Luminous Arc DS

  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Aug 14, 2007
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
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  1. Oct 9, 2013
    7
    This is a lovely little SRPG.

    It's not that deep or challenging but it's really pleasant to play. The characters are fun and the combat is toned down so anyone could enjoy this game, especially those new to SRPG's.

    Don't expect anything new or innovative and you will have fun with this game.
  2. May 9, 2014
    7
    Luminous Arc is a very fun SRPG that's easy to jump into and get rolling. The presentation is very strong as everything in the game is hand drawn and the music and sound effects are nice to listen to. The voice acting is mediocre, but it makes sitting through the game MUCH easier. Luminous Arc is heavy on the text, and the characters/story aren't even THAT good.

    Do not expect too much
    Luminous Arc is a very fun SRPG that's easy to jump into and get rolling. The presentation is very strong as everything in the game is hand drawn and the music and sound effects are nice to listen to. The voice acting is mediocre, but it makes sitting through the game MUCH easier. Luminous Arc is heavy on the text, and the characters/story aren't even THAT good.

    Do not expect too much from this game. It IS IMAGEEPOCH's first game ever, and while the battle system is strong, it has it's share of faults. The interface is a dull brown and rather clunky, the game lags occasionally, and the world map is a pain to go through. I'm not sure what on earth triggers a battle when you pass over it. Sometimes it gives you the option to play it, sometimes it doesn't. I think the biggest flaw though, is the intermissions. Unless you save scum you'll never get the characters' hearts up, but it doesn't really matter anyway because all the scenes related to the intermissions are just fluff.

    Luminous Arc is an enjoyable game, but the second is MUCH better.
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Awards & Rankings

#49 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
#11 Most Shared DS Game of 2007
Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Beautifully presented with a fairly interesting story and fun cast of characters to interact with but it lacks a bit in terms of gameplay content. [JPN Import]
  2. 60
    It's a decent enough game but it isn't the grand strategy RPG experience that we've all been waiting for. [Sep 2007, p.84]
  3. Nintendo Power
    80
    The game may be a little rough around the edges, but it's got heart. [Sep 2007, p.86]