Nov 16, 2013Arcana Heart 3 is an embarrassing failure on all fronts, and something I'd expected a lot more from given ArkSys was behind this. After enjoying the crap out of Blazblue and Guilty Gear, I expected a similar experience from this. Unfortunately what I found was no doubt a cheap cash grab with very little effort or thought given to it. The graphics are low-res and murky, the soundtrack while passable is completely forgettable.
Normally in terms of UI, we'd talk about how user friendly a game might be, but in this case, it's more a case of user hostile. No attempt at explaining anything is made it the game whatsoever. The controls, the story, the terminology. Not to mention, the story itself. It is a complete joke to call this a story. Call Of Duty has more sophisticated and deep storylines. What this is, is an arcade mode that has been poorly patched together into something meant to resemble a story.
Arcana Heart 3 attempts to boast numerous amounts of characters with great variability in the 'Arcana' system. When it comes down to it, the characters all play too similarly for the Arcana system to even make a difference. What we actually have is slight variations on the same character. While the game has 23 different characters, each personality can be fit into the same archetypes that we've come to know and hate over the years. Additionally as every character is female, each is milked as much as possible for pointless fanservice.
The game, even if you somehow find enjoyment in it, will not grab your attention for anything longer than around 10 hours. There is a distinct lack of options avaliable. No unique game modes, no arcade mode, no combo challenge mode. You will spend most of what little time you spend on it playing online or grinding through the same cut-and-paste story mode for all of the characters in some vapid attempt to convince yourself that you did not waste money on this.
In short, Arcana Heart 3 is a poor cash-and-grab attempt aimed at hormonal adolescents, with lacklustre performance is every area and shameless fanservice painted all over the game. If you are considering buying this game, pick up Blazblue or Guilty Gear. You will find a much more complete and satisfying experience well worth your money.… Expand