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 fantastical monsters.
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. So it's no surprise that challengers to the throne have begun to pop up, with the two biggest contenders being Namco/Bandai's God Eater (strangely changed to Gods Eater for a U.S.
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. The important thing, the bit not to be overlooked or downplayed, is to not come out with a game that feels like a pale shadow of something else. Lord of Arcana , unfortunately, never manages to rise above being a half-hearted attempt at recreating Monster Hunter .
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.
Excerpt: Lord of Arcana left me speechless. Not in the way that video games often do; in fact, when a game is ostensibly good or offensively bad, it's hard for me to keep my mouth shut. It is in my nature to talk about games to praise their prowess and attack their asinine mistakes. But Lord of Arcana, with its generic battle system, run-of-the-mill characters and sleep-inducing hack-n-slash combat, is a game that struggles to excite the player.
Conclusion: Lord of Arcana is one of those games that you probably either love or hate. If you like this specific JRPG genre, you should definitely give it a look. But if you don't, there isn't anything about Lord of Arcana that will change your mind.
Conclusion: Fans of Monster Hunter are in for a decent alternative to their favourite action RPG, but a lack of imagination traps Lords Of Arcana on a plane of relative mediocrity when compared to its bigger cousin
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