BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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Brillantly constructed fighting, but with brutal attacks.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The message is that if you work hard, you can become super successful at what you do, in this case, becoming the best fighter.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters each have a distinct personality. Some are heroic and kind. Others are downright nasty and insulting.

Ease of Play

Medium. It’s easy to pick up and button mash. But if you really want to win, you’ll have to learn to perform harder moves and string combos together, which isn’t that easy.


This is a fighting game where characters punch, kick, and use weapons or special attacks to take down opponents. Characters can use swords, electrocution, guns, burning, and magic as a special attack. You’ll hear a lot of comic book-like, over-the-top moans and groans and gurgling sounds when characters are hit with fists and implements like swords. There is no blood in game play. But when hit, characters lose their health, and some of this loss is in the form of colors that look red like blood.


You'll see some jiggling of covered breasts and hear some unflattering, mildly sexist remarks about women’s breasts. In an unlockable bonus, one of  the childishly-drawn characters is referred to as ‘booby lady.’


You'll hear words like "ass," "bitch," and "sh-t."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this is one of the better fighting games, it is a game where you can shock and burn characters in addition to killing them with swords and guns. Female breasts bop around provocatively and there are occasional untoward comments about the female characters. You’ll also hear swear words.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bybigshow1167 April 26, 2011
Adult Written byEpic1991 March 30, 2011

Great game, but has language and sexual humour.

I haven't actually played Calamity Trigger, but I have played Continuum Shift (On the PS3), and I must say that it is a really good fighter game with fairl... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKai Wu February 28, 2013

Very Good and shouldn't be rated 15 and up

It's a very good game it does have a bit of inappropriate humor.
I play this with my little brother all the time he's 10! I beat him all the time
Kid, 11 years old April 18, 2012


its an horrible game for tweens i will not recomand you to let ur kids play this game

What's it about?

BLAZBLUE: CALAMITY TRIGGER is a fighting game with a story mode. Here, you must save the world from destruction by the horrible Black Beast. You choose from 10 different combatants, as you play through this 2D, side-scrolling fighting game. Each combatant has their own back story and special attacks.

Is it any good?

Game developers often say that the difference between a mediocre game and a great game is time. From the opening of story mode to the perfectly rendering backgrounds to the end of online play, it’s clear that the makers of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger added time, love, and care to their game. Beyond these pros, the game balances the single player, multiplayer and online modes so that none suffers from neglect. Each offers a robust, powerful experience that will keep players coming back for more. Talk about replay value!

Online interaction: It's easy to get online via Xbox Live and to find competitors. However, be wary of experience people who are just sitting there waiting to get you. It's better to play with your pals online.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the depth of the game. There’s so much to do. Do you like playing online or offline better?

  • Who is your favorite character, the beautiful female vampire, the clam-like creature, or the handsome male heroes? Why? Were any sterotypes?

  • Which of the game modes do you find most challenging and why? Was it difficult to learn the more challenging moves?

  •  Was there any method of violence used that made you uncomfortable?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Aksys Games
  • Release date: July 2, 2009
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: T for Animated Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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