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.
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.
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.
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