I don't own the game and it surprisingly wasn't even on my radar. I would see the occasional thread on it here especially from you shadowblind but never opened them. Finally I see a thread stating IGN gave it a 9.4 and decided to google it and check it out. Btw, I was always intrigued at the sigs i'd see of it, it was certainly provacative to my eyes but i've been to busy.
Yesterday I saw the gametrailers video review (they gave it a 9). HOLY FUCKTARTS!!!! This game is the shyyyyyyyyyttttt!!!!!!!!! First off, it is beautiful. Good god, among the best artwork for a video game I have ever seen.
Secondly I love it has it's own take on a fatality. Loved it in Mortal Kombat and I think I love it more here. I like the games direction. It goes against the grain and then chops that grain. The devs decision to put the storyline front in center instead of the means to an end fighting game storylines usually are is something I welcome greatly.
The fighting. The fighting animations in this game look so fluid and arcady. Fast paced hardcore action. My favorite part is the characters. They look so provacative. The characters make you wanna know just who they are and whats their story. That coupled with amazingly detailed artwork from the characters to the environments that contain them make this game a must buy and one of the best fighting games ever developed.
All this from a guy whose yet to actually play it. I'm buying it this week though and I'm very excited. Maybe the summer well ain't as dry as I thought it was.
You definitely need to get it. Everything you said just now is pretty much true. The art direction is fantastic, the characters are all unique and fun to play as. Even though this game only has 12 characters, I feel there is more variety in these 12 than most games that have 40 or so characters. Their fighting styles are all so varied and unique.
The story mode is really cool with alot of cutscenes and decent voice overs, and there is a ton of story to unlock. With branching story paths, and different ways to get through each characters story, even if you beat their story you'll probably need to play through it again to see everything. I (thought) I had beaten Ragna's storyline and I actually only have it at 38% complete. It's a very anime story line, so hopefully you like anime. But compared to other fighting games this is frikkin "War and Peace".
I highly recomend this. I'm not even a huge fighting game fan, but I am super addicted to this game.