It's been a huge year for fighting games so far. With the release of Street Fighter IV in February, Capcom set the new bar incredibly high for the genre. And although some fine old-school fighting titles have been re-released since then (King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match and Fatal Fury: Garou – Mark of the Wolves), most fighting fans were probably assuming the October release of Tekken 6 in October would be the first true challenge to SFIV's supremacy.
Um, wrong. In June the always scrappy ARC System Works, makers of the Guilty Gear series, released BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, a new 2D/3D fighting franchise that got us all sorts of excited. So excited, that IGN PlayStation Associate Editor Ryan Clements, gave BlazBlue a score of 9.4, a tenth of a point higher than he reviewed Street Fighter IV. Megaton.