UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st] Preview

2018 has been a fantastic year start so far for fighting games on PS4, first came the implementation of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition for both existing/new owners of the game. Now more recently in which Dragon Ball Fighter Z has released to a highly positive reception. This year looks to get even stronger with the release of another fighting game set to release next month.

Although it most likely won’t get the recognition it deserves compared to those fighters that released this month, UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st] is another 2d fighter which is being published by Arc System Works. This developer is well-known for making two of the best fighting game franchises in recent years, those being Guilty Gear and BlazBlue. UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st] is a 2d anime stylised game with visuals and a soundtrack that certainly fits the part.

From what I’ve played so far the game is shaping up to be another good fighting game. Like Dragon Ball Fighter Z, UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st] is one of the more accessible fighters where successful combos can be pulled off by even those that have not touched a fighting game before. Factors including the fact that the game only uses four buttons for attacks as well as Smart Steer which initiates a combo including special attacks all from the press of the square button. There is also a highly detailed tutorial which starts from the most basic of controls, then by the time the tutorial ends goes in to much more detail. For example the systems the game offers as well as explaining and demonstrating common fighting game terms (e.g. poking). Although it is accessible to new fighters, the depth that this game covers indicates that the game will be hard to master. It will require a dedicated amount of time to fully get to grips with characters move sets, combos etc. just like the more complicated fighters including Guilty Gear.

For those that enjoyed BlazBlue there will definitely be something that this game offers to like, from its presentation, characters and down to the complicated stories. It can clearly be seen that Arc System Works were involved with this game. Speaking of the story, UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st] features a visual novel styled story mode called Chronicle which goes into high detail of each character’s background. This mode is mainly dialogue meaning that there is no gameplay. However, it is nice to go back to every so often when you want to learn about the universe that you are actually fighting in as well as your favourite characters. Furthermore, there is voice acting in this mode as well as throughout the game including in an arcade mode for each character. Unfortunately there is a lack of English Dubbed voices that I have grown accustomed to in BlazBlue.

UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st] is set to release in both Europe and America on PS4 on February 9th and it looks like this year in terms of fighting games is going to get even better.

REVIEW CODE: A complimentary Sony Playstation 4 code was provided to Bonus Stage for this Preview. Please send all review code enquiries to editor@bonusstage.co.uk.

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