• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2008
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 80
    If you dig Luminous Arc’s style though, and like to mix a little humor and manga inspiration in with your core gaming, Atlus’s sequel is a great one to have in your collection.
  2. Luminous Arc 2 is formulaic but charming, a solid strategy RPG that hooks you in with warriors of might and magic.
  3. Luminous Arc 2 doesn’t attempt to reinvent the RPG nor does it push the strategy game genre forward but it’s certainly a very enjoyable game that RPG fans will certainly appreciate. Still, the strategic combat action isn’t the strongest element in the game and the story is a bit by-the-numbers but there is still some fun to be had in this decent strategy/RPG.
  4. Luminous Arc 2 stands out enough in its own right as a charming tactical title that it should provide gamers with plenty of hours of satisfying, strategy-centric role playing.
  5. 67
    Still, the battle improvements, presentation polish, and overall cheeky vibe keep the single-player option well worth playing.
  6. Music is top-notch again, and the graphics are spiffier overall than in the last game.
  7. Luminous Arc 2 is certainly a more balanced game than the first one, although it doesn't have the freshness of the original.
  8. This series may be clinging tightly to Final Fantasy Tactic's coattails, but at least it's doing a better job of it. [Holiday 2008, p.88]
  9. An average game, with good pieces of art, nice dialogues and easy going fights. Unfortunately, it lacks depth and it's far too easy for hardcore gamers.
  10. The story is engaging and the characters are lively and fun. Those that wanted something more in its predecessor will surely be pleased. Fans of the strategy RPG genre will definitely want to check this one out.
  11. With well over forty hours of gameplay, multiple endings, online battles, great music and a solid battle system, Luminous Arc II is recommended to anyone after a strategic RPG built to last.
  12. SRPG fans will have some fun playing Luminous Arc 2, but if you’re not a fan of the genre it's not a game you’ll be playing over and over.
  13. Luminous Arc 2 is not the best SRPG on the Nintendo DS, but it fares well. A good experience for fans of the genre, with several changes on the gameplay, but a less interesting story than the original.
  14. All in all, Luminous Arc 2 is a game that feels like it should've been a manga or anime instead.
  15. The visuals are spiffier, though, and the music is top-notch. [Dec 2009, p.69]
  16. Luminous Arc 2 is fun to play, but it doesn't provide a strong, compelling reason to do so beyond its character dialogue and battles.
  17. 77
    Even though Luminous Arc 2 is a pretty extensive handheld title (40 hours, multiple endings) with a bonus OST, I cannot recommend it to you. If it was March or April and you were dying for a new game, I would say to buy it cautiously. But we're in the middle of the Christmas season and there are so many games out there.
  18. While there may not exactly be a shortage of RPGs available on the DS, Luminous Arc 2 does just enough right to warrant a playthrough.
  19. 60
    In the end, Luminous Arc 2 has a strong mechanical backing and some silly moments, but its story fails to deliver.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MatheusA.
    Mar 2, 2009
    9
    While a simple SRPG comparing to many out there, this one gets some attention because of the captivating characters and beautiful soundtrack. While a simple SRPG comparing to many out there, this one gets some attention because of the captivating characters and beautiful soundtrack. It's fairly easy to start playing, and has a nice difficulty curve, which makes this title very good for relaxing and enjoying the storyline (and maybe the fanservice). Full Review »
  2. Apr 26, 2014
    10
    A great Imageepoch game. If you can get past the gratuitous fanservice-y character designs you'll find a really engaging grid-based battleA great Imageepoch game. If you can get past the gratuitous fanservice-y character designs you'll find a really engaging grid-based battle system and some characters that are entertaining in their own right. All the art in the game is hand-drawn so it is all very nice to look at and the battle stages are concise and fun to fight through.

    If you played the original Luminous Arc or not didn't doesn't really matter. The story stands alone and the interface and bosses are much better. The bosses won't chase you thorough a stage while you're trying to eliminate the other threats like in the first game. Intermission choices can be just as hard to make as in LA1 though, so watch out.
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  3. Nov 18, 2012
    8
    A fun little turn-based RPG with some gratuitious fan service in the form of cleavage (for those that enjoy this sort of thing in theirA fun little turn-based RPG with some gratuitious fan service in the form of cleavage (for those that enjoy this sort of thing in their games). The characters are decently developed and the story is entertaining. It's by no means ground-breaking, but you'll definitely remember the characters even if you don't remember the story that well. The options you take in the game affect your relations (and romance) with the characters and the end-game, which allows for quite a bit of replayability. In fact, after beating the game you can play through again while keeping your characters and their abilities from the previous playthrough. This allows you to get 100% much easier than starting over from scratch every time, or just let you enjoy the different character options without worrying so much about the battles. Don't expect something perfect and just relax, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it - after all, isn't that the point? Full Review »