Clash of the 2D worlds, Fighting Climax
Are you having enraged discussions with your friends, who’s favorite character is the better one? Who would win in a fight between Sword Art Online’s Asuna and Shakugan no Shana’s Shana? Would Durarara!!!’s Shizuo beat A Certain Scientific Railgun’s Mikoto?
You want to know, right? Admit it, you had those thoughts and those arguments. And there is a game for you, that makes the whole process a little bit easier for you to lay to rest. Fighting Climax Ignition is exactly that. Various characters of various anime series, all mysteriously transported to each other’s worlds, fight to the bitter end. But wait, you don’t have to fight alone. While you choose a main character that does the main fighting, your favorite from your favorite series, but also two support characters, that help, if you need a little extra punching power. And you don’t even have to restrict it to one anime series.
My team for this battle was Kuroku Shirai from A Certain Scientific Railgun as the main character, Celty Sturluson from Durarara!!! And Horo from Spice and Wolf. As I fought against the computer, I entered the story mode. For each fight, you can choose, thich opposing team you want to fight against. You have the option of three different teams, mostly the three available characters from one specific series. As the characters meet, they first have a discussion, sometimes heated, sometimes calm, before the battle begins. I have to admit, my Japanese isn’t good enough to understand all of it, but as for this time, Kuroko was definitely behaving, as you would expect her to, if she actually met those other characters. It cracked me up, when she commented on Kuroyukihime’s dress. And when she got bleeped out for saying something unnecessarily vulgar about Mikoto instead of her regular “Judgement!” phrase, after Kuroyukihime said something along the lines of “I have to protect my friends”.
The gaming system is easy to understand. The game machines actually even have all the basic moves of every main character written on them. So, you can play right from the start, no need for a tutorial. Button smashing is also a viable option. At least against the computer. The basic moves are high attack, mid attack and low attack, block, jump and crouch. With the fourth button, the S-button, you call one of your support characters, if they are charged up enough. Your special skill needs to be charged, either by hitting your opponent or getting hit. Every regular hit only takes off a little of the characters health at a time, the amount of hits then does the main damage, or your specials, which can be serious strikes.
Of course, all the moves and special skills are according to the character. For example Shizuo throws guard rails and vending machines at the opponent, fights with street signs as weapon and throws the characters around. Taiga’s special, as in the series, is kicking the opponent against a stone lamp pole and kicking him even further, until the pole breaks.
When you call your side characters, they also have their own unique ways of hitting the target. Celty jumps in on her black motorcycle/horse Shooter and runs over the opponent.
The stages also vary. You can find yourself between mobile suits from the Gundam series just after you fought in the Green Hills from Sonic The Hedgehog, as well as a lot of other maps. When I played, I didn’t come across a WcDonald’s from The Devil is a Part-Timer. I’m sure though, it’s in there as well. If not, maybe with the next update.
If you win all 10 battles, you are greeted with a screen that says, that you won and the ending video are all the characters of all the various anime, that are available in the game.
Have fun, play against me or against your friends. Find out, who really is the strongest character of them all. You know you want to find out. My money is on Shizuo though, at least in terms of raw strength.