[PS3 Review] NITROPLUS BLASTERZ –HEROINES INFINITE DUEL


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Are you ready for a new fighter to get excited about? Then look no further because Nitroplus Blasterz – Heroines Infinite Duel is here on PlayStation 3 for you to get your game on. This one features an all female cast that is ready to fight the good fight until the end. Are you ready?


EXAMU, the developers behind the popular Arcana Heart fighting game series, has teamed up with esteemed visual novel publisher Nitroplus to create a new 2D fighter crossing over multiple franchises. Players can select a main fighter and two partner characters from a roster of Nitroplus’s most popular ladies and jump right into fast-paced combat that’s as easy to learn as it is deep and difficult to master. Already a hit in Japanese arcades, the console version will add SUPER SONICO as a fully playable character, along with other surprises that are sure to appeal to a Western audience.

Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroine’s Infinite Duel – Gameplay Trailer

Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroine’s Infinite Duel is a new fighting game based on franchises from the Nitroplus manga series. Me being me I had zero knowledge or recognized any of character in the series. I recently reviewed another fighting game that did something similar for a different brand (and loved it!) so I said: bring it on. I actually had a lot of fun with this game, and here’s my review for this awesome fighter!

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While I didn’t know many of the characters in the game, they sure left an impression on me. Lots of cool characters to choose from: Sabre – a sword-wielding soldier, Super Sonico – who attacks with cats in hands and often has friends attacking from the sides or up top, Ouka – who has a giant cross-shaped battle armor, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg in playable characters. There is a woman who can shoot spider webs, a vampire whose attacks are all blood-based and more. Lots of zany characters, which is always a plus on any game, but even more so for a fighter. One of the nice thing about compilation games like this is having characters from so many different universes.

Nitroplus Blasterz – Heroines Infinite Duel has a “Story Mode” which is your standard “eight fights and a boss” mode, which is included in most fighting games. Each characters does get a story they can call their own, but they are all focused on the same topic with the world potentially ending and universes crossing over – I still don’t quite understand what happened. And then you have “Another Story Mode” featuring the characters in a “visual novel” style scenario – interesting, but definitely something you should check after you’ve had some time with the Story Mode and get to know the characters.

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When reviewing fighters, it all comes down to the battle system since it makes or breaks the game. How did Nitroplus Blasterz hold up? It plays very competently but doesn’t reinvent anything. If you are familiar with fighting games, especially the Street Fighter series, then this will be right up your alley.

As you fight in the game, you build up a three section power meter. You can use that to use powered up version of your regular moves or save it all up and blow your meter in one shot with a devastating “Lethal Blaze” attack. Lethal Blaze attacks will often kill your opponents because, by the time you have enough energy saved to use it, they won’t have a lot of health left. Also, the attacks go into a drawn anime sequence that looks awesome – these are really cool and fun to watch.

The game also has a unique partner system where you can select two partners to play with, and they will add support on the battlefield. Both of them are linked to a charging meter on the screen and when it fills up you can call on them for support. Some will do instant attacks, some will support you via recovering your health or providing you with more energy for the super meter, some will do a delayed attack. Something I didn’t like as much on that other fighter I recently reviewed was that using your partner cost super meter, so I was glad to see that for this game that was not a problem. Once you use them, the meter starts ti fill again and depending on the partner you can get quite a few attacks in during a round. The diversity I discussed earlier in the character selection also applies to the partners you can select since there’s 19 partner characters in this fighter.

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The game looks great and runs very smooth. The fighters were quick and responsive on screen, and the art style was good as well with the hand drawn characters. The music was fun and catchy making you want to play more. I really enjoyed the stages and how they were animated as well giving some depth to the battles and keeping you engaged.

The game has 51 trophies – 2 Gold, 10 Silver, and 1 Platinum. For the most part they are all very obtainable, making this one of the easiest Platinum trophies I have seen on a fighter . It won’t take long to make them all pop – even in your first run through story mode, you might get 20% of the trophies. It’s very nice to see a trophy list that isn’t impossible!

Final Thoughts

I had a lot of fun with Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel. While I wasn’t familiar with any of the characters, I found them to be very unique and engaging. The fighting system doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it is a fun variant on the usual stuff you find in fighters. I thought the fighting move system was good with sweet “Lethal Blaze” finishers and a great partner system. Also, having an obtainable Platinum trophy, especially in a fighter. is a definitely nice to have.

Review

ProsCons
Excellent characters selection
Quick and Frantic Fighting action
Obtainable Platinum
Parter system is cool
Fighting system is very familiar
The story did not make a lot of sense without background on the characters
Rating
77%

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Cost: $29.99

PSN Game size: 2.1 GB

You can purchase NITROPLUS BLASTERZ –HEROINES INFINITE DUEL from the PSN store

Disclaimer

This review is based on a PS3 copy of NITROPLUS BLASTERZ –HEROINES INFINITE DUEL provided by XSEED Games

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