Arcana Heart Review
Arcana Heart box art
System: PS2 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Ecole 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Atlus 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: April 10, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

As far as controls are concerned, Arcana Heart uses a very traditional approach to fighting games. It has several one-button mashes, but these will only get you so far. The secret to success in Arcana Heart is mastering long chain combos that utilize your character's specific Arcana powers. The four face buttons are used for light, medium, strong, and special attacks. One of the greatest things about Arcana Heart is that, even though it will definitely take time to master the combo system, the shoulder buttons are used for throw attacks and special Arcana moves. The game's fundamental controls are fairly easy to pick up. Even if you have never played a fighter before, Arcana Heart is still playable.

Arcana Heart screenshot

Visuals in this game are not exactly the best you have ever seen, but I have to say that the vintage look of the game was somewhat charming overall. The visual style looks a lot like Street Fighter II and uses 2D pixel-based animations. And when you consider that this title is basically a port from an actual arcade game, the graphics only seem appropriate.

Sound is pretty good in this game. The opening song is in Japanese and sounds very energetic and peppy. The stage music is not as energetic, and sounds a little generic. But it's not bad at all, and the whole music scheme is quite satisfactory. Voice acting is minimal and is only relegated to in-game fighting noises and battle cries. These are all in Japanese, which is pretty cool in my opinion. The Japanese sounds lend a bit of authenticity to the game and enhance the whole experience.

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Arcana Heart is definitely not a trailblazer in the fighting genre. It is not the best looking or most fluid fighting game out there, but if you want a solid title, then Arcana Heart delivers. It has all the right mechanics, and satisfactory audio and visual qualities. So if you have a love for the ladies and a love for combat, then look no further than Arcana Heart. Just don't expect it to break any boundaries.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.7
Graphics
Not one of the best looking PS2 games, but it does get a few points for smooth animations and vintage sprite-based characters.
4.1
Control
Very simple at first, but success in the game relies on your ability to memorize lengthy combos.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Level music is fairly forgettable, but opening title song is peppy and cute.
4.0
Play Value
This is definitely a fun arcade-style game, and if you are a fan of fighting games, you'll have a blast both in the single-player and two-player modes. But as soon as the next fighting game comes out you'll probably forget all about this one.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • An all-girl fighting spectacular - Battles heat up with 11 beautiful female fighters to choose from.
  • Customize your fighter's skills - Arcana add new attack and defense skills. Build your combat strategy by selecting from 11 different Arcana to pair with your fighter.
  • Supreme vertical action - Take your fighting skyward! Huge battle maps let you rain down punishment on your opponent with air dashes and homing techniques to create devastating aerial combos.
  • Exceptional replay value - Includes the original Arcana Heart and the remixed Arcana Heart FULL, and offers four different modes: arcade, story, versus, and training, as well as a gallery mode filled with unlockable extras.


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