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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] is the latest entry in the Under Night In-Birth series and brings with it all the frantic fighting that fans have come to expect from the series. Hosting a wide variety of characters you can choose to duke it out, it should provide fighting game fans with hours of entertainment and help them to earn bragging rights when and if they can master the combo system.
Not being one of those people who often plays fighting games I’m very much lacking in skill and as such it’s a personal achievement in itself just to be able clear the arcade mode of these sorts of games without the use of any continues. Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] is no exception to that rule and considering each of the characters have their own fighting styles and speeds, it’s safe to say that no two are alike. Some characters move fast and fluid across the screen as you mash the buttons making you feel as though you’re some kind of fighting game wizard while others take a more slowed approach, feeling as though they’re being controlled by some kind of tank, slow yet powerful, just make sure you’re still on your game to defend against the more agile opponents.
The game does its best to teach you how to become a master with almost 200 tutorials, ranging from the easy stuff like walking from one side to the other, right down to the nitty gritty of the hard core combos and while it’s great that that’s there, I and I imagine many other players would probably forget all of the new found information as soon as we’ve completed the prompts on screen, which in themselves are quite hard to do for someone without split second reflexes. This is very much one of those types of games that is perfect for fans, having said that though even if you’re the kind of player who just mashes away at the controls then you can still find some fun to be had with it, there’s a smart function that allows you to perform a basic combo with one button and if you can couple that with all of your other button presses, you can come away feeling like you’re actually not bad at the game, at least until you test your skills online against someone who is actually good at it. You can also customise the controls so you can press different combinations of buttons at once which can come in handy if you need some help performing combos or just want to use one button to grab your opponent.
While first and foremost Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] is a fighting game it does have a very rich story, each character in the arcade mode has their own motivations for fighting and it’s gone into in further detail with their prologue stories found in Chronicles. The prologue stories are so numerous and in depth than you could probably call it a half and half game between fighting and a visual novel so if you’re at all interested in the Under Night In-Birth story, there’s plenty for you to enjoy here. As well as the prologue stories and the arcade mode there’s also the traditional fighting game staples such as the survival mode and time attack, among others. All in all there’s a lot of content to enjoy even if you’re not one of the hardcore fans.
Each traditional fight takes place between two characters and you can tweak the options to determine how many rounds there are before a victor is declared, straight away the most impressive thing about Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] as with many of Arc System Works games, are the incredibly detailed characters, especially considering they’re pixel art sprites and while the 3D backgrounds are nice enough the characters really steal the show thanks to their unique looks and flawless animations. There’s the usual customisation options you might find in other fighting games and you can also watch replays of your fights if you choose to do so, though it might be worth watching them just to take in the great work on the character sprites without having to focus on winning your battle.
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] is a good fighting game, especially for long time fans and fans of similar titles such as Blazblue, while it may not be the most ideal kind of game for the casual fighting game fan it does offer enough that it may make even the least skilled player feel like they’re getting somewhere with it which in turn may inspire them to eventually master the game. There’s no reason anyone who picks up this game shouldn’t find some enjoyment to be had thanks to the relative ease of use and the rich story.
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] is available on both the PS4 and Switch, you can visit the links below if you’d like to buy a copy or you can go to this link to learn more about the game.