A revamped version of the original title from 2012, Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] features new modes, fighters, and mechanics for an overall improved experience.

Thanks to everyone’s favourite localising team, Aksys Games, the ‘ultimate edition’ of this stellar fighting game is coming westward this February. The French-Bread developed 2D fast-paced story-driven fighting game feels great so far, and I’m looking forward to experiencing everything it has to offer. Along with four new characters to the console scene, there’s a dedicated story mode called Chronicles, and a Challenge mode that tests your ability to hit combos. With its core fighting mechanics still intact, it allows veteran and rookie fighting game players to enjoy the game to the same extent. My time with the game so far has been nothing but excitement.

First off, Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] looks and sounds beautiful. The animations are clean and sharp, especially during the crazy super moves. The soundtrack perfectly suits the action. The game embodies the “anime fighting game” style to a tee and executes that feeling wonderfully. The flow of combat allows you to efficiently utilise the mechanics to suit your needs. Whether you love to learn those insanely complex combos, or just want to button-mash, you’re lane is always open. It’s a magical balance of accessibility and depth that you love to see in fighting games.

I’ve spent a large portion of my time in the masterfully crafted tutorial section. Since Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] has such depth, it’s benefited me greatly. Especially useful is getting the hang out the new Veil-Off system in the game. It’s a great way to up the ante during fights and really pushes aggressive play. The AI pushes you pretty hard later in the Arcade and Survival Modes, and the game truly shines when you’re constantly trading blows without a break. I love the intensity and ferocity of the action here, there’s no moments of passivity that you sometimes see in other fighting titles.

I’ve very much enjoyed what I’ve seen of Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the full game has to offer. I tend to shy away from most fighting games, but I absolutely love the accessibility that this title offers. Learning how to master the many, many ways to battle your opponents and utilise the several unique quirks to the game is a blast. From the cast, to the design and music, I’m drawn to this title. Hopefully when it releases this February, the servers will be full of people who share the love of this great game.

Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] is coming to PS4 on 9th February. Pre-order your copy now.