1up: "BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (pronounced "blaze," not "blahz") marks the debut of a great new franchise; it exhibits an inventive design that's bound to influence its competitors, an infectious sense of energy, and lots of promise. Developed by Arc System Works, better known as the creator of Guilty Gear, a 2D fighting series, BlazBlue is the "new kid on the block" in an arena crowded by fighters with a long legacies and devoted fanbases, namely the Street Fighters, the Virtua Fighters, and the King of Fighters (and don?t forget the Tekkens and the Soul Caliburs!). It may be new, an unknown, but BlazBlue holds its own -- and even surpasses its competitors in many ways.
Making an entirely new game risks polarizing the existing fanbase, those most passionate for continuity. And community, like the Guilty Gear players on Dust Loop, are the lifeblood that sustain a company's legacy. Without the community, I doubt Guilty Gear would be relevant in the fighting game scene. But Arc System Works boldly faces those risks, and their gamble with BlazBlue more than pays off."