Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena is a 2D fighting game developed and published by Studio Saizensen, which features characters from both Shining Blade and Shining Hearts.
Firstly, if you have even an average skill level with these sorts of games, you are going to want to bump it up to at least the medium difficulty level for the campaign. The easy ones do let you come to terms with the controls and set up your controls more easily, but the enemies hardly do anything. So all you’d be doing for most of the battles is beating up on someone who just stands there and takes it.
The combat in the game is something that is either going to be loved or hated. Compared to games such as Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, it is incredibly simple. There are no super moves or special attacks or anything like that, it is a pretty basic combat system which calls for more skill rather than landing powerful finishing moves. That said, it could be too simple for people, considering there are really only two ways to play; story mode and online. You either play against the AI with wildly varying difficulty levels or other players who either have no idea what they are doing or have mastered the fighting styles.
The art style in the game is beautiful and strangely fascinating. The backdrops are completely in 2D, yet the characters are sort of a mix between 2D and 3D somehow. They aren’t exactly flat enough to be considered 2D, and again there isn’t enough to them to consider them 3D. It’s interesting to see these characters fighting and how they move, the fluidity to it all is rather fascinating.
It’s a real shame that fighting games don’t allow you to unlock characters, or anything really from your play time anymore. Believe it or not, there are gamers still out there that enjoy working towards something other than becoming the best at the game. Some of us like in-game unlocks from time spent and progression. Having everything available at the start doesn’t really give much for some gamers to want to work towards.
Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena doesn’t do anything new. You’ve got your different types of attacks, combo attacks, counters, all that sort of combat stuff. A relatively large roster of playable characters who are unlocked from the beginning, and the support characters. When you start a battle, you can choose a second character to support you. This character occasionally makes an appearance and helps you fight, and you can also swap between that and your main character in between battles, to swap things up if you’re either getting bored with the same character or need to try a new strategy.
Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena is out now on steam for AUD $40, which is a bit too expensive for a game with such a lack of content. Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena receives a 6.5/10, the game has a wonderful art style and the combat works. Unfortunately, the shortage of content, price and lack of unlockables causes us to be unable to score this game any higher.
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