Sako talks about his experience playing BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, and why he's only competing in Ultra Street Fighter 4 at EVO 2014

Posted by Cheng Kai 'KarbyP' Sim • June 18, 2014 at 12:43 p.m. PDT

Famitsu has published a new interview with Hori|Sako as part of their on-going Hori Densetsu Dot Com series of columns ("Densetsu" being the Japanese word for "Legend") .


This interview was conducted shortly after Sako's wife Akiki gave birth to their daughter on April 17 (the same day Ultra Street Fighter 4 went into service in Japanese arcades), and slightly before BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma was patched on May 14.

In it, Sako speaks mostly about his experience with BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, a game that he had been playing while waiting for Ultra Street Fighter 4 to come out.

In fact, Sako's been enjoying the game so much that one of Famitsu's editors, who introduces himself as the middle child of the Toyoizumi Brothers, bought Sako the PS Vita version of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma as a gift to celebrate the birth of his daughter.

Sako: That made me really happy (laughs).

Hori representative: But that has nothing to do with the baby!

Akiki (Sako's wife): Recently Sako's been taking to the PS Vita a lot. As I've been in the hospital all this while and Sako's been here every night, he hasn't been able to game as much, and I kinda felt bad. So I said to him, "it's okay to go buy a PS Vita game to play in the hospital."

Following his wife's advice, Hori|Sako picked up Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Jigoku-hen.

Toyoizumi (Famitsu editor): You seem to like simulation games quite a bit huh, Sako? Are you knowledgeable about the various Mecha series that make their appearances in the game?

Sako: Actually, not at all. The only one I know about is Evangelion, so that's why I picked this up. From there, as I played more of the game and saw robots from the other series for the first time, I though "woah, that's amazing!"

Hori representative: The great thing about simulation games is that you can play them during pockets of time here and there. By the way, how much time did you manage to sink into the game before your wife gave birth?

Sako: Hmmm... I'm still at around the 30th chapter, I think.

Toyoizumi: That's plenty of time sinked in! (Laughs)

Akiki: Not nearly as much time as he spends in training mode! (Laughs)

Akiki is referring in particular to the training mode in BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma on the PS3, which Sako had been playing.

Like we mentioned, at the time of this interview, the PS3 version had not yet been updated with the latest patch. And so Hori|Sako was asked if he plans to train to compete in BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma as well at EVO 2014.

Sako: Well, even though I'm playing it, I don't have any intentions to compete in it at a tournament level. In the first place I only got into this while waiting for Ultra Street Fighter 4 to come out, so I've just really only started playing. I've just got to the rank of 10th Dan within the game, and started figuring out the good points of my character.

Toyoizumi: Looks like you've been really enjoying it.

Sako: I have. Although the game is really quite difficult, it's also been a lot of fun.

Sako says that he's been beefing up his Litchi Faye-Ling. But prior to that, he had been playing Nu-13.

He says that he enjoys playing characters who can attack from a distance, but whom can also fight up-close. Although he found both Litchi and Nu-13 to be difficult characters to learn, the way that their attacks can be utilised has him intrigued.

Akiki: There was also a character that he tried but stopped playing. That Amane character.

Sako: Ah, right, I played as Amane for a bit... but when I heard Amane's voice, I realised for the first time that he's actually a guy. And when that happened, that sort of betrayed my expectations, so I stopped playing him. (Laughs)

Source: Famitsu.com

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