Almost a year has passed since the 2D anime fighter, Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena released in Japan. Now, the game finally is being made available in the west on PC by the Developer/Publisher, Studio Saizensen. This fighting game introduces characters from the Shining Blade and Shining Hearts PSP games. It also introduces two new characters, Ryuga and Pairon.
Does the game actually have a story mode? Yes, indeed it does. The story is based around each character fighting and collecting all of the seven orbs. Once a character has all seven orbs, they will have to face a shadow version of himself/herself and will be rewarded with what they desire most. There are 16 different characters and 16 stories to go along with each character.
Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena’s pacing is fine and does a good job of putting together an entertaining and intriguing storyline for each and every character. Some of the characters’ stories will almost be the exact same, but there are some very unique ones too. Each storyline with the cutscenes and gameplay will last anywhere from around 18-40 minutes. If a player wants to get through the story faster, he/she can simply change the amount of rounds in each story fight to 1 or 2 rounds.
Along with Story Mode, Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena contains Versus, Training, and Online Modes. Versus lets you play 1 or 2 players against each other or against the computer. Training Mode helps prepare for those really hard fights and teaches you the basics in fighting. Online Mode isn’t available prelaunch so I cannot comment on that at this time.
Fighting gameplay in Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena is not like most fighting games. It also requires a lot of buttons needing to be changed around in the settings. I personally didn’t like the original setup of the controls so I switched them until they felt comfortable. If you can get a fighting pad or special fighting controller for your pc, it would be the best setup. Using the keyboard was quite difficult so I stuck with the Playstation 4 controller.
There are four main inputs in the game: Light Attack, Medium Attack, Strong Attack and Support Link. Players can use the D-Pad or Analog Sticks along with these main inputs to create powerful combos and work their way towards unlocking Link Force Attacks and EX Force Actions. These are powerful attacks that unlock once you have enough points built up on certain meters. The support characters actually feel useful and can provide help when your character is in dire need of support. If players need additional help, they can simply go to the Manual in the main menu for more assistance.
Graphics are absolutely beautiful in this game. It ran smoothly on my PC with the GTX 970 and never dropped any frames. From the beautiful looking characters and stunning backgrounds, it is an astonishing looking game.
One additional complaint is that opponents will constantly walk slowly away from you and not try attacking you at all. It is a little frustrating that the opponents is more interested in avoiding you than trying to kill your character. It is a minor complaint, but it should be noted.
Overall, Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena’s gameplay can be fantastically fun for everyone. With its multiple difficulties (Very Easy, Easy, Normal, Hard, & Very Hard) and multiple storylines, it has become one of my favorites of all time. I just wish that the game would come to North American PSN Store. The only gripe that I had in the game was with playing on a keyboard and Roselinde’s Shadow boss (Extremely Hard to beat it.).
9/10 – A perfect fighting game for fans of anime and games like Persona 4 Arena and Fighting Climax. A must-buy for only $29.99. Steam Link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/446040/
PC Minimum Specs Requirement:
- OS: Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or faster processor
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: OpenGL 3.1 compliant video card
- DirectX: Version 9.0c
- Storage: 4 GB available space
- Sound Card: DirectSound
- Additional Notes: Controller recommended