SEGA‘s long running ‘Shining‘ RPG is back as a fighting game and it’s a great addition to the fighting game world.
The game is basic in its variety of gameplay having a story mode as well as a verses, training and online mode although I unfortunately wasn’t able to get an online match the training and story mode looked very solid.
The training mode has everything you need to get to grips with the game and its mechanics, will easily accessed move list, dummy settings and a record and playback function you’ll be hitting your optimal combos in no time.
The main story mode is your typical arcade style formula with 16 characters to choose from you will find a character that suits your style, be it the grappler pirate Dylan, the quick hitting cat girl Xiaomei or my favourite the stylish wolf man Fenrir. The addition of a support character that you can call mid battle adds a fresh approach to the game and adds much more variation in the play styles. The common sight of the meter bar is a staple for fighting games and its the same here with moves being able to have more damaging versions, with the added super moves each character has you’ll spend hours making up interesting combos, the novelty of having 2 heath bars is a nice touch and having the damage indicated onscreen adds to the hype of the match. The move set in general is very straight forward, the typical quarter circle and a button is prevalent within the game which will help new players as well as be a comforting sight to veterans. I managed to familiarised myself with all of the moves of the character I chose within minutes and began creating combos and juggles in under half an hour, that being said I would have liked to see more of a difficulty spike, I found it to be somewhat easy to complete even on the hardest difficulty.
The overall look of this game is really clean and thought out, the 3d characters on a 2d background is done very well and the characters themselves great and fluid throughout matches, the screen changes during super does brings a nice touch and really cements this as a pretty Japanese fighter.
Ultimately Blade Arcus is a great fighting game that brings a fresh look to solid and refined gameplay. The game looks great, the controls are easy to pick up and fluid and although there isn’t much in the way of gameplay diversity what you need is there. The only really factor that is a negative is the difficulty level.