I’m going to be completely honest upfront: I have never heard of this game series, I don’t know about the characters and honestly I wasn’t too excited about finally diving into the game when I finally looked into it. When I did finally play it though I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed the fighting mechanics even if it has a couple of shortcomings.
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel features an all female cast (which you can probably guess by the title. It features more than thirty characters but only a dozen are currently playable and only a couple more will be made available as DLC. The characters all come from Anime or video games but honestly I didn’t know a single one of the. Given it’s structure I was expecting a disgusting pervy vibe game with terrible combat mechanics. How wrong was I to judge. Don’t get me wrong there are a couple of instances where the story and scenes straddle the line of being uncomfortable but for the most part it’s rather reserved for the type of game that it is.
Most surprising though is that the gameplay itself is actually pretty decent. I was fighting a few rounds though and I felt like something was off. The combat itself felt a little unusual in its flow and eventually I figured out why something wasn’t quite right. When the fighting gets up close and personal, pulling off combos and getting into the thick of the action felt great and looked pretty cool. However, as soon as some distance occurred between my character and my opponent, it all looked and felt pretty awkward trying to close down the gap. This made it very much feel like two different styles of game. Even if they momentum stopped suddenly when some distance occurred, up close and personal felt awesome.
One of the elements that make this game’s fighting system stand out is the fact that you can choose two support characters that can be utilised in battle. These are used when their bars fill up and should you execute them at the right time it can be devastating and look flashy and fun in the process.
The characters all feel incredibly distinctively which I was really surprised by. None felt overpowered but some definitely suited to my style over others. Pulling off moves felt easy and natural and after a few rounds it really started to show the fun nature of it all, even if moving felt a little off.
The game has a very short story mode that can be completed in around 30 minutes but that also unlocks a much longer storyline that has a ton of reading within them. It’s definitely enough to keep you going though.
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel features rather niché characters (if you don’t watch anime) but thankfully you don’t need to know them to understand the systems or even enjoy the game. It won’t be a fighting game to dethrone champions but it’s a solid experience nonetheless.