Summary: In Lord of Arcana players are plunged into the dark depths of the underworld to fight vast and powerful creatures of legend in their quest to obtain the power of Arcana. Combat is simple yet rewarding, brutal moves can be performed simply and swiftly as you take on a huge variety of stunning and...
Excerpt: There is no way around it – Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise is the biggest thing to hit Japan since Godzilla. The latest game, the PSP exclusive Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, has dominated the sales charts over there the way a Call of Duty or Halo would over here.
Summary: : Lord of Arcana tries very hard to be a “hardcore”Â� game, and succeeds in the sense that it’s quite challenging and that it’s not for everyone, but unlike the games it seeks to emulate, it fails in every other respect.
Summary: How hard is it to clone a game? Go to store, buy the series, dissect the gameplay to see what works and what doesn’t, copy shamelessly. Throw in some personal style for differentiation and off you go.
Excerpt: The best way to describe Lord of Arcana is a smorgasbord of great games all thrown into one. You're a great Slayer that joins the Slayers Guild to hunt monsters either by yourself or with four friends. Ok, so that sounds a little familiar right?
Excerpt: Not to open up the whole "Games are..." argument, but I've recently become fascinated with the psychology behind why people play games. Look at Facebook games, for example. They're not the more engaging of games, but there's something at play at keeps people (me included) coming back for more.
Conclusion: Mediocrity is a death knell for a game that is very shallow to start with. Lord of Arcana copies a lot from the Monster Hunter series, but failed to understand that the depth of combat was always the focus and thus fails at being fun.