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A fantastic anime style fighter,
This review is from: Arcana Heart 3 - Limited Edition (PS3) (Video Game)
Arcana Heart 3, brought to us by the same team behind the stellar fighting games BlazBlue and Guilty Gear has really got a lot going for it. It caters to all sorts of fan-bases without deliberately shoving it in your face, at least not all the time anyway. You might be slightly disappointed by the sprite quality if you've been playing BlazBlue for a while as it hasn't got the same amount of incredible detail and finesse but they are still very good. As some slight compensation, both sides of the screen display the girls in full animation who are currently battling and how they are reacting to the fight, whether they land a hit or take damage it's all indicated brilliantly.
The character variety in Arcana Heart 3 is great, as previously mentioned it caters to many fan-bases such as the tsundere girl, lolita goth girls, maids wielding giant swords and nuns with demonic powers to name just a few. There are 23 girls to choose from and 23 arcana powers so you can mix and match to find your perfect combination. One thing you should consider is that the game has absolutely no English voice acting, but if you watch anime with subtitles then it won't be that bad.
You have access to the standard fighting game modes, story (which is just a glorified arcade mode but still fun), score attack mode, training and online play. There is also a gallery mode where you can view pictures you have unlocked via the story mode. Some of the pictures are just fan-service but that's part of the fun in a game like this.
The fighting mechanics themselves are very deep so it might take a while to get to grips with the more advanced combos, but when you get the hang of them you'll be pulling off 30hit combos with ease. The only real problem I can think of with this game is the lack of a tutorial mode, as the one included in BB: Continuum Shift is undoubtedly the best fighting game tutorial around. It's not impossible to get the hang of the controls but a tutorial system would definitely help.
-Great fighting system
-Very diverse characters
-Great presentation overall
-Lack of a comprehensive tutorial mode
-No english voice acting at all
Overall verdict: Despite a few niggling issues, any fighting game fan should pick this up.