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Release Date: October 6th, 2015 Movie Release Year: 2015

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax

Overview -

Fighting games have been back in style these last few years, but this particular year seems a bit dry for the genre as the community prepares for 'Street Fighter V'. Thankfully for fans that want a new experience this year, Sega has localized the 2D fighter 'Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax'. This anime crossover offers a bit of a different gameplay approach than most titles of its genre, trying to make a splash in a combo-laden world of fighting games.

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Release Date:
October 6th, 2015

Video Review

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Within the fights themselves, 'Dengeki Bunko' looks pretty decent. Character models look good, and the attack animations look smooth. Support characters are a bit more limited in animations than playable fighters, but that's understandable considering their on-screen time.

Outside battles, though, the art style is bland and wildly inconsistent. Most characters are drawn in a similar manner as their originating shows, and in general causes a graphical clash when the portraits are placed side by side. Additionally, the portraits themselves are animated very oddly, and really look off. It's so unusual that it's difficult to describe, and the game really makes character movement look more like it's distorting still shots to create the illusion of animation, other than actual animation itself.

Audio Review

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Unlike the graphical quality, the audio of 'Dengeki Bunko' is solid. The music tracks that play are good and inoffensive to the ears, as well as in battle sound effects. The voice acting, while only in Japanese, also appears to be of good quality. While nothing in particular really stands out about the soundtrack as a whole, the package does err more on the side of good than bad.

Final Thoughts

'Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax' isn't a bad game. It has some nice twists on the classic fighting game formula, and is overall a solid off beat fighter. However, in the middle in what is essentially a genre renaissance that has quite a few major titles to look forward to, "solid" isn't a good enough of a recommendation for the average game for a pick-up. Fighting genre fans will find some enjoyment out of this title while they wait for the big name series' to release next year, but everyone else will be better off waiting.