Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel is a 2D fighting game that features heroines from a variety of visual novels and games released by Nitroplus. As someone whose first experience with Nitroplus is with this game, a lot of the characters and any references to their stories where pretty much lost on me, but for fans of the fighting game genre, I don’t think this is going to be a problem at all.
Though I’m a newcomer to Nitroplus, I am not new to fighting games and what I found in this experience was plenty of fun. Gameplay is split up into two story modes: versus and score attack. Additionally, there is a training mode for when you want to practice the variety of attacks your “Blasterz” can pull off.
Move sets for the majority of the games cast are easy to pick up and understand if you frequent fighting games, but the lack of a dedicated tutorial mode is of note. If you’re new to fighting games, you’ll have to work the game out through trial and error whether practicing against the AI or against people online.
With that being said, if you get the hang of a character in Nitroplus Blasterz, you can quickly become a killing machine. Each character has a variety of ways to attack an opponent, with each one having a clear animation and great special effects that really suits the anime style of the game.
Movement in Nitroplus Blasterz brings an agile feel and you can fluidly pull off some fantastic maneuvers when you dash around on the screen. Characters can double jump and then dash with ease once they are in the air.
In addition to this ease of movement, players can take advance of the Escape Action which allows you to shield with Vanishing Guard protecting you from all projectile or dodge a short distance towards your opponent avoiding their projectile attacks.
This allows you to counter people who try to keep you at range, but it can also allow you to block special and really mix up your attacks when you’re trying to get out from under and enemies thumb.
As the fight progresses you will build up your power gauge spending it to do special attacks each coming with own supped up animation when you perform it, in addition each character has a variable rush attack which provides invincibility at the start of move allowing you to turn the tide of the fight unleashing a powerful combo.
Those who save up their bar can perform a powerful Lethal Blaxe attack. These all come with a special animation in epic anime fashion. It felt incredibly powerful to win with, and you often will if you perform one, as they deliver an explosive amount of damage.
Another important mechanic in the game is the Infinite Blast action which can be triggered once per a round. Your character powers up in anime-style knocking back anyone who is too close to the blast. Your character will regenerate their health and start to increase their power gauge allowing you to more easily use your most devastating attacks.
This combination of powerful attacks and defensive maneuvers allows players to turn the tide of battle and I found myself ending up in intense clutch situations where it all came to the last hit.
The strength of the fighting game elements of Nitroplus has left me a fun experience and I still haven’t be able to check out all of the characters.
In order to check out the characters, I’ve been playing a lot of Score Attack, as the game lacks a traditional Arcade Mode - something that is a real shame to see. You get a similar experience from the first of the two story modes, but each fight is broken up by a cutscene focusing on your Blaster of choice. I didn’t find the story particularly engaging and that’s probably down to my lack of previous experience with any of these characters. Having said that, if you’re just looking for a incredibly fun and solid fighting experience that is good for single player, couch versus, or online play then you should enjoy Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel.