combos (by spending meter) to increase your damage or create a hard knockdown. Many assists also work well after knockdown to set up situations that are difficult for your opponent to deal with.
- Climax Gauge: Most characters are not nearly as impactful without using their Climax Gauge (aka super meter) for EX moves or Climax Arts. Don’t be hesitant to use meter, especially after successfully Blasting.
- Blast: The Blast (A+B+C buttons) is a cornerstone of your offense in this game. It is better to use it offensively near the start of the round to grant you meter. At the end of the round, use the burst to extend your combo to finish the opponent or save your life from a game-ending combo.
- Movement: Characters are surprisingly mobile in Dengeki. All characters can double jump, super jump, dash, and have air command moves. Specific characters will even have extra movement options like air dashes too. Use these options in tandem to make it difficult for your opponent to predict your approach.
- Trump Card: The Trump Card attacks (A+C buttons) are powerful, limited-use attacks which usually have invincibility and do a bunch of damage. Use them to blow through your opponent when they try to take back initiative. After using a Trump Card, your character will be powered up for a short period of time. During this period, it is possible to chain many more normal attacks into others and use assists for no meter cost, so take advantage of this state while you can.
The graphics on this Vita game are pretty rocking. The are crisp and clear, the frame rate from what I experience is on point. I haven’t experienced any glitchy choppy behavior. And as for the scenes themselves the are pretty nice. They are so busy and distracting that they take away from the fight you are having but really blend in with the game. And while I don’t know too much about the original stories these characters all come from I understand each stage is unique to someone’s back story. Now from what I saw there is no interaction between the fight and the surroundings. Some fighting games similar to this style fully utilize the environment and allow you to either use the objects around you against your opponent or have some reaction when people are knocked into. Examples of games I found that have done that extremely well is Batman’s Injustice and Mortal Combat X. While it is okay without, that is always a nice touch.
The music and sound effects also like the graphics do a lot to enhance the game but not distract. The high energy music behind each fight help to create a great fighting atmosphere and makes the fight exciting. And the various vocal prompts during the battle are also a great touch to this anime inspired fighting game. Subtitles are a must to read, the dialogue between the characters is adorable. And again means so much more when you are more in tune with the characters themselves and their stories.
There are so many various ways to play the game, and different storylines to experience that you could potentially play this game for weeks without getting the same experience twice unless you are constantly picking the same people and game mode over and over again. Explore, try the various characters and combinations to see all that the game has to offer and unlock even more unique features.
The uniqueness of how the characters of the game were chosen and put together is great. Any fighting game with unique characters is fun however one built with characters you know creates a more emotional experience. And there are so many combinations and teams to form that you could literally have a different gaming experience each time you play. Of course you will probably develop your favorite character and perfect their moves, but don’t box yourself in, make sure you explore and have fun with each of them.