For those who aren’t familiar with Dengeki Bunko, it is an imprint under which many popular light novels are published. Some of the more popular titles include Durarara and Sword Art Online. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Dengeki Bunko teamed up with French Bread (known especially for the Melty Blood series) and created Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax. The game is essentially a fighting game mash-up of various characters from light novels printed under Dengeki Bunko.
Characters interact in either a playable or assisting format. There is a fairly even ratio of playable and assist characters and Dengeki Bunko does a good job of including fan favorites. That is one very important thing to note about this game. Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax will largely appeal to those who are already fans of the light novels included. Those without some sense of familiarity with the characters may find it more difficult to develop an attachment to any of the characters, especially since the dialogue makes many references that only those familiar with the original material will find enjoyable.
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax was originally an arcade game which was ported to consoles. Some changes include a training mode and dream duel mode in addition to the usual arcade mode. Training mode is pretty standard fare, allowing players an opportunity to try the movesets of various characters without having to participate in an active battle. Dream duel mode, the one huge addition to the game, pits every character against every other character in the game. Before every battle, the characters are given a small skit. This is highly enjoyable for those who are fans of the light novels and have always wondered how some of the characters would interact with one another. While this was actually quite enjoyable, this is again something that would only really appeal to those who are familiar with the characters outside of the game.
The fighting is standard 2-D fare, and doesn’t offer much for fighting game fans. The level of skill would appeal more to beginners, owing to the fact that many combos can be performed with the push of a single button. Most special moves are also only one of two different commands, which makes it easier for those who aren’t familiar with fighting games to employ them. This game was definitely created with the attention of appealing to those fans of the light novel series represented in Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax, and leaves much to be desired for those who are fans of fighting games. If your aim is to pick up an easy to learn fighting game with characters you are familiar with, then certainly give Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax a chance. Otherwise, there isn’t a large amount of innovation for those looking for the next potential tournament game.
Does the job for anime and manga fans
Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax appeals heavily to anime and manga fans, and simplifies fighting game mechanics to make it a more enjoyable experience for beginners. For those more familiar with fighting game mechanics, this may not be the most enjoyable experience as it doesn’t seem to utilize a level of complexity that they may have come to expect.