Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel (PS4) review
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel’s main strength comes from its face paced and easy to learn combat. The combats fast paced nature means that Nitroplus Blasterz is the perfect fighting game for those who enjoy quick action packed fights as I found matches last about 30 seconds if you play on normal difficulty. When it comes to the actual combat, the controls are rather intuitive, this means that you can jump straight into the action with little to no problem. The pick up and play nature of the game is important as the game doesn’t offer any comprehensive training mode, although one does exist, it mostly serves as a way to practice special move combos in a stress-free environment. Now as I said the game does have support characters, in any given match you can choose two characters to support you, these support characters mainly offer an alternative attack option as the majority perform a quick attack and then disappear until their cooldown expires, support characters are difficult to choose as there is no information provided as to what support they provide. Now before I finish talking about the combat I have to say that Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel is one of the few games where I’ve felt physically tired after a few matches as you need quick reactions to both counter and attack your opponents.
Now you may have noticed I didn’t start off with the story, and this is mainly because the story isn’t the main focus of this game. When it comes to the story the game has two story modes, story, and another story. The first story mode is a simple tournament consisting of eight duels, in terms of narrative structure to the duels there is very little as the story seems to be about a grimoire taking people from different dimensions and having them fight each other and the ASYLUM an institution that prevents disasters by evil gods or their servants. In another story, there is a focus on the characters, with players playing a different character in this modes 10 episode long story. Another story isn’t as fast paced as the first story, but another story appears to be more structured with a lot of visual novel style conversations rather than a quick succession of matches. In fact, another story puts such a focus on story telling you have the option of skipping battles. Throughout my time playing the game I didn’t delve too deep into the stories as I simply saw it as a chain that allowed me to progress to the next fight.
Outside of the two story modes, what else is there? Well, the game has a few modes to keep you busy. Apart from story and another story, there is versus mode, score attack, training, and online network play.
Now as I said at the top of the review the playable and support characters are from a collection of visual novels, games, manga and anime that Nitroplus have either published or been involved in. The playable characters include the likes of Saber (Fate/Stay Night & Fate/Zero), Sonico (Super Sonico) and Saya (Say no Uta). The support characters include the likes of Angela Balzac (Expelled from Paradise), Yuki Takeya (School-Live!) and Natsume Aibara (Hello, World). While some names on both the playable and support roster will be somewhat familiar to anime or manga fans, other may not be as recognizable. However, even if you don’t know any of the characters they are still interesting as they have their own array of moves.
When it comes to looking for issues in Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel there aren’t that many in this game. However, I do feel that the lack of comprehensive training and difficulty in learning special moves does hurt the game. If I was to look for an issue outside of gameplay it would be the fact that the PS4 constantly blocks and unblocks the ability to record and screenshot certain elements of the game.
In terms of graphics and audio, the game outputs at 1080p with a static background for the colourful cast of characters to fight on. In terms of audio, characters speak in Japanese with a limited amount of subtitles.
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel is a fun fast paced combat title. However, the game does a poor job of teaching players how to play the game.
|+ Fun fast paced combat||– Training mode is very sparse|
|+ Easy to pick up and play||– Learning and using special moves can be annoying|
|– Lack of information on what your support character can do|
|Examu||Marvelous (EU), XSEED (NA)||Fighting||12+||PS3, PS4||Feb 2, 2016 (NA), April 7, 2016 (EU)|
For more information on Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel, visit www.marvelousgames.com.
Author: Aaron Meehan
Hi, I’m the creator of SG Gaming Info. When I’m not working on my writing or creating content for this site’s YouTube channel, I like to relax and enjoy character driven story games.