Fighting games are more than just two athletic beings staring each other down before exchanging fisticuffs for a minute or two. There is an art to blending together moves to make  creative techniques and combos, and nobody in the Japanese 2D fighting game scene is better at it these days than Arc System Works.

The makers of Guilty Gear and Persona 4: Arena are back for more with the third entry in their popular HD fighting series, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma.

Fans of Arc System Works games know what to expect in the character department. It has always provided vibrant 2D character art with a wide group of unique characters to choose from. Some returning, some new, all of them totally original and impossible to replicate.

As for the down and gritty fighting, these guys are the surgeons of fighting games. Each character has been balanced with powerful and weak attacks, and surviving off them alone is impossible. You must learn to combo if you are to compete against someone who knows what he is doing.

Swift attack, powerful attack, special move, there is an intuitive learning curve and fluid motion to BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma,and the fighting game surgeons at Arc System Works know how to make it happen each and every time. After half a round, I was pulling off combos without looking at any special move key. Still lost, of course.

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will be available for the PlayStation 3 in America in the first quarter of 2014.