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Published on Apr 1, 2010
Original Air Date: April 20th, 2009
BAT:URA is a considered a mixed bag, and that's putting it mildly. This game does some good things, but it's plagued by numerous problems, some which you probably won't find in other BAT games. At a glance, the game looks kinda bad. You're presented with an opening movie with really blocky characters that looks more like a tech demo than something representative of the game (Remix's opening didn't look nearly as bad!)... then you get to the title screen. Eh, nothing to say about it. Then you get to the character select screen... I almost want to gag... the characters look horrid... BUT, then you get to the fighting. The character models look a lot better and the game is smoother, with more frames of animation and cleaner environments. Some characters also have a nice new look.
If graphics were the only issue, I wouldn't complain so much, but the gameplay is almost wholly broken. While this game has an interesting new character lineup, the new faces don't add much to the game.
You have desperation moves that can be blocked inbetween or even interrupted, characters like Tracy who has a desperation move that can't even properly connect and land the damaging blows, characters like Ellis who have normal moves that take as much or more damage than desperation moves (you'll see in the video she has a move that just cleans up half an opponent's life), moves that don't hit properly or even give you invulnerability... damn. And the controls to me seem more unresponsive than other Toshinden games.
The worst part is the music. The music is actually very good for the most part, but you'll never really hear it because it starts over every time you win, and you can win some matches in about five seconds if you want to. You'll see me even purposely getting hit just to pull off flashy moves or stall the opponent to listen to the music...sigh. This thing is like a great music CD with a game tacked on. If this game looked the same and had a similar personality to Remix (such as nice character portraits and a progressive story) and cleaned up the gameplay mechanics, this would easily be the best BAT game in my book, but seeing such wasted potential IMO is almost painful. I'd stick with just about any other BAT game.
This video is a sample of the game in action, showing some of the various environments and characters. Two for Kayin, two for Tracy, and three for Ellis. Enjoy.