|System: X360 (XBLA)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Wanako Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Sierra Online||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Dec. 12, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Another area where Arkadian Warriors is largely underwhelming is in the graphics department. Although the graphics certainly aren't bad, the character design suffers from some poor proportions, and most of the dungeon settings contain far too many similar elements. Another glaring issue you will encounter in the different dungeons is the poor lighting effects. Although the darkening effect works well to create a mysterious feeling in the dungeon, when you get close to a door or wall, the lighting element will often stop working, and you will be left with a near-blank screen. This is definitely annoying, and it makes it hard to run through the different rooms.
To make matters worse, the sound in this game is completely deplorable. There is no voiceover, and the background music is basically nonexistent, which unintentionally makes the game feel scary. There are a handful of sound effects, but these are very few in number and become quite annoying. This game is definitely one best played with the sound off.
But, for all its bad points, there are a few redeeming qualities to this title. First of all, this dungeon-crawler supports co-op play. Although there is not much substance to the game, blasting through the dungeons with a friend is a lot of fun. Another boon for this title is its simplicity. Though many hardcore gamers will decry its lack of depth (I know I certainly have), this game is great for younger gamers or kids who are fond of less complex experiences.
No one can argue that it is definitely a good thing to cover all your bases. Many modern titles suffer when they are developed with big ideas that don't exactly play to their strengths. In this respect, Arcadian Warriors is an excellent title. It works well, and there's plenty of content here for a LIVE Arcade title. But, at the end of the day, this title is just simply unimaginative. There is no interesting story, no unique battle elements, and virtually no variation between the different missions. If you love grinding and dungeon-crawl gameplay, there is definitely some enjoyment to be had with Arkadian Warrior. But if you crave something with a little more substance, then you may want to look elsewhere.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor