Monday, April 28, 2008

Preview: Arcana Heart

Arcana Heart (2008)
Developer: EXAMU Inc./AQI
Platform: PlayStation 2
Purchase Date: 04/27/2008

It's all about the friendship...

Don't let the super-cute, hyper-feminine presentation of Arcana Heart fool you. This game contains one of the better 2D fighting action out there. You play through the game as one of the 11 "Maidens" - teenage girls who can communicate with powerful spirits known as the Arcana.

The Maidens.

What differentiate Arcana Heart from the rest is its smart fighter customization system. After you have selected one of the Maidens, you then have to choose one of 11 Arcana to partner with. Basically, half of your special moves come from your selected Maidens and the other half from your selected Arcana. The Arcana can also provide special traits to your character. There are a total of 121 possible combinations and they are definitely fun to experiment with.

What an imaginative attack animation!

This game certainly shows that there are still a lot of unexplored potentials to the 2D fighting genre. Let's hope we will see more of them in the future alongside the eagerly awaited Street Fighter IV.


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