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7.1 out of 10

Luminous Arc

Luminous Arc splits its gameplay into adventure and strategy par Read more

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Overall 7

Luminous Arc

24 June 2012
  • Pros: Addictive battle system, Oodles of weapons, magic, skills, No random encounters
  • Cons: Stylus-pointing hiccups, Endless lines of text, Mostly schmaltzy storyline
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Overall 6

Luminous Arc DS Review

Console Obsession
30 May 2010
  • Excerpt: From a reviewer’s point of view, even a bad game is preferable to a merely average one. A bad game might be so shockingly wrong-footed as to actually make interesting- or at least satisfying- reviewing. It might be highly ambitious but poorly executed, warping the genre to which it belongs so fundamentally that some scintillating insight becomes visible through the cracks.
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Impression: Luminous Arc

15 April 2010
  • Excerpt: At first glance, Atlus's Luminous Arc looks like just another tactical RPG. After the first thirty minutes, my impression of Luminous Arc had not changed. Shortly after that, I started to really understand and enjoy what the game was all about. The characters make the seemingly serious story come to life through humor. With its characters and decent game play, what could have been just a mediocre tactical RPG turned out to be an enjoyably addictive experience.
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Overall 8
Graphics 8
Sound 7
Control 8
Addiction 8

Luminous Arc Review

Cheat Code Central
27 June 2008
Overall 8

Luminous Arc review (DS)

25 November 2007
  • Excerpt: The more ‘professional’ reviewers out there have all led their reviews by saying something along the lines of “It’s no
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Luminous Arc (Nintendo DS) Review

27 October 2007
Overall 7
Design 5
Gameplay 8
Graphics 5
Sound 10

Expert Review

Game Freaks 365
12 October 2007
  • Excerpt: Every once in a while there comes a game that, for no particularly deserving reason, captures my attention and grips me despite the lack of incredibly groundbreaking features or creative, innovative mechanics. Atlus's Luminous Arc, a very traditional strategy role-playing game (SRPG), is one of those games—I'm not exactly able to tell you what it is about the game that keeps you playing it, but there is a special charm that does, and that's all that matters.
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Luminous Arc Review

24 August 2007
  • Excerpt: It's not hard to find turn-based strategy games on the Nintendo DS to consume your free time, and Luminous Arc is a nice little entry into that niche. While the game's storytelling is a little on the bland side, it's balanced out by a solid battle system and voice work that's good, for the most part.
  • Pros: Mid-battle level-up system adds unique twist to the turn-based gameplay, Likeable cast of characters, Lengthy main adventure with some nice replay extras
  • Cons: Story is formulaic and shallow, A few grating vocal performances
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Overall 5
Gameplay 4
Graphics 7
Sound 6
Storyline 3
Replay value 3

Luminous Arc

23 August 2007
  • Excerpt: Luminous Arc is unfortunately yet another strategy role-playing game for the DS that fails to fulfill the potential the system has for the subgenre.
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Expert Review

Game Almighty
16 August 2007
  • Excerpt: Luminous Arc tries its best to deliver a Final Fantasy Tactics experience, but sometimes trying your best just isn't good enough.
  • Pros: • Good music, • Attractive presentation, • Supports WFC multiplayer
  • Cons: • Too much of a clone, • Doesn't deliver anything new, • Controls can be clunky
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