GranBlue Fantasy Versus Review
久しぶりだ? It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Since my last review that is! Like with any game I haven’t played in a while, let’s hope I’ve rusty much. 2020s spring releases are coming for the tax returns of gamers around the nation, with Grand Blue Fantasy Versus bringing a new term to March Madness. The cellphone gacha game giant dominating Japan GranBlu has since expanded out of the realm of the mobile game and has manifested itself as an anime and even a burger at McDonald’s (which I had the luxury of eating) in Japan. So obviously, fighting games were the next logical step in its quest for domination of Nippon. Grand Blue Fantasy Versus is the series action-packed entry into the fighting game world, and it’s an entry that’s sure to develop a scene within the FGC and introduce newbies to the series.
Due to a bit of a language barrier, we are gonna have to come out with a patch of our own and update this part when the English version drops. I could pick up on the fact but curse the dreaded N1 level kanji plaguing my tv screen. I have never played the game and again, working my way through the N2 trials in learning Japanese. So bare with me
What I did catch is that our Chad Lite Protag Gran and his crew are going to link up with their homie Katalina. And what would a protag be without their friend who they clearly have the hots for? The playtonic apple of Gran’s eye Lyria. A mysterious blue-haired girl whose life is linked to Gran’s. So with Gran’s having feelings for Lyria, and her life literally depends on his, it’s only natural that the bad guys need this one said girl for their evil life goals. The bad guy’s being the Erste Empire. Somewhere along the line, Gran didn’t get the memo that Katalina unfollowed him on SM. In Fact, she’s #teamErsteEmpire and wants to give Lyria to the Empire
First and foremost, the graphics and animations are stunning. Arc Systems knocked this one out of the park. The animation is smooth and crisp and like with Guilty Gear, the 3D models look 2D, which allows for amazing super animations. But these animations aren’t just limited to characters, as level transitions after having a story of their own to tell. Whether it be an empty town becoming crowded with cheer school kids, or a vacant beach transforming into a beach party, it’s easy to get distracted by little charms like these developers put into GBFV; especially considering that other characters from the series can be caught chilling in the background. Everything down to the winning animations for characters gives GBFV it’s own unique flare.
Gameplay-wise there is enough there where it can be complexed, however not too difficult so newcomers can just pick up a controller and join in on the magic. In the story more, players can level and purchase weapons, colors, and costumes. As well as add “support abilities’ ‘ such as power-ups and healing to help them along with various missions in the game. The supportability isn’t carried over into versus mode, but still, add some extra oomph to the combat in the story mode.
The flawless animation carries over into the story mode. Rather than go the still image and dialogue box route arc systems have seemed to have grown accustomed too, 3D models are fully animated during scenes. Now being originated from a gacha game living in the world of microtransactions, of course, GBFV isn’t immune to the practices of DLC. Many of the more popular characters and costumes are DLC that must be bought off PSN, which I couldn’t do seeing as how I was playing a Japanese version of the game. GBVF also isn’t immune to the Arc systems infamous broken characters, but none of this takes away from the gameplay.
Overall this game is definitely worth a pick-up. For the first anime fighting game of 2020, Arc Systems and CyGames knocked this one out of the park. The only thing keeping this game away from the 5/5 is the small roaster and DLC as an expansion method for it. So with that, GranBlue Fantasy Versus gets a 4/5. If you are one of those players who doesn’t mind keeping up with DLC, and most up to date add ons to fighters, then I suggest you give GBFV a pick-up!